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Now, a beauty mall in Chandigarh

Getting top international brands under one roof to provide the best head-to-toe beauty treatment is the USP of Headmasters.

fashion and trends Updated: Dec 01, 2007 15:36 IST

Getting top international brands under one roof to provide the best head-to-toe beauty treatment is the USP of Headmasters - possibly the only 'beauty mall' in India. But there's more to it.

The majority of the staff at the salon in Sector 8, Chandigarh, has been handpicked from underprivileged families.

Claiming to be one of the biggest in the world, Headmasters has teamed up with international hair and beauty therapy chains like Wella, Pevonia Botanica, Richfeel Trichology Centre, Breathe and Nail Spa to put up a grand show for a niche high-end market in northern India.

This wellness zone is spread over 15,000 ft and comprises four floors with each floor catering to different services like a salon by Wella, spa by Pevonia Botanica, a hair and scalp clinic by Richfeel Trichology Centre, a skin clinic by Breathe and a nail bar by Nail spa.

Pramod Dewan, managing director of the salon, said, "Headmasters was the first to launch a unisex beauty salon in the city in 2002. Now we are the first to provide complete beauty treatments under one roof."

"Usually there are salons within malls but no beauty and hair malls as such. I am yet to find another salon of this magnitude in the world," Dewan told IANS.

A unique thing about the salon is that among the staff of 122, 90 percent of the boys and girls are not very literate and come from underprivileged families. They have been trained by Headmasters to be able to give the best possible service to customers.

Calling it a service to society and a labour of love, Dewan said, "These youngsters have been handpicked from wherever possible. They belong to varied backgrounds, be it from Bapu Dham or Maloya (a slum rehabilitation colony)."

Starting with an investment estimate of Rs.20 million, the salon has ended up spending double that amount in the project. Headmasters expects a visit by 200 plus customers every day.

Specialists in professional hair cosmetics, Wella India has extended its training facilities for the in-house training academy.

Talking about her association with Headmasters, Jasmin Arethna, managing director of Pevonia Botanica India, said, "This is our first spa outside 5-star services."

India's first trichologist Apoorva Shah of Richfeel Trichology Centre said, "After providing consultancy services to Femina Miss India and Bollywood, we are at the service of common people."