'We are doctors of haircare'

'We are doctors of haircare'

'We are doctors  of haircare'

stylist Savio John Pereira

Celebrity hairstylist Savio John Pereira, who has been in the industry for over 12 years now and who has Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty and Neha Dhupia as his clients, is one of the most influential names in the world of hairdressing.

Savio, who was in Bangalore recently, spoke to Metrolife about hair trends, hair colouring and getting that perfect look for yourself. Based in Mumbai, Savio says he doesn’t find much difference in the hairstyles of women in Bangalore and Mumbai. “I think, Bangalore is as good as Mumbai when it comes to style. Mumbai is hyped a lot,” he says.

He goes on to explain the intricacies of haircare. “A lot of people don’t understand that when you go in for a haircut, you need to understand what goes with your job culture and lifestyle,” he says. “People come to me for really elaborate hairstyles, which last only for two days, and then the hair looks really horrible,” he adds.

It’s all about maintenance, according to him. He says one’s hairstyle should depend on the time one is willing to invest on hair everyday.

“So while an office-going person may not give it an hour everyday, a socialite might,” he says. He also speaks about trends in the industry. “You have to create trends to keep people interested. But yes, there are seasonal and international trends. Right now, it’s all about the natural look,” he says.

About the importance of personality and culture in hair colour, he says, “Time and work culture go hand in hand when it comes to something like colouring. For example, is your office alright with colours? If so, are really bright ones, like shocking pink, fine with them?” he adds.

It also depends on the skin tone of the person, he informs.  “Fair people can carry blonde tones while shades of red suit people with darker skin tone,” he says. And is colouring safe? “Absolutely. With the kind of products that are available in the market, it definitely is. But in the end, it’s about going to the right stylist,”

“A good stylist would give you a style that would suit you and one you can maintain,” he adds. So how do you have great hair? “By using the right products. See, haircare is a procedure. Either you make the effort to understand it or go to a stylist,” he says. “There are some ailments that you go to the doctor for and for some, you just visit the chemist. We are the doctors in the business,” he adds.

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