Lamiese hails from Romford, Essex, originally and moved to Dubai three years ago where she lives with her hubby, specialising in hair extension application as Love your Lox and took on the distributorship for Remi Cachet Middle East last year.
I’ve worn Remi Cachet hair extensions in my own hair for years & loved the brand but when I moved to Dubai I thought shipping here would be too difficult. I tried other brands but had so many hair quality complaints that it was financially crippling me to replace the hair in order to retain my clients.
I decided I would bring this great brand to Dubai. It made sense as I’ve used the hair for years, I know the quality is great and when I used it in the UK I never had one complaint! The team and brand are honest and transparent and that’s hard to come by in business these days so it was a no-brainer for me to approach them and build the brand here. I also knew the salons in Dubai would love the quality of the brand and I was right 😆
My day to day work varies depending on how busy I am with clients and salon orders but I usually wake up, have a coffee and reply to any enquiries I have received overnight and prepare any salon orders that need to go out that day.
9 am - I usually have on average 5 clients a day for hair extensions and depending on what they’re having done I could finish anytime from 5pm-9pm.
Most of my clients are glam Dubai girls and they love the weave as its super thick and easy to maintain. One of my most recent transformations was a tough one as she had really short, thick and blunt cut hair. I fitted 200 Mini Tips and Ultra Tips in 20” colour 1.5 pm onwards Once I’m finished for the day with clients I get onto any client enquiries and salon orders that would have come through throughout the day.
After work its Love Island time – quickly catching up on my trash TV, post some updates on my insta story and get ready for the next day ahead!
Thursdays through the weekend are my days visiting salons to do training, if needed, and meet with new salons wishing to use the brand.
What's different about working in Dubai
You have to be really confident and knowledgeable when it comes to educating your clients on extension aftercare as they are much harder to maintain than in the UK. Its hot, humid and most people are in and out of the swimming pool on weekends meaning the hair is exposed to not only dry heat, but damaging elements such as chlorine etc. The water in the showers has a high content of chlorine and iron itself so even washing them at home is exposing them to more harmful elements. I recommend fitting a shower filter at home and when they are at the pool or beach club let those locks down, take a quick pic for the 'gram,' then tie them back and keep them away from the sun, water etc. That’s the only way you will prevent them drying out and discolouring. This goes for any brand of extensions.
Most memorable work moment would be when I collaborated with Pretty Little Things Dubai at Nikki Beach Club and offered braiding to the guests in order to build brand awareness. I was so surprised at how many Dubai girls knew of Love Your Lox and had followed my work for years. There was a queue of girls wanting their hair done by me and it was actually a lovely feeling to be reminded that hard work pays off and people appreciate you. My second would probably be meeting Victoria from Remi Cachet. It was nice to finally meet the face behind the brand and quite inspiring to meet someone who has come so far in the industry.
The best part of working in Dubai is obviously the weather but aside from that it’s so easy to network as it’s a small place and everyone knows each other. It’s a great place to start up a business with plenty of opportunities. Plus everyone here is super glam so they want hair extensions 😂
The worst part of my job is trying to resolve a customer complaint when they haven’t followed the correct aftercare. I don’t think clients realise how upsetting, stressful and frustrating it can be for a stylist when they received that dreaded message that a client is not happy and its due to poor aftercare. It’s very rare, however it’s probably the worst part of the job for me.
Quick fire round:
- Most used emoji 💖💖🔥🔥
- Favourite Read Rich dad, Poor dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- What’s the non-tourist spot recommendation in Dubai The cinema! Reclining chairs and a three course meal 😆
- Facebook or Instagram? Instagram
- Mini Tips or Ultra Tips? Ultra Tips
- What’s your guilty pleasure? Trashy TV like Love Island, Celebs Go Dating, Towie, Made in Chelsea…love them all 😂
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