Lime interview - Beauty & Lifestyle
The Hair Maestro
EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
This month Lime magazine talks to the UK based hair maestro who has worked his magic on scores of celebrities and dignitaries the world over
making the front covers of several leading fashion magazines and item publications with his show-stopping and inspirational coiffures. Asgar’s distinguished celebrity clientele includes supermodels Cindy Crawford and Twiggy as well as Bollywood A List stars such as one of the world’s most beautiful women Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. In this interview Asgar talks fame grabbing hairstyles, this season’s hottest looks and bridal hair.
You are known as being synonymous with cutting edge and attention grabbing hairstyles. Tell us about some of the celebrity hair you’ve styled?
I’ve styled the lovely Aishwarya Rai on a number of occasions, and one of my best memories was styling her hair for the red carpet premiere of her film Provoke. I also enjoyed styling Cindy Crawford for the cover of Harpers Bazaar in Munich. Deepika Padukone I did for the red carpet premiere of Om Shanti Om, and actor Hrithik Roshan I styled for the IFA Awards, which he won best actor at.
You’re based at the luxurious Daniel Galvin salon in Baker Street. How long have you been working there?
I have been working at Daniel Galvin Salon for over 10 Years.
Tell us about some of the most outrageous hair requests you’ve had?
I’ve had some unusual hair style requests in my time. Once, I had to create poker straight hair to an Afro, that was a challenge. On another occasion, I had to create a Medusa hair-do for a fancy dress party.
Also known for some of the best red carpet hair, your clientele includes stars like Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan; who now has a wax work figure at London’s Madame Tussauds. Your hair creation was the inspiration behind this. Tell us more...
I really enjoyed working on this project. I spent the whole day creating the hairstyle for Hrithik Roshan’s wax model. It was breathtaking, and we had some incredible moments together.
You have also been a regular columnist for the UK’s leading national newspaper, Eastern Eye, targeting the South Asian Diaspora since 2005, promoting good hair care. What makes good hair to you?
What makes good hair to me is having regular cuts and trims, using the right hair products, and not using harsh chemicals on the hair. I would also advise not using hair straighteners too often. Other than that having a good diet is very important.
What hair products do you recommend for flawless hair?
Try and use the correct product for your type of hair as there are so many products on the market. Also, the most expensive products are not necessarily the best, so choose wisely and carefully.
What’s your favourite hairstyle this season?
My top tip for this season’s must-have hair style is something that is soft, curly, versatile and easy to maintain.
What tips would you give our readers to achieve this season’s hottest looks?
Hollywood and Bollywood are responsible for starting many hairstyle trends that have swept the globe year after year. Many of the styles you see celebrities wearing can be found in fashion magazines and at various social gatherings.
What hairstyle would you recommend for a bride-to-be?
My tip for a bride-to-be would be to create a contemporary hairstyle that is not too bold or modern.
So what is your calendar like for the rest of the year?
My calendar for the rest of the year is busy and I’m really enjoying it.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to break into the hairstyling industry?
I think it is a wonderful career to be in. It’s very hard work, but if you’re dedicated enough, the rewards are great. There is no stopping where it can take you, for example the modelling industry, fashion world, film world and the music industry.
Info: Daniel Galvin Salon, Baker Street
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