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Aamer Zakir: Ready For a Challenge

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Known for creating innovative hairstyles, Aamer Zakir is a celebrity hairstylist who has styled international models, designers and celebrities. Salon India interacts with this ambitious stylist to know more about him

How was the beginning?
I do not have any professional training or educational learning in hairstyling, but I began in Australia, training at Vidal Sassoon for some time. After that I moved to Denmark to start my career. Then after working in different countries, I ended up in India. Presently, am doing many intersting projects like, styling, makeovers, backstage work in fashion extravaganzas and am a columnist, too.

Tell us about yourself.
Born in Iran, I have travelled extensively. I have worked with various brands like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, L’Oréal, Sunsilk, Maybelline, Revlon, Coca Cola, Pepsi, International Male, Jorjy, Swarovski and Vogue. Also, I did hair for some international
designers and fashion brand like Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Marks & Spencer (Germany), Nashi Khalid (UAE), Christopher Clark (France), Russo (Russia), Alle’nora (Pakistan), Daniella & Janie’s (Dubai and Karachi) and celebrities like Tyra Banks, Heidi
Klum, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Bipasha Basu, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, to name a few.

What is your success mantra?
Never follow or ape anyone and just be yourself. Be friendly, soft spoken and humble with the client and your team. Most importantly, always draw a thin line between you and your client.

What do you feel about the hair industry?
Hair care business is very big now as people are more open to experimenting. Various professional institutes and academies have come up to upgrade the skills of professionals. People have become equally cautious about their looks and care about their make-up, ensemble, accessories and footwear. Enough growth is foreseen in this industry.

What advice would you like to give to the beginners in the line?
Work hard and do not try to make quick money, polish your skills first and focus on building your reputation in the market first. Don’t ape any one and never sell yourself

Which celebrity would you like to style?
Madonna and Rekha for sure!

What are your plans for the future?
I am working back to back for big fashion events, designer’s shoot and events, in India and abroad.

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