THE SHAHNAZ HUSAIN STORY
Shahnaz Husain, the pioneer and leader of herbal care in India, has achieved unprecedented international acclaim for her practical application of Ayurveda. With a burning desire to recapture an ancient heritage, Shahnaz Husain has taken India's Ayurvedic tradition to every corner of the globe. 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, skin-sensitivity, 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, popularising her formidable range of nearly 350 products. Shahnaz has received several national and international awards, including the World's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from Success Group of the U.S.A. She is the first woman to be so honoured, in the 107-year history of the Success awards. Among her other awards are the Arch of Europe Gold Star Award for Quality, the Golden America Award and the Indian Government Awards for Export Excellence. She has recently been honoured with two prestigious international awards for Quality Excellence and Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur 2002, by Global Quality Management, in London. Shahnaz Husain is also the pioneer of vocational training in cosmetology in India, having started her professional schools at a time when only apprenticeship training was available. Shahnaz has never been one to rest on her laurels. She has always looked ahead, towards newer challenges, incorporating the latest techniques and introducing unique innovations. Her natural instincts and foresight have always led her to the next frontier, with her finger on the pulse of international demands. Hers is the story of the human spirit that transcends geographical boundaries and encompasses the entire world. It is a story that is an inspiration to others to follow their dreams with faith and courage. Indeed, as head of the largest herbal clinic-chain of its kind in the world, Shahnaz Husain has become a legend in her own lifetime.