In The Bag: Ruksher Malik

The founder of Pastels Salon takes us through her must-have products


Ruksher Malik co-founded Pastels Salon
Kerastase Elixir
Image Sunscreen

Ruksher Malik co-founded Pastels Salon in 2004 with business partner Steven Chan. She has forged a reputation in Dubai as a leader within the hair industry, as well as a prominent female business woman. She is also a signatory on the CEO statement of support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

Eminence Organics Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser

This fabulous product has no chemical nasties and instead is infused with plant-based actives such as PhytoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells (a plant stem cell concentrate; promotes elasticity and delays the visible signs of aging); monoi (a fragrant Tahitian oil; hydrates and firms the appearance of the skin) and an AHA Cocktail (lemon, passion fruit, grape and pineapple extracts), which removes dead skin cells naturally.

Image Prevention + daily matte moisturiser SPF32 

As everyone knows, sunscreen is vital and I love this oil-free and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection mattifying moisturiser. It incorporates microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish, as well as containing a next generation blend of anti-oxidants as free-radical scavengers to decrease damaging effects of the sun and environmental exposures.

Dyson hairdryer and diffuser

My go-to tool. It helps keep my hair frizz free and my curls looking gorgeous and defined.

A professional shampoo and conditioner

I swap between two: Kérastase Oleo Curl and Redken Ringlet range. Both of these ensure that my naturally wavy hair stays frizz free.

Kérastase Eixir Utime

This radiant, beautifying hair oil smoothens and nourishes coloured hair and gives an unmatched vibrant shine to my hair.


I actually cannot live without this – and always have at least one on my wrist or in my bag. The spiral hair tie doesn’t tangle with dry or wet hair and best of all, when I take my hair down after using it during the day, I have no noticeable kinks!


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