Dubbed the ‘Queen of Colour’, Maria Dowling is the creative director of Dubai-based mariadowling Salon. Her services are in such high demand that clients are advised to book six weeks in advance.
Title: Founder & Creative Director, mariadowling Salon
Number of years working in the beauty Industry: 30 years
Number of years on the Middle East: 22 years
Number of years at the salon: 16 years at mariadowling Salon
Number of branches: 1
Number of staff employed: 25
Career highlights: We have won lots of beauty awards over the years and I am immensely proud of the recognition we receive from the industry and consumers. Our most recent achievement was being awarded Salon of the Year 2018 at the Professional Beauty GCC Awards – an award that has been judged by some of the beauty industry’s top heavyweights both in the region and in the UK. Also, being named as Best Colourist in the Middle East by Harper’s Bazaar U.S., and Best Colour Salon in the Middle East by Porter Magazine in the UK, has been a huge career highlight for me personally.
Future plans: No new salon openings planned, as I have always preferred to have one salon and to do it really well. Expansion into other salons was never part of the plan for us. Apart from growing our team of colourists and working hard every day on ensuring our clients receive the best of the best when it comes to their salon experience, I am also committed to helping the industry improve, grow and produce some great salons. I work with an informal group of salon owners who meet on a monthly basis to support each other, share information and work towards raising the standards of salons in the region. This is something that was never done before, and I feel my role in bringing people together and increasing communication is key to ensuring we all offer a world-class service for our clients.