Hiral Bhatia is that one hair artist who breaks the internet every time she does hairdressing. Having worked for multiple stars and making a big name amongst the brides, she has never failed to surprise us with the chic and timeless hairdos that she comes up with. We got in a candid conversation with her and this is how it goes. 

Q. How and where did you learn hair styling?

A. I was in my last year of college completing botany. I was a total science geek. I also had a creative side, I would spend hours sketching and painting. My mother, who had a small salon then, wanted me to do something different, something creative. So she took me to BBlunt to see how they work and function. I fell in love with that place the minute I entered. I enrolled myself and have been in love with hairdressing since then. It’s been 11 years now!

Q. What drew you, and held you, to a career in hairstyling?

A. The minute I entered the salon, the way the hairdressers were beautifully manoeuvring the scissors, cutting hair, colouring, barbering, and styling hair had me in total awe of the craft. The beauty, the precision, and discipline these hairdressers had totally swiped me off. As a child also I would always do my friends’ hair. I even had a precise idea of how my hair should be. I would constantly visit my mom’s salon and somehow try to decode hairstyles. 

Q. What was your first job as a hairstylist?

A. After completing the course at BBlunt, I was absorbed by the company and worked with them for 8 long years. 

Q. Tell us about any challenge when you started your career?

A. I am a pretty optimistic person. And believe in giving my heart and soul to the job I have in hand. So honestly never really saw challenges as challenges. Everything was a learning experience. And slowly and steadily I knew I was headed in the right direction. My only focus then was to master the craft and was not afraid of making mistakes. 

Q. How did you start working with celebrities?

A. In the span of 8 years that I was with BBlunt, very early in my career I became a part of the shoot crew and was sent to work with celebrities. 

Q. Which celebrities have you personally worked with? 

A. Personally, I wouldn’t say. I’ve been a freelance hairdresser for a while now. And have been fortunate to work with a lot of them. I have worked with Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Janhvi Kapoor, and many more. 

Q. What is the difference between styling hair for television ads and movies versus everyday wear?

A. They’re all very different. For tv ads, usually, there is a creative team that has a particular look in mind. Mostly if it’s makeup or other add the hair is usually not super elaborate as they don’t want too much attention to the hair. Except if it’s a hair commercial. Their hair is the hero. Movies are a very different ballgame. In movies, we’re creating characters. It has to be real, relatable to the character the artist is playing. It may not always be super comfortable for the Artists. Sometimes it requires wigs, extensions.mostly a change of era in a movie is depicted by different hair and makeup of course. Plus we have to follow continuity. Everyday hair is mostly more fluid, more wearable. Lesser products used. More comfortable. 

Q. How frequently do celebrities use hair extensions? 

A. As and when the need arises. Though I feel as the years are passing the use of extensions is becoming lesser. Still there. But lesser than before. A few years ago it was super big for both half wigs and full wigs.  

Q. What is the biggest challenge when styling celebrities’ hair?

A. The same challenges that we face when dealing with clients in the salon. They’re all humans and hair is a very personal thing. It’s a very important part of a person’s beauty and to some extent their confidence. And I love the fact that we can make people feel beautiful ❤️ This is the best part of our profession. 

Q. What are the trendiest styles in today? 

A. I honestly don’t believe in trends. Yes, change and evolving with time is a must. But there has to be a certain kind of uniqueness to each head of hair. Though the hairstyles are becoming more natural, softer, tousled. People are becoming more and more aware and comfortable with their own natural texture. And it’s lovely. 

Q. How can someone emulate a celebrity style?  

A. But why should someone? Do what works best for you. Find a hairdresser who understands you, your face shape, skin tone, your comfort level, and brings out the best in you. Gives you styles that you can carry and most importantly maintain. Today I can cut and style your hair exactly as I did for any celebrity. But there’s no point if it doesn’t look wow on you or you’re not able to maintain it. 

Q. What is your #1 hair care tip?

A. Hair growth is an internal process. Once the hair shaft comes out of the scalp, it’s practically dead. So take care of yourself. Eat healthy, sleep enough, and drink enough water. This is the first and the most important step towards hair care. Also, use, don’t abuse. Everything is good in moderation, styling, using heat, products, even brushing.

Q. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start as a hairstylist?

A. The first couple of years don’t think about the fruit. Just focus on learning the craft thoroughly. And don’t be afraid of making mistakes. 

Quickies

  • Top 5 hair styling products: 
  1. Session spray –Balmain, 
  2. Ouai -wave spray, 
  3. Ouai- texture spray, 
  4. Bumble and bumble– sumo 
  5. Constructor- Loreal. 
  • Top 5 hairstyling brands of your choice: 
  1. Oribe 
  2. Ouai 
  3. Bumble and bumble
  4. Kevin Murphy
  5. Balmain 
  • Hair product of choice: Kerastase– fluidissime spray. 
  • The scent of choice: Gucci bloom 
  • Do you shop for hairstyling and hair care products whenever you travel (abroad)? – Yesss! Uncontrollably. 
  • We love your haircut, who cuts your hair? – Thank you. My ex-colleague, now husband and partner is the man behind my looks.
  • What hair look on a woman do you love?- A hair looks that she loves and feels confident in. 
  • Who was your beauty icon growing up? – Audrey Hepburn and Madhubala 
  • Who are the beauty icons of the future? – They’re all beautiful. 
  • What phrase or words are you known for saying? – Stay wild! 
  • Describe your most starstruck moment?  – Not exactly starstruck. But since I learned hairstyling I had been wanting to do Sonam Kapoor’s hair as she’s always been someone who loves experimenting and dressing up. And when I got a chance to work with her, it was a happy moment in my life.

 

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