TRESS TALK Stylist to the core

Lakmé Sa­lon, in as­so­ci­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional hair­styl­ist Win­nie Loo, in­tro­duced an ex­clu­sive hair col­lec­tion — ‘Show­stop­ping Hair’. Amid the hurry and flurry, VIDYA KISHOREKU­MAR man­ages a small chat with Win­nie Loo, an ac­claimed hair­styl­ist and founder-

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What prompted you take up hairstyling as a pro­fes­sion? As a child, I loved ev­ery­thing with scope for cre­ativ­ity and that re­quires an artis­tic touch. I en­tered the in­dus­try back in the 1970s and I feel as­so­ci­ated with the hairstyling in­dus­try for ages. But with­out a doubt, I re­main as pas­sion­ate as I was when I started off 38 years ago. The pro­fes­sion has helped me grow im­mensely. If it were my choice, I’d do hairstyling even in my next life. You have seen four decades of changes in the in­dus­try. What’s the big­gest dif­fer­ence you see? Ini­tially, I trained in Lon­don and went back to Malaysia only to see that there’s no scope of a job. I then shifted to Sin­ga­pore, where I did get a job but with a very, very low salary. Peo­ple did not re­spect this trade back then. There were very few good sa­lons. But to­day if you see Kuala Lumpur, sa­lons are com­pet­ing fiercely to be­come big­ger and bet­ter and good stylists are al­ways in de­mand.

What in­spires you? Trav­el­ling in­spires me tremen­dously. Also, I am a com­plete magazine freak – I buy mag­a­zines from wher­ever I go and keep them as my ref­er­ence books. Fashion comes back in cy­cles and you never know when you’ll need to go back to old styles. To­day, a lot of trends we see are retro. Re­cently, Sas­soon hired me solely on the ba­sis of my yesteryear ex­per­tise. I had to put to use what I learnt in the 70s at Sas­soon. What’s your favourite type of hair to work with? I like hair with move­ment. At in­ter­na­tional styling ses­sions, while most stylists would pick mod­els with straight hair, I’d pick those with wavy or curly hair. Ac­cord­ing to me, it’s when you can style and beau­tify less-man­age­able hair that you prove your ef­fec­tive­ness and skill. I am not one to en­cour­age re­bond­ing, I’d rather work with nat­u­ral tex­ture. Of the nu­mer­ous fa­mous clients you have worked with, who were your favourites? Ohh, there are so many! I have had the op­por­tu­nity to work with Michelle Yeoh, Andy Lau, Teri Hatcher and many such top-notch stars. Re­cently, we also styled Ci­morelli and have been work­ing with many su­per­mod­els. What are your must-have styling prod­ucts? The power of hair­spray, sculptes and tex­turis­ers is un­de­ni­able. They help me trans­form hair. Hair­spray would top the list — I’d be one an­gry stylist with­out it. Which styling tools do you use most of­ten? Hair dryer is, of course, the most im­por­tant. A good flat iron is also im­por­tant. I sug­gest that every­one buy one for them­selves to style at home.

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