Join me for a quick walk-through of Scent Salon & Spa at their newest location on Lavelle Road in Bangalore which opened in July 2012. It is situated in the heart of Bangalore and it has been designed by the Italian-educated architect Wills Warruny who runs the firm W&W India and it is simply stunning. He has used natural elements like sand to give the walls not only a unique texture that I haven’t seen elsewhere but it also gives the walls a lovely shimmer, which is a natural effect of sand when light hits it. The chairs are overstuffed for comfort, there are foot rests all about and the music is a clubby mix of tunes that includes progressive and house music.
The salon is structured like an international salon typically is. There aren’t any young boys around only to fetch this or that or sweep up. The wonderful staff is comprised of a salon manager for the administrative side of client services and then inside it is run by a senior director, two senior stylists, three aestheticians (for body treatments) and two junior stylists — all very attractive (not sure how the cosmos brought them all together but they are!), all in their 20s to early/mid 30s, all with tremendous experience, and most hail from India but one is from Latin America and one from the Middle East.
Because of the products they use (for hair: Paul Mitchell, Rusk, Loreal, Shwarzkopf, Siah, Essencity, Inoa), the quality of the service and the expertise of the staff, this is a salon for those who want the best. They even specialise in blonde hair and are famous for correcting the mistakes that other salons make when colouring or highlighting blonde hair. My appointments, for example, comprised of full highlights (individual hairs painted and wrapped in foil, not bathed in colour), a haircut and then some product, and it cost Rs. 4,600. Depending on whether you choose either a stylist/senior-stylist/director for your services, the price for a haircut runs Rs. 400/600/1000 for men, Rs. 700/900/1200 for ladies and Rs. 250 for boys or Rs. 500 for girls. Highlights cost around Rs. 2500 — 3000, which is standard for Bangalore.
Scent’s tagline is “the haircut is just an excuse” and you’ll see why once you are there … because you won’t want to leave! A half-day ‘relax’ package is a specialty and I highly recommend their spa. They have a beautiful room with four comfy pedicure stations, two regal high-backed chairs for manicures, and three massage, body scrub or reflexology treatment rooms. -Angela