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Beauty beyond red door

A master in economics would probably have a nine to five job. But Mumbai bred Anjali Noronha is different, being creative she wanted to work with her hands and when a pair of scissors was placed in her hands, she exactly knew what she wanted to be. She entered into the beauty industry to be a hair and makeup artist and after a decade she is now opening her first salon named ‘Li’l Red Door’ here in Goa at Porvorim.

“I love Goa and for me it is not less than a home. I used to make at least two to three trips in a year to Goa when I was a student,” says Anjali who was born in Dubai.

An economics graduate from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Anjali quit her job in marketing, six months after joining. She tried her hand at hair styling and immediately took a liking to it. There was no looking back from there.

“I had this habit of giving my friends haircuts which would take few hours, but then I used to enjoy it. Actually my first stint of working in a beauty parlour was in Goa when I was here for a while. I worked for a salon here in Panaji for a month and a half. That was in the year 2001 and I remember we used to use actual irons that are used to iron clothes to iron hair,” says Nalini who then took professional training in Mumbai under Nalini of Nalini and Yasmin. She also did her make-up training under Christine Valmy. She then moved to the U.S. and got a chance to train and work in the Vidal Sassoon academy.

Anjali has also worked as a hair and make-up stylist for magazine photo shoots. Her editorial stints include Indian publications like M, Elle, Vogue, GQ, For Him Magazine. She even did and hair and make up for model turned actors like, Gul Panag and Mandira Bedi.

“I also worked for few films like Dostana, but that was just for one song ‘Desi Girl’ where I did the hairstyling for Bobby Deol, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. I think more than these Bollywood stints what really worked for me were photo shoots for magazines,” says Anjali who assisted make-up artist Elton Fernandes.

She worked at ‘Bounce’ where she was their stylist, art director and also managed the saloon, after which she joined ‘BBlunt’ and worked in a similar post. Anjali eventually quit her job and moved to Goa in March this year.

Anjali who is now all excited to open her first salon says, “Now people are more brave to try new styles as they are inspired from actors, sports personalities and social media. But, they have two concerns—cost and maintenance.”

Anjali suggests that her clientele will be everyone right from a housewife to working women to college students and it is open for both men and women. She also confirms that her salon is not involved in beauty related services like facial, massage, etc and it is purely for hair and makeup.  Anjali who is not in a hurry to open more outlets maintains that for her it is important to give personal attention to her clients and understand their queries.

“Many a times clients just want to copy a hairstyle from a magazine or that of a star. I need to make them understand that one’s hairstyle depends on ones face and body type and also on what type of lifestyle you have,” says Anjali.

On a concluding note when asked about naming her salon Li’l Red Door’, she says, “It is purely out of curiosity. If I come across a red door then I will be curious to know what’s behind that door. That’s why I named it as such.”


(Li’l Red Door will open its red door on October 4 at 12 noon at 204/1 Bergina Park, NH17, Porvorim.)

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