Head Turners Sports Salon: A Truly Unisex Beauty Parlour with a THEME!

Head Turners Sports Salon: A Truly Unisex Beauty Parlour with a THEME!

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say, “Beauty Parlour”? Let me guess: a place smelling like a perfume section of the shopping mall, full of women getting haircuts and facials, surrounded by posters of celebrities and supermodels with insanely gorgeous hair and flawless, porcelain skin. Now, what comes to your mind if I say, “Sports Salon”? If I’m not mistaken, you’re thinking of a place with loud men.

OK, I will avoid going into a rant on sexism, stereotypes, and gender roles. What I will complain about, however, is how beauty salons are always boring and pink and sparkly and excessively feminine. That’s perhaps the reason why men prefer to go to dedicated men’s parlours. Even unisex salons have separate sections for men and women. That’s where Head Turners Sports Salon comes in.

Head Turners Sports Salon: A Truly Unisex Beauty Parlour with a THEME!

A Truly Unisex Beauty Parlour with a THEME - Head Turners Sports Salon: JustODThings

A Truly Unisex Beauty Parlour with a THEME – Head Turners Sports Salon

Head Turners Kolkata

From the time of its inception, Head Turners has changed the idea of unisex salons. It was one of the first of its kind to provide a common space for all genders to sit and get a haircut, or get a little pampered, without feeling judged. I have always been loyal to Head Turners. God knows how difficult it is to find a place that understands exactly what you want, and incorporates that request into a hairstyle that’s right for you. Especially when there’s a finicky customer like me who wants the hairdresser to turn her thin, pin-straight strands into a lion’s mane with no more than an inch cut off from the bottom. And, I have always loved its ambience, too, with moth male and female stylists.

And now that Head Turners is a brand in Kolkata, they have decided to take the idea of ‘unisex’ to a new level: with their brand new Sports Salon!

Head Turners Sports Salon, the first themed beauty parlour in Kolkata: JustODThings

Head Turners Sports Salon, the first themed beauty parlour in Kolkata

Head Turners Sports Salon

Now, what exactly is a sports salon? To describe it in simple words, it’s a sports-themed parlour with a decor that reflects the universal love for sports. Posters of football stars have replaced the airbrushed models. Showpieces include skateboard shelves, football lampshades bicycle, and boxing gloves instead of all things pink and dainty. Even the tray on which they bring refreshments is a Chinese Checker board! It doesn’t stop there. There’s a screen inside the salon showing all the important matches. When I was there, an IPL was on. It is not only the first sports salon in Kolkata, but also the first themed salon here.

State-of-the-art equipment and a quirky ambience at Head Turners Sports Salon: JustODThings

State-of-the-art equipment and a quirky ambience at Head Turners Sports Salon

My Experience at Head Turners Sports Salon

The new outlet of Head Turners in Gariahat offers all that you need to get pampered. From the list of their services, I went for a de-tanning facial spa, a hair smoothening spa and pedicure. And, a week later, I went back to get my hair cut. The entire experience was a much-needed one for me.

Hair

Now, I had not had a haircut for several months, let alone a proper hair treatment. Lack of care, mixed with stress and exhaustion, along with health issue, had already caused my hair quality to deteriorate. Besides, my recent trekking trip took a toll on my hair. For days, I used my bad hair as an excuse to wear a bandana everywhere, a style I fell in love with again after a really long time, thanks to the pretty ladies on the hills. It helped to cover the mess that it had become, as well as to protect it from further heat and sun. After I had the hair spa, my hair looked and felt better than it had done in a really long time!

When it comes to a haircut, I really ask for very little; and, by that I mean that I ask my stylist to trim not more than a centimetre from the back length, which then becomes a matter of negotiation until I agree to one inch. They are allowed to do what they want with the front layers. I was very impressed by what the head stylist at Head Turners did to my hair, with so little to work with!

Left - I had a deep tan after the trek, and had to keep my damaged hair covered; Right - My transformation after my visit to Head Turners Sports Salon: JustODThings

Left – I had a deep tan after the trek, and had to keep my damaged hair covered; Right – My transformation after my visit to Head Turners Sports Salon

Facial

The trek had taken a toll on my skin, as well. After my return, I was carrying around an epic sunburn, though I was kind of enjoying it, to be honest. So, I like the sun-tanned Indian skin tone. Sue me. Anyway, after a couple of hours at Head Turners Sports Salon, I could see a massive change in my appearance. I had a soothing, peaceful hour enjoying a facial spa, after which I could see a visible change in my skin tone. While I was a tiny bit sad about losing the tan, I could see the skin glowing. Over the next week, the tan became even lighter.

Pedicure

Now, the pedicure left me feeling like Happy Feet. It turned out to be of great help. As I mentioned before, I had had a trekking trip; it was my first. The new climate, the long hours of walking, and the encounters with insects and leeches had left my feet pretty rough. The pedicure left my feet so soft- and happy! At this point, I must mention that starting from the masseuse to the hairstylist to the pedicurist, everyone at Head Turners Sports Salon seemed to have magical hands!

Getting pampered with my friends at Head Turners Sports Salon: JustODThings

Getting pampered with my friends at Head Turners Sports Salon

Services at Head Turners Sports Salon

Head Turners Sports Salon offers all the regular services that you expect from a beauty parlour, like hair styling, facial, spa, pedicure, manicure, threading, waxing, etc. So, what’s special about this place? You can choose from a whole list of treatments here, to meet all your hair and skin care needs. They have more than 20 chemical services for hair, and around 25 hair treatments, along with a list of skin rejuvenating treatments for the face, feet and hands. You can also pick a body massage to get relaxed and get rid of those knots that badly need some attention. They even provide more than 30 nail styling solutions.

Head Turners has private chambers for facials, massages, and bridal makeup, as well as dedicated sections for all the other services like pedicure, hair styling, hair treatments, nail styling, etc. The salon also has state-of-the-art equipment for the different treatments. There’s even a massage chair that you can operate yourself to relax your muscles in minutes. I also found it really interesting that they have turned the balcony into a waiting area, complete with swings and all!

All in all, Head Turners Sports is a place for all your beauty and pampering needs!

Head Turners Sports Salon in Gariahat Kolkata: JustODThings

Head Turners Sports Salon in Gariahat Kolkata

Location

Gariahat, opposite Muralidhar Girls’ College in the lane beside Senco Gold Gariahat Mega Shot

Time

10 am – 8 pm

Pocket Pinch

Depends on the service and level. For instance, three levels of hair styling are offered, starting from Rs. 299 (men) and Rs. 399 (women) and goes up to Rs. 990 for advanced levels. Hair treatments start at Rs. 800, while facial skin treatments start at Rs. 1500. Massages begin at 500. You can consult their (sports-themed) rate cards for all the details.

Appointment

Recommended. Call 033 4600 4533 for more details.

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