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television Star style secrets feature in celebrity hairstylist Aalim Hakim’s new show

Love working with younger starsSays Aalim HakimPhoto: S Subramanium
Love working with younger starsSays Aalim HakimPhoto: S Subramanium

Aalim Hakim Kairanvi will now be seen on TLC’s Style Inc. with Aalim Hakim that brings you the glamorous styling trends of India’s hottest film stars. On this show, audience gets a chance to watch Aalim work his magic on stars such as Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor. Having trained under his father Hakim Kairanvi, India’s first celebrity hairdresser who styled for the likes of Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna, Aalim picked up the reins of hairstyling at the age of 16.

Style Inc is a really neat show,” says Aalim over the phone. “It is well-packaged and edgy. The audience can watch their favourite actors get haircuts and makeovers. They even get to see them in their vanity vans and green rooms. Usually actors don’t talk about stuff like this or give out information on how and where they got their haircuts done. ”

While two segments of the 30-minute episode feature an actor, there are regular people as well to make the show more watchable and relatable.

Sneak peek

Giving a sneak peek into the show, Aalim says: “You will watch me turn Ranbir from ‘boy next-door’ to a smoking hot biker dude. With Ajay Devgn, I try out a sporting 80s look. I give Hrithik three distinctive looks for an advertisement campaign and do something entirely new with Shahid’s hair.”

He adds: “Shooting with Saif was good fun. The two of us will take you on an exclusive tour of Saif’s treasure trove of shoes, shades and watches. Saif shares secrets about his prized possessions, his idea of style and even on how to keep shoes gleaming with champagne!”

Speaking of his innings so far in the field, the celebrity hairstylist says: “I love working with actors, especially the younger breed. It is a wonderful experience to be a part of their films by building their characters with my craft.”

Given that hair can be tricky, it is important to gain the trust of one’s client. “The good thing is that actors know they need to look good and they completely trust those who make them look good. While an actor might know how he wants to look, 80 per cent of the job depends on me because I have to visualise and execute the look. Every individual is different so one has to go with his gut feeling about a look. That’s an art, learnt with time,” Aalim explains.

He has no qualms in admitting, “I’ve committed blunders aplenty. Sometimes I get carried away and even the actor doesn’t quite notice. And two or three days later, we figure we went wrong but the good thing is only we know that. The audience won’t really be able to spot it. “

Aalim talks about the challenges of the profession. “Depicting an era is difficult. The 60s, 70s and the 80s for example had distinct fashion trends. It becomes difficult to depict someone from say the late 90s or the early 2000s as with time, more personalities move away from the norms of a time period and look the way they want to. But challenges are fun as people like me keep reinventing ourselves professionally.”

Style Inc. with Aalim Hakim premieres on March 8 and will be aired every Friday at 10 p.m. on TLC

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