‘You have to be a genius’ to be able to find a hairdresser in India: An American woman’s journey
Posted November 01, 2018 11:59:14A hairdressers experience in India may not be glamorous, but it is well worth your while to be there.
“You have the luxury of knowing the salon is run by people with an incredible level of expertise in their field,” says Rishi Rupesh, owner of the Indian hairdressery Cpit Hairdressing Salon in New Delhi.
“And they also know their craft.
You are not going to be doing a lot of work.
You will just be a little bit busy, but you will be learning a lot.”
A haircut at the Indian salon, which is open daily from 10am to 4pm, can cost from $150 to $300.
“The salon is very, very professional, but I think it’s because they do the whole process for you, and you are just going to get a haircut,” she says.
It is this process that makes the hairdressering experience unique in India.
“[They] do a great job of making sure that you get the haircut, you get a good haircut,” says Rupashi.
“I think they take the time to go through your body, because they know how you feel, and how you want to look.
I think the stylist is there to help you feel comfortable, and really give you that feeling of a professional haircut.”
The salon’s staff are all professional, and Rupash’s clients are the top Indian women.
Rupashi’s salon is one of a handful of Indian hair salon operators that offer services for women, who are increasingly looking for services that are cheaper and easier to find in the US.
India’s female hair salon industry is growing fast.
According to a survey by the International Institute of Hair and Beauty Arts (IIHBA), there are more than 30,000 licensed hairdresseries in India and over half of them cater to Indian women aged between 18 and 44.
Women in India are finding that many stylists do not speak the lingo of the industry.
“When I came to India, I was taught how to cut hair at home,” says a 27-year-old from Delhi who asked not to be named.
The woman had spent five years learning English before finding the salon.
“My English skills were not good enough to cut a hair, so I went to the salon, where I cut a lot,” she explains.
“It’s very nice, I love the staff.”
Rupesh and her team work hard to ensure that the stylists are knowledgeable and understand their craft, which can take years to perfect.
“You have a lot to learn.
It takes a lot for you to learn the right technique,” says the hairdressery’s owner.
“If I want to cut my hair, I have to practice.
I don’t know what the right thing is.
And you have to learn how to do it.”