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Crowning glory

The recently concluded `Pantene Hair Asia Pacific 2002' bore ample testimony to the fact that hair care is as important as one's clothes and body.

NAIL IT: First runner up in the Nail Art Gallery Mutulakshmi.

BEAUTICIANS AND hair stylists around the world often argue that only a bald person actually understands the value of hair.

What most people take for granted, needs proper care and adequate nourishment for a healthy bounce and positive signals about an individual's personality.

Hair has now assumed a dimension of style statement.

Locks can be as individual as it can get, from giving a statement about one's persona to a powerful fashion testimony or simply make one look younger.

The hair care industry has evolved into a multi-million dollar one, with institutions mushrooming to churn out professional hair stylists and hairdressers.

To educate and equip hair care professionals with relevant knowledge on all research-based, scientific and natural aspects of hair, the `Pantene Hair Asia Pacific 2002' contest — one of the biggest hair cutting and styling events, was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently.

The Indian team who participated in the event included Dr. Blossom Kochhar from Delhi as the Guest of Honour, Savio Perriera and Natasha Naegamvala from `Nalini & Yasmin's' with celebrity hairdresser Vicky from New Delhi.

The show was a unique platform for hair experts, from 13 Asia-Pacific countries, to exchange their knowledge and expertise on subjects such as hair science and hair beauty.

"This year's event was a testament showing the power of shampoo and conditioner, and how amazing styles can be created out of hair that is truly healthy," says Dr. Blossom Kochhar.

While India's Mutulakshmi was declared the first runner-up in the category for `Nail Art', Thongchai Muang Bamrung of Thai origin was the winner of this year's grand championship, taking home a cash prize of $ 2,000 for her crowning glory. Pantene from the house of Procter & Gamble sponsors the event, now in its sixth year.

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