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Catching up IN STYLE

You can buy some precious moments with your loved ones at this swanky saloon

There are various packages to suit the pocket and the occasion.

JUST CAN'T find the time to speak to your spouse beyond the month's shopping list? Unable to have that heart-to-heart with your dear old college friend?

No sweat. The world that gives you killing work schedules, stunted social life and repetitive stress injury will also be generous with antidotes for all these, just waiting to be bought off the shelf. You could, for instance, simply walk into Swirl, the specialty indulgence boutique, and pick up some precious, intimate moments with your loved ones.

The swanky place off Residency Road, spread over 4,000 square feet, has demarcated place on its first floor and special packages for those who want to do two things in one go: bond even as they get pampered in a spa ambience.

Special services

I-Delight Services at Swirl's I-Space Lounge comes with several sub-packages. While a primary service is a head-to-toe skin rejuvenation that costs Rs. 5,000 for a couple, I Delight Extravaganza is a specialised package targeted at the specific needs of the couple and comes for Rs. 7,000. But if you are a person on the go and yet want a piece of pampering and bonding, you could opt for I Delight Express, which compress the works (facial, hair wash, manicure, pedicure... ) in a one-and-a-half-hour slot.

Also on the platter are more specific packages with interesting names: Tress Busters for hair care, Skin Deep for skin care, Hail Nail for nail care, and so on. There is the Bridal Indulgence package for the to-be-wed couple, pegged at Rs. 15,000 and spread over four months. This may be highly recommended for those whose marriages are "fixed" by families and are advised by them to "know each other" within permissible limits before actually tying the knot.

Besides these, Swirl also offers the regular beauty services at its saloon downstairs. "The saloon is for everyone," says Lulua Merchant, who runs the three-month-old Swirl, besides the well-established Shehnaz Hussein's in Koramangala. While a corporate biggie who is a regular here gets a Platinum Passport that ensures specialised attention, a college student gets a 10 per cent discount on all services. Beautification and pampering massages are a big thing among all categories of people, says Lulua.

New entrants

She points out that two categories of people who would never dream of stepping into a parlour — men and teenagers — are now the staple of the beauty industry. Men are eagerly lapping up gels, special shampoos and a whole range of finishing products. "And you would be amazed at how much teenagers are willing to spend without batting and eyelid," smiles Lulua.

Swirl can be contacted on 51236739 or 57719217.


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