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Is This The Most Luxurious Barbershop in Dubai?

Words by Tom Billinghurst

Maison Lutétia’s Le Barbier is possibly the most luxurious barber in the emirate.

Throw in some AirPods, sit back and catch up on your fave Netflix series while get a good grooming over at Maison Lutétia’s Le Barbier at Festival City.

Coffee, any way you want it, fresh dates and macaroons, a cold bottle of sparkling Evian: all within arm’s reach. AirPods in, and Netflix or Bein Sports on the mirror-integrated screen in front of you.

This might sound like the start of a leisurely weekend morning at home on the sofa. But it’s actually the uber-luxurious setting of Maison Lutétia’s barbers in Festival City. An this is how it remains for your treatment.

The in-chair entertainment concept is one that stems from Maison Lutétia’s core philosophy: no detail is too small, nothing is too much for their customers, as we found out when we booked in for a trim and a shave.

 

In Pictures. Parisian Aesthetic Decadence

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The Art Part The grand, ethereal entrance to Maison Lutetia Dubai, Festival City.

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The Art Part The grand, ethereal entrance to Maison Lutetia Dubai, Festival City.

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The Art Part Millimetric perfection. On all cuts.

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The Art Part Parisian five-star hotel opulence.

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The Art Part Parisian five-star hotel opulence.

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The Art Part Netflix and chill. Anywhere, anytime in the clinic.

As an aside to the inch-perfect barber-ific experience at Lutétia, one particularly reassuring aspect of the aesthetic clinic is that the staff buy into the treatments the clinic offers. Quite literally. My barber, Ahmed, had undergone a hair transplant at the clinic the day before I booked in — as the bandages around his donor area showed.

As well as being the most dextrous and artistic of barbers, he was happy to chat through each element of the surgery — my fascination wasn’t hidden too well.

“Did it hurt?” (Always the first question) “How long will it take to grow back? How long did the procedure take?” And so on. I was full of questions, to which Ahmed answered in full.

He was then equally happy to let me throw the AirPods in (which the barbers supplies. And, yes, they are thoroughly washed after each use) and plug into Netflix and just zone out to Last Chance U for the hour’s worth of snipping and clipping hair away from my face. The end result of which, is unrivalled in its execution. Millimetric perfection you might say.

And to finish a facial exfoliation and scrub with the Vitaman products that Lutétia holds up as industry leaders in men’s grooming, and you find that this is one barber’s chair you don’t want to leave to return to the real world.

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The Art Part Hair. Beard. 'tash. Chest - all hair is treated with the same reverence by the barbers here.

The silver lining of having to reluctantly pull yourself away from the private VIP room here is that you know you look like a much better version of yourself than when you walked in.

And what about the all-important chair itself? Good question. Full grain black leather. Oh yes, touché.

The entire experience at Maison Lutétia is a quintessentially Parisian one that puts you into a state of homely comfort and relaxation. Such is the grandeur and opulence of the aesthetic than runs throughout, you could easily be in a five star hotel in the centre of the French capital.

From walking in, over the mosaic floor (a replica of the same flooring in the Paris clinic), the Michelangelo-esque ceiling paintings of fluffy clouds and an ethereal blue sky, right down to the wooden flooring shipped in from Paris and an original map of Lutétia (the original name for Paris) adorning the walls, this is a one-stop facility for all your grooming needs.

Maison Lutétia has quickly garnered a reputation for being one, if not the, leading aesthetic clinic in Europe. The Parisian-based clinic performs up to six transplants a day and has a waiting list of over seven months: such is its vaunted reputation. In September this year, founder and president of Maison Lutétia Nathanaël Aknine brought the clinic out to Dubai in partnership with the Al Futtaim Group.

While the clinic is now underway and performing transplants — for men and women — as well as a host of other cosmetic surgeries, one thing that cannot be overlooked is the barbers attached to the clinic in Festival City. Book in. Kick back. Netflix and chill. And leave as the best groomed version of you.

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