Like the phoenix, Jassi Chabra, has risen from hardships and mediocrity to make a name for herself in the field of hairstyling. She shares with Salon India what it takes to be a great hairstylist and her plans for the future
How was the beginning?
My career as a professional hair stylist began with my association with L’Oréal. In 1997, I joined the various courses organised by them. My life was full of hardships in the initial days of my career. I had a tough time maintaining both my personal and professional life, and it was very typical in the initial six to seven years. It was even harder for me to continue business had my family not supported me during those difficult times.
How has the journey been so far?
Until now, it has been phenomenal and very colourful. I have won three awards at the L’Oréal Color Trophy regional level in 2006. I’ve worked on hair shows held by L’Oréal in 2008, Bollywood films like Jism 2 as well as fashion weeks held in Jaipur.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration as a hairstylist is the L’Oréal Professional Dream Team as well as those hairstylists working at Toni&Guy in Singapore.
What is your success mantra?
Dedication, hard work and passion for my work.
What is your view on the hairstyling sector?
I would say yesterday’s ignorance has turned up into a great business. People are literate and smart to understand the value of hair care. It is as important as breathing. If I have to talk about efficiency, I would say it is directly related to knowledge.
What is the advice you would like to give to the aspirants?
You should continue to work hard and remain dedicated and loyal towards your work.
What does the future hold for you?
I want to exchange knowledge and elevate society. My idea is to provide more employment, thereby making people independent in a healthy environment.
Which all celebrities have you worked with?
Diana Penty, Vasundhara Raje, (CM of Rajasthan), Sunny Leone, Zeenat Aman, Veena Malik, Toshi Sabri, Shavar and Zulfi Ali, Pooja Mishra, Shreya Kishore, Nisha Kothari, Manasvi Mamgai, Dino Morea, Harshita Bhatt, Geeta Basra and more.
Which celebrity would you love to style?
Katrina Kaif, Sonu Nigam and Angelina Jolie.