SCHNELL HANS owes its origin to the part time activity of a newly married bride. The Founder Director Romila Shyam had always had an interest in beauty and hair and not only did she have a flair for it, but she would also do makeup and hair styling for a lot of her friends, at a hobby level. At that time, way back in 1966-67, there were no professional training institutes In India, so she started on her own purely by research. She also subscribed to foreign magazines and managed to get study material from Schools of Beauty at London and specialized in Skin Therapy. Soon her clientele began to grow, and she started a small professional practice from home. Within a year, in 1968, she started the first branch of SCHNELL HANS at Mahim and thereafter one at Colaba.
Soon, Romila's daughter Sunita, who was growing up in the midst of combs and brushes and makeup and face packs, started assisting her mother after school and during holidays and could trim hair and even do threading from the tender age of 10. After her schooling she went to London in 1986 to do an Advanced Course in Hairdressing, Trichology, Makeup and Skin Therapy. On her return, she pioneered an 'Advanced Course for Practicing Beauticians' and also introduced various new techniques. A Press Conference to announce new innovations got tremendous response from all newspapers and magazines and she was acclaimed as 'India's Youngest Accomplished Beautician'. Sunita Motwani-Makhija is also a Beauty Journalist and contributes articles regularly to various newspapers, magazines and websites.
She regularly travels abroad to update herself on the latest techniques and introduces the same at the Schnell Hans Academy and Salon. Onychology, i.e. Nail care and Sculpturing of Nails, is one such technique introduced for the first time in India.
The Napean Sea Road Branch was started in 1987. Over 1000 students have received training at Schnell Hans and a number of salons have been started all over India and abroad by many of them including in U.S.A., U.K., West Indies, Canada, the Far East and the Gulf. Schnell Hans includes Parlour management, dress sense, tips on diet and Aromatherapy in the training programme. Another highlight is the course on 'Personality Transformation' conducted personally by Director Sunita Motwani-Makhija. Schnell Hans believes in 100% practical training where students are taught on models provided. The theoretical aspects are also taken into account by imparting detailed know-how on skin and hair.
The entire syllabus is based on International standards and the students are also taught, as a part of the syllabus, advertising, window display and electrotechnology as far as they relate to the business of beauty.
The Schnell Hans staff is a team of efficient personnel, all of them inducted from the students trained at the Training Division. All staff at the salon are ex-students of Schnell Hans and are given further in-depth training personally by the Directors. For the benefit and comfort of students and clientele, the salon section is separated from the training division at each of the centres.
Schnell Hans also specializes in Innovative Facials and Bridal Dressing, apart from treatments such as Fashion Cuts, Colouring and Perming, Hair Smoothening, QOD Treatment and Keratin Treatments which are offered and done only after discussions and consultations that include analysing hair structure, personality and lifestyle of the client. The Directors personally offer these consultations and are available at the centre by appointment. A unique feature of the facial and treatment masks used is that they contain extracts of herbs, flowers and aromatic oils.
Directors of Schnell Hans, Mrs. Romila Shyam and Sunita Motwanl-Makhija have been trained abroad at various schools in London and New York, including Vidal Sassoon, Morris Masterclass, Ray Cochrane, Complections International and The U.K. School of Onychology.
They also hold World Federation Diplomas and have even conducted workshops in London. Sunita is also the first in India to have been awarded the prestigious Licentiate from City & Guilds, UK that entitles her to use LCGI against her name.
Sunita Motwani-Makhija has also done a course in Nutrition and Dietetics and trained in yoga and consults on skin, hair and total physical fitness through yoga. At Schnell Hans a wholistic approach is believed in and followed including having the right attitude and frame of mind and body. Tips on diet are also given to persons who undergo treatments and clients are also given orientation and suggestions to maintain their skin and hair in between salon visits.
The Directors keep abreast of the latest in the field abroad as well as in India and keep updating existing training programmes as well as introducing newer advanced courses.
Schnell Hans and its Directors also regularly conduct seminars and intensive training programmes for personnel of leading Cosmetic Companies. In fact, the Director Sunita Motwani-Makhija has designed a number of unique Training Programmes to suit the special requirements of various organizations including Chambor Cosmetics, J.K. Helene Curtis salon and MA VIM (Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal - a Govt of Maharashtra Organization) for 80 students. She was also a consultant to the team for the launch of Pantene by Procter & Gamble and for the beauty segment of the programme Mere Ghar Aana Zindagi on Zee TV. Sunita Motwani-Makhija is also a Beauty Journalist and writes regularly for a host of newspapers and magazines including The Times of India, Indian Express and various other publications.
Schnell Hans celebrated its Silver Anniversary on the 14th of September 1993. On the occasion, an Anniversary Celebrations Period, i.e. a whole month of concessional offers on their treatments was organized so that all could get a taste of the Schnell Hans experience at drastically reduced rates. There were four separate weeks wherein Fashion Perms and Colouring, Free Consultations, Thermo Facials and Personality Transformation were offered at concessional rates.Last but not least, the icing on the cake was the one-day workshop on Beauty and Hair organized at the Indian Merchants' Chamber Hall at Churchgate on 18th October 1993 and the same was inaugurated by eminent personality Ms. Shobha De.
After completion of the Silver Anniversary, Schnell Hans continues to move on the path of innovation and achievement greater laurels in the field of Beauty and Hairdressing. In fact, Schnell Hans was, in 1998 the 1st and only centre in India to have been appointed as an Authorised Training Centre for both the Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing programmes of the reputed City & Guilds International, U.K. which conducts examinations in over 100 countries around the world since the last 120 years.
Schnell Hans takes pride in its abilities to effectively train students in the shortest possible time through its innovative QLTT - Quick Learning Teaching Techniques - with 100% practical hands-on training. Absolute beginners as well as trained professionals have benefited greatly from the Schnell Hans range of programmes.
It is a matter of great pride that Schnell Hans completed 50 years of pioneering in India, in 2018 and has a third generation joining the senior team. Sunita’s daughter Simran Makhija, who is Romila’s granddaughter, is the third Director to be included in the executive management. She is an experienced consultant who has worked for Deloitte for over three years. In 2020 she has set up an entrepreneurial firm W2H Consulting whose mission is Unlocking Mastery – Why, What& How ! At Schnell Hans, Simran holds responsibility for and heads the team that looks after the marketing, branding and administration.