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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.




Relax and Unwind with Kiren’s Hair and Beauty

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Get the A List treatment in Leeds with Kiren’s Hair and Beauty

Kiren’s hair and beauty is a relaxing Salon and day spa who aims to provide a service which will help you relax and unwind away from your stresses, so you are ready and recharged for what life has to throw at you.

With the focus on you they aim to provide effective treatments and services, which will give you a richly deserved memorable experience, leaving you to look fabulous and feel reinvigorated and a sense of wellbeing.

Kiren Sehmi, who is the company’s director has a background in hair and make-up, combined with a passion for providing a hair and beauty service. Starting in 2014 in Hyde Park, Leeds, they have since opened a new Oakwood Salon, with plans to open further salons in the next 12 months.

Kiren’s hair and beauty looks to appeal to anyone who wants to be pampered in beautiful, relaxing surroundings, they carefully select brands which are unique to Kiren including DR Murad skincare, St Tropez, WELLA amongst other leading names.

They offer packages to suit all, from the quick fixer to the all-day escape. Their unique selling point is that they feature a champagne bar.

Kiren’s offers a wide range of beauty and cosmetic treatments at affordable prices, with their 12 finely trained colleagues who provide treatments which include; Hair, facials, dermal aesthetics, threading, waxing, manicure, pedicures, eye treatments, sunbeds, spray tanning, massage and body, ear piercing and bridal.

They also offer a range of Botox and filler treatments which include; wrinkles, headaches, excessive sweating, Nefertiti lift (neck lift), jaw reduction, lip enhancement, cheek enhancement, volume loss and eye bags.

A feature of Kiren’s hair and beauty are the ‘pamper parties’ which they offer for a variety of different occasions including weddings and hen parties as well as pamper princess parties for 4-14-year old’s, packages for birthday’s, proms and spa parties are also available.

These special packages can also feature additional extras on request which can include the following; party bags, skincare pamper packs, haircare pamper packs, drinks (hot or cold), soft drinks, champagne and cocktails. Also, sweets and food, including cakes, chocolate fountain, candy cart, hot and cold buffets.

While they also offer the celebrity service with red carpet entrance and a decorated salon with balloons, banners, party poppers and themed events.

Student discount is available also when a valid student card is presented upon purchase.

The Hyde Park branch of their Salon is open Monday to Wednesday from 10-6, with their opening times extended from 10-8 on Thursdays and 10-7 Fridays, while they open 10-6 Saturdays, they are closed for business on Sundays.

To contact the Hyde Park salon, you can ring them on- 0113 220 8911. Their address is Diamond House, 116 Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1LS.

Their newly opened Oakwood Salon is located at, 649 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, LS8 4BA. Opening times at this branch are Monday to Wednesday 9-6, while Thursdays they extend to 9-8 and 9-7 on Friday and Saturday 9-5, they are closed on Sundays.

You can contact their Oakwood Salon on 0113 323 5999, or visit their website for full ranges of treatments and prices @, www.kirenshairandbeauty.co.uk


Hair today, gone tomorrow: Lopping off locks in the name of charity

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 THE CHOP:  Aisha holds up the hair that she will send to charity

THE CHOP: Aisha holds up the hair that she will send to charity

Most people don’t think past their next brand of shampoo when it comes to their hair routine.

For 36-year-old Aisha Ali-Khan, from Keighley, her dramatic head of hair was not only a style statement but a means to ‘perform a good deed’ for somebody else.

The local women’s right campaigner committed to the chop in the name of charity on Thursday 10th November, donating several locks of her thick, black hair to cancer wig manufacturers, Soul Ryeders.

Speaking after the cut, she said: “All my friends and family are quite shocked because they didn’t think I’d go through with it.

“It’s a drastic change although I’ve obviously been thinking about doing it for a long time.”

As the hairdresser snipped her way through 12 inches of hair, Aisha says she was thinking of the importance of raising awareness of cancer in the Asian community.

“An aunty of mine was diagnosed with cancer and we didn’t know until a year later,” she said. “It was kept so quiet.  People are ashamed and it is often seen as a ‘taboo subject’.

“Breast cancer and cervical cancer are the two most hazardous cancers that affect women and in our communities. The older generations especially think our symptoms will get just get better without medical intervention.”

 IN THE CHAIR: Aisha watches as a hairdresser gets to work

IN THE CHAIR: Aisha watches as a hairdresser gets to work

In the past, Aisha spent a lot of time and effort on her hair and it was a big part of her appearance.

Today she says she is proud to be sporting a much shorter look.

“My hair was something that meant something to me but it’s more useful for someone else,” she added.

“When I was chickening out before I went through with the cut, I reminded myself that I was only worrying about losing my hair, when people with cancer had to worry about losing their lives.

“It put things into perspective. If I can use my experience to highlight this illness and the suffering of other people then I’m happy.”

A person undergoing chemotherapy for cancer will usually lose their hair, with many sufferers opting to wear a wig following treatment.

If that wig is made from human hair, it is thought to be even more natural looking and comfortable.

“I chose to send my hair to Sole Ryeders because they prepare the wig beforehand,” Aisha added.

“There’s always a wig for people to choose from. The moment from diagnosis to treatment may only be a few weeks, so the last thing patients are thinking about is the side effects of chemotherapy.

“Getting a real human wig made is very time consuming. By the time someone is diagnosed, they’ve already lost their hair and this charity has ready-made wigs to give out.”


Introducing Amaana Studio: Hair, make-up, beauty and spa treatments all under one roof

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For the past nine years, Amaana Spa and Skin Clinic has built up a reputation in Dewsbury as the number one provider of beauty and spa treatments for an ever-growing client base.

Now, building on this success, the much-loved business is inviting people down to experience the latest concept coming out of its doors as Amaana Studio launched last week.

On Friday 4th December, guests gathered at the premises to mark the opening of the new on-site hair and makeup studio, set to delight new and existing clients across the region.


Launched in line with the spa’s ninth year anniversary, the luxurious Studio is the perfect destination for clients wanting a first-class hair and make-up service from qualified and experienced MUAs.

Saarah Hyder, who established the brand back in 2006, has now handed the reins over to her niece, Kiran Hyder, who says she is determined to build on Amaana Spa’s success.

“As Aunty Saarah prepares to start her latest business adventure, she has entrusted me to continue building on the reputation for Amaana Spa and I will do all I can to continue making the family business a successful one,” she said.

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“My focus will mainly be on the newly launched Amaana Studio, while the talented staff, who have helped make Amaana Spa the much-loved place that it is, will continue doing what they do best.

“By diversifying the business with the opening of the Studio, we are able to put all these services under one roof and give our clients and the community the high quality establishment they deserve.”

A former manager of two hair and beauty salons, based in Harrogate and Bradford, Kiran’s experience in the industry is bound to bring an exciting new chapter to the Amaana Spa story.

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“I was tired of working for other businesses so when Aunty Saarah approached me in regard to Amaana Spa, I was so excited,” Kiran added.

“Last week, we had our launch event for the Studio and it was great to have Aunty Saarah there for the whole event. She is a much loved person in this town.”

Meanwhile, the traditional therapeutic treatments, which made Amaana Spa the success it is today, will continue to be carried out in the spacious salon.

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From renowned Decleor facial and body treatments, to Amaana Spa's signature massage and unique traditional Far Eastern treatments, the list of services continues to grow every year.

Call down today and see the new-look Amaana Spa and Studio for yourself as Dewsbury gets a makeover like it has never seen before.


Contact details

Amaana Spa & Skin Clinic,

Old Westgate,


WF13 1NB

Email: info@amaanaspa.co.uk

Web: www.amaanaspa.co.uk

Tel: 01924 468 886