When Adhuna Akhtar arrived in India from the UK, with bag and baggage, it didn’t take her long to realise that most of the women in the country have curly or wavy hair.
That was in 1994. Since then, she’s given haircuts to many of these women, along with a gentle chiding that their hair actually looks better than the straight look many of them covet. “I personally love it, and because I grew up with a twin sister who had a hard time dealing with her curls, I’ve become empathetic to all variations of it,” smiles Adhuna.
The hairstylist is glad that styles that were in vogue when she was growing up are coming back now. “The most important requisite for long, curly hair is that it must be shiny and healthy. If it’s not, cut it all off and have some fun in the process of growing it back,” she advises.
But how do you know what haircut suits you best? “Unfortunately, it’s often a matter of trial and error,” laughs Adhuna. “It’s terribly important to find that one friendly neighbourhood stylist who understands your hair and what you need. And trimming it once every six-eight weeks is a must. Otherwise, it’ll look good but not great.”
And what about having to choose from a mind-boggling range of haircare products in the market? Adhuna offers some tips. “With curly hair, the passage of natural oils doesn’t happen easily, so moisture needs to be replenished. Not with oil, though. You end up shampooing your hair so aggressively to get the oil off that all benefits are lost,” she explains. “Oil is something I’ve experienced after coming to India, and I’ve realised that with or without oil or any other kind of product, it’s the action of a massage that helps more than anything.
It stimulates the blood flow and feeds the root of the hair. But again, a good haircut can really help.”
It’s terribly important to find that one friendly neighbourhood stylist who understands your hair