Ruwanthi Herat Gunaratne
Ouch, that was the initial reaction. The staff at Mr. Pierce
Studios had all done something
drastic. One had an eyebrow ring, and another a nose ring. Their
forearms were bursts of colour. I stare mesmerised. They laugh and
say, "But it doesn't hurt at all!"
salon in town, Mr. Pierce Studios has it all. There's the Hair and
Beauty Parlour that caters to kids and adults alike, no discrimination.
Whether you want to cut it, crimp it, straighten it or perm it,
these guys are willing to go the whole haul and more.
Did I say more?
Well more it is. For, besides the usual menu available at beauty
parlours around Colombo, Mr. Pierce Studios is willing to, as the
name suggests, 'Pierce your ears, eyebrows, navel or even your tongue!
Studios International is recognised throughout Britain as the premier
company at the 'cutting edge' of western fashion. As well as the
successful salon and training academy based on the south coast of
England they have been responsible for training over 400 other professionals
in hair, beauty and nails throughout Europe.
the founder of the salon who speaks of twenty-five years experience
in the field, explains. "Well, it all began around 10 years
ago. I started to receive calls from young girls asking if I would
do body piercing for them. What I conducted at the time was merely
a hair and beauty salon and I was shocked at the number of calls
that were coming
in. It really struck me only when a friend of my daughter got a
tongue ring done and it got infected. I realised then that the piercing
revolution was really taking place and thought of starting up on
At the time,
piercing was, as Mike suggests associated with 'big burly men and
dark studios', but it was a trend that kept growing. After talking
to a piercing artiste, Mike went on to have a chat with medical
officials and aromatherapy experts in order to perfect the most
hygienic method of performing the art. "An after effects formula
was created together with an aromatherapy company and we began piercing!"
A salon in
London soon became interested. They called up Mike and thus began
a career in teaching the correct art of piercing. An exhibition
in London followed.
people signed up for lessons during the day. It was a hit!"
Their recipe for the perfect piercing was what drew the customers.
They all specialise in Tattoos. "We'd first have a discussion
with the client as to what he/she would prefer. After the tattoo
has been completed, the client would have to listen to the lecture
on after-care and the client would be free to come back to us at
any time," says Mike.
tattoo wearers, your prayers have been answered. For through some
research, Mr. Pierce Studios has found an American liquid that can
remove that mark off your shoulder for good! The E-Raze liquid is
implanted to contact the unwanted pigment and acts like a magnet,
drawing it gradually to the surface of the skin.
Mike is a firm
believer that fashion should be temporary. "The designs change
with time and a permanent tattoo would be unmoveable." At around
the same time he heard of a German pigment that would not leave
a permanent mark.
This is perfect
for all those who want a tattoo, which is not for life! All colours
are available, and the process is not painful. The life of the tattoo
will depend on such factors as the age of the client, the position
of the tattoo on the body and the amount of sun it is exposed to.
There's also airbrush tattoos for the not so daring. These last
from five days to a week.
not all. Mr. Pierce Studios says that to add 'sparkle' to your life
a tooth jewel should be experimented with! Tiny crystal like objects
are affixed on to the teeth. This is a temporary sticker and can
be discarded at any given time.
The 'wake up
to make up' concept is also to be introduced. Using the disposable
micro needles in their Golden Eye computerised pen, you can have
permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner for up to five years.
The shade is carefully chosen during a consultation, a colour match
paint is applied for you to approve and the treatment carried out
during a half-hour. "This is a big step, especially when going
in for the permanent eyebrow. The fashion of the time should be
of no consideration. A classic arch is best," says Mike.
Mr Pierce studios
are also to be the first British based hair and beauty salon group
to have BOI approval.
But how popular
is the art going to be in Sri Lanka? "Immense!" he says.
"When Rochelle Ekanayake, the salon director first e-mailed
me about two years back, I was unsure. But she was persistent. She
came to an exhibition one day and that proved to me just how serious
she was. Everything took off after that! If the response we've received
this far is anything to go by, as Rochelle very rightly said, this
is just what Sri Lanka needed."
all these services, Mr. Pierce Studios will also hold a full wedding
service (Rochelle's speciality) which will include advice service,
the design and hire of wedding attire and full makeup service for
the big day.
So if you are
ready for a dramatic change in your life, this might be just the
place to visit!