We all look to find that special comfort zone where we can escape at any hour and find our inner bliss. Tina Grewal has built one such spot on the fringes of the Mumbai coast - in the urban nest of Juhu. She named her hair and beauty salon ‘Shizuka’, which means Serenity in Japanese. The name Shizuka was crafted from years of insight into client’s needs and expectations about skin treatments, facials and massage therapies.
Talking to Tina, one gets a sense of where Shizuka gets its quiet energy from: “I believe in quiet
long walks in the forest. I believe in women power. I believe in poetry and wine. I believe in
evenings with friends. I believe in the goodness of people. I believe in beauty from within.”
With a diploma in cosmetology from Hong Kong, Tina became a qualified beautician under the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology Ltd in 1992. From there on, her journey in the beauty and cosmetology industry began as she freelanced in the prominent salon, Nalini & Yasmin before becoming a beauty trainer for the popular beauty brand, Avon. She also became India’s first trained Lancôme therapist.
Having over 16 years of experience in the beauty and skincare field, she knows how to get her discerning, well-traveled clients hopelessly hooked on to the luxurious facials, massages and beauty therapies on offer at Shizuka. “Great service at great value with methods and treatments expected at specialized salons” is how Tina pegs the much-loved Shizuka. “Once you get the Shizuka experience, you always keep coming back.”
In a world that’s more occupied with communication, networking, striking deals, beating deadlines and being competitive, a getaway like Shizuka is essential skin and mind-pampering. Ask clients to describe the “skin must-haves” on the Shizuka menu and words like ‘plum’, ‘baby-soft’, ‘rejuvenating’, and ‘float-away’ seem to come out on top.
Skin and fashion trends come and go with the seasons, but Shizuka will always stand as a beacon for skin-conscious souls.