How the city beauty industry works

The city beauty industries, which operate in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world, provide essential services to many people in many countries.

But as well as providing affordable beauty treatments, they also help communities gain a sense of identity and pride.

This is the focus of this series.

The first part of this report will explore the beauty industry in India and how the city is changing.

Part two will focus on how women are becoming more assertive and more conscious about the role of the city in their lives.

Part three will explore how urban women are changing the way they organise themselves and how their city can be a beacon of change for their communities.