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Updated: August 12, 2013 16:30 IST

The mane thing

PREETI ZACHARIAH
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Emma Ekman
The Hindu Emma Ekman

People Indian hair is beautiful, says stylist Emma Ekman

Waves, curls, straight. Short, long, shoulder length. Mahogany, blonde, brunette, jet-black. Spiked or smoothened, blow-dried or permed, braided or bobbed —hair has always been something we think a lot about and experiment with. And with a good reason feels Swedish hairdresser, Emma Ekman, “I love working with hair because a good hair style can make people feel more beautiful.”

Emma, who is in Bangalore being hosted by Salon Nayana till August 15, maybe only 23 but is a veteran of sorts in mane matters. She has been trained by a host of famous hair dressers and has taken part in a number of competitions at a national and international level and won several prizes and championships. “I was sixteen when I decided to join hair-dressing school in Sweden. I went there for three years, after which I got picked up by the Swedish national team and went for national competitions. I then got picked up by the international team and went on take part in and win international competitions in the United States, Iceland, Australia, Norway,” she says, “But I want to win more.”

It is her first trip to India and she admits to loving it, so far, “It is so colourful, the food is amazing and people are very friendly,” she says adding, “Everyone here is so beautiful and the hair is amazing. It is so thick, shiny and strong. I love Indian hair”

On current trends she says, “Trends will always come and go but it always comes down to what suits you. For instance, colouring hair depends on a person’s skin tone. Some people have a warmer skin tone and some people have colder skin tone and by that you can choose. Red and gold suit people with a warm skin tone and if you have a colder skin tone, you need more natural colour in your hair.”

She offers a few practical tips on looking after hair, “Use a good shampoo and conditioner and if you have long hair it would be nice after washing your hair to put a little oil on the tips to keep it shiny. Never dye hair at home with henna—it ruins the hair. Always use a heat-protection serum while blow-drying it,” she says. “You need to be look after and be careful with your hair but do take a chance sometimes,” she laughs.

Emma is available at Salon Nayana, 80 ft Road, Koramangala between 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call 080 25701818.

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