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Celebrity hair stylist Asgar Saboo’s: Top 5 Tips for the Christmas party season

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It's Christmas time! The trees are going up, the decorations are emerging, the jingles are blaring aloud and the Christmas parties are nigh, so what better time to learn of the top hairstyles to steal the show?
Hair stylist to the A-list stars, Asgar Saboo, gives his take on the perfect Christmas hairstyles with in-depth tips to achieving them with exquisite style.

Asgar Saboo, a renowned figure among celebrities and a regular on red carpets, is synonymous with headline grabbing, style-worthy hair. He is trusted by supermodels Cindy Crawford and Twiggy, Hollywood actress Eva Longoria, as well as A-list stars including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and legend Rekha.

His name is tantamount with cutting-edge and sophisticated hairstyles and his hair creations have been showcased at glittering premieres, showbiz events and multiple awards ceremonies.

Asgar is famed for the headline grabbing hairstyle he created for Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, which has been the inspiration for Hrithik Roshan's wax work figure at London's prestigious Madame Tussauds. The UK based hair maestro has worked his magic on scores of celebrities and dignitaries the world over, making the front covers of several leading fashion magazines and item publications.



Half up, Half down

The half up, half down hairstyle is a favourite of the celebrities and goes perfectly with a white dress. It's important to find the right balance between the up and down divide at the back of the hair, keeping the correct ratio at all times. Traditionally, a higher divide is associated with a slightly more casual look, whereas a lower divide is considered to be smarter.

Top Tips: Firstly, separate the top half of your hair from the bottom half, securing it with a hair tie. It's imperative to keep the ponytail tight as you go back and gently tug on the top of the hair to give it some volume. You can then tease the tail, slightly near the base of the elastic and twist it around the base before securing the bun with a few bobby pins. To finish, adjust the divide to the shape that you want.



Christmas Updo With Curls

As elegant as they come, the Christmas updo with curls is extremely classy and oozes sophistication.

Despite the fact it is one of the more time consuming hairstyles, the rewards will pay dividends as you take centre stage, not just as the talk of the party, but as the talk of the town.

Top Tips: Curl the hair either using an iron or hot rollers. You can then take out your face framing bangs and pin the rest of the curls to the back of the head. To give your look leverage, back-comb the top of the hair so that is adds volume. You can then finish the look by adding any pretty hair accessories such as a braided headband. Remember, pin the curls wherever you see fit – there is no exact science to this.



Red-Carpet waves

Straight from the red carpet, waves are compatible with both casual and smart clothes.

Top Tips (Natural Waves): Prepare your hair for styling by applying a product that is designed to bring out natural waves to wet hair. There are a variety of mousses and other products that will give you hold, but not leave the hair feeling crunchy. To help give your waves some extra bounce, it helps to hold your head upside down or to the side as you blow dry. This helps prevent your hair from getting weighed down as it dries.

If you want added volume, you can try lifting your roots with duckbill hair clips before you begin blow drying. Simply divide the top layer of your hair into sections and put a clip under each section, angling it into the roots. This will help create some extra lift as your hair dries.

Top Tips (Straight Hair): If you have naturally straight hair but you want to use your blow dryer to add some waves, you will need to add product, such as sea salt spray, to give it some texture and allow it to hold the waves. Try experimenting with different products to find one that works for your hair. While your hair is still very wet, use your blow dryer to dry the roots. Positioning it so that the air pushes your hair up will create some volume.

Try using the flat nozzle attachment on your blow dryer for this step, as it will focus more air on your roots.

You can also use duckbill clips to add some lift to your roots. Use them to clip up small sections of your hair, angling the clips towards the roots from underneath. This will give you added volume when your hair dries.

Using the diffuser attachment for your blow dryer on a cool, low speed setting, gently scrunch your hair. Depending on the texture of your hair, you may want to apply more texturising spray and/or a finishing product to ward off frizz.




Perhaps the most simple yet effective of the party looks, the ponytail is the quickest look to perfect and will also stay intact throughout the night.

Top Tips: Firstly, give your hair some texture by adding some dry shampoo or hairspray in order to sustain your look throughout the night. Then pull your hair up towards the crown of your head and pull your hair up (not back!). Holding the ponytail in place with one hand, brush out any bumps with the other hand to ensure a smooth ponytail. Once you have found the perfect placement, it's time to take your elastic and secure the hair in place. To keep it in place, take one inch of hair from the underside and wrap it around the hair elastic. You can then secure the hair with a bobby pin to hide the elastic. For some added volume and texture, tease the ponytail with a fine-tooth comb, gently combing hair upwards and towards the front.



Classic Updo

A voluminous deconstructed chignon will forever be the peak of relaxed romantic elegance and one of the most timeless updo styles.

Top Tips: Start with clean, damp hair and blow dry with a diffuser. Once the hair is completely dry, backcomb at the root and sweep it all back into a low loose ponytail either behind the neck or to the side. Grab pieces of the pony at random; twisting and pinning them upwards to the head; until all of the loose hair has been gathered up to form a chignon. Slide fingers under the hair and gently lift to loosen the hold and add volume to the styling. Pull out some strands to frame the face and finish with a sweeping of medium hold hairspray.



Bollywood blunder

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British tabloids tag Deepika Padukone as “worst dressed celebrity” at MTV Europe Music Awards

Deepika Padukone's military green look at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) 2016 has been tagged as a “Bollywood blunder” by international publications.

Daily Mail, which had referred to Deepika as the "female companion" of tennis star Novak Djokovic earlier this year, featured the Hindi film star among the 'Worst Dressed Celebs' of MTV EMAs, and tagged her as a “Bollywood Blunder”.

deepika-2-326x450Posting an image of the actress, the publication described the look: "Indian actress Deepika Padukone may be stunning but her swamp green bralet and skirt combo did nothing for her sensational figure."

The Mirror, stated: "Indian film actress Deepika Padukone posed on the red carpet in what looked like a pair of giant dark green curtains as a skirt, a black sparkling bralet and huge chandelier earrings."

Deepika is among the top young stars of Hindi cinema, having proved her mettle on the silver screen with myriad roles in films like ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Cocktail’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Piku.

She will be making her Hollywood debut with ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ next year alongside Vin Diesel.

At the event, Deepika's look seemed to be in sync with her fierceful and strong character of "xXx: Return of Xander Cage". She wore a Monisha Jaising ensemble - a skirt with a black, sequin bralette.

Jaising posted Deepika's image on Instagram and captioned it: "Military green is a functional and strong colour. It has a tough, almost androgynous appeal for all of those women warriors out there! Deepika is unstoppable, fit and fierce; making a perfect muse for my Artemisia Gown. I'm thrilled to collaboratively envision with Shaleena Nathani, and create this very special piece for Deepika Padukone for the EMAs."

There's a strong buzz amongst Bollywood lovers about Deepika's Hollywood foray. The trailer of the film was released on Facebook Live and reached 100 million views across multiple platforms in two days.

The film's Facebook engagement started with exclusive teasers being launched via the cast members' own handles to their global fan bases along with exclusive character posters.

Directed by DJ Caruso, ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ is a sequel to the 2002 film ‘xXx’ and 2005 film ‘xXx: State of the Union’. The film also stars Ruby Rose, Samuel L Jackson, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa.

A Paramount Pictures movie, it will be exclusively distributed in India by Viacom18 Motion Pictures on January 20, 2017.

Summer snips!

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Celebrity Hairstylist Asgar Saboo shares his top men’s 2016 hair trends

Men all around the world are flocking into barber shops to get their summer trims.

The top men’s summer trends this year is the shorter side cut, which is a classic style that helps guys stay cool and fresh, whilst still looking trendy.

Celebrity hairstylist, Asgar Saboo, shares the top men’s styles for this summer.

A renowned figure among celebrities, and a regular on red carpets, the name Asgar Saboo is synonymous with headline grabbing, style-worthy hair.

He is trusted by A-list stars such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and legend Rekha - as well as supermodels Cindy Crawford and Twiggy and Hollywood actress Eva Longoria.

Asgar is famed for the headline grabbing hairstyle he created for Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, which has been the inspiration for Hrithik Roshan’s wax work figure at London’s Madame Tussauds.

The Taper Fade

the taper fadeThe taper fade haircut is one of the most classic and fashionable styles for men, which is a masculine, yet fresh look that’s perfect for casual or professional occasions.

For the taper look, you need to have the sides cut or buzzed considerably shorter than the length of the hair on top. This is the key component, as after the hair is cut, styling the hair consists of just the top portion. There are many way to wear the tapered fade, from sweeping your hair over to the side or tussling it up for the ‘just out of bed look’, to polishing off the look using a product to push the hair into an upward motion for a forward fringe.

Short and Choppy

short and choppyShort and choppy is a more low-maintenance style that evolved from last year’s longer hair trend to a more loose and textured style. The top is now slightly shorter and the sides have been clipped down for more of a contrast, much like the taper fade - but less dramatic.

The choppiness also gives the illusion of more texture, bulk and weight to the hair, making it seem thicker.

To Style: Use a water-based gel and tussle your hand through the hair until you’re happy with the styled result. You can also use a thicker paste applied to the roots for a secure hold or for a slightly less wet look. If you have particularly thin hair, a root booster powder to optimise volume will give a matte finish. This style is intended to look slightly ruffled and messy, so styling needn’t take an hour. Just ruffle and go.

The Textured Quiff, Top Volume

textured quiffThis is the less polished, more textured version of  the quiff, with depth that is not too structured.  Again, following the trend with shorter back and sides, this style is easy to maintain and depending on the length of the quiff you can change up your style at any time.  

To style, you can work texture power to the roots to add depth and bulk, adding volumising spray will also work - however texture power will last longer compared to a water base product.

Then, rub paste or a soft clay between your fingers and hands so the warmth of your palms makes the product more manageable. Twist the hair slightly at the sides of the crown, pushing it upwards, before passing your hands through the quiff until you are happy with the result and the quiff stays in place. Finish with a strong-hold hair spray to make the quiff extra secure.

buzz cutThe Buzz Cut

The buzz cut is a great look and very useful when the weather gets sweltering hot. It a style that is easy to maintain and looks great with stubble or a beard.

Your need to remember that not all buzz cuts needs to be a really short length 0 all around, a number 1 or 2 buzz can also look great if you prefer more hair. Face shapes are all different so one length won’t fit all.  You can always change your buzz cut up by mixing it up with a high fade, low fade and varying lengths of your desire.


The Side Part Pompadour

side part pompadourFor the side part pompadour you need to have trust in your barber to achieve this look. The side part pompadour starts with hair that fades from the top to bottom with a hard parting with a flat blade razor so it needs to be done correctly. This style looks great with a good length fringe or swept over.

To Style: The best ways to style this look is to spread product over your hand and fingers and using your palms and smooth the product into the sides. Combing the top section away from the parting so there is a clean divide and lift your fringe and from the shape of the fringe into your desired style.

Ranbir Kapoor joins TAG Heuer

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India’s leading actor joins the Swiss pioneering watch brand’s star team of sports & celebrity ambassadors

Ranbir Kapoor joins TAG Heuer

Ranbir Kapoor joins TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer, the world leader in prestigious and high-end chronographs, has just announced the signing of Bollywood Superstar Ranbir Kapoor for a long-term partnership as a Brand Ambassador.

With this association, TAG Heuer reinforces its leadership position by becoming the only brand in the industry endorsed by two of the biggest names in Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.

The versatile actor and today’s youth icon, Ranbir Kapoor joins a renowned roster of international sports stars and celebrities that includes football superstar and two time winner of the Ballon d’Or award Cristiano Ronaldo, WTA tennis champion Maria Sharapova, Hollywood film actress Cameron Diaz, Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan, Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier and the entire crew of 2013 America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA.

The Swiss Avant-Garde watchmaker is best known for breaking rules: harnessing mental fortitude to overcome technology restraints and deliver ground breaking innovation.

Their ‘Don’t crack under pressure’ campaign asserts the powerful truth that achievement is due as much to mental strength as to physical capabilities. A truth that is exhibited in the daring watches and chronographs produced by TAG Heuer.

“Far more than a claim, it is a powerful mindset,” said TAG Heuer CEO Stephane Linder.

“Those who know TAG Heuer may recognize the motto, a tribute to an early 90’s campaign which for many remains the most archetypal expression of TAG Heuer’s unbreakable determination.

“The campaign captures the mental strength of our Dream Team, athletes and partners, who reflect the values of the TAG Heuer shield. Be it Cristiano Ronaldo the perfectionist, Maria Sharapova the irresistible, Shah Rukh Khan the King of Bollywood or our latest ambassador Ranbir Kapoor. In India, we are proud to have two of the best names in Bollywood sporting TAG Heuer and we see a great future with them in the coming years.”

“TAG Heuer has always been one of my dreams,” said Ranbir Kapoor. “It started when I was really young, it was the first watch I wanted to own in my life. I remember my parents gifted it to me on my 13th birthday.

“So now, to be associated with the brand is really humbling for me. I really have to pinch myself to believe that I am part of the TAG Heuer family.

“I think TAG Heuer stands for the four principle P’s that is prestige, precision, passion and performance. I think that is something we all and especially I can identify with; the way I look at my career, my life. I believe these are very important aspects for how one should approach their life, their work and their relationships.”

Through his successful career in Bollywood films, Ranbir has become one of the most popular celebrities in India. He is the recipient of several awards and nominations, including five Filmfare Awards for his memorable performances in movies like ‘Rockstar’, ‘Barfi’, ‘Wake Up Sid’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and many more.

Apart from winning accolades for his experimental style of acting, he has also been listed as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in India and in 2013 he topped Filmfare's poll of the ‘Most Stylish Young Actor’ and was one of the recipients of ‘People of the Year’ award by the Limca Book of Records.

In addition to acting in films, Ranbir is a football enthusiast and supports numerous charities and causes.

He endorses the Spanish football club FC Barcelona and is the vice-captain of the All Stars Football Club, a celebrity football club that raises money for charity. He is a co-owner of the Indian Super League football team ‘Mumbai City FC’, and is the co-founder of the production company ‘Picture Shuru Productions’.