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The snip-snap wizard

Javed Habib not only styles hair with panache, he also regaled all those present with wit and humour at the hair styling workshop.



FAST WORK: The celebrated stylist is quick at his job.

JAVED HABIB needs no light whatsoever. For, he is a live-wire spreading sparks of fun and fundas, one never knows where to begin and when to end. Till he chooses to draw the line. Lithe and well groomed, you would think all the action is with his fingers and scissors. Sorry, stand corrected for it is more to do with wit.

Indeed, he is a storehouse of raunchy tales. You never even anticipated one and he gives you ten. And while you wait for him to take the ramp and hope for a silent audience, he walls up to stir a cacophony, involving even the most disinterested stoics of the day. A celebrated stylist, Habib, we think is a strategist who strode the glamour ladder with careful planning. Maybe he did, but as soon as he walked the ramp of the NIFT auditorium (where he held a workshop on hairstyling) he started with a very important business funda: Talk so much to your clients that they have nothing left to ask you.

While his first model, all students of NIFT and the faculty took their place, Habib was at his job -- cracking Punjabi jokes and making his assistant the butt of his jokes. While the audience was amply entertained, he picked up his magic tools - the scissor and comb. And now when you are sure the commotion will die, the master manages to make it louder. And when it is at its loudest, he slips in some jargon: "And now we take a `segment' and keep snipping until your mood gets better."

Styling, according to him, is all about having fun. And fun has no name. So when it comes to pleasure the cosmetic look evolves more from the mood shared between the stylist and client in the chair. While he entertained himself and the crowds, he inserted some tips to groom hair - drink a lot of water, use the right shampoo, take a cut every six weeks or a trim every four weeks, colour your hair according to your skin tone, get a cut that will give bounce but not something that will leave a bulge on the head, and above all keep laughing for wrinkles are signs of a good heart, and grey hair, of wisdom.



FUN STYLES: Javed Habib makes the client feel at ease.

A thorough professional, his expertise can be gauged by the way he uses his scissors. While he emphasises upon holding the hair between straight fingers, the scissor in his hand moves like a brush.

Cropping bulges to spiking hair, Habib does it all with panache - a singular attribute one cannot imagine him without. While his models sit with a beating heart enjoying the attention and Habib's energy working on them, the crowd enjoys itself. Each time he looks to the crowd for a model, they raise their hands in unison asking to be chosen.

In one case it was like musical chairs where one was served to the other's disappointment. When Habib was asked who did his hair, he said, "Well, if I don't do my job well, then my clients' start styling my billings." Does not really answer the question but goes with the Javed Habib persona - you cannot pin him down.

ATIYA AMJAD

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