It is 2017 – a fresh new year full of promise and opportunity! January is also a month when Salon International-India celebrates its anniversary. This year, we turn eight, and like most our age, we are brimming with energy and enthusiasm!
To back our anniversary effort, veterans from the industry have kindly taken out time for words on wisdom on issues that are pertinent to the hair and beauty industry. Shahnaz Husain, Dr Blossom Kochhar, Avni Amlani, Vikram Bhatt, Adhuna Bhabani, Rekha Chaudhari, Viki Thakkar, and Sakshi Virmani, share their expertise.
In this issue, we focus on the growing business of Dermatology and Cosmetology in India. While it is now common place for salons and spas to do brisk business, the category of Dermatology and Cosmetology is attracting a high number of eyeballs from men and women, alike. Never to take things on face value, we talk to a number of experts across the country to bring to you the bare facts about the segment, challenges and opportunities that go hand-in-had with it.
In the global section, we feature Rae Palmer, the owner of WELove Salon in UK and winner of BHA Southern Hairdresser of The Year 2008-09. She is so driven by innovation and creativity, that apart from spearheading her salon, she is also the Brand Ambassador of Revlon in UK. Karine Jackson, Owner of Covent Garden Salon, is a star hairdresser, who believes in pushing the limits with her undying passion for the craft. Catering to an elite clientele of Hollywood actresses, like Neve Campbell and Shelley Conn, Jackson is a master of her craft. She has several prestigious awards in her kitty, such as the London Hairdresser of the Year 2007 in BHA, Fellowship Consumer Image of the Year in 2011, to name a few Andrea Louca, the London and Essex based make-up artist is an intrinsic part of the Kryolan UK and International Make-up and Training Team. A powerhouse of passion, she conducts training workshops across the world and never misses any opportunity to upgrade her skills. Louca shares her journey, achievements, and more.
On the homefront, we meet Cherag Bambboat, make-up artist par excellence; Evelyn Pao Virk, who started her professional career, as a hairdresser, in 2006 by pursuing a six-month hair course from Kolkata- based A N John Academy. After working with A N John salon for over seven years, she started her own salon, named Hair’s Evelyn. Today, she is successfully running three branches across Kolkata, and owes her success to her guru and mentor, Raman Bhardwaj. She was announced the Colour Category winner of the Indian Hairdressing Awards 2016-17 at the East Regional Finale. Kabita Puri, the young and dynamic Top Stylist at Toni&Guy, Kolkata, gave wings to her dreams when she preferred to learn hairdressing, despite being a Science graduate. Apart from handling elite clients and mentoring juniors, she has worked with reputed designers and shows. Puri shares an insight of her journey, hair trends and more.
In the Spa Focus, we have spa designs that mesmerise! From the holistic Quan Spa at the Rennaisance in Mumbai to the Movenpick Resort & Spa in Phuket, the elements of design have been fused together aesthetically. All this and more in this issue.
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