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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. Suf ce 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 re ects 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
Salon International reflects the interest of urban Indians in beauty and service offerings, and opens a window into the world of personal grooming as a business. Read globally by salon and spa owners, hair and make-up artists, professional brands, aestheticians and academicians, and more, in the field of beauty and wellness, the magazine brings with it 360° know-how of the glo-cal industry. It has top notch content that covers the spectrum with topics on trends, salon management, interviews of experts, market reports, insights and case studies, merchandising strategies, and more. A comprehensive, youthful and dynamic magazine, Salon International offers its readers quality updates on trends and techniques and cutting edge scoops in the trade. It addresses a sector that is growing steadily (at nearly 40 percent per year in India) with academies growing at 20 percent; national and local distributors and importers rapidly adding brands to their portfolios as bigger players continue to open subsidiaries and existing manufacturers step up production in proportion to the increasing needs of the end consumer. A collector's item, Salon International is a must for new entrepreneurs and established players, both.