VISAKHAPATNAM : Call it busy schedule, laziness or convenience, an increasing number of people are preferring online services ranging from groceries, plumbers/electricians, food to shopping and fashion. Taking a cue from these services, a group of enterprising engineering graduates in the city has launched online salon services offering shaving, hair cuts, hair dye and massages for men at the doorstep.
Observing the ladies beauty clinics and other at-your-doorstep services, the group came up with the idea of online salon services and started a web portal www.thebeards.in in the Port City about three weeks ago. The customers can register the appointments through their website or through social networking sites and even cell phone. Later, a barber will land at the doorstep of the customer and offer the services required.
The idea has been developed and designed by an IIT graduate along with his friends. One of the seven is B Manikanta, an engineering graduate in computer science from Visakhapatnam.
Before starting this online service, the group had done a survey. They found that a large number of people, busy in business and jobs, face trouble to find time to go to salon for hair cutting. The group had also found that the parents also faced tough time to take their children for hair cutting due to busy schedule.
“Observing the need, we have decided to launch the online service. At present we have hired some experienced barbers on salary basis. We are in nascent stage and have to develop further. Presently, our hired barbers take the calls and in future we will tie up with the barbers of various localities of the city to attend to the calls. Now we are offering cutting, shaving and head massage at their doorstep at `99 only.
Publicity blitzkrieg has been planned to take our online services closer to the people,” said one of the members of the group B Manikanta, who is leading the business in the city.
All skin and hair services, body massages and several styles of hair cuts to the children and adults are offered. The minimum price for normal cutting for a kid is `40 and adult `99. Four-lane anti-ageing facial is offered for `1,500 and full body massage for only `800. The charge for foot massage for 20 minutes is `200 and for 25-minute head massage `100.