Ambika Pillai opens her first salon in 1995 and the brand "Ambika Pillai" was born. Ambika Pillai did the hair and makeup of the Reigning Miss World in 1994-95 Aishwarya Rai and there was no looking back since. Ambika has even tried her hand at movies such as "Taal" doing Aishwarya Rai's face. Due to time constraint she chooses to spend more time at the salon.
Ambika Pillai started small with just 20 highly skilled staff members who she trained to acquire world-class skills on hair, beauty and makeup. As the word of mouth spread
Ambika Pillai started evolving into a very strong brand name.
With just 20 clients visiting the salon it gradually grew ten fold to catering to 200 clients a day and during the wedding season 400 clients a day. Ambika Pillai soon became a household name in Delhi and North India.
Once Ambika Pillai as a brand started gaining traction Ambika and her team started expanding from 1 salon to many more to cater to the ever-increasing demand in the hair and beauty industry. Ambika Pillai started doing the hair and makeup for FDCI's India Fashion Week when it started in 1999-2000. She is the only hair and makeup artist in India to do all the editions of India Fashion Week since inception. She has worked with all the leading designers from India like Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, Sabyasachi, Suneet Varma, JJ Valaya, Tarun Tahiliani and host of others conceptualizing and creating some of the finest and path breaking looks on both the ramp and print media as well.
Ambika Pillai & team regularly style film stars for various shows and shoots. Some of the most prominent ones being Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor amongst others. In the salon front, Ambika Pillai with her chain of salons became the numero uno in creating the finest looks in the bridal makeup area. Ambika and her team of highly skilled artists were do close to 10000 brides every year out of her salons in Delhi NCR.
Her chain of salons located at South Extension, Rajouri Garden, Chhatarpur, Kochi and Trivandrum handles celebrity circuit that includes models, film stars, fashion designers, publishers, socialites amongst others. Ambika Pillai and her team delight in creating the most fabulous looks on regular clients.
In 2013, Ambika Pillai expanded to Kerala as well opening in Kochi followed by Trivandrum.
Besides being the most sought after name for every fashion related event in the capital, her turf extends internationally as well. She has done fashion shows in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, Switzerland etc.
It was basically a natural progression for Ambika Pillai as a hair stylist and makeup artist to come up with her own range of products, which complement and go well with our Indian skin tones. We will soon be introducing the complete hair care, skin care and color cosmetics range.
- Winner of Femina Power List Award 2015
- Winner of the Kerala Business Woman of the year Award 2014
- Winner of the Vogue Best Makeup Artist award 2011
- Winner of Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards for Best Hair and Makeup artist 2009
- Winner of Bharat Nirman Super Achievers Award 2007
- Winner of the Zee Idea Fashion Awards for Best Make up artist of the year 2006
- Winner of the Zee Idea Fashion Awards for Best Hair Stylist of the year 2006
- Winner of the Kingfisher Fashion awards for the best hair designer of the year 2000.
- Winner of the IAAFA Award for the best make-up artist of the year 1996.