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Pooja Bhatt reveals the real story behind her famous frizzy perms...

The hairstyle that became an instant hit, was actually the result of an experiment gone wrong!

brunch Updated: Jul 12, 2017 14:47 IST
Ananya Ghosh
Ananya Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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After Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Pooja Bhatt’s permed hair became a rage among young girls(Movie Still)

Like the Sadhna fringe or the Sharmila Tagore bouffant, Pooja Bhatt’s permed hair was a major thing in the ’90s. After the Bhatt girl debuted her frizzy wild curls in Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, girls made a beeline to the parlours to get that gorgeous perm, and she became an instant style icon!

But while talking to HTbrunch for the recent interview, she revealed for the first time that ‘The Frizzy Perm’ was the result of a parlour disaster. “Unlike today, we didn’t have stylists and PRs planning for one year how to debut a particular look. My permed hair was an accident, it was not meant to be that at all,” she says before elaborating the incident: “ I had gone to Nalini & Yasmin for a haircut and Dar Blo Bar, the famous UK-based hair stylists had come down to do some workshop. Everyone was trying out different things. At one point Nalini asked, ‘Who wants to try out the perming curlers?’ It was a prospect of experimentation and of course my hand went up first! And so, I became the chosen one to try out the perming curlers!”

However, two hours into the process, Pooja realized that everybody was staring at her and not in a very complementing way, and it was mostly a look of bewilderment. “I had no clue why! When they opened the curls, and I saw myself in the mirror, I was shocked! My hair looked like a bird’s nest! But it was not a temporary thing, so I went back home with it. In the following few days I tried curling and scrunching to make it a bit manageable. I had to shoot, so I shot with that hair. And after the movie was released, suddenly that hair got a life of its own, it became a rage!” she quips.

Even now, girls with curly hair thank her for making frizzy, curly hair cool. “Rana Ayyub had given me probably the greatest compliment when she said that she actually became comfortable with her curls after watching Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin. Indian women are considered beautiful if they have long straight hair, fair skin etc. And we torture ourselves to fit into the mould. My hair blooper made curly cool!”

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From HT Brunch, July 12, 2017

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First Published: Jul 12, 2017 14:46 IST