Islooites are all set for their coiffure needs with Toni & Guy’s new salon

Published: January 13, 2014
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The salon has a contemporary appeal with a classic yet chic design concept. PHOTOS:PUBLICITY

The salon has a contemporary appeal with a classic yet chic design concept. PHOTOS:PUBLICITY

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan’s fashion industry seems hell-bent on defying the country’s current economic conditions, as evidenced by Toni & Guy launching their latest and largest world franchise in Islamabad on Saturday evening. With the addition of the expert salon, it appears the otherwise quaint city will get a chance to add some character to its landscape.

“No matter what the economic situation in Pakistan is, our women will always spend on looking good,” said actor Mahira Khan, who was present at the event. She has a point, because Toni & Guy is far from the only international brand that has set base in Pakistan in recent years.

The launch was organised and managed by Rezz Events, and featured a special hair and make-up show with 12 models, styled by experts at the salon, trotting down the ramp. The models exhibited outfits designed especially by HSY, House of Kamiar Rokni, Mohsin Ali, Sublime by Sara Shahid, Munib Nawaz and Republic by Omer Farooq.

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Designed by architect Salim Khan, the salon has a contemporary appeal, with a classic yet chic design concept. The large glass windows of the salon overlook a Japanese garden with natural light beaming inside the space. “I would like to go to a salon not just for the services, but also for the experience and that is what we offer here,” said Juju Haider, Creative Director at Toni & Guy Islamabad. Haider, who has been an integral part of the success of the franchise in Lahore, said she was ready to take on the challenge of introducing the versatile and edgy cuts that the brand is known for. “It’s about time Islooites start experimenting,” she laughed.

With hairstyling stations on the ground level offering a range of cuts, colour services and hair treatments, the floor above offers nail care services as well as facials, skincare and spa treatments. The brand’s unique and exciting services include an exclusive range of products, for professional and personal use. Make-up services for brides and grooms-to-be are also featured on the services’ list. Like its other branches, the one in Islamabad also stocks and sells premier salon products, like Label.m for haircare and Guinot for skincare. Label.m is the official haircare product for London Fashion Week. Apart from this, the salon provides free consultation on cuts, colour and styling for maximum impact.

CEO Toni & Guy North Pakistan Shammal Qureshi emphasised on the importance of educating people about what products to use. Qureshi said that it was the success of Toni & Guy Lahore that directed them towards launching the salon in the capital. “There is a great deal of potential in Pakistan for the styling and fashion industries,” he said.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Qureshi said that a large number of clients were driving down from Islamabad to Lahore for their services; hence it was important to launch the salon here in order to cater to the needs and demands of customers. “People want access to the best services and products, and we aim to meet their expectations as closely as possible. We think Islamabad has a lot to offer to us, just as we have a lot to offer to the people there. It’s a special place and we are sure we will be appreciated,” he said.

Qureshi, who is a certified trainer from the Toni & Guy Academy in the UK, plans to open a branch of the academy itself in the future, where expert trainers will provide hair-cutting and colour courses and industry hopefuls will get the opportunity of becoming certified Toni & Guy stylists.

Meanwhile, potential customers in Islamabad seem more than happy to have a branch closer to home. “I would definitely come here for the experience,” said Barrister and Law Professor Shahmeen Sheikh, a guest at the event. Sheikh said such a salon which meets international standards was the need of the hour for Islamabad. 

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Umar
    Jan 13, 2014 - 10:15PM

    I seriously think Islamabad is challenging Karachi and Lahore right now. And with Islamabad expanding as far as Taxila now, I won’t be surprised if Islamabad becomes the new hub of trending things in the next 10 years. It’s a city that is growing really fast. Plus it has that multicultural touch to it too, like Karachi. People would want to go to Islamabad instead of Lahore or Karachi. It’s something really nice. Competition is always healthy. I think cities like Peshawar, Quetta, Gawadar, Abbotabad, Faislabad etc should also join in the competition. Cities like Multan should remain on the history and culture side in my opinion. PeaceRecommend

  • Fustian Farid
    Jan 14, 2014 - 6:53AM

    International brands of clothing, beauty salons to get our Pakistani women enter the glamour world. @Umar writes a quaint comparison about the rocking cities of Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad. This is all fine & dandy but what about the out laying districts of these mega cities? Poverty is in the daily life of the people, where sewage is scattered where children play & schools have no water, bathrooms or supplies. Considering the wealth is squeezed in a small percentage of people in these cities, there is a dramatic rise of monies being transmitted into the country from foreign wages so Pakistan is by no means a poor country like Somalia but the poverty has increased the poor are falling into a dark abyss of suffering so why do you think that while a small faction enjoy the latest fashion trends the poor are sinking deeper into the have-nots can anyone explain?

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  • Saj
    Jan 14, 2014 - 8:23AM

    @Umer Agreed with most parts of what you said except when you mentioned Abbotabad. Seriously ?? Abbotabad ?? Come on dude !!

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  • AK
    Jan 14, 2014 - 8:40AM

    Islamabad will never be able to compete with Karachi due to Seaport.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jan 14, 2014 - 8:51AM

    Being from Islamabad, it seems that during the last few years it has become a jump compared to Karachi and Lahore. There are so many things that are out of the reach in Islamabad but plentiful in Karachi and Lahore. I hope the CDA and the gov try and improve the infrastructure in Islamabad and truly make it a capital city to be proud off.

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  • A Khan
    Jan 14, 2014 - 7:29PM

    “…. was the need of the hour for Islamabad. ”

    Of course, this was what was missing from my recent trip to Islamabad. The crumbling infrastructure, mushrooming population, shanty town slums around Metro and security issues are not really that important.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Jan 14, 2014 - 7:40PM

    well considering the fact that Islamabad is the capital of Pak ,most diplomats live there . It is the hub of national activity. Makes sense to have IN things there . Recommend

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