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Salon International – March 2020

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The March issue of 2020. We are already a quarter into the year, and it tells us just how fast time is flying. I think it is good when time flies, as it means you are in motion and doing something, anything which is hopefully, productive. But, then ‘productive’ is a relative word. People pretend to be awake hence, feel productive, while the truth is that they are asleep. In every way. So, when you are asleep, there is no motion, only stillness. And to stagnate is to die, right?

This issue is all about women power and the number of women in the business of beauty. Over lunch, I was part of a common debate: are women successful in the beauty industry because of their inherent interest in beauty versus men have always been known to have morebusiness acumen and so many of them are in this business. There is no definite answer but, this month, we are celebrating women. Their presence, the difference they make to the lives they touch and calling it International Women’s Day. I think, every day should be celebrated as one, and women made to feel special. Our cover story is on power women who have made a mark in the B & W industry of India. They share their success stories and beliefs.

In the hair section, we meet Lisa Polini, the owner of Hype Hair Studio and winner of the International Hairdressing Award. She shares her highs and lows with us. Hair care and styling brands make or break, so, we present L’Oréal Professionnel’s Hair Spa Pollution DetoxService that rejuvenates the scalp and hair; Opti.Sculpt, Opti.Straight and Opti. Care Smooth Straight Range from MATRIX for silky smooth straight hair; and care and colour products from Moehair.

In beauty, Ankana Mediratta, a top notch independent make-up artist, shares her professional journey; For great make-up, look after your skin – prevent skin darkening and pigmentation with DermaShade Sunblock SPF 30 and SPF 50 by Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals; Dr Mohan Thomas, Senior Cosmetic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgery Institute, shares insights into Intravenous Antioxidant Infusions as an aesthetic procedure to reverse signs of ageing; Monochromatic designs on nails is the latest style.

In the Spa Focus section, we showcase Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat that showcases Portugese architecture; Priyanka Ahmed, Founder & Director, BeautiQMasah – Xclusive Women Boutique Spa and Skin Clinic, shares her views on the spa industry.

This month, we are thrilled to showcase the beauty and wellness industry of south India. Rahul Bhalchandra, Co-founder, YLG Salons shares his views on the promising growth index of the region; A look at salons and spas that have been launched in the south India; The growth trajectory cited by Veena Kumaravel of Naturals Salons, and she reveals a secret; Vaijayanti Bhalchandra recounts milestones in YLG’s 10 year journey; Hair artist Preeti Singh of Pretty Dan Good Salon-Academy is multi talented and ecstatic to be a part of the industry; Kulsum Pervez shares her journey of becoming a make-up artist; In education, Neeru Radhakrishnan, Founder of Play Salons & Academy shares insights into the courses offered, and more; Madhu G M Gowda, Business Head, Dreamron India Inc shares the marketing and promotion strategies he has adopted for his brand; Dr Rinky Kapoor gives insights into the aesthetic procedure year; and more. All this and more in the issue. Keep flipping, liking and forwarding!