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Rush hour at beauty salons

After 12 days of sweat and tears, it's time for a facial and body massage for the athletes at the Commonwealth Games Village to get rid of the dirt and grime of Delhi.

delhi Updated: Oct 14, 2010 01:09 IST
Sidhartha Roy

After 12 days of sweat and tears, it's time for a facial and body massage for the athletes at the Commonwealth Games Village to get rid of the dirt and grime of Delhi.

At the International Zone of the Village, the Shahnaz Husain beauty salon was the busiest outlet on Tuesday. The attendants at the salon were on their toes as athletes and delegates made a beeline to get facials, body massages, pedicures and hair trimming.

"There was a huge rush today and we are expecting a bigger rush tomorrow," said Usha Zadoo, the centre head, pointing to the massage rooms that were all occupied.

"We have staff strength of 40 people but I have asked for more staff," she added. Facials are the most sought after at the salon, followed by skin rejuvenation treatment.

"The stem cell skin rejuvenation has turned out to be hugely popular as these products are meant for all skin types," she said.

Interestingly, there are more men visiting the salon than women. "60 per cent of those coming here are men," she said. Zadoo said the sale of beauty care products has been overwhelming in the past fortnight. To clear the leftover stock, the salon is now offering 20 per cent discount to athletes and delegates.

"Many athletes have enquired about how to buy our beauty products back in there countries and we told them they can buy it online," she said. "There were many who also shown interest in opening franchisees back home."