Five hairstylists get together to create music-inspired looks. Harshikaa Udasi reports
Rock is a celebration of individuality — contemporary with a lot of softness
If you are tired of your boring tresses and are wondering what to do with them, we suggest you take a leaf out of global trends. Experimenting with hair is not for the faint-hearted, but going by the number of people opting for drastically different looks and colours, the tribe of the courageous is surely increasing.
So, if you are among those who finds bangs and curls and mohawks passé, this season brings music-inspired looks for you. India's leading hairstylists - Adhuna Akhtar of b:blunt, Aalim of Hakim's Aalim Salon, Sachin Dakoji of Manea Salon, Sumit Israni of Gitanjali Salon and Bina Punjani of Looks Salon - have come together for hair care brand L'Oreal to create the Indian version of the global cult styles of rock 'n' roll and folk music.
Edgy is in
While the rock look gets together a sleek and modern edgy look with exaggerated cuts and layering, the colours too are accentuated. You can choose from warm, golden streaks to iridescent shining ones! The inspiration? The Beatles cut, Elvis' forehead curl, Pink Floyd's psychedelic themes and the Gothic era-inspired devil's lock.
Sumit Israni, who has created the Rock Chic look, says: "Amy Winehouse is my muse for this look with her very 1980s glamorous rock style. I created a bouffant as we wanted height on top. Then, the blonde streaks and crimping helped give an edgy feel to an otherwise feminine hair style."
Aalim, the man who styles Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan, has created the rock star look for men. The trend for men, he says, is combining light and dark shades, and creating texture by chipping hair on the top and cropping the sides. "Rock is a celebration of individuality. I wanted to present rock in a very contemporary style with a lot of softness, yet with a solid edge. It's very masculine," he says.
What's in store for those opting for the folk look this season? Expect something between Indie and traditional bohemian with effortlessness being the keyword here. Think beach-blonde hair, think trademark black skinnies and think romantic. One of the talking point hairstyles is the gypsy queen look created by Sachin Dakoji from Manea Salon, which caters to Nagarjuna, Sridevi, Rambha and Ramya Krishnan, among other celebrities. "My inspiration for this look came from the nomadic Lambadas from Andhra Pradesh who use pins to hold their hair back while working. The result is a hair style that looks very romantic, very undone." Sachin's free-spirited look has a subtle definition to it, and the use of hair pins is unusual and quite utilitarian too.
Rock-inspired styles of rebellion and experimentation or folk themes celebrating life? Game for a makeover?