Formed by few passionate professionals, who were fascinated with the glorious yet lucrative innovations of international stylists and brands, India’s salon entrepreneurs have built an industry which was partially organised.
As consumers become more erudite, demanding tailor-made services, that too at their doorstep, definitely industrial disruption has began. Not remained untouched with these constant yet fast growing changes, the Salon & Wellness industry of India is in the process of being organised and well structured.
Influenced with the growing rage of technical upgradation, the renowned brands have been aggressively fetching new systems and processes on place and are equipping themselves to grab upcoming opportunities.
WI Bureau brings you leading salon and wellness players who got influenced with the global market and are doing every possible effort to give MAKEOVER to Indian Salon & Wellness Industry.
Set to take eponymous company to public, UK-based hairdressing brand TONI&GUY forayed into Indian market in 2011 & opened its first outlet in northern region. Founded in 1963 in Clapham, London by Toni Mascolo and brother Guy, the company has excelled in setting trends and standards in global arena, driven by its 50 years of experience since its inception. Started out with one salon, TONI&GUY has expanded to 30 salons in North India. The focus has been on education to strengthen foundation for future expansions.
Currently, focusing on existing salons and further refining the quality standards of its services, its ultimate future plan is to concentrate on building the portfolio of TONI&GUY.
Darling of Bollywood celebrities and millennials, BBLUNT launched in 2004, offering on vogue trendy styles, hair colour and texture techniques. The brand easily lured less exposed Indian consumers, who were less exposed to styling techniques and makeover options.
Recalling her first big break with Indian film industry, Adhuna Akhtar, Founder & Creative Director, BBLUNT shared, “I think BBLUNT’s claim to fame was through its Bollywood hairstyling debut with Dil Chahta Hai. That broke the traditional mould of hairstyling within the industry. Our resume covers over 50 major feature films till date with a few of Bollywood’s trend setting icons on our list of loyalists.”
A premium hair styling brand, BBLUNT is spread across India and the UAE. The brand is known for offering cutting edge styling and hair care techniques along with a range of exclusive products.
A lot has been said in favour or sometimes against the Naturals salon chain for its rapid expansion in Indian market. However, nothing could stop the mastermind to follow his heart of giving adequate business opportunities to women, who were suppose to look after house and raise kids in India.
CK Kumaravel, the Co-Founder of Naturals salon has started this venture with wife Veena in a bid to shape her dream into reality. However, it turned into his fame. From 1 salon to over 500 outlets successfully running in the country and overseas, Naturals have empowered over 230 women by making them entrepreneur in 14 years.
“My long-term dream is to create a global brand. It is a shame that India doesn’t have even 5 global brands. I want to create a global Indian brand that’s my big dream. So, as long as my dreams are not fulfilled, I have adequate energy. We are opening salons in Dubai and then around that five countries in UAE, GCC, USA and more. End of next year, we should be operating in 10 countries and that will give us the flavour of international market,” said C K Kumaravel, Co-founder and CEO, Naturals Salon.
Shahnaz Husain salons
In a country where traditions have existed side by side with modern technologies, Ayurvedic cosmetic and beauty product brand, Shahnaz Hussain has been successfully able to infuse ancient traditions with scientific technologies over the last four decades now. The brand has established a phenomenal customer loyalty with a global network of franchise salons, retail outlets, training academies and more than 370 formulations.
Running high on its expansion fling, Shahnaz Husain’s eyes at a massive international branding, strengthening and widening its global chain of franchise salons, beauty training institutes, retail outlets, shops and spas in countries like USA, UK, Europe, Canada, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and others.
Truefitt & Hill Barber shop
Who could have thought of ‘luxury grooming for men’ in India where till date, men grooming experts are available under the tree, offering basic necessities for the lot. However, changing the regular mindset of the Indian consumers, this UK-based luxury salon brand, has brought over a drastic alteration in the salon industry of the country.
Started off with its first store in Mumbai, the company has now expanded its store count to 5 in the city within a year and half. The luxury salon chain claims that majority of its clients who used to shave at home visit the store at least once a month for their special royal shave.
Eyeing at a rapid expansion in the country, the London-based salon chain has elaborate plans to open franchise outlets in Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad. Truefitt & Hill will also expand its reach to cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur and Kolkata.
With a strong clientele of about 14 lakh satisfied customers under its Runway Rewards programme, Lakmé has earned its way to become one of the most trusted brands when it comes to make-up and skin care.
A subsidiary of 100 year old FMCG major HUL, Lakmé Salon chain was established in 1980. The company operates a wide range of salon chains in India with a foothold of 260+ salons across 60 cities. The brand aims to take its promise of ‘Runway Excellence Everyday’ to over 5 million customers by 2018. Lakmé Salon will be adding two salons per week to its existing toehold and extend its presence to over 300 towns, informs the company official.