People first. It may sound obvious, but this has been the founding principle of Asha Hariharan, Louie Ho and Kenny Sin when they founded Beyond The Fringe Salon in Hong Kong, in 1984. Education is a proof of our commitment to our people - best in class and balancing creativity and technical skills.
AHA! Is a natural progression of the simple thought ‘People first’. It is a platform to learn, share ideas, develop core disciplines, and a technical understanding of how to set your creativity free.
AHA! Programs focus on three areas of Skill Development - Hair, Make-up & Business and three segments of student - Beginners, Professionals and Salon owners.
Asha Hariharan trained at the internationally renowned Academy – REVER and was awarded Student of the Year for consistently topping all semesters. After completing her Salon and Business Management in Hong Kong she went on do her Post Graduate Training with Vidal Sassoon and other specialized courses with Wella and L'Oreal.
She has trained under Christian Chaveau – Paris for her professional and expertise in Make-Up and her competence in Beauty through foundations in Aesthetic Sciences under Frederique Deleage with certification from the International Therapy Examination Council – ITEC of England. In addition she is trained with Eve Taylor, the world-renowned expert in Aroma Therapy.
Asha worked with June Dally Watkins the foremost name in International Fashion and Model Coordination in Australia. Her work with fashion icon Coco CHANEL and Hair & Make-Up shows for Wella and prestigious projects for BOURJOUIS (France), CLARINS, professional shoots for BENETTON and FOGAL has added to her richness of experience.
She has worked with world famous photographers like Dinshaw Bulsara, Ian Golding, Richard Whitefield and Robert Lamb.
Asha has been awarded "Best Hairdresser" by Wella several times. In February 1999, at the Salon International Competition in Mumbai, Asha won top honours in all 5 events – Look of The Year, Wild & Whacky, Best Hairdresser – Female and Bride of The Year. Asha Hariharan handles the Indian Chapter of Beyond The Fringe. Recently she won 2nd Runner Up at the West Zone Finals of the L'Oreal Colour Trophy Award 2006.
Presently Director – Beyond The Fringe Salon & Academy, Samir has over 20 years of management experience. Having completed his Post Graduate Masters in Business Administration, he is presently a Management Trainer and Consultant and increasingly being sought after as a Salon Management Mentor.
He was appointed Management Consultant to India's leading Hair Association – Hair India People for a period of 3 years during which time many shows and seminars were organized and developed a membership base of over 1000 hairdressers. Samir is presently member of the Governing Council of the Rachana Sansad Institute of Architecture, Arts & Design, Prabhadevi, Mumbai advising the institute, with special focus on using IT to enable distance learning and various IT applications.
Samir spent 15 years in NIIT, India's leading Computer Training Company setting up Computer Training Institutes in Maharashtra, Gujarat and eventually in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in setting up NIIT Education Centres and Franchising of the same.
His knowledge & over 10 years of experience in the salon business coupled with his management experience gives him the necessary skills and strategies needed to take salon businesses to the next level. AHA Academy's Salon Management Programs are dedicated to building salon management and making you successful.