Uli Hair and Beauty Studio is one of the top hairdressing and make-up businesses in Puerto Vallarta and it’s easy to see why.
It is owned by Ulises Zavala who previously trained in master classes, both in California and Mexico. On top of this he has been in the industry for over 10 years and has been running the Uli Studio in the Old Town for 6 years solid.
Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to hear about an off-season special for hair and make-up (only 600 pesos) plus I had a photoshoot coming up.
It was fate. Uli Studio and the offer were calling me!
I entered the salon through huge bespoke, wooden doors that instantly took me away from the hustling food markets across the street.
I was rapidly greeted by the freshness of the air-conditioned environment and the distinctively modern meets traditional decor.
The salon is small, but tastefully laid out with floor to ceiling hand-crafted mirrors resting on stone-tiled flooring.
In addition to this, the exposed beamed roof,white-washed walls, and cute window shutters scream out Mexican flair.
Made-Up With Make-Up
Having been a beauty therapist in the U.K. for over 20 years I have done literally thousands of makeovers, so I was thoroughly looking forward to being on the receiving end.
Ulises did my make-up first. He was very gentle, and although make-up is just basically brushes on face, I soon found myself unwinding.
He spent a lot of time on my eyes, explaining that he likes to match the eyeshadow with the colour of the eyes. A variety of product ranges were used (organic and natural) and the whole application took 25 minutes.
Throughout my appointment I felt attention to detail was paid and consequently when he showed me the result I was extremely satisfied with the natural look I had asked for.
The hair blowout was done next, surprisingly on dry hair, and within 10 minutes he had transformed my thick, wirey locks into a sleek, incandescent mane of beauty.
Who Would Love?
Anyone in Puerto Vallarta (male or female) looking for a quality cut, color, or new style in an upscale and intimate environment.
Great for people who want hair and make-up done in the same premises. Ulises is a master at both.
Particularly recommended for photoshoots, or anyone on a tight time schedule (I was completely refashioned in 35 minutes!)
In saying this it was clear that Ulises promotes a no rush atmosphere; the salon possesses a veritably calm and relaxing environment.
An Airbnb listing directly behind his salon is another of Ulises’s wonderful offerings to the city. If you are looking for affordable and stylish accommodation in the centre of the Old Town, take a look at his accommodation on offer here.
Don’t forget to look around the local food markets directly across the street. A fantastic area awaits you to shop for fresh produce and wares.
Finally to top it off the studio is located just a few blocks to the beach and the Malecon, and it is also an extremely quick stroll from the beauty of the Rio Cuale – where you can stroll around gracefully showing off your new look!
Both my make-up and hair stayed strong until hours later and I would highly recommend the services available at Uli Hair and Beauty.
The studio is located at Lazero Cardenas 577, 48380, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Tel : 01 322 237 7771.