The Manasee Studio 101 in Kharadi is the flagship outlet of the all-female family-run brand that has earned an impressive reputation for providing the best service for hair and skin in the city
Manasee Studio is a known name when it comes to salons in the city. While they opened their first salon in Kalyani Nagar in 2012, the story of the brand goes back 20 years when Gitanjali Dogra started offering salon services. It was a one-woman-show back then, she recalls. Dogra has passed on her enterprising spirit to her daughters — Manasee and Hiteshi. Manasee developed an interest in the beauty business. She took up courses in skin and hair and slowly learnt the work.
“We worked for a couple of brands before we decided to start our own, and that’s how Manasee Studio was born,” says the senior Dogra who is running this outlet.
This flagship store in Kharadi promises to live up to expectations of its clientele and raise the bar for quality service even higher. “We have six salons across the city, but we have decided to make this the flagship one. It is a Matrix flagship salon,” says Dogra, explaining the association between the salon and the professional hair care and styling product brand. “I found the place four months ago. Since then, we have worked on designing it ourselves. After some renovation, fittings and interiors, it is now ready for business,” she adds.
The brand has earned a reputation to have the best hair stylists in the city, in fact Manasee and Hiteshi are often hands-on at their various branches. “We have specialised hair stylists who have been in the business for 15-20 years. They are skilled and knowledgeable about the latest trends and know how to do it. In fact, most of the staff we have here have been trained at our other salons and have worked there for a while. We have only hired one or two new employees,” she says.
The salon has not been officially launched yet, but they are catering to their regular clients. “Because of word-of-mouth, we have a few clients and walk-ins. Some of our clients living in the Magarpatta area and Kharadi area find it easier to come to this location rather than going to Kalyani Nagar or MG Road,” says Dogra, adding, “All our other salons are smaller in size. The one on MG Road is more congested, and the one is Kalyani Nagar is also just about 1000 sq feet. But this one has been designed to look spaced out and posh. It has a designated foot spa area, two facial rooms on this floor and one on the floor above. These rooms are designed in a way that cuts out all the noise from outside, so one can relax while having their spa treatment. We will also have a separate saree draping and makeup area. When clients from our previous outlets walk into this one, they are wowed.”
The salon provides regular services like hair cut, blow dry, hair updos, threading, head massage, body massage, colouring, highlights, and touch ups, along with treatments such as cyctine, keratine, smoothening, straightening, perm, and hairfall treatments. Their range of facial caters to every skin type and targets specific issues. “For our Fresh Fruit Facial, we use actual fruits such as chikoo, banana and so on. It is like a homemade treatment for sensitive skin, and because we use organic products, there are no side-effects. For brides, we have the O3 facial and a skin brightening treatment which will have them glowing on their big day. The Kesar Facial, where we use organic products, and the Gold Facial are also favourites among our clients,” says she, adding that the salon is scheduled for an official launch during mid-November.
Manasee Studio 101, at shop no 4/5, Ganga Arcadia, next to Columbia Asia hospital, Kharadi, is open from 10 am-8 pm everyday