Moving to a country like India is wonderful and exotic and fascinating … and a challenge for a white woman who is accustomed to having highlights and going to the tanning salon to avoid being pasty white! I discovered that there are zero tanning salons and no tanning products for sale in India the first week I arrived. Honestly I could live with that and it was better for my skin anyway, right? A friend of mine did suggest buying a tanning product similar to Teesora, but although it looked great, I decided to try the no tan look for a while, maybe I would develop a normal and healthy tan if I was lucky. But the hard and harsh lesson that stylists weren’t experts in blonde hair came at a sad and higher price.
I went to what I thought was the hottest, best salon in town that is conveniently located in my favourite non-hotel oasis – UB City. My first appointment there was only for a haircut and I was happy with the service so I went back for highlights. And that started about 14 months of me rarely liking the way my hair looked because it was orange, or lemon coloured or some other shade that was NEVER my own. I kept trying to get them to darken it, reverse the damage, etc but they never could. Stupidly I kept going back because I went on the absurd assumption that “the devil that you know is better than the one you don’t” and that I would face the same problems elsewhere but I was SO WRONG.
In August 2012, Scent contacted me proactively to say that they were blonde experts and would I like to come in and try them out. They sent a very cool flyer that only talked about blonde highlights and they were very sweet when we spoke on the phone so I decided to give them a try. And that was that!
The team at Scent Salon & Spa really are Blonde Experts. The very first visit they sorted out my hair and reversed the damage caused at the old salon. Then little by little they’ve highlighted my hair back to my natural colour with blonde highlights. All of my expat friends go to Scent, and a ton of my Indian friends too – both male and female. And I’ve seen RCB players there as well, which is always kind of cool.
Oh, and although I am sooooooo not cool enough to try out fashion highlights or colours, my daughter is and she had fun putting a blue streak into her hair and it looks really great. They have about every colour a girl or guy could want so if you are looking for a bit of fun then do give that a go. Scent also has clip-on extensions that last just a day or two which are really nice.
=Touch up highlights (like grey cover-up) are also included as one of the options for the Gals Spa Morning – one of twelve services offered for the rootin’ tootin’ price of just Rs. 3,300 for three services. I tend to go every Friday for Gals Spa Mornings and it is the perfect way to end the week and kick-start the weekend, especially since it is the best deal in town!
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