I went to T&G Corniche this weekend with Slapperella who was supposedly just along for the ride, but then ended up getting her hair cut and it came out gorgeous.
It is a real salon - quality everything - the 5-star type you would find in major cities anywhere in the world. I've been to many salons here who try to come close (with the same prices), but eh - not quite. T&G is black marble, black furnishings, AND they have massage shampoo chairs!! Woooo hoooo! No more backaches at Strands: "Oh, can I give you a pillow for your back?" Not that it would make a difference in those horrible chairs because the sinks are uncomfortable too. When you have your head in a sink in a prone position for 10 to 15 minutes, you don't want to feel like you are on a torture device; The RACK. It's supposed to be relaaaaaaaaxing.
Anyhoo, blond chicks - rest assured - it is a great place to get your highlights done. My friend, Lawyer Girl, just went there and she liked it too. I went to Emma who specializes in color and she used a non-amonia bleach. My hair is feeling ok. (We'll see how it goes after about a month.) It isn't as light as I wanted to go, but she did a lot of damage control, so I can't really say anything now. She also put a toner on which will wash out eventually.
I was talked into a haircut by their senior stlist, Jenna. I still don't think a haircut for 23-29 KD is worth it and I hope that I won't let them talk me into it again (suckaaaa!). I felt like the cut/product push was too hard-sell and I wasn't comfortable with it. Ok if I was having something technical done, ok, but nah - mine is not all that and I'm preferring it a bit on the wild side these days (especially in the humidity). Doree at Pineapple is still my fav for cuts for less than half the price.
They gave me a 20% discount (offer on through the end of July) and cut, color, and blow dry was 69 KD complete. You also get a loyalty card. (Hel-loooooo other salons - get with the program; after 4+ years with Strands, a single free cut or treatment would have been a nice treat.) We were there for 3 and a half hours. Very nice people: Very funny and friendly. Great service. I will definately go there again for the color.
NOTE: T&G Shaab and T&G Corniche Club are both franchises of T&G in London; however, like any franchise, quality may vary depending on the individual franchise owners and how well the corporate office enforces their standards.