Summer is here in earnest and so is the frenzy associated with it. Soaring temperatures across the country, droughts, forest fires, power cuts and planets in retrograde, the mayhem has truly begun! However, hope floats and all is not lost. There are a few corporates and individuals, who have decided to make a difference and are reaching out to those in dire need, be it by supplying water to drought-hit regions of Maharashtra or carrying out rescue operations in the À re-ridden hills or making generous donations to save lives. Good Samaritans are quietly going about their business to make this world a better place and the scorching heat doesn’t seem to be a deterrent at all!
The beauty and wellness industry, too, has geared up by banking on the opportunity presented by the season. To calm our minds and bodies, there are brand new products in skin care and hair care, new therapies on their service menus and host of tantalising new offerings. Salons and spas are putting their best foot forward, indeed. This being the basis of our main article titled ‘In Focus’, we bring you views of salon and spa owners and brands, who give us a peek into their summer-time reliefs.
To inspire our Indian audience, in our ‘Interview’ section, we feature the most-deserving hair and make-up artists from across the globe. Keiichiro Hirano from Japan stepped into hair dressing at a young age of 10 and since then has wielded the scissor like a magician wields a wand! Based in London, today, he occupies a place of prominence and prestige as a leading hair dresser. His journey is inspiring, to say the least. In a glorious photo essay, Laura Ciccone, Head Stylist with Kinky Curly Straight Salon in Adelaide, Australia and the MATRIX HOT Team Member, showcases her latest collection called Crude. On the home front, the well-known Avan Contractor, Co-founder and Creative Director at BBLUNT Salons, shares leaves out of her journey to inspire the aspirant, who wishes to be a part of this dynamic line. Shailesh Moolya and Sushma Khan, hair and make-up experts, respectively, at Lakmé, co-curated with Nikhil Thampi, fashion designer, to create stunning looks at the recently concluded Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016. They share a few tricks and techniques with us.
In the ‘Spa Focus’ section, we feature Quan Spa at the JW Marriott in Mumbai. Tranquil and flowing like water, the layout of the spa, coupled with its innovative therapies, will surely instill you with peace.
All this and lots more in this issue of Salon International-India . Keep reading and liking us on FB and Twitter!