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Joakim Roos says that he was meant to be a hairstylist. Had he not been one, it would have been unjust not just to the hairstylist. Neha Sharma talks to him.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 21, 2008 19:42 IST
Neha Sharma

Joakim Roos says that he was meant to be a hairstylist. Had he not been one, it would have been unjust not just to him, but to the industry as well. After over 18 years, his journey has been as beautiful as the destination. <b1>

“I was interested in the profession since I was nine, because my mother was a fashion designer and I accompanied her everywhere, ran errands, wore the badge for the booths and got absorbed in the fun of it,” he says. “Now here I am, training participants for the biggest hairstyling competition in India. I am very excited.”

Roos says that he found hairstyling appealing because it gave him instant gratification and he felt he could use his own vision here — unlike other professions where one has to follow someone.

After his “informal education”, he studied hairstyling for three years, after which he worked in a small salon in Sweden before moving to Chicago as global trainer, Pivot Point, in 1990. “My experience has been fantastic as I have learnt so much in every country I have been to. People are fast evolving and no longer treating hair as the dead cells of the body. The Asian countries have created so many trendy and crazy hairdos.” <b2>

Talking about international trends, the stylist says that the cut should be flexible. He suggests the fringe as the in thing. “Keep it normal for office, brush it aside for an outing or pull it back on top and tie it. Indian hair is naturally soft, thick and curly. Because of the humidity and pollution, people should not go for complicated hairstyles,” he suggests.

The stylist, who flaunts long hair and nails, says this is the trend for guys and the polished look is out. “I have long nails because it is the era of unisexuality, plus it helps in sectioning the hair when I am working,” he laughs.

“As for colouring trends, people should go for tone on tone instead of stark contrasts. A dark red with a light red looks very chic.”

Roos also says that the Indian obsession with hair oil is a myth. “Oil does nothing for the hair except adding gloss to it. People should use conditioners and shampoos with ingredients good for their hair.”

After Courtney Cox, is there another celeb he wants to style? “Galliano. I love his personality.”