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Tuesday, February 5, 2002 4:00PM IST (10:30AM GMT)
'Sunsilk Salon Award' winners announced
Highlights included a dazzling hair fashion show sporting the latest in hair trends
New Delhi, Delhi, India

In a glittering finale to the two day event - Sunsilk Salon Awards, Shirin Merchant from Mumbai bagged the coveted 'Hairdresser of the Year Award- 2002'. Shirin Merchant was also declared winner in the Inter Salon and Beautiful Brides categories and Helen Chen from Kolkata won in the Hairdressing category. Regional winners from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore vied for the honors in three categories of - 'Beautiful Brides', 'Inter Salon' and 'Hairdressing'.

The regional winners had to demonstrate their expertise in hair fashion on the models in full view of the audience. The hair creations were judged by leading hair experts consisting of Biagio Morreale - International Hair expert - London, Jawed Habib and Samantha Kochhar - Sunsilk Hair Experts along with makeup artists Cory Walia, Marvie Beck. Well known models Reshma Bombaywalla, Priyadarshini Pradhan, Tora Khasgir, Shamita Singhal, Koyna Mitra and Ishita Bajpai walked the ramp in stunning hair and beauty makeovers that elicited an enthusiastic response from the salons.

The Final List of winners at the Sunsilk Salon Awards:
Category Prize Winner
Inter Salon First PrizeSecond Prize Shirin Merchant (Mumbai)Jasmine Bhatia (Mumbai)
Hairdressing First PrizeSecond Prize Helen Chen (Kolkata)Paramjit Soi (Delhi)
Beautiful Brides First PrizeSecond Prize Shirin Merchant (Mumbai)Vicky Shah (Mumbai)
Wild and Whacky First PrizeSecond Prize Vicky Shah (Mumbai)Kusum Yusuf (Mumbai)

Biagio Morreale, International hair expert who demonstrated the latest International trends in haircuts, styles, colours said "The interest and enthusiasm shown by all the participating Salons is incredible. The workshop session was very fulfilling and interactive and generated a lot of excitement. I am pleased to see the caliber of the Salons and commend Sunsilk for instituting this programme on a regular basis."

According to D Shivakumar, Business Unit Head HLL, Personal Products (Haircare), "We have seen a marked improvement in the hair creations displayed by the Salon professionals this year and are pleased that they have found this to be a wonderful platform to have their talents showcased and recognised. The Haircare team at HLL will continuously strive to provide the best in haircare to consumers across all categories"

About Sunsilk
Sunsilk has evolved to become a premium and fashionable brand in the personal haircare needs of the Indian discerning woman. Sunsilk shampoo was relaunched in April- 2001 offering a range of customized hair care benefits offering shampoo variants by hair types. Sunsilk has a strong heritage of natural ingredients and trust of the Indian consumer is constantly improvising on the Indian woman haircare regime. The Sunsilk range consist of Sunsilk Shampoo, Sunsilk Anti-Dandruff shampoo and Sunsilk Pro-colour a range of seven hair colours.

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