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A parlour for kids... .a show for beauties

The science of beauty. That is what Bharti Taneja uses to impart to her clients with a permanent make-up. RANA A. SIDDIQUI speaks to the woman who believes beauty is skin deep... .


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EVER HEARD of a beauty parlour for kids? There is one at Punjabi Bagh and one at Lajpat Nagar. It is a one-stop care and entertainment corner at Alps Kids Parlour pioneered and owned by Bharti Taneja, a famed beautician. A soft-spoken lady of 47 summers, Bharti calls the parlour a "substitute for mom's care". Here children from the age of one to 12 are taken care of -- be it in terms of nail care, head and body massage, all types of cuts, nutrition and health care by experts.

In the parlour the entertainment needs of the kids are also looked after. The whole ambience boasts of children-friendly gadgets -- various games, computers, special chairs and special staff sensitive to kids. The children enjoy here while their parents undergo make-up sessions. "Though the kids' parlour pays me little financially but it is their soulful smile and giggling that is more important to me," says Bharti.

Bharti runs six cosmetic clinics across Delhi, which boasts of latest technology in the world of beauty with herbal and Ayurvedic treatments.

Known for introducing `permanent make up' that frees the user from applying and removing daily make up, Bharti uses a mix of herbals and mild chemicals in it. It features permanent lipstick, eye-liner, eye brows and beauty spots. "These last for more than 15 years," she assures. Does she use false eyebrows? "No, I only insert skin colour at the required spot which exactly matches the natural colour. It helps because as one's hair grows grey with age eyebrows remain black. Similar technique is applied for lips. We only outline lips with a light natural colour. Inside lips one can use natural shade or any colour one wants. It relieves you from applying lipstick everyday," she says assuring that insertion of colour inside the skin is totally free of side affects.

Bharti is also out with another `German White Paper Technique' for Indian complexions. In this technique she gives <232,0,0,0,100>fairer <232>or darker complexion as desired by her clientele. "I remove one layer of skin and not beyond that. Because melanin pigments responsible for one's complexion are necessary for skin and they remain in second layer only. We only fade melanin pigment not remove them. The users are given four to six kits to use on their skins and get a weekly sitting here initially. The impact has always been positive without side affects," she informs.

This author of `Bharti Taneja's Beauty Book' that answers 100 significant questions on beauty, is all geared up for her beauty show `Alps Magic 2002' to be held this coming Friday at Asoka Hotel. The event will showcase over 200 hairstyles and make up through 98 models on ramp and skits, drama, audio-visual presentation and narration. More than 35 make-up and hairstylists under her guidance will present special effect make-ups, bridal make up and tattooing. Body painting instead of jewellery will be an added attraction.

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