Bellissimo, Koregaon Park

What: Salon
Where: Off North Main Road
Services Offered: Hair and Skin
Pricing: Very Expensive
Staff: Okay
Hygiene: ★★★★★

Bellissimo, you may say is the big daddy of hair salons in Pune. Been here for almost 10 years, not only has the salon gained a reputation for itself, but has also been the alma-mater for quite a few salon owners in the city.

The salon, situated off of North Main Road, KP, doesn’t offer much as far as the aesthetics are concerned. I would have been happier to have been greeted by a more welcoming interior. I absolutely love it when salons have a warm, cozy appeal paired with good music and a friendly staff.

As far as the service was concerned, I had a not-too-good not-too-bad experience. Firstly, I was made to wait for 20 minutes beyond my appointment time, and no one seemed to be bothered by that, that was a little disappointing. Secondly, the rush rush atmosphere of the salon did not appeal to me much, I like salons calm and chill. Nevertheless, the salon was very neat and clean, which is always a thumbs up.

My hair – yes my stylist did give me a very nice head wash. However, he ended up giving me a haircut which looks good only when blow dried. It has not done any justice to my natural hair. The blow dry, however, was absolutely well done. Unlike other salons who do not like to spend a lot of time on blow dries, I was given quite an out-curled treat by  my stylist.

Honestly, I was quite surprised when I was handed out the bill. For a stylist who was only a few years into the profession, paying ₹1725 was very heavy on my purse; especially when I have had celebrity stylists like Hakim Aalim style me for no more than ₹1200.

In short, mine was a bitter-sweet experience here. Was yours better? Please let me know in the comments section below.

Mink, Koregaon Park

What: Salon
Where: Lane 6, Koregaon Park
Services Offered: Hair and Skin
Pricing: Reasonable
Staff: Friendly, Well-trained
Hygiene: ★★★★★

Mink is situated in the Chashm-e-shahi Society of Lane 6, Koregaon Park. Now anyone residing in the vicinity sure knows how difficult it can be for a salon to establish it’s name here. However, in a place surrounded by salons big and small, Mink has gained quite a name for itself, all within a year. After having been referred by several friends, I finally decided to pay a visit.

Having failed to get a haircut appointment for over a week, I booked myself in for skin services instead. What a nice set up I must say! The lovely use of colorful frames at the entrance, the pacifying water fountain in the waiting lounge, the beautiful interior of the salon, coupled with the perfect soft music – makes it just the salon you would want to go to, to simply unwind.

The facial rooms were extremely clean – something I can rarely find even in big beauty salons these days. My beautician for the day, Shakeela, was very good at what she did. She recommended a facial best suited for my skin, after carefully examining my skin for a few minutes. She massaged me for what seemed like a happy forever, I think I even drifted off to sleep by the time she was done – proof that it was quite a facial.

Once done, I did get a chance to quickly chat with Shailesh, and I knew exactly why the salon was what it was, within such a short period of time. For a salon whose owner is as passionate as him, it’s quite unlikely not to gain fame. Hopefully, I get a chance to tame my mane here next time.

About Mink: Mink was established by Shailesh Mistry over a year ago. It is situated in the Chashm-e-shahi Society of Lane 6, Koregaon Park. The salon provides all hair and beauty services.