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Shahnaz Hussain Shahnaz Hussain The Shahnaz Husain Group is India's leading company in the field of natural beauty

and anti-aging treatments. Started in the 1970s by Shahnaz Husain in New Delhi, the group has over time vertically integrated to encompass every aspect of Ayurvedic care and cure. The group has activities as diverse as beauty training institutes, growing of its own herbs to manufacturing of its cosmetics line to retail to specialized treatments through its chain of over 200 beauty centers worldwide. The group has received many an accolade, the most recent of which was when it's Chairperson, Shahnaz Husain, won India's highest honor, the Padma Shree, in the field of Industry and trade for bringing Ayurveda to the West.Indian born beautician Shahnaz Hussain is now a household name not only in India but also abroad. She is an undisputed expert in Herbal care in India. After training for 10 years in cosmetic therapy and cosmetic chemistry, at leading Institutions of the West, like Helena Rubinstein, Arnould Taylor, Swarzkopf, Christine Valmy, Lancome and Lean of Copenhagen, Shahnaz returned to her roots and studied Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of herbal healing. She set up her herbal clinic in her own home, in a very small way, rejecting the existing salon treatment methods and devised her own herbal treatments. She introduced a totally new concept of "care and cure". She also began to formulate her own Ayurvedic products. This was the beginning of the legendary Shahnaz Herbal and other ranges. In fact she has become known for her specialized clinical treatments and therapeutic products for specific problems like acne, pigmentation, scars and blemishes, skinsensitivity, dandruff, hair loss and alopecia. Today, Shahnaz Husain heads a chain of over 400 franchise salons in India and abroad, with outlets in prestigious stores and locations all over the world. Her franchise based enterprise has helped in the worldwide extension of the Shahnaz Herbal clinics, popularizing her formidable range of nearly 350 products. . Shahnaz Life History She comes from a royal Muslim family and her father was a very powerful man. She did her schooling from the Irish convent. Since a very young age, she had an interest in poetry and English literature. She grew up in a traditional family, but was privileged to receive modern education. She got married, when she was only fifteen years old. The next year after her marriage, she became a mother. When she went to Teheran along with her husband, she developed a keen interest in beauty treatments. Eventually, she decided to study the cosmetology course. She wanted to be self independent and so she began writing articles for the Iran Tribune on varied subjects. While pursuing studies, she learnt about the harmful effects of chemicals on human body. She studied Ayurveda and believed that it is the best alternative to chemical cosmetics. After leaving Teheran, she took an extensive training in cosmetic therapy for a long period of 10 years from the leading institutions of London, Paris, New York and Copenhagen. She returned to India in the year 1977 and established her first beauty salon in her abode. Unlike other salons, she did not use

chemical cosmetics. Rather, she made use of Ayurvedic products that are absolutely safe on the human body. She has ushered an era of herbal cosmetics. The products launched by her Company head their way to leading global stores such as Blooming Dales (New York), Harrods and Selfridges (London), Seibu (Japan), Galleries Lafayette (Paris), and La Rinaeccente (Milan). Her beauty products are very skin friendly and give a beautiful glowing look. She has not only been able to tap the markets of India, but made her presence felt in international market too. Now, her aim is to set her foothold in the space. People who go to space usually suffer from skin problems. At present, Shahnaz Hussain is focusing her attention on creating products that can prove to be beneficial for the astronauts She has launched more than 400 different kinds of beauty products. In the contemporary times, people are becoming more and more conscious about the way they look. It is here that Shahnaz Hussain comes to play a major role by providing people with products that can bring the glow back to their skin. She is one of the most prominent personalities of the corporate world. She is making a constant effort to beautify the skin of people with her beauty products. She has been continuously striving hard to slow down the aging process and nourish the skin of people and thus make them look younger than their age.

Entrepreneurship - The Shahnaz Husain Way Shahnaz Husain uses the Ayurvedic method of treatment, which uses natural formulations to cure ailments. She is the pioneer and leader of Ayurvedic beauty products in the world offering Natural Care and Cure. The Shahnaz Husain Group offers exclusive salon treatments geared to individual needs as well as a number of commercial formulations for the treatment of specific problems like acne, pimples, pigmentation, dehydration, alopecia (hair loss), etc . According to a Group, Ayurvedic products are well suited to human skin and hair as they are non-toxic and have no harmful side effects. The human body adapts well to the natural treatments of Ayurveda while it has an inbuilt resistance toward chemical treatments . The Turning Point The turning point in her business came when she represented India at the Festival of India in 1980. Her team was given a counter in the perfumery section of Selfridges in London. She managed to sell her entire consignment in 3 days and also broke the store's record for cosmetics sales for the year. Diversification The Group has diversified into Ayurvedic centers for Panchkarma, Dhara and Kerala

massage. It has also set up two Shahnaz Husain Ayurvedic Health Resorts, one near Delhi and another in collaboration with the Hyakumata group of Japan in the US island of Saipan. These resorts which can accommodate about 200 people at a time, aim at providing urbanites treatments and programs designed to counteract the stress of modern life. The Group has also been holding discussions with major five star hotels in New Delhi and New York to set up health spas. Training Future Entrepreneurs Seeing the need for internationally recognized institutes that offered professional training in beauty, Shahnaz Husain set up Woman's World International. This was started at a time when people who wanted to train in beauty treatments and therapy could only get apprenticeship training. Lessons on Entrepreneurship Shahnaz Husain has acquired worldwide recognition. Her dedication and relentless hard work have paid off and she heads a Group which is the largest of its kind in the world. "It is important to have a dream and to believe in the magic of your dreams" says Shahnaz, who has been able to convert her own dream into a business worth millions of dollars. Shahnaz believes that a true entrepreneur is a person who has independence of spirit. "One should be innovative, dynamic and willing to try every avenue towards success".

AWARDS The Shahnaz Husain Group recently received the prestigious International Star Award for Quality 2009 in the Diamond category, in Geneva. The Award is given by B.I.D. (Business Initiative Directions), a leading organization, which monitors and rewards Quality Excellence in business and industry. In fact, B.I.D. provides endorsement through its corporate programmes to companies in more than 178 countries. This Quality Excellence award not only recognizes the Shahnaz Husain Groups international achievements, but also recognizes Herbal Queen Shahnaz Husains efforts in promoting Ayurveda worldwide with a crusaders zeal, creating an international market for Ayurvedic beauty products and putting India on the world cosmetic map. Today, the Shahnaz Husain Group is positioned as the brand leader in both the domestic and international markets in Ayurvedic beauty care. The Shahnaz Husain Group is the largest organization of its kind in the world, with a global network of franchise ventures and nearly 400 formulations for beauty and health care. It currently operates in more than 100 countries, where it has franchise salons, direct product distributors and beauty institutes. Keeping pace with the latest advances

in cosmetic techniques, as well as the introduction of innovative products have maintained the Groups position as the brand leader. Recent innovations, like the Gold Range, Diamond Collection, Pearl Concepts, Saffron Range and Stem Cell therapy, have had a dramatic effect on the product portfolio. The Group has also started expressing its concept of natural care and cures through spa treatments. Reigning over a multi-million dollar beauty empire, Shahnaz Husain, Founder and Chairperson of the Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies, has become renowned for her unique style of corporate management worldwide, taking her organization from strength to strength over the last four decades. This award honours her spirit of entrepreneurship and phenomenal international achievements.