spiky and curly
Nine years ago, Ravi, a past pupil of Isipathana College started
work at 'Salon Nayana'. "My brother does hair and make-up in
Singapore and this influenced me to a certain extent," says
Ravi who would often watch his brother at work.
Ravi too went
to Singapore to study hairdressing and worked at 'Tony and Guys'.
He now has his own salon at 'Kalyx Boutique' on Flower Road, Colombo
in hair cuts and styling, Ravi also does colouring, perming and
bonding, as well as make up, and hopes to cater to a cross section
So what advice
would he give on hair care? "I think it is important that the
necessary treatment be given to your hair regularly," says
Ravi. To people who say they don't have time in the morning, he
replies "get up a bit early". Ravi advises that hair should
be oiled regularly and given a trim once a month, "even if
you are growing your hair". Products used on hair should be
from a recognized line, he adds.
As for the
new trends that are coming in, Sri Lankans are disappointing. "They
are conscious about what others think and would go for a hairstyle
everyone has, even though it might not suit them.
Now for the
spiky hair," says Ravi adding that it also has to have a bit
of colour. "When you put in colour, the hairstyle shows and
gives a classy look."
He feels that
spiky hair is an easy style as all you have to do is gel it up and
use your fingers to style it. "You can change the way it is
As for the
girls, short hairstyles are elegant and smart. "At the moment
curls are in, especially spirals with a bit of colour." As
for the re-bonding many seem to go for, Ravi feels that this particular
hairstyle takes a lot of care and because of the humidity here in
Sri Lanka maintaining it would be quite hard.
hairstyling Ravi is a professional Latin American and ballroom instructor,
who believe it or not, has been dancing for 18 years. " I started
teaching about six years ago and this is something I enjoy,"
he says. Building a studio is one of his future dreams.
As a hairdresser
too Ravi has many plans, "but it's important for me that I
am happy at what I do" he says.
Is the saying 'the face is the mirror to your soul' true?
Nuzly Sikkander believes it is.
With her aesthetic
skin care centre "Derma Care", Nuzly plans to demonstrate
how important skin care is and what beauty care is all about. "Taking
care of your skin is as important as taking care of your body,"
says 22-year-old Nuzly who opened her salon four months ago.
Having been interested
in make-up since she was very small, Nuzly started studying cosmetology
when she was 15. After she completed her education in the US, she
began a course in beauty culture and specialized in skincare under
Lia Schorr. Nuzly received her licence in aesthetics, electrolysis,
aromatherapy and make-up.
in Moscow, where my father was the ambassador, I also learnt hairdressing,"
she says adding, "that's just not me though." Returning
to Sri Lanka after her marriage Nuzly realized that there was a
need for a salon which specializes in skin care alone, and so 'Derma
Care' was launched. Some of the treatments she offers are facials,
aromatherapy, and massages as well as hair styles and bridal dressing.
She also offers an interesting massage called 'bacials'.
basically a back massage," she says laughing, adding that this
is excellent for spotty, acne, dehydrated or oily backs. "What
it includes is exfoliating, extraction, massage and other treatments."
She also does
fairness facials where "it is basically about taking off the
suntan". Nuzly encourages people to wear sunblock as it really
protects your skin. "The fairness facial is really popular
among my clients." Having a facial done is important as it
cleans the face and restores the glow. "There is the misconception
among some that facials are needed for older people but that's not
true. It is important even for the young."
Her salon is
cosy and welcoming, with candles of various colours and sizes everywhere.
"I just love candles," she says lighting a few as we enter
the salon, giving it added warmth.
does two kinds of wax treatments; cold wax and the herbal wax. She
also offers hand care that includes classic manicure, European manicure
and handical; a hand treatment which she says is ideal for sunburnt
face-lifts, which she recommends for people over 50 years, Nuzly
also treats acne. The sessions are very personalized. "When
a client comes to me I spend a lot of time with her," she says.
For an acne
treatment she gets her client to write down what sort of food they
normally eat. "I then go over the list with them and decide
what they can cut back on and what sort of food they could avoid."
This method has proven successful as she sees the results after
some time. "What we eat matters," she adds. She also advises
teenagers that deep cleansing is the best way to prevent acne.
only Sothy's products. "I feel that the fact that these products
have a base plus the natural ingredient makes it more suitable for
the skin," says Nuzly who is quick to add that she doesn't
however discourage her clients from using other products. "You
should actually go by the ingredients of the products you are using,"
she says adding that she normally goes through the ingredients with
her clients and explains why most compounds are used. Never use
a product that does not have the ingredients listed, she warns.
go in for natural products but Nuzly believes that these products
must be used up soon if you want to get the desired results. "Even
though we are aware of this we never follow it,' she says adding
that the natural ingredients have no shelf life, "so by the
time we use it it's not as natural as they say it is".
Her salon is
equipped with state of the art equipment that includes a galvanic
lamp. For most of us who do not know what this is she explains that
this shines a light onto the skin revealing its true condition,
thus making it easier to treat.
Her love for
candles also helps her clients. "The candles help them to relax.
This is very important," she adds as when the client is relaxed
the results of the treatment are better. "I also advise them
not to talk during the treatment."
No matter what
some people say the state of our skin matters to most of us. And
places like Nuzly's salon where all you have to do is sit back,
relax, inhale the sweet smell of the burning candles and maybe cut
back on a few things you eat, are going to be much sought after.
Care" is situated on 23A, Castle Lane, Bambalapitiya. Tel: