Asgar Saboo, a well-known hairstylist, is synonymous with cutting edge and attention-grabbing hairstyles. The UK-based hair maestro has worked his magic on supermodel Cindy Crawford, Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, amongst other scores of celebrities and dignitaries around the world. The sought after hairstylists shares his jourrney so far.
How has the journey been so far?
It’s been a wonderful journey so far—beyond my expectations! I got opportunities to do magazine covers, fashion shows, film shoots, and cinema premieres. I have also travelled to many exciting places for work.
Tell us about the biggest break of your career?
I was introduced to hairdressing by my sister, who was a stylist at a trendy salon in London’s Bond Street. I started my hairdressing profession almost 20 years ago at the Daniel Galvin salon in the West End of London.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration is something I get primarily from what I do. If I pull off something wonderful with like creating an amazing style, it gives me great inspiration to do even better. I also get inspiration from both high-end and street fashion. Exciting ideas come from the work of fashion houses, such as McQueen, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana. However, I also find creativity at the streets of London.
What challenges did you face while building your career in the hair styling industry and how did you tackle them?
Making a mark in the hair industry is not easy as the trends and styles keep changing. I constantly practiced, studied, and created my own styles and always accepted feedback from the clients. This has helped me a lot to keep up with the constantly evolving trends and marking a strong presence amidst competitive world.
What are the latest hair trends this season?
I believe following hair styles are making a rage this season:
Windswept Up-Do is both, casual and dishevelled, it also has subtle glamour and charm. Pin-up hair and let plenty of locks fall around your face. This up-do style has feminine appeal.
Short Hair & Cropped ‘Pixie’ Cuts
Cropped hair style is an easy way to transform the entire look . If one has short hair then there are plenty of variations which can be tried. With new techniques of cutting and styling, the perfect amount of layers can be created in short hair to give choppy and layered cut look.
From Karen Walker to Kenneth Cole and Mara Hoffman and Nicole Miller, braids have been used for numerous New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 runways. Braid crown is one of the popular style in which a thick braid is wrapped around the crown of the head. Fishtail braid is intertwining with neutral coloured ribbons create fun, sleek, and subtle twist.
Which is your favourite product and equipment for hair styling?
I like Aussie Anti-frizz cream as most people can’t use much oil in their hair. This anti-frizz cream smoothens hair before and after styling.
What’s your take on permanent hair colour and which hair colour brand would you recommend?
Permanent hair dyes are also known as oxidation since an oxidizer (such as hydrogen peroxide) and ammonia are mixed with the colouring agent before application. Permanent dyes don’t have to be applied as often as semi-permanent or temporary colours. The formulation of permanent dyes is very complicated, and manufacturers go to a great extent to attain long-lasting colour that damages the strength and elasticity of hair. Permanent dyes can be more damaging as the chemical used in the hair colour is stronger and usually stays on hair for a longer period of time. There is no particular brand that I support for hair colour. There are a lot of good brands in the market and it depends on what suits the client.
What are your future plans?
I have been working on developing a hair care line that actually feeds the scalp and makes your hair naturally luxuriant and glossy. My clients demand better hair care products and I feel that existing products are not doing enough to nourish the scalp and encourage healthy and strong hair.