The spa industry over the last five years has shown tremendous growth, not only in the number of spas, but also in the diversity of spas and spa therapies available. A report released by PwC states that even as consumer expenditure has grown at its slowest rate in the last eight years, the wellness sector has bucked the trend and continues to grow from strength to strength. Resilience in consumer spending on wellness products and services is a reflection of increasing consumer awareness and acceptance of wellness as an integral part of their lifestyle. What is more – consumers are able and willing to spend on therapies and extended wellness programmes, there is an increase in the number of international wellness tourists and brands have begun to re-engineer their product portfolios to include a special spa range! The wellness industry has already crossed the $1 trillion figure with a potential to generate three million job opportunities. India is also the second largest exporter of Ayurvedic and alternative medicine in the world and home to 6,200 indigenous herbal plants. With this being the context, we present some of the best spas in the country, their unique selling propositions, new therapies and more…
We meet and interview top celebrity hair stylists and make-up artists. Kenneth Frost, Technical Educator with Alfaparf Milano, is a perfect mélange of style, passion and creativity. He believes in constant learning and taking inspiration from fellow artists to perfect his craft. He shares his journey, future plans and more with us. On the home front, we showcase the skills and dedication of Najeeb Ur Rehman, who shares his life and the essence of Schwarzkopf – the brand, future plans and more. Lucas Chinappa, Owner of Lucas Chinappa Academy & Salon in Hyderabad shares the joys and tribulations of setting up a salon. In make-up and beauty, we have Vidya Tikari, ace man-up artist and educator, who has persevered to reach the level she has after overcoming several challenges. She shares her victorious journey with us, which will undoubtedly, be a motivation for aspirants to enter the field of make-up
In trends, we have eight hot hair styles for men suggested by Roger Peter Ross, Area Trainer – Karnataka for Green Trends Unisex Hair and Style Salon and Sidney Ho, Creative Director, Toni&Guy Salon in Kolkata. MATRIX has introduced Candy Hair Strobing and encourages clients to walk in, try it and walk out looking like new and so beautiful. TIGI presents five new hair styles to try while vacationing. Go for them and watch heads turn!
We showcase Sohum Spa in Ramada Udaipur Resort & Spa where the design elements are influenced by Rajasthani architecture and are magnicifent at best.
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