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Fathima Nilufer Sheriff: The sculptor and driving force behind the growth of “La Femme”

Dr. Fathima Nilufer Sheriff, who is an young and charming sculptor of beauty is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of “La Femme”, one of the very first beauty salons in Kerala which is located in Thrissur. She is an enterprising entrepreneur
who has done her MBBS from Rajiv Gandhi University. After doing her graduation in medicine, she has worked in Jubilee Mission Hospital and the Trivandrum Medical College for quite some time. Later, Dr. Nilufer Sheriff left the job and went to the United Kingdom (UK) and did her graduation programme in Dermatology from St. Johns Campus of the world renowned Kings University in London.

Following this, she has done another graduation programme in Cosmetology from American Academy of Dermatology in the United States of America (USA). Her innovative formula; Passion and Professionalism, had resulted in ground breaking changes in the industry. It was after this that Dr. Nilufer Sheriff had decided to follow the footsteps of her mother Nimmi Sheriff and expressed her desire to be the driving force of “La Femme”, and thus she joined the industry in 2013. Infact, her passion and penchant for hard work had transformed the Salon concept to that of a ‘Wellness Centre’ with an exclusive ‘Spa and Clinic’. According to her, it is her father, Muhammad Sheriff, who is the main source of inspiration and encouragement throughout her academic and professional career.

Dr. Nilufer Sheriff’s father Muhammad Sheriff is an Engineering degree holder from the Madras IIT and is a Post Graduate in Engineering from the Govt. college, Coimbatore. Presently, he is a well known business man who is running different companies in India and the Gulf as well as in Australia which include: Tecton Engineering & Construction LLC, UAE; Tecton Arabia Contracting Company LLC, Saudi Arabia; Tecton Engineering & Construction WLL, Qatar; Aqua Engineering GmbH, Austria and Prime 4 inspection Korea, South Korea etc. Considering the high qualifications of Dr. Nilufer Sheriff, several channels, celebrities and VIP clients have approached her for consultation. The list of celebrity clients of La Femme include : Bhavana, Ananya, Bhama, Reema, Shafna, Anumol, Nithya Das, Lena, Manju Varier, Samyuktha Varma, Malavika, Pearly Maaney and KPAC Lalitha and so on.

“The core of existence, of La Femme is the outcome of the determination of its mentors”.

The “La Femme” was conceptualized and established in 1987, by its present CEO, Dr. Nilufer Sheriff’s mother Nimmi Sheriff in Thrissur, Kerala as a dream project of her’s. The main source of inspiration for her to start this project was none other than her husband Muhammad Sheriff. They have strived hard to be the best in the industry by educating and updating their staff on the current global trends and styles and thrive to be on top position always and in all means. Initially, it was her concept to bring hair and skin care at par with global standards by imparting training and regularly upgrading skills to benefit people from all walks of life.

She has been trained from international academies like Vidal Sassoon, London and Peter & Guy in Singapore. Having been trained in London and Singapore, Nimmi Sheriff was fortunate enough to have one of the world’s best Aesthetician, Dr. Tedlea as her mentor. It may be recalled that, unless for the continuous effort by Muhammad Sheriff, that Nimmi Sheriff would not have gone to London and Singapore to undergo necessary training. Even, Nimmi Sheriff herself had made it clear that her family was very eager to empower and delegate the women community to the pedestal of glory, and ultimately this resulted in the beginning of their project called “La Femme”.

Now, almost three decades have passed since its inception and the La Femme has grown to such a height that the salon which was started with a mere single staff has today, become an institution with an overall staff strength of around 100 persons. The management of La Femme, today considers their sincere and committed team of staff as their lifeline.Today, the La Femme which was started as a simple Spa, about thirty years ago has been evolved as a one stop solution for all the skin and hair care problems. With the launching of the exclusive “Spa Facials and Clinic”, the La Femme has been able to cater to the needs of the people with ease.

Med Spa

Let La Femme be your guide on the wellness route. A session at the Med Spa will have its soothing, rejuvenating effect on one’s body and mind for long.


Step into the skin clinic at La Femme to find the best solution for any skinrelated issue of yours.

Nail Care Programme

It is a world of stunning designs and countless colour patterns just meant for the nails.

Hair Extension

Rich looking long hair is not a dream anymore. Get the hair extension package at La Femme. Anyone who goes to La Femme will get long natural hair just in an hour’s time, with the help of advanced technology.


The salon at La Femme caters to the diverse tastes of its customers. Its brilliant team of experts can equally satisfy those who just need an elegant look.

Slimming Programme

With the Slimming programme of La Femme, one’s weight could be reduced and also burn calories. It is designed for safe and effective weight-loss under the supervision of experienced trainers. Shine like a bright star on your big day. La Femme offers an absolutely impressive range of bridal makeup packages for its customers to choose from.

Thread Lift

A thread-lift, also known as feather lift surgery, is a delicate cosmetic surgery procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. If gravity has started to take its toll on one’s face, a thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to a face lift to rejuvenate the face without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted in to the soft tissue of the face to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as a full face lift but is a good option for a more subtle rejuvenation.

Hydra Facial MD

The La Femme is also to Hydra Facial MD, which is a non-invasive, multistep treatment which combines the benefit of the next level hydra dermabrasion. It is a chemical peel, automated painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. It does all of this in one quick treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation. Hydra Facial MD is committed to restoring the health of one’s skin at all levels, giving instant gratification and long-term satisfaction. The Hydra Facial MD treatment is good for all skin types. The Hydra Facial MD treatment is not only highly effective for improving the overall health of the skin, but it is also very good for remedying. The human skin is most beautiful when it is healthy. That’s why, Le Femme is focusing more attention on restoring one’s skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients.

The result is that a person will not only look better, but will immediately notice a dramatic shift in the health of one’s skin. Loved by the medical community, beauty editors and celebrities alike, the Hydra Facial MD resurfacing procedure is an incredible non-invasive treatment that utilizes award-winning, patented technology to detoxify, rejuvenate and protect your skin. It delivers immediate results & long-term benefits without downtime or irritation. From the moment a person step outside in the morning, his / her skin start feeling the effects of the environment. Pollution, toxins, wind, and UV rays known as free radicals cause undetectable damage.

Intrinsic factors inherent in the natural aging process also play a prominent role and can contribute to enzyme loss, reduced collagen and dehydration. This combination of factors can speed up the development of free radicals, stopping skin cells from performing at their best, and ultimately leading to a decline in elasticity, resilience, tone and texture.

“Anti-oxidants hold the key to skin cell defense and repair”.

These skin protectors fortify cells by trapping and containing free radicals and boosting cell function. Hydra Facial MD works, not only to detoxify skin clearing away daily wear and tear, but also to replenish the skin with much needed antioxidants to revitalize and protect. Peptides are links of amino acids that boost collagen and elastin production. These age-refining superstars help to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles while also helping to stimulate the body’s natural antioxidant response. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally produced by the body and gives the skin, its volume and fullness. Lack of Hyaluronic Acid can lead to a decrease in the elasticity of one’s skin.

Hydra Facial MD utilizes a special low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid that pumps and deeply hydrates the skin like no other. The main intention behind the launching of this dream project was to bring hair and skin care at par with the international standards. This objective, could be achieved through the medium of imparting training and by regular up-gradation of skills to benefit the people from all walks of life.

This idea was conceptualized with the help and support of her husband whom she considers a visionary in all the aspects of life, says Mrs.Sheriff.

According to her, it is the determination to protect and cherish the brand name and values of the La Femme, which are the core of their existence. She said that they have built an army of talented make-up parties and hair stylists by working with some of the biggest names in the Malayalam film industry and also the “crème de la crème of Kerala.” “I was very fortunate to get one of the world’s best and talented Aesthetician, Dr. Tedflea as my mentor and this was made possible only because of the fact that, I was trained in London and Singapore”, she said.

She is the winner of the “Best Entrepreneur and the Best Business Woman” award instituted by the Chamber of Commerce. However, she considers that her true recognition came only when her daughter, Dr. Nilufer Sheriff decided to follow her footsteps. “We strive to be the best in the industry by educating and updating our staff on the current global trends and styles and thrive to be on top position always and by all means” she said. The salon at La Femme, is an institution that caters to the diverse needs and tastes of their customers. It is the brilliant team of experts at the La Femme who strives to equally satisfy those who just need an elegant look and style. The La Femme, infact serves as a guiding point to its customers on the wellness route.

And a session at their med spa will have its soothing, rejuvenating effect on the body and mind of its valued customers for long. A visit to the skin clinic at La Femme would help find the best solution for any skin-related problems of the customers. Those who need a stunning design and exotic colour pattern for their nails could also get it all under the one roof of La Femme. Today, the “La Femme”, is well equipped with highly qualified staff which enables it to deal with any situation and with ease. Perhaps, this is the reason that its customer strength is increasing day by day. The La Femme, also uses highly Sophisticated and Modern Machines which help increase its standard of efficiency.


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