Loving this blogging thing. Turns out it is lot of fun sharing my thoughts with you all about my profession; that is Beauty, Hair, Fashion, to name a few. Today I’m going to write about start of this professional journey & my ideas about this field.
Idea of Beauty
My idea of beauty – a YSL lace chemise in white, Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, Stuart Weitzman shoes … Sigh!
Beauty is witchcraft which has the power to cast numerous spells –knowingly or unknowingly onto anyone. It’s not just a pretty face or a breath taking waistline. But there is no match for a super personality coupled with a feisty heart, a sensitive brain finished with a beautiful haircut and a pop of crimson on any woman’s lips!
My biggest & first impression was my Mom! Mom bathed only with Ernst Hazlo soap – which was used by Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn. Mom always looked her perfect! There was something very realistic about her perfection! Her dressing up each day seemed so surreal! It was this beautiful ritual orchestrated in a state of ZEN! When I asked her why she was getting dressed, Mom replied, “For you baby, I must always dress for you.” I felt so special. It thus began my love affair with hair and makeup.
My favorite movie, I can never forget ‘Lulu’ in ‘Pandora’s box’ (1928) played by Louise Brooks. Her haircut! Wow! I still remember the gloss from her jet black hair sported in a Dutch cut bob with a Mall fringe. That hair influenced so many generations of woman. The master Vidal Sasoon too himself who was inspired to create geometric precision bobs.
Interviewing my favorite male icon, TOM JONES for Australian magazine “Health and Beauty” under Editor Margret Spackman. I wasn’t a full-fledged hair dresser then – but that interview nailed it for me! (Throughout the interview I wanted to run my fingers through his hair.)
Love my work
My career was planned and didn’t happen by chance. I knew in school I wanted to be a hairdresser and not a MARINE Engineer like my father wanted me to be. So glad i followed. I love my work. Concepts like change, novelty, re-inventions, and style re-sampling and fashionable mutations of perfection are so essential to hairdressing and make up. That (hair and makeup) provokes and evokes so much in the artiste, the onlooker and the client too, makes hair and make-up such a liberating career in any era! The timelessness, boundless, the non-conformist power that my craft commands is what I love the most.
When I’m not working physically, my mind and heart still are! I’m POSSESSED! But read like crazy and my family and friends are such a joy. All the things that people think of as mundane or ordinary keep me going. A movie at the theatres, an evening on the beach, hot corn on a raining day, the aroma of hot herbal tea, the whiff of my mom’s gujrati daal form the kitchen, the rustling of my bed sheet and pillow.
Until next time. Stay tuned.
Asha Hariharan (Owner, Artist at Beyond The Fringe)
Visit Beyond The Fringe for services & also to learn about Hairstyling & Makeup. Call 02265029087