Aspiring to be an Inspiration of young girls of Kashmir.

 

At a time when too many beauty parlours are coming up in the city, there are very few who have an expertise in the subject and being one of them Sandhiya takes pride.

Dressed in a white apron Sandhiya, 38, bears a receiving smile on her face and welcomes her clients in a sober voice.

A Kashmiri pandit by origin she runs her parlour Tulip 9 from two rooms at Maulana Azad Road, Lal Chowk. 

Born and brought up in Abi Guzar area of Srinagar she left Kashmir as armed conflict picked up.

Though her family stayed back but she left for Jammu to receive higher education. After her bachelor’s degree in commerce from Jammu University, Sandhiya went to VLCC College for post-graduate diploma in cosmetology.

“Yes, I admit that the first few years of managing business and family were crucial and challenging for me as I had no prior experience.”

She later joined this college as a skin faculty but the excessive workload didn’t suit her.

“At VLCC I realised that one has to go through a lot of pressure while being on jobs so I quit.”

It was the time when she decided to come back to Kashmir and do something of her own.

With an experience and a degree in cosmetology at hand she started her own beauty saloon from Residency Road and later shifted to present place.

Sandhiya – who could realise her dream with the financial support of her husband says initial years were a challenge.

“Yes, I admit that the first few years of managing business and family were crucial and challenging for me as I had no prior experience.”

“I guide my customers in many ways like I suggest them what products to use, how to take care of skin etc and that is how I earned their trust”

The idea of starting her own business did not go well with her in-laws as they were sceptic about the very idea of business in Kashmir.

“My in-laws were not happy with the idea initially. They thought the parlour had no scope in Kashmir and I won’t be able to handle it,”

Clinging to her decision Sandhiya says she kept her fingers crossed and today she has a huge clientele. 

“I have  made the right decision of coming back to Kashmir. Even though I have spent two decades away from home but my heart was always here.”

Her basic knowledge in cosmetology gave her an edge over others, she believes. 

“I guide my customers in many ways like I suggest them what products to use, how to take care of skin etc and that is how I earned their trust”

Aspiring to be an inspiration to young Kashmiri girls who want to start their own business she says that if I could start it anyone could. “all you need is the right and timely start.”

Her parlour is laced with all kinds of latest equipment with cosmetics arranged in neat columns but Sandhiya says there is a need of investing more.

Nowadays mulling over expansion of her parlour into a full-fledged spa Sandhiya says it will require an investment of around Rs 30-40 lakh.

“There is no concept of spa in Kashmir right now and my customers ensure me that it will not work.”

Aspiring to be an inspiration to young Kashmiri girls who want to start their own business she says: "if I could start it anyone could. All you need is the right and timely start.” 

Content with the decision she made years back Sandhiya says: “I have  made the right decision of coming back to Kashmir. Even though I have spent two decades away from home but my heart was always here.”

 

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