A salon is no longer needed to hold the basic hair­cut­ting chair, mir­rors and make up tables. The décor is as much part of the sales pitch as well sharp­ened scis­sors and clean brushes

By Saima Malik


ith a maze of new salons crop­ping up on the hori­zon the com­pe­ti­tion has become fiercer and what dis­tin­guishes the best ones is not just their exclu­siv­ity and ster­ile ser­vice but their ambiance. Slowly the clients are shed­ding the trend of fol­low­ing just a pop­u­lar media name and hype. They are going for some­one who goes the extra dis­tance for them! And to the fickle lady that is the client, not only is excel­lent ser­vice, top notch treat­ments and best prod­ucts a pre­req­ui­site but also the beau­ti­ful sooth­ing sur­round­ings in which they are pam­pered.cool elegance

The décor of a salon is its heart and soul and to remain on the top it has to make a state­ment, be it impres­sive glam­our or taste­ful com­fort. A salon is no longer needed to hold the basic hair­cut­ting chair, mir­rors and make up tables. The décor is as much part of the sales pitch as well sharp­ened scis­sors and clean brushes. Hold­ing its own in among the myr­iad of new play­ers and old giants is the exclu­sive setup of Sana Sara. A rel­a­tively small salon and stu­dio headed by two beau­ti­ful sis­ters and savvy busi­ness women Sara and Sana.

On enter­ing the salon you find a taste­ful recep­tion area that imparts dual impres­sions of ele­gance and cool com­fort. Gleam­ing pol­ish of mahogany wooden fur­nish­ing is off­set by cream col­ored walls. The wooden floor blends in com­mu­ni­cat­ing sophis­ti­ca­tion. Adding the touch of inno­v­a­tive to the setup is the mul­ti­tude of the beau­ti­ful pho­tographs that grace the walls. Some of them are a tes­ta­ment to their famous clients while oth­ers, a proof of Sana’s tal­ent with the cam­era and Sara’s with the brush. “Fatima Zaheer was our inte­rior designer (works indi­vid­u­ally) but we helped every step of the way with the deci­sions of décor, espe­cially with the basic color scheme, choco­late and cream” says Sana, with her irre­press­ible smile.

“We had to then find fur­ni­ture that matched with our scheme and all other para­pher­na­lia,” adds Sana serenely with her gor­geous smile, dim­ples flash­ing. Adding a dash of flare to the com­fort­able wide couches are the cush­ions in a mass of col­ors. Lead­ing off from the wait­ing room are the spa and facial rooms spar­ingly but ade­quately fur­nished. The main area is beyond a door which con­tin­ues the color scheme and the sooth­ing theme. A wide spa­cious room with huge mir­rors line one wall while mahogany chairs face each sit­ting area. Sur­round­ing the mir­rors are spot­lights in sil­ver. This is the hair cut­ting area basi­cally; where eye­brows, man­i­cures and pedi­cures are also done. The other side of the room con­tains tables, beau­ti­fully carved wooden foot­stools that give the impres­sion of an ele­gant draw­ing room rather than a salon. “Around 80 per­cent of your ser­vices are reflected by image. The first impres­sion is obvi­ously con­veyed by the décor that sets the tone for the cus­tomer. Our high pay­ing clien­tele expects the best and that includes the inte­rior of our salon,” says Sana as she shows me around.

Fur­ther explo­ration leads you to another room where tow­er­ing cup­boards fill one wall while the oth­ers are filled with indi­vid­ual work­sta­tions of a mir­ror and chair. The mir­rors are lovely con­trap­tion sur­rounded by wood and a line of soft white round bulbs. “They offer a lot of light but no heat,” explains Sara. This is the makeup room where all nature of make-overs is done and cup­boards have lock­ers for brides to store their valu­ables. The room is big enough not to crowd and the col­ors are bound to calm any nerves.

The over­all affect is of impres­sive com­pe­tence and cool ele­gance that does not com­pro­mise com­fort for prac­ti­cal­ity. It reflects its ded­i­cated tal­ented own­ers, giv­ing off an aura of warmth, opt­ing for inti­mate ele­gance instead of glitzy glam­our. More com­fort than pomp and glit­ter. And it seems to work like a charm as Sana Sara form a unique niche in our lil town! ■

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Mag­a­zine Lay­out: M Asif, Pho­tos by GM Shah

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This arti­cle was orig­i­nally pub­lished in the print edi­tion of Val­uemag, issue 3 – July 2008

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