Monday, February 26

Experts Share: Salon Management Congress at PBI Mumbai Expo


Beauty Launchpad in association with Professional Beauty Mumbai Expo conducted the very first Salon Management Congress with experts from all over Beauty, Hair and Wellness industry. The emminent panelists and speakers have now spoken about their experience at the one-of-its-kind event and here are the top comments of appreciation:


“For the first time, an initiative purely with the objective of industry development was a very pleasant experience. The Salon Management Congress facilitated not only a lot of exchange of views on some very relevant industry topics, but also ensured a good mix of minds speaking on the same topic on a particular panel.”

- Binaifer Pardiwalla, General Manager – L’Oréal rofessionnel & Decléor

"The SMC was a great platform to share thoughts and discuss ideas with a wide variety salon industry professionals and business owners. Understanding the challenges faced by different kinds of stakeholders in different markets and sharing the multitude of innovative solutions discussed to these challenges was very fruitful. I especially liked the discussion on talent acquisition and retention as it is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today."

- Bina Punjani, Art Director, Bina Punjani Salons, Academy & Bridals

"Continuing education is critical in the beauty business where we earn our livelihood by touching every customer. Due to the nature of our business it becomes our duty to educate ourselves and those working with us. Commitment to education has a disproportionately greater weightage in our organization than pure medium term commercial returns. We work towards creating employable trained resources as employability is necessary and prerequisite for anyone educating herself or himself. The SMC conclave was a great learning experience with the best minds from the beauty industry gathered and sharing their invaluable insights into very relevant topics. I thank Ritoo and her team for this opportunity and look forward to many more successes for this very committed team!"

- Vaijayanti Balachandran, Founding Member, Head Innovation, Learning and Supply Chain, YLG Salons


"The SMC 2017 was a well-organised event with a right mix of panelists/speaker with interesting discussions. Looking forward to the next SMC event."

- Avni Amlani – International Skin Expert & Consultant to Dermalogica India

"Our industry needs events such as these. People from all over the country coming together, under one roof...sharing their expertise and experiences to make for a better hairdressing world."

- Natasha Naegamvala, Director, Nalini of Nalini and Yasmin Salon

"Excellent session and much-needed for the fast growing salon industry in India. Great idea Professional Beauty. It's critical to achieve salon unit economics before expansion, keep developing your new service calendar & be aligned to cost management."

- Samir Srivastava, CEO, Jean Claude Biguine

"SMC provided a great platform to address the common needs for the people who are involved in managing the operations of salons and spas. The topics were practical and extremely relevant in today's business scenario. I congratulate Beauty Launchpad and Professional Beauty teams for taking such initiatives and we at Esskay Beauty will extend our full support for such initiatives in the future."

- Subham Virmani, Director - Sales & Strategy, Esskay Resources

"Thank you for asking Fat Mu to be on one of your Q&A panels. It is so important we all get together to share our ideas, concerns, thoughts etc with the community. You need to have a long-term approach to education and starting a business. Do not expect immediate results, it takes time to nurture and cultivate. Don't be in a rush."

- Virginia Holmes, Co Founder and Director at Fat Mu

"I have given my heart and soul to the Salon Industry for 18 years and was overwhelmed with the appreciation shown by the invitation to share my experience at SMC. Thanks Team Beauty Launchpad for the respect and admiration. It was exciting to share my experience at the first-ever SMC."

- Viky Thakkar, Director and Owner, Viki Thakkar - Interior Design, Luxury Homes, SpaLons