She established the Sri Lanka Association of Hairdressers and Beauticians (SLAHAB) in 1996, is the member and president of OMC (Organisation Mondiale Coiffure) Asia Zone and also runs her own salon. Salon India reveals the various facets of the global beauty expert Nayana Karunaratne.
I realised to opt hairdressing as the career post schooling and started travelling out of Sri Lanka to get trained in schools like Alan School of Hairdressing, Vidal Sassoon Academy, Toni&Guy Academy (London) and Rever School of Hairdressing (Hong Kong). I opened my first salon, Salon Nayana, in 1980.
Today, the hair and beauty industry has grown leaps and bounds. The industry has treated me very well and now I think it’s my time to pay back. Being involved with the World Federation of Hairdressers (OMC) has given me the opportunity to host and attend training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally to spread our knowledge among those who aspire to be a part of this industry.
Potentialities and challenges
In today’s time of awareness, people are more responsive to personal care, be it hair care, beauty, health or fitness. Thus, the hair and beauty segment is flourishing. As far as challenges in the industry are concerned, qualified professionals are needed to raise their bar of facilities and services.
H&B industry in India
In India, there are great icons in the hair and beauty segment, but in order to keep up with the global standards, this expertise should spread beyond major towns. The Indian salon and spas have developed a great sense of taste in infrastructure and ambience, which is commendable. They have a very technical concept of lighting, colour, conceptualisation and décor that gives an all-round experience, satisfaction and rejuvenation during the process. India, rather than taking pointers from the West, should develop its own trends and sense of style.
Salon Nayana has 10 branches in Sri Lanka and India. We use international brands such as Wella, Schwarzkopf and L’Oreal in addition to local herbal products that are available in Sri Lanka such as Nature’s Secrets to provide hair, beauty and bridal services to our clients.
About the Institute of Hairdressers and Beauticians
Most of the Asian countries do not have a recognised curriculum to provide diploma level training for aspiring hair and beauty students. To address this concern, we have set the Institute of Hairdressers and Beauticians (IHB), a non-profit making establishment to provide training material, updated curriculum, theory and practical examination in a range of languages, with internationally accepted certifications.
Accredited to OMC, the institute is supporting Indian academies with the study materials, teacher training programmes and theory and practical examinations.
My future plans are to collaborate with salon professionals and academies and share our knowledge with them through IHB education standards and to participate in international shows and competitions.