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September 11, 2012

Mane Dresser

Text by Nasrin Modak. Photograph by Poulomi Dey.

Hairstylist Akshata Honawar realised that hairdressing is the only thing that makes her happy

At a very young age, Akshata Honawar was introduced to the art of hairstyling, thanks to her beautician mother but she didn’t follow her footsteps. In fact, she trained to become an interior designer before she finally made the switch. Today, she is a part of the artistic dream team of L’Oreal Professionnel in India and has created a look for The Royal Wedding Collection 2012 which is documented in a coffee table book and will travel across the country in the form of shows.

Hairdressing for her is an art. Ask her about dressing a real bride and she quips, “It’s not as easy as it seems. Even though everything is planned, nothing goes according to it. There are last minute changes, chaos and also a mix of cold feet and panic from the bride. But overall, it’s a fun experience. It’s important to set the mood first, the rest falls in place anyway.”

While most brides demand a copy of popular trends spotted on runways and in bridal magazines, Akshata understands that every face is different. “It’s about making them stand out on their big day. If a style is in vogue but it doesn’t suit you, just don’t do it.”

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