Srinagar, November 30: Sobia Amin faced a lot of struggle to turn her dream into reality. The biggest challenge was to get the idea of opening a unisex saloon rolling in the Valley.
Hailing from Dooru in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district this 23-years-old fashion architect wanted to do something out of the box. Due to her fashion conscious persona and her inclination towards styling and fashion since her childhood days she thought it wise to turn her passion into a full time profession.
As she didn’t want to confine it to single gender, Sobia was a little hesitant in sharing her idea fearing the repercussions such an idea would receive in a conservative society like Kashmir. But instead of opposition, her father gave her all the support that he could to make the dream of his daughter come true. The idea came into her mind while studying fashion designing from Mumbai.
“I have visited many saloons and style cafes of top brands in Mumbai and other metro cities. Then I realized that Kashmir too needs such service. I thought that instead of doing a job in any other state, why not offer services like these in Kashmir and that made me launch my own brand ‘Hap Looks’ here,” Sobia said while talking to The Tribune.
Sobia’s believes in offering better services to the fashion conscious younger generation of Kashmir without making a hole in their pockets. With this aim, she has kept a special 50 per cent discount for students, a service that is hardly available in other style cafés in the summer capital. There is also 50 percent flat discount for all the customers during first week.
Hap Looks’ is Kashmir’s state of the art unisex style cafe offering range of services at cutting-edge price. The saloon has been designed by Kashmiri architect couple- Zahaan and Beenish keeping in view ambience, style and cozy service delivery. The style experts have been handpicked from Sobia herself from across India.
“The services available include hair styling, hair bonding, smoothening, hair yoga, hair color, streaking, bridal make-up, groom grooming, facial, manicure, pedicure, nail, etc. Hap Looks has brought celebrity hair-makeover and nail artists under one roof,” she said.
She added that hers was the first style café in Srinagar where services like Wi-Fi and lounge were available.