We are in lockdown. A state of life we had never thought of. But have you noticed how clean the air has become, how blue the skies, and the constant chirping of birds! The notes we only hear in ú lms, are now a beautiful reality. However much we may curse the virus or the consecutive lockdow, it is true we have much to be thankful for.
The deadly virus and the fear of contacting it has managed to do what no being on earth has been capable of – making humans sit at home, for an indeú nite period of time across the globe. Who could have thought of that possibility? But humans are resilient beings, we adapt and adopt as per the situation, some of us never ever giving up. In the hour of social distancing, we have to embrace the ongoing state of affairs, and created several measures, some of them harsh to not only survive, but blossom. This is the new normal.
In ‘In Focus’ we present to you views of the industry stakeholders who give insights into the tremendous impact Covid-19 has had on their businesses, and worse the necessary lockdown. The beauty and wellness industry had come to a grinding halt and salons and spa were the worst hit with immediate closure being demanded by the government. Even today in some states they continue to stay shut, however, those that have opened or are planning to, have strict safety and hygiene measures in place. It is reassuring, but the consumer will take time to visit a salon to avail their services.
In ‘Hair’, we virtually meet Megan Panozzo, the winner of the SA/ TAS Hairdresser of the Year, Owner and Creative Director of In Awe Salon in Adelaide, Australia. She shares secrets behind her quick climb in the hairdressing world, and more. The head of Christian Ríos Hair Couture Salon in the old town of Vilanova i la Geltrú in Barcelona, Spain, Christian Ríos presents ‘The New Wave’ collection, a mesmerising photo essay that will force you to look at hair in a new light. From aspiring to be a surgeon to becoming a celebrity hairdresser, Natasha Nayar changed gears because of the passion she felt towards hairdressing. She has setup Hair Garage by Natasha in Mumbai, and is working with A-listers such as Vicky Kaushal, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Yami Gautam, to name a few.
In ‘Beauty’, Pritika Keswani, a self-taught freelance make-up artist, is inspired by beauty around her to create out-of-the-box looks for her clients. Also the Founder of Lashablelashes, she shares her professional journey. Guest authors Shahnaz Husain, Chairman and MD, Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies reiterates the importance of education in the beauty and wellness industry; and Bikram Sapra, MD, JB Skincare stresses on the role of technology and that it is critical for business survival.
In ‘Spa Focus’, we present inspiring spa designs from across the world. From linear layouts to plush exorbitance, from elegant hamams to whimsical pools, the design of a spa is intrinsic to its success. In ‘Wellness View’, Dr Jitendra Varshney, Spa and Wellness Director, Six Senses Spa in Mumbai shares his views on the industry at large.
Also, take a look at the snippets which has with domestic and international news, salons and spas that have been launched, and more, in this û ipbook issue of Salon International-India.
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