Royal A be­gin­ning…

Hair - - Salon Launch -

QHow does it feel to get back home af­ter 25 years?

A I’m heart-warmed with the wel­come, love and sup­port that the peo­ple of Ker­ala have show­ered on me without hes­i­ta­tion. I plan to open three more sa­lons here — in Tri­van­drum, Kot­tayam and Kozhikode.


is ‘Am­bikapil­lai’ dif­fer­ent from the other sa­lons?

A Am­bikapil­lai has got heart and soul, and my team is pas­sion­ate about what it does. At the sa­lon, we not only cater to the crème de la crème, but also to clients from all walks of life, by keep­ing the rates af­ford­able.

QWhat made the launch unique?

A It was Ro­hit Bal’s splen­did fash­ion show that show­cased beau­ti­ful make-up and hair­styles that made the launch so spe­cial.


many awards to your name! What does it take to be a suc­cess­ful hair­styl­ist?

A It’s not about win­ning awards. The awards are highly ap­pre­ci­ated when they come your

way. But, the dream is to stay con­sis­tent with your work and keep rais­ing the bar.

QOne favourite look that you have cre­ated for a Bol­ly­wood celebrity…


went A Aish­warya’s hand-in-hand look with in the The feel soft, of the nat­u­ral film. look QOne

celebrity you’d love to style…

A Rekha! QList

down a few beauty es­sen­tials that need to go into ev­ery woman’s van­ity kit…

A Lip balm, ka­jal, a cream blusher, a gloss and a lip­stick of your choice.


tip of the sea­son…

A From vin­tage-in­spired pin curls to overnight braid­ing, get tex­ture into your hair with styling prod­ucts.

QYour plans…

A I plan to open more sa­lons in In­dia and bring in the Am­bikapil­lai make-up, skin­care and ac­ces­sories line. Named af­ter In­dia’s most ac­com­plished hair and make-up ex­pert, the launch of Am­bikapil­lai Sa­lon, Kochi, has taken the South by storm.

PRIYA CHAPHEKAR finds out more.


jour­ney De­scribe your Pro­fes­sion­nel… with L’Oréal

and Fruit­ful, event­ful

A It is since day

one mem­o­rable!

has Pro­fes­sion­nel that L’Oréal

me and walked held my hand

in stood by me through. It has the tough­est

of times.

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