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    Jaishri Rao’s new salon is all about making men and women more than capable of handling their hair woes

    Taking styling to another level is a catchphrase that most stylists rattle off when asked what sets their establishment apart from the rest. But Jaishri Rao, one of the city’s most popular hair stylists, could be taken at her word. After wielding her scissors at top addresses like Style Mantra and Radisson Blu, Rao started her own salon, Jaishri, in R A Puram a few months ago, and promises a one-stop-destination to tackle all your hair woes and grooming doubts.

    Jaishri21Following the lady
    “Currently we offer all services, from mani-pedis and facials to hair styling and colour. My signature is my personal touch—all my services are tailor-made to the client’s requirements. I listen to them and give practical advice. And if I feel something won’t work, I tell them honestly—even if it means they’ll take their business somewhere else,” Rao says. A testimony to her expertise and popularity is the number of clients who have followed her from salon to salon over the years. “Now they are all here at Jaishri,” she laughs.
    The salon’s ambience is yet another trump card. “It is a mix of Indian and Western elements, infused with a lot of humour,” she says, not revealing too much as she wants her clients to be surprised when they walk in.

    Finishing school
    After being a part of the beauty industry for 11 years, the 35-year-old now wants to go beyond just a salon. “I’ve started an academy where I teach hair cutting and hairstyling,” she says. Next up are plans to help Chennaiites put their best foot forward. “I plan to start grooming workshops and sessions on styling solutions,” says Rao, who believes everyone would love to be shown what to do, especially when they make a transition—from college to the work force or from one job to another. “I will rope in fashion stylists and image consultants too, because it is not only hair and makeup; it’s also about clothes, accessorising, presentation and how you carry yourself,” she adds.

    Open from 10 am to 8 pm. Facials from Rs. 900 onwards and hair cuts for women from Rs. 1,200 onwards. Details: 43535636

    —Surya Praphulla Kumar

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