"Heat makes your hair malleable"
Bollywood celebrity hairstylists can make an A-lister look frizz-free, glamorous, and red carpet ready.
Their Instagram accounts serve as a testimony of their unmatched talent.
Their social media not only gives you a chance to admire and emulate some of the most double-tap-worthy looks, but it is also a great source for hair hacks and product recommendations.
Whether you’d like to perfect the classic chignon or get a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes, here are eight influential Bollywood celebrity hairstylists you need to follow now.
For Gabriel Georgiou, hair “is a matter of personalisation.”
The celebrity hairstylist once told Vogue India: “What’s important are the aesthetics and overall look, with the hair playing a major part.
“Whether the hair is retro-inclined or simple like a slick, it has to be done tastefully and in a more modern, fashion way.”
His flair for keeping things fresh is the reason why he has been a go-to for names like Deepika Padukone, Bhumi Pednekar and Anushka Sharma for their on-screen looks and even off-screen events.
Georgiou was also the man behind the two actors’ stunning bridal hairstyles.
Georgiou’s Instagram account is chock-full of hair inspiration to bookmark, from unseen snippets from shoots to fashion editorials.
Anchal Morwani of Hot Hair Balloon’s mane mantra is that “When it comes to hair texture, it’s best to work with what you have, rather than burn it by extensive straightening, for example.”
It’s no wonder then that the Bollywood celebrity hairstylist often treads the same path while working with her clientele which includes Shanaya Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Kiara Advani.
Her Instagram account is the spot for all things hair inspiration: from trends ruling Bollywood charts and candid selfies to easy-to-follow hair care solutions and tutorials on Zoom-ready hairdos.
If you want to learn interesting snippets of knowledge about hairstyling from one of the leading experts of hairstyling in Bollywood, then this Instagram page is a must-follow.
Classic chignon, sleek half-up, half-down or larger-than-life blow-out, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja has created hair moments on and off the red carpet on several occasions.
This makes sense considering hairstylist Hiral Bhatia often lends her magic to The Zoya Factor actor’s long locks to best complement her statement-making makeup and sartorial looks.
Hiral Bhatia also counts celebrities like Tamannaah Bhatia, Priyanka Chopra, Tabu, and others to her repertoire.
Mumbai-based Priyanka Borkar, who holds credit for Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra’s red-carpet-ready locks, believes in delving deep into the ‘root’ cause to get your strands to stand out without comprising the long-term health of your mane.
In a conversation with Vogue India, Priyanka said: “Hair texture, thickness, your scalp type and the product you choose will directly affect your end result.”
That’s not to say the celebrity hairstylist is averse to experimentation, as evidenced in the halo of multi-coloured hair she has sported on various occasions herself.
Flavien Heldt is best known for whipping up Instagram-worthy hairdos for fashion magazines and getting celebrities like Malaika Arora and Katrina Kaif camera-ready.
High-shine hairstyles are his go-to, particularly on super straightened or lusciously curled hair.
Speaking to Vogue India in 2020, he said: “Heat makes your hair malleable and smoothens the scale-like cuticles on the surface.
“When the cuticles are smoothened, they reflect light.”
A quick scroll through Amit Thakur’s Instagram account will reinstate his popularity with Bollywood celebrities.
Curves, spirals, zig-zags or waves, this Bollywood celebrity hairstylist does them all.
Classic and glamorous are two of the many adjectives that we’d use to describe Kareena Kapoor Khan’s scene-stealing hairdos.
From the actor’s fuss-free styling for Vogue India’s April 2020 cover to that out-of-the-ordinary braid during the promotional rounds of Good Newwz, hairstylist Yianni Tsapatori is the name responsible for her varied looks.
Shraddha Kapoor’s romantic blowout with soft curls, short curly bob in the coming of age comedy-drama film Chhichhore, princess Elsa-inspired braid with pearls and gajra-adorned half bun for Umang show.
For all these stunning hairdos, we have Nikita Menon to thank.
The Mumbai-based celebrity hairstylist has been the 33-year-old star’s go-to for several years now.
Her Instagram page provides enough fodder if you’d like to ramp up your look with a wearable hairstyle.
Some hairstylists do more than just change our opinion on whether we suit a side fringe, some are cultural change-makers that alter our visual history.
Those are the ones we dub hair icons.
These Bollywood celebrity hairstylists are not only the best in the business but have mastered the art of Instagram and creating a famous portfolio.