"Hrithik [Roshan] is a fantastic guy. He's got amazing hair."
If there is one person who has strong links with both Hollywood and Bollywood without being an actor, director or producer, it is Asgar Saboo.
Asgar is a hairstyle maestro who has worked his magic on many famous personalities over his extensive career.
Ranging from Cindy Crawford and Eva Longoria, to Karishma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan, he has earned himself a great reputation as a popular celebrity hair stylist.
Asgar has even fashioned hairstyles on models for front covers of high profile magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
He is notable for creating unique and edgy looks, some of which have been fashioned for red carpet walks over the globe.
With experience in working on film sets, showbiz events and fashion shows, his work has taken the world by storm.
But what is his secret? Why is he so popular amongst the rich and famous? In an exclusive interview with DESIblitz, Asgar shares his story of success.
In 1975, Asgar started off as an apprentice at the exclusive Daniel Galvin hair studio in London. From there, he began to build his hairstyling career. He claims that his early influence was, in fact, his sister:
“I was introduced to hairdressing by my sister, many many years ago. This salon that I’m working at, Daniel Galvin, I started my apprenticeship here 35 years ago, and I’ve actually only had one job since then,” Asgar tells us.
“I was very fortunate that this salon was a name and is still a name. It had a lot of celebrities coming through the door, so I was very fortunate that’s how it started off.”
The go-to man of the rich and famous, his clients include business moguls, politicians and royalty. Speaking about some of his favourite famous customers, Asgar admits:
“I would say Hrithik and Ash, but I’ve done so many of the older stars like the old legendary Mumtaz, Rekha and a few of the Kapoor family, but they’re all amazing. They’re all different in their own way.”
“Hrithik is a fantastic guy. He’s got amazing hair,” Asgar adds. Asgar admits that he draws inspiration from the works of high profile fashion labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Chanel.
For Asgar, other sources of creativity come from the streets of London where he feels inspired and motivated to develop his career. His high profile line of work also means that Asgar is never in the same place for too long:
“One day you could be on a photo shoot, the next day you could be on a film set. One day you’ll be in a salon, the next day you can be flown out to somewhere else.”
By creating his own styles and committing himself to continuous improvement, it is no surprise that Asgar has come to where he is now.
Asgar has built a deep trust with his clients and has styled their hair, specifically fashioning it in ways that complement their looks. Over the years, he has developed a keen eye for detail and an expertise in determining what styles suit each customer best.
With his high level of experiences, Asgar adds: “Although I have done hair in every possible high pressure environment and glamorous events, I still prefer the one to one interaction. At the end of the day, my job is to make the client happy more than the people who will be looking at the style.”
Asgar strives to create a rewarding hairstyling experience for all of his customers. By creating a winning variety of hairstyles for each individual client, Asgar shows that he’s not your average hair stylist.
As a regular columnist for many magazines in Middle East, Russia, India and the UK, he has also shared his extensive knowledge of hair-care with the world:
“Making a mark in the hair industry is not easy as the trends and styles keep changing,” Asgar says.
“I constantly practised, studied, and created my own styles and always accepted feedback from the clients. This has helped me a lot to keep up with the constantly evolving trends and marking a strong presence amidst a competitive world.”
Asgar also attended the IIFA Awards 2014 held in Tampa Bay, Florida, and even styled a few guests, one being Manrina Rhode Rekhi, wife of music producer Rishi Rich.
While he was there he also commented and shared tips on hairstyles of A list celebrities. In particular, those worn on the red carpet by famous actresses such as Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Lawrence.
Asgar also commits himself to a worthy humanitarian cause alongside his work. He established the Asgar Trust in 2012 where he raises awareness of environmental and deforestation issues.
With his determination to make a difference in the hair-care sector, Asgar has spent the last 18 months working on his own hair-care range that keeps the scalp nourished for healthier hair. The haircare range will release late 2014, and with his reach and influence so vast, it is certain to be a huge success.
Following 35 plus years experience in the industry, it is clear that Asgar is, and will continue to be one of the most loved hair stylists of the celebrity world.