CHAT Celebrity hairdresser Guy Kremer on tresses, trends and tips for better hair
Guy Kremer has been fascinated by hair as long as he can remember. “My mother would go every week to the salon,” he says. “I was only four so she would take me along — I never forgot the smell of the place,” he says. His experiments with hair started soon after, “I would cut and colour the hair of my neighbours’ dolls,” he laughs. “They would be very upset, of course and my mother had to replace a lot of dolls!”
The tables have turned however — today, Guy’s craftsmanship is highly sought after and revered the world over. His salon and range of products cater to diverse clientele. His unmistakable stamp is recognised and admired by all his fellow professional hair-dressers. He has won a number of awards, has styled for dozens of high profile fashion shows and has had his handiwork featured in leading magazines. He is the brand ambassador for L’Oreal and was recently in Bangalore to conduct a workshop for professional hairstylists.
“Hair-dressers play so many roles — they act as a shrink, fashion consultant and friend. A good hair-do makes a woman more beautiful, emphasises her femininity,” says Guy. “You have to be so sensitive while cutting hair — can you imagine how someone would feel if her colour was too bright or her fringe too short?” Talking about the latest trends, he says, “People are coming to the salon today not just for cuts but for blow-dry and treatment of hair.” According to Guy a semi-wave with movement is rather popular now —“like Reese Witherspoon at the Oscars,” he says.
However, he admits that some hairstyles have a certain timelessness. “The bob, for instance looks classy and elegant with whatever you wear. Another style that always works is long layers — they are popular and very feminine. I love long hair,” he says.
Which is why he loves working with Indian hair. “Earlier, it was difficult to colour Indian hair but today there are enough products available in the market. Also, Indian women are open to experimenting with their hair today perhaps because they have become more liberated. It is not about becoming more westernised but about finding themselves,”
On future plans, he smiles and says, “At the risk of sounding pretentious, I think I have achieved what I have wanted to. I am a satisfied person — I have a beautiful house, wonderful partner, have travelled the world, met so many fantastic people. My life is my dream.”