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Updated: September 9, 2011 20:15 IST

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Catherine Rhea Roy
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Melroy Dikson shows the way with hair

Melroy Dikson waved his scissors, primped, styled, and did his thing, while the hair stylists and barbers of Bangalore cheered him on. With a flourish he tousled and smoothed the model's hair explaining to his audience the importance of bounce, volume and conditioning.

The man has been in the industry for over 21 years and has been associated with L'Oreal since 1997 and to think that he got into the profession to avoid having to sleep in the afternoon, “It was when I was living with my brother and he would force me to sleep in the afternoon and I hated it. So to escape that I enrolled myself in a hair styling class, and after that there was no looking back,” says Melroy who was in charge of styling Naseerudin Shah's hair in “Monsoon Wedding”.

Melroy was back in Bangalore, a city he called home as a child, for an education seminar, “This is an on stage demonstration and a chance for people to see the latest trends, cuts and colours,” explains Melroy who has found his forte. “I love to teach and to impart the knowledge that I have gained over my time in this profession and field. It means more to me than anything else to help people find their feet and guide them.”

Speaking about current styles Dikson says, “Straightening hair is still all the rage, it came and never left, but women and men are all for experimenting now and much more courageous and experimental with their cuts and lengths. It is definitely not over the top, but a lot more short styles and crops.”

Even hairstyling as a career option has exploded in a small way and while it is niche right now he swears that it will not be for too long.

“The sheer number of people getting into hairstyling as a profession is an indication of how popular it is. There are a lot of youngsters coming in and all of us who are already in the profession want to encourage them and help them. We are trying everything we can to spread awareness.”

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