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Salon International – September 2019

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In today’s fast-paced economy, one may question the role of distributors. While some say they work as middlemen, others prove that a distributor is important for the success of a brand. The latter is true. Distributors are a bridge between manufacturers and the professional consumer, connecting and enhancing the other, and the voice of a brand. Suffice it to say that without distributors, the bottom line of the players in the business of beauty and wellness would be in doldrums. This is the backdrop of this month’s In Focus where we exlore the triumphs and travails of being in this business in India.

In the Hair section, we feature Mary Alamine, Owner and Creative Director of Royals Hair in Sydney. A force to reckon with, she won Hairdresser of the Year 2016 at AHFA NSW/ACT, was the Finalist at Hair Expo Men’s Hairdresser Of The Year in 2016, and several others. She wears her success lightly as we realised when she shared her professional journey.

We also present a mesmerising photo essay of two collections by celebrated hair artists, Felicitas Ordás and José Salvador + Eva González. Truly inspiring for contemporaries and apsirants, alike.

On the home front, we showcase Mohammad Amjad, the winner of TIGI Backstage Heroes Season 2. He reflects on his early days in the hairdressing industry, the platform and his experience. On hair colour and care, brands including L’Oréal Professionnel, MATRIX, Kérastase and Rene Furterer have launched products that work like magic on hair! Salon management, as vital as it is, comes with its own set of challenges. Keeping the operations running smoothly is only the tip of the iceberg. Hiring, training, staff retention, maintaining standards, customer satisfaction, and so on, are some of the biggest goals for any salon manager. Kanta Motwani, Nikhil Sharma and Preeti Singh share their views.

In the Beauty section, Ojas Rajani, renowned make-up and hair artist, shares the beginning of her professional journey and how after 26 years in the business she has still managed to remain relevant to the current times. A story of victories and triumphs, it is an inspirational read. When talking about beauty, how can one leave out make-up? Professionals reveal nothing says class and style better than black, especially when it comes to an eyeliner. In fact, the darker the better. Keeping that in mind, Kryolan Cosmetics has created the super black GEL EYELINER.

In Spa Focus, we draw your attention to Canyon Ranch Spa in Las Vegas. Human-centered design, extensive lighting controls, and energy-efficient light sources are just some of the sustainable features that make for a comfortable and engaging spa experience. Kabir Aliri, Spa Manager at The Gainsborough Bath Spa in UK gives insights into the spa industry.

All this and all our regular features such as new salons in the country, new hair and beauty products on the shelves, the existing best spa packages available throughout the country, and plenty more.

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