We live in a time when the word ‘experience’ sums up our take on any activity in life – be it a gourmet meal or holidaying anywhere in the world. It is one of the most important qualities that either turns you towards success or brings you down, there is nothing in between. However, in the realms of beauty and wellness, ‘the experience’ begins the moment one enters a salon or spa and lasts till one has left. Therefore, when a client forsakes his time and money in order to avail of a therapy, wise salon and spa owners pull out all the stops to offer ‘the experience’ to him or her, as the case may be. It is hence, up to the salon and spa owner, how he will leverage a walk-in client and converts him into a regular client and the aesthetics of the space plays a critical role.
In this issue of Salon International-India , our cover story is on aesthetics and the dexterity with which it is blended with functionality in a salon or spa. We talk to salon and spa owners and professionals involved in designing the space and learn about the most critical aspect of design.
In our interview section, we meet Ken Picton, celebrity hair stylist from Wales, who is an educator and leader par excellence. After spending 25 years in the business of hair dressing and technical education, he is at the forefront of British hairdressing. In a mesmerising photo-essay, Mary Alamine showcases the Gozen Collection. Styled after the Samurai warriors, Alamine has created hair styles posses strong shapes and sharp lines that reflect toughness and masculinity be À tting of a Samurai warrior.
In make-up, we have a tête-à-tête with Donald Simrock – the Officiall Make-up Artist for the recently concluded Lakmé India Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2016. After having worked with topmost celebrities, such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, to name a few, he floored the on-lookers at the fashion week with his deftly created looks. He shares his joyous experience of working in India. On the home front, Naushad Ahmad and Anura Rai, both hair stylists with an edge, share their trials and tribulations and what it takes to make it big in this industry.
In Visual Dynamics, we feature the Seventh Heaven Spa at Clarks Exotica Resort & Spa in Bangalore. An urban oasis of wellness, rooted in traditional therapies and massages, the spa’s luxurious and serene ambience helps escape from the city’s hustle bustle. The Olive Spa in Nainital, is one of the well- known spas on the region. Alpesh Sharma, Spa Head, Olive Spa shares his views on the effort it requires by a spa to reach a top level and the plans that he has for the bran in the near future.
We also take this opportunity to wish our readers a bright and prosperous Diwali!