Jawed Habib on the importance of hairstylists in fashion industry and how the hair style of cricketers is generating as much interest as that of film stars
In his initial years as a hairstylist, he toyed with the idea of working in partnership with a reputed designer. However, it didn’t take long for Jawed Habib to realise that on the runway it is the designer alone who calls the shot. This was the scenario in India two decades ago and continues to be now. The celebrated hair stylist plans to have a unique hair show of his own.
“When it is Jawed Habib show, then hair has to be given importance. I would work with designers but here clothes would play a minor role. It would be our show all the way. Reality is that India needs hair education and this platform would be an excellent vehicle for that,” says Habib, as his blond hair look as shimmery as it was a decade ago.
Justifying his roadmap, he says: “The first fashion statement made on this earth was hair and not garment. You can wear fancy designer clothes but if you don’t have stylish hair what is the point. Both have to complement each other,” he says on the sidelines of the launch of Novex Hair Care in India by Ozone Organic Advantage.
Reminiscing his early days, he says: “Initially, I was part of Miss India pageant but soon realised that this wasn’t what I had envisaged. I didn’t want to be dictated by designers. Abroad, designers and hair professionals work together. Now things are changing; in future they would have to give equal importance to hair stylist. Whether it is hair expert or jewellery expert, all have to work in cohesion as a team.”
Knowledge on hair
What irks Jawed, who comes from an illustrious pedigree of hair experts, is that guys and even girls in metros have incorrect notion on how to look after their hair. “Unfortunately, people are ignorant about hair. They should desist from using oil as it is a moisturiser. It cannot revive lost hair. I use oil on my scalp but after five minutes I shampoo my hair. Massaging the head with oil is not good and for God’s sake don’t sleep after rubbing head with hair oil.”
Jawed is not enamoured by the fashion statement made by the Men in Blue. This die-hard cricket fan gets excited when one asks him about our cricketers’ fixation with beards. “Today our players want to look good and dazzling both on and off the field. Their looks get them endorsements . Unfortunately, the game has now become blatantly commercial. And it is true for other sports as well. Every sport in the world demands glamour. And when there is glamour, marketing forces come into play.”
Recalling his cricket playing days on the pitch of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, Jawed says: “I was passionate about the gentleman’s game. While undertaking Masters in French from JNU, I was obsessed with the game and captained the cricket team of the institution. When I was captain, I was never bothered about my hair. Even cricketers then were completely at sea vis a vis fashion when compared to today’s cricketing icons . For Sunny, Kapil, Azhar, fashion had no meaning. Kapil’s curly hair style was natural. So was Gavaskar’s and Azhar’s. Now times have changed. It seems for current generation of cricketers fashion is as much a priority as excelling in the game. Virat Kohli has a new style every series.”
Guys with beard
His beard has become a big craze in metros. “True, lot of men, particularly guys in their 20s, come for such looks. Honestly, as a fashion statement, beard is not meant for India. Beard looks nice and enhances an individual’s personality if he happens to be fair. Virat is quite fair; so naturally his beard fits the bill,” says Jawed.
In Bollywood, he says, the actors no longer carry a look beyond a film. “It is not like the 70s when thick side buns lasted for a long time. It is more character driven style now.”
Jawed’s focus is now on imparting knowledge in hair dressing in a scientific way. “Nobody thought imparting skills on hair styling could be converted into a business model. I have proved that and want to continue providing livelihood opportunities to those wanting to make a career in cosmetology. Our number is our biggest asset. We are a nation of 130 billion population,” he underlines.
The blindness is often irreversible, the doctors said. Additionally, those who smoke tobacco significantly increase their risk of developing cataract compared to non-smokers.
It’s a well-known fact that smoking even mild or light cigarettes puts you at greater risk of lung cancer, and that smokers are at higher risk of developing mental illnesses. Despite knowing the ill effects, a survey found that 9 in 10 Indians smokers try to quit but fail. The doctors at AIIMS now provide an additional reason to quit smoking. They said that tobacco not only causes cancer, its prolonged consumption also may also lead to blindness, and often such cases are irreversible. They also said studies have shown that those who smoke tobacco, significantly increase their risk of developing cataract compared to non-smokers. Smoking or chewing tobacco over five to 10 years affects the optic nerve which may lead to visual loss, the doctors said.
“Often such cases of blindness are irreversible. People know that smoking and chewing of tobacco causes heart disease and cancer, but vision loss and other eye problems due to tobacco are not widely known,” said Dr Atul Kumar, Chief of Dr R P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences in AIIMS. He said of the total number of blindness cases reported at the centre annually, around 5% of those are due to tobacco consumption.
Diabetic retinopathy can get worse in smokers due to decrease of oxyhaemoglobin. The only remedy is stopping tobacco consumption, Dr Kumar said. He also said long-term indiscriminate use of steroidal eyedrops, commonly applied in case of eye allergies, can result in glaucoma and lead to irreversible blindness. Dr Kumar said the AIIMS, in collaboration with the Union Health Ministry, is conducting a National Blindness survey to collect data about visual impairment and blindness in the country.
According Professor Praveen Vashist, the in-charge of community ophthalmology, out of 30 districts selected for the survey, data collection has been completed in 19 districts across 17 states. The survey is expected to be completed by June next year, he said, adding, “As of now, cataract has been found to be main cause of blindness.” According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2010 data, India accounts for 20 per cent of the global blindness burden.
Invest in good vitamin E moisturisers, lip butters and drink lots of water throughout the journey, advise skincare experts.
Drink enough water before boarding the flight, and continue to guzzle water throughout as air at high altitudes has less moisture, making the air inside the flight cabin dry.
Flights can make your skin look dull and tired because air at high altitudes has less moisture, making the air inside the flight cabin dry. Invest in good vitamin E moisturisers, lip butters and drink water throughout the journey, suggest experts.
Here are a few tips on how to take care of your skin and stay hydrated while travelling:
* Taking care of the skin becomes even more essential during air travel. It’s always a good idea to use a moisturiser containing vitamin E as it protects and locks in moisture for all-day hydration.
If you are too lazy to apply moisturisers again and again, go for a moisturiser with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid as it stays on for 48 hours.
* Carry lip butter or lip gloss on you as harsh weather conditions and lack of moisture in air has a direct effect on the lips and leaves them chapped and dry.
Using a lip balm or lip butter with olive oil and coconut oil as the main ingredient is a great solution for crack-free and moisturised lips. An almond cream will also work wonders for chapped lips.
Both olive oil and coconut oil are a great source of vitamin E, which helps nourish chapped lips and protect them against dry weather conditions.
* The most important thing is to drink enough water even before you board the flight, and continue to guzzle water throughout. If one has to be ready upon arrival, keep a little make-up case with you with some concealer and foundation and apply right before you land. One can accentuate the look by adding a dash of kajal or liner to the eyes.
* Remember to take along your sunscreen lotion. An anti-tan sunscreen would be good. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out. If you are out in the sun for more than an hour, re-apply the sunscreen. You may also need moisturiser, hand cream and lip balm.
\* When you travel by air, you may have to sit for long hours. Avoid tight clothes. Your feet will also suffer, so try to keep them raised with some support, to help circulation and prevent fatigue. You can try a few foot exercises while sitting. Wiggle your toes and make circular motions with your feet. Occasionally walk on the aisle to stretch your legs. Do some deep breathing. It will help keep you calm during the flight.
* Eat light meals during the flight. Salads and fruits help to ward off symptoms of jet-lag.
Terrified of squats, burpees and all those complex exercises that promise slender legs? You are not alone because a lot of people shy away from such rigorous workouts. But what if we tell you that you can have thinner legs by just lying down on your mat? Yes, here we bring to you a series of easy exercises that you can do even without having to stand up (with the exception of one).
1. Alternate leg raise: Lie down on your back and raise your legs up at around 90 degrees. Now keeping them straight, start bending your knees one by one and make sure your feet do not touch the floor. Repeat 20 times. Bring your legs down on the floor. Relax.
2. Lying down squats: Lie down on your back and raise your legs up in the air at 90 degrees. Press your leg one against the other and now start bending your knees sideways (as shown in the video). Repeat 10 times. Bring your legs down to the floor. Relax.
3. Ballet exercise: Lie down on the floor and turn your body towards the right. Now raise your head keeping your right hand by your side. Hold the right hand with the left one. Now start moving your left leg in the ballet move.
Move your left leg and keep the left foot over the right knee and then straighten your leg. Keep the left feet back on the right knee and slide down the leg. Do it 10 times. Repeat with the other side.
4. Seashell exercise: Lie in the same manner as ballet exercise. Now bend your knees and start opening and closing your left knee. While performing this, your legs will look like a seashell. Do it 10-15 times. Repeat with the other side.
5. Sideways leg spread: Lie down on your back and straighten your legs at 90 degrees. Now start opening your legs as wide as you can and bring them back to the starting position. Repeat 10-15 times.
6 . Backward leg bend: Lie on your chest with your hands by your side. Raise your chin and raise your legs from your knees. Bring your legs towards your hips and take them back. Make sure your feet do not touch the floor and keep your legs together. Repeat 15 times.
7. Thigh stretching: Lie straight on your back with your hands on your side. Now hold your right thigh with both hands and pull your right leg towards your chest. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Do it 10 times. Repeat with the other leg.
8. Inner thigh muscle stretch: Stand straight and keep your hands on the floor by bending your back. Now stretch both the legs sideways. Move your upper body towards your right. This will stretch your left leg a little more and your right leg will become straight. Now stay in this position and move your body up and down 15 times. Repeat on the other side.
Delhi is the capital of India and thus one of the most important cities of the nation. Many of the happenings and decisions that shape the course of the country are taken here and that is why the complete nation is always interested in knowing the Delhi news.