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Mane attraction

He's a man with cutting edge skills. Meet Savio Pereira, celebrity hair stylist, who will be at the Kanya beauty salon till August 28


HE'S A master at the art of mane makeovers. Savio Pereira goes about his business, setting tress trends, with just a pair of scissors and a comb. The Mumbai based celebrity hairstylist's cool attitude comes through when he swiftly transforms a live model's shoulder-length hair into a striking `close layered' cut at the Kanya beauty salon.

He is conducting a five-day hep hairdo workshop at the Radhkrishnan Salai branch of the salon till August 27.

Girls willing to be models at the style sessions or those wishing to consult the expert about the correct coiffure, here's your chance.

On August 28, Savio will be available at the Kanya salon in Besant Nagar exclusively for clients. (For appointments and enquiries ph: 2811 1446/281 4027).

"We keep having such training camps with experts from the beauty field to update our girls on the latest trends and hone their skills," says Latha Mohan, CEO and founder of Kanya chain of parlours.

Savio, an associate partner with the country's top line hairdresser, Nalini and Yasmin, plans to soon be on his own what with a starry line-up of clients such as Shilpa Shetty, Pooja Batra, Pooja Bedi, Sonali Bendre, Leander Paes, Ajay Jadeja and Kelly Dorji sporting his hair-raising styles. He is even trying to give Sonali and Shilpa a mane-makeover to `cut' away the monotony.

"It's an exciting exercise — inventing new hairdos. And to see someone carrying it off with confidence makes me feel good," quips Savio.

After doing courses in haircut and styling from Toni and Guy and Vidal Sassoon in London and in colouring from the L'Oreal Technical Training Centre, his hands-on training at Nalini and Yasmin has given his skills an edge. "It's no longer as mundane as a barber's job, hairdressing is now a complete study — hair texture, skin type, scalp diseases, eating habits and psychological disorders. You can't go chop-chop. To ensure that each client walks out with a smile, one needs to work methodically — know the lifestyle, profession, hair type, etc. before deciding upon the hairdo," he points out.

"With the vast range of imported and Indian beauty products flooding the market, looking good has been made easy," he says. To which Latha adds, "The right knowhow and use of these products can help maintain your mane even in humid Chennai.

Most women despite being told about the harmful effects of henna insist on using it. After receiving letters from tricologists, I have stopped giving the treatment in my parlours."

Elaborating further, Savio stresses that it's a myth that henna is purely herbal. "The readymade henna has metallic content and sometimes, chemical dye too, which in the long run can severely damage the scalp. It's not the best way to cover the grey. Not only does it give a weird tone to the tresses but makes them dry and brittle."

"Though most of the hairstyles are inspired by the West they do gel with Indian culture, climate and clothes. Not just youngsters but even older men and women are ready to experiment with their personal style.

And if you have the right attitude, you can carry off the designer cuts and curls with desi dresses too," insists the young hairdresser.

CHITRA SWAMINATHAN

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