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A cut above the rest

There may be a downturn in the economy, but it hasn’t affected the market for a good haircut. A new unisex salon, which opened at The Aman hotel in Delhi last month, charges Rs 13,000 (including taxes) for a trim.

india Updated: May 02, 2009 22:29 IST
Ruchira Hoon

There may be a downturn in the economy, but it hasn’t affected the market for a good haircut. A new unisex salon, which opened at The Aman hotel in Delhi last month, charges Rs 13,000 (including taxes) for a trim. The clientele is steady for this most expensive haircut — 6 to 12 hair junkies (Deepika Padukone included, the buzz goes) beat a path to the salon’s doors every day. After all, this is the salon (other branches, of course) where Kylie Minogue, Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn had their locks chopped.

At the Kim Robinson salon, there’s no tacky music or wet towels curled around dirty foot spa chairs. Clients are wrapped in short grey kimonos over their clothes; their handbags in plastic. The styling is done in individual chambers before at least five mirrors and two technicians on call. Fashion videos roll on private LCD TVs and juice, cappuccino, even champagne, is available if clients don’t mind paying extra. Plus a good manicure and pedicure for those who desire extra pampering.

According to Rod Anker, the salon’s creative director, “One of the main reasons we opened shop in India was the heavy inflow of clients from Mumbai and Delhi flying down to Hong Kong.” The pricing, Anker adds, is on par with the salons in China and Singapore. The showstopper here is the ‘dry cut’. Once done, a half-hour shampoo-massage takes place in the cleansing chamber, followed by a blow dry. Altogether a two hour experience.

Any allowances for the slowdown? Pay Rs 3,100 less on your second visit to the salon — or just Rs 9,900 (without taxes). Does that make your wallet feel lighter?