Hair Raising Profits

The public today demands more than shampoos and conditioners. Hair colours, styling products, hair repair treatment, hair spa treatment, transplants, hair weaves have gained popularity and have increasing demand as well.

Haircare has become a regime as opposed to being an occasional activity. To add to this, people are willing to experiment and are not apprehensive in paying for expensive products. Hence opportunity has increased manifold and a lot of brands are making their way into the market.

Another major factor is the market opting for organic and natural products. Most of these products are priced steeper than products using chemicals.

To add to these, there is a lot of segmentation in haircare products. Firstly, there is the difference between products for men and women. Further on, there are products and treatments for different kinds of hair ailments. So the options one has are endless.

Considering the growing demand for haircare a number of brands have opted for franchise route for expansion. Franchising is experiencing vigorous increase in the salon and beauty services industry because it is a skill-based business concept offering easy learning. Another factors for taking up franchise route is that it does not involve giving away equity. Also with franchising brand building and market penetration can be done at no additional cost. Franchising also offers home grown brands an opportunity to expand internationally.

Jawed Habib has been franchising since 1992 and have over 225 centres across 21 states in India. A Jawed Habib franchisee need to invest Rs 10 to 20 lakh and should have an area of around 100 sq. ft for the express salons. For a specialty salon, an area over 350 sq. ft. is required.There are currently 148 franchised outlets of Jawed Habib.

Strands Salon and Spa, a premium hair and spa salon, has engaged the expertise of Franchise India Brands Limited (FIBL), a part of Franchise India Group, for its strategic nationwide expansion. Naunihal Singh, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Strands Group Pvt. Ltd, said, “Franchising is an apt business model to expand, especially in a country like India. Expanding through franchisees will keep us updated of the competition, changes in market trends and new opportunities specific to the market we are targeting.” Presently, Strands is successfully running in places like Delhi, Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Ludhiana, Yamunanagar, Panipat, Patiala and Trivandrum. Now, the company is looking at expanding overseas and is already exploring the European markets.

The Indian haircare market is driven by urban consumers. And with rising disposable income, the haircare market is looking upward. Consumers are becoming more conscious about global trends and are willing to spend more on haircare treatments. Haircare is seen today as an indulgence and both men and women are opting for various haircare services increasingly. Under such scenario future seems to be quite bright for the industry. Thus, an aspiring entrepreneurs looking for a lucrative business opportunity can opt for franchise of a hair care brand that suits his pocket as well his interest.

Vcare provides a low cost franchise opportunity in south India. The brand commenced franchising in 2009 and with an investment of Rs 2-5 lakh over an area of 600 sq. ft., one can own a franchise of Vcare Hair. The science of hair and scalp was founded in London in 1902 and Carolin Praba Reddy was the first South Indian certified trichologist from the International Association of Trichologists (IAT), Australia, who started Praba’s VCare Hair Clinic in 2001 in Chennai. With a strong network of over 100 professionals in clinics at Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, VCare caters to the hair care needs of people with a mix of scientific approach and ancient wisdom.


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