Red alert: Bollywood divas are in love with this hot shade
Want to rock gorgeous looking locks? Dip them in red! This is what fashion forward women in Bollywood have done this season. Actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Adah Sharma and Smilie Suri are in love with the red hair trend. From luscious mulled wine shades to fiery streaks, these beauties are painting the town red. Aishwarya, who plays a famous singer in her latest film Fanney Khan is showing off her new haircolour that’s a cheery mix of red and burgundy. Taapsee Pannu in her upcoming film Manmarziyaan rocks a curly mop livened with red, while Adah Sharma has gone for flame chunks to spice us her black hair.
Hair stylists give red hair a big thumbs up. “Whatever Bollywood does, fans follow it. Red hair is back in fashion again. It’s sexier, romantic and goes well with the Indian skin tone. Red gives a very rockstar vibe. Earlier, red highlight were popular but now it’s the ombré technique (darker hues at roots with gradually lightened ends) and balayage technique (derived from the French word that means “to sweep”, a natural transition to the lighter shade). These new trends are a hit,” says Bollywood hairstylist Aalim Hakim.
For actor Taapsee Pannu, red hair colour goes well with the character she is playing in her film. “Rumi’s personality is full of fire, so a fiery red shade complements her style. I love experimenting with my hair and I totally enjoyed colouring it red. When Anurag Kashyap said, ‘let’s colour your hair red’, I said ‘Yes, why not? After I came back from the shoot, everyone who saw me said, ‘It’s so you and suits you so well. Can you please keep it forever?’.” The actor says she is hoping that the red colour catches up with people. “I feel anyone who is experimental and wild, and doesn’t fear anything in life will go for such a colour,” she says.
Actor Smilie Suri has also experimented with bubble gum pink and bright red. She says that such cheerful hair color brings down the need for make-up. “Crazy colours brighten my skin [colour] and add a glow. There is no need for blush on or make up. I just put on lip gloss and mascara and feel awesome,” she says.
Bhupindra Rawat, hair expert says a number of young people in the city are going for red. “The bold and beautiful colour stands out when you walk on the streets. It’s a hit with youngsters who go for red chunk instead of the full scalp. A girl came to me with Aishwarya Rai’s photo from Fanney Khan and asked for the same shade.” Sagar Khatri, a salon owner in Bengali Market says he is getting a lot of enquiries or red. “The shade has never been so in. A number of customers are queuing up for red.”
For Ruth Chawngthu, a Delhi-based 21-year-old working professional, red hair is a way of enjoying freedom and expressing it. “I like vibrant hair colours. Everyone has been complimenting my hair. American singer Hayley Williams who is famous for her red hair really inspired me to get this shade. It’s my way of expressing freedom.”
Gurugram-based chef, Shahla Ahmed, too, has fallen in love with the shade. “I wanted a great looking, fresh and striking hair colour. I am seeing actors rock hair red in movies and thought of trying it,” she says.
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