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Mark Simpson, the famous writer and broadcaster specialising in popular culture, media, and masculinity, has said, “Metrosexual man is a single young man with a high disposable income, living or working in the city (because that is where all the best shops are), is perhaps the most promising consumer market of the decade. In the 80s, he was only to be found inside fashion magazines, such as, GQ. In the 90s, he is everywhere and he is going shopping.” However, it was not until the early 2000s when Simpson returned to the subject that the term became globally popular. In 2002, salon.com published an article by Simpson, which described David Beckham as 'the biggest metrosexual in Britain' and offered this updated definition: The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis – because that is where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference. With the context in place, we bring to you the cover story titled the 'Men's Grooming Industry: Growing from Strength to Strength'. It highlights the cataclysmic rise of the category thanks to the changing needs of the metrosexual male. With inputs from major players in the business as well as industry-reports by Mintel, we say it like we see it. Dr Debraj Shome, a Cosmetic Surgeon & Director, The Esthetic Clinics in Mumbai, shares insights on the trending aesthetic procedure called Beard Transplant. Shahnaz Husain, veteran in the beauty industry, sheds light on the rapid growth of the category. All this and lots more
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.