with the Glitterati –
Hairstyles of the Rich and Famous
Internationally Renowned Celebrity Hairdresser Asgar gives
some top tips for summer hair care
From supermodel Cindy Crawford to Bollywood supremo and one
of the world’s most beautiful women Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,
the name Asgar is synonymous with cutting edge and attention
grabbing hairstyles. The UK based hair maestro has worked
his magic on scores of celebrities and dignitaries the world
over, making the front covers of several leading fashion magazines
and item publications with his show-stopping and inspirational
As well as having styled top models for the front covers of
high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar,
work has also graced the fashion and style sections of national
newspapers such as The Observer, The Times, The Independent
and The Daily Mail. Imparting his words of wisdom on good
hair care, Asgar has also been a regular columnist for the
UK’s leading national newspaper targeting the South Asian
Diaspora Eastern Eye since 2005. Asgar has appeared on several
top TV and radio shows, including the BBC’s Clothes Show and
the Asian TV Breakfast for three years.
A regular on red carpets around the world, Asgar’s hair creations
have been showcased at glittering premieres, showbiz events
and Awards ceremonies, and he is sought after by the top names
in the film, Royal and fashion fraternities.
Asgar says: “I have styled the hair of a number of celebrities
but one of my fondest memories is styling actress Aishwarya
Rai Bachchan. I did her hair for a film premiere in London.
She is such a wonderful person and so down to earth. She also
has the most beautiful hair!”
Asgar’s distinguished celebrity clientele includes supermodels
Cindy Crawford and Twiggy as well as Bollywood A List stars
Karisma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan and legend
Rekha. He is also pivotal in the styling of business moguls,
ultra-high net worth individuals and royalty such as members
of the Sultan of Brunei’s household.
Asgar is famed for the headline grabbing hairstyle he created
for Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, which has been the
inspiration for Hrithik Roshan’s wax work figure at London’s
prestigious Madame Tussauds.
Here are Asgar’s top tips for getting the best
out of your hair this summer…
How to wear your hair to make your eyes stand out
“The best way to make your eyes stand out is to wear bangs
and fridges. You can wear your bangs in a variety of ways,
including curly or wispy, straight across your forehead, chopped
or curved. Also when you have your hair cut into layers around
your face, you bring attention to your eyes, although not
as dramatically as bangs do. Bangs work for both long and
short hair styles. Any styling element that
creates a horizontal focus at or around the temple level will
help to bring the eye notation.
Hair colour that brings attention to your eyes: Hair with
red undertones really makes blue or green eyes stand out,
black hair sets off lightly coloured eyes and blonde hair
looks great with deep, dark brown eyes. Remember choosing
the right hair shades can make your hair stand out more. Whatever
hair colour matches your skin tone will compliment your eyes
but if you try to coordinate hair colour and eye colour you
may end up with hair that goes beautifully with your eyes
but clashes with your skin tones.”
to wear your hair Young
“Your hair and face changes as you get older. Finding the
right cut and colour can give a huge boost to your overall
appearance. Plenty of women in their 40s and 50s still look
better with long hair. There is no reason to chop your hair
into a conservative crop just to make it more age appropriate.
One thing to remember is that excessive length can drag your
hair down pulling your features along with it. As well as
this, long hair that is slightly worn out or damaged can add
years to your look. Remember that there is no specific hair
style that will magically make you look young.
The right hair cut can make all the difference. When choosing
the right shade for your hair colour, make sure the colour’s
not too light or harsh, warmer tones look softer and younger.
If your hair is dark make sure it’s not too severe for your
skin tone. And if you’re starting to see greys, think about
hiding them with a lighter shade.”
to get the perfect beach/ festival/ pool-side look this summer
“Beach hair is that effortlessly sexy hair that looks like
it’s naturally beautiful and hasn’t been styled. It’s the
kind of style that looks better when it’s not perfect.
To get the beach look spritz your hair with water or towel
dry after washing. Make a few fat braids before going to bed
and in the morning undo them, run your fingers through your
hair or use a wide tooth comb to get that undone textured
look. Alternatively try wrapping random sections of hair around
giant tongs, don’t wrap all the hair, just pick certain sections
to keep the look haphazard and textured, remember volume should
be on the ends not on the roots.”
best ways to protect your hair from the sun
“When your hair is exposed to extra stress from the summer
sun, it’s imperative to minimize the damage from the start.
Make sure you use a leave-in conditioner or spray your hair
with UV protection. Covering your hair with a hat will also
help block damaging rays. Hair is most vulnerable when sunbathing
as it is often forgotten - if it’s not protected hair will
dry out causing split ends and fading to the colour. I suggest
shampooing your hair thoroughly after swimming to rinse the
chlorine out, try to deep condition your hair at least once
a week in the summer for extra moisture, also keep your ends
moisturized, keep your hair trimmed every four to six weeks
as split ends can be especially problematic during the summer
months, this can help to minimize breakage, dryness and frizz.”
to protect your hair against heat
Hair straighteners, curling irons, flat irons and hair dryers
are marvellous hairdressing tools which can help you produce
great hair styles. However you must protect your hair against
the damaging effects of daily blow drying, straighteners and
curling irons. You have the choice of many heat protection
products. Some are especially designed to give you straight
shiny hair or springy curls. You can select the optimum for
your needs and provide the best protection for your hair.
Don’t forget to protect your hair every time you apply heat
to it using heat protection spray. Before blow drying, spray
your hair with a good quality heat defence styling spray.
Then blow dry your hair 80% dry just using your fingers. Finish
drying your hair with a round brush for a smoother texture.
Remember there is one rule when you expose your hair to heat
– the hair must be protected.