Eleven years after its official launch, Salon International-India has become an authoritative voice in the haloed portals of the professional hair, beauty and wellness industry. Salon and spa owners,brands, hair and make-up artists, dermatologists and cosmetologists find in our articles, topical news, often exclusive, that help thems fuel their vision of beauty and develop strategies.
To celebrate these eleven years, we offer you this special issue concocted in the height of winter. It is an opportunity for us to take a quick retrospective look, but most of all, true to our editorial line, to try to better understand the developments of the market and to turnour eyes to the immediate and more distant future, giving voice to the best experts in the field!
We kickstart the year with a focus on ‘experience’. It is the most telling word that describes a feeling peculiar to a salon or a spa, and so, it is tue that customer experience has become an operative word. The first impression of a salon or spa is always the game changerand holds umpteen opportunities for owners. The design philosophy and layout speak volumes about the brand’s image. With innovativeconcepts ranging from minimalism, modernist, green salons, and more, renowned architects and interior designers forecast theideologies which will be a hit in 2020.
In the hair section, we present Éric Sammartano, who started out as an apprentice at age 14, and when he was 18 got his first job. Soon after he launched his own hair salon. He shares his professional journey. Lisa Polini, owner of Hype Hair Studio, has 24 years of industry experience. She has been nominated as a finalist in the 2020 International Hairdressing Awards in the ‘Best International Women’s’ category for Highland Armour. We showcase the glorious photo-essay! On the homefront, Rohit Solanki, owner of The Bombay Company in Pune, shares his joys and travails of being in this business. As does Yashvardhan Killa, who wants to change the dynamics of his father’s business, by learning the intricacies of haircuts and styling. We also feature hair colour and styling brands that are on the top of their game. With products innovations and sustainability at the core, they are serious about offering products that are superior in quality, and free of chemicals. The Alpha Male section has all the dope on men’s grooming!
In the Beauty section, Swati Daga, independent make-up artist reveals her thoughts; Marianna Mukuchayan, an international make-up artist with roots in Germany, proves that creativity has no boundaries; top dermatologists predict the fate of three treatments. We feature entrepreneur-led skin care brands who have found balance and success in their business strategies.
In Spa Focus, Escenza Spa at The Deltin in Daman is a sustainable abode that provides authentic luxury experiences; Dr Pritesh Sawant at Quan Spa at the Renaissance in Mumbai shares his take on the wellness industry; and Melissa Lim, GM & Head, I’M Onsen Hotel inManila routes for revenue.
This issue has been a great adventure and would not have been possible without the support of our stakeholders and the loyalty of our readers. We would like to thank them all warmly and assure them that the months and years to come will continue to be rich in new developments, new projects and, of course fresh information!