As promised, our much-anticipated Jolie Asie exclusive beauty interview with Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra‘s very own personal hair stylist, Priyanka Borkar! I had a great time interviewing Priyanka, and am eager to head out to the stores to try out her favorite products!
Meg: What are your favorite hair products for getting celebrity-quality tresses? What products do you use on Priyanka’s beautiful hair?
Priyanka: A great shampoo and conditioner is the base to all beautiful hair. My personal favourite for one and all is ‘L’Oreal Absolut Repair‘. For a straight look go with ‘Wella [High Hair] Sleek Wonder‘ and for a beachy messy look go with ‘Tigi Curls Rock‘ spray.
PC is one of the lucky few to have great quality and thickness of hair. For PC I use a variety of products depending on the look. The basic one for every look is a product called ‘Moroccan Oil‘ which acts like a serum to give it that added shine and softness. Couple of other great ones are ‘L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray‘, ‘L’Oreal Hydra Repair‘ and ‘Wella Gloss Spray‘ for extra shine to name a few.
Lots of girls want to be just like you! What is your training and experience, and how did you get your job as Priyanka Chopra’s hairstylist?
Priyanka: I worked for over 5 years in a well-known salon called Kromakay in Mumbai, where I got my training and experience. The salon has a range of loyal celebrity clients and that’s where I met Priyanka Chopra for the first time. It began with a simple blow dry at the salon, moved on to a personal appearance and then a full-fledged movie, to put it in a nutshell. And rest how they say is history!
But let me just add that however glam it may seem to all the girls out there it is a very tough job, from having days standing on the sets for 18 hours at a stretch to not being able to seeing your family for months. You gotta love what you’re doing!!!
What was your favorite hair look you created for a Priyanka Chopra movie?
Priyanka: One of my personal faves is her look in the movie ‘Pyaar Impossible’ where she carried off a short graduated bob with uber ease.
Like so many girls, I’m uncoordinated and can’t hold a hair dryer and styling brush at the same time. How can I still get glamorous hair?
Priyanka: That only can be achieved with a lot of experience. But if you really wanna do it yourself the go with hot rollers for a glam look, it works the best! And for a straight look go with a straightening iron.
How can curly-haired girls make their hair look chic?
Priyanka: There are a range of products you could choose from- hair mousse, hair cream and serum are a few essential ones to go for. And like I mentioned before ‘Tigi Curls Rock‘ works the best!
What is it like working as Priyanka Chopra’s personal hairstylist?
Priyanka: Considering her busy schedule one may think it is very difficult to manage her daily hair rituals but her vibrant spirit and professionalism make it a breeze. She is easy to work with, and not afraid to try new things. She gets a lot of inputs from different people so sometimes it gets difficult to choose one particular hairstyle but she is very open to critique and comments. She is a fun person and takes good care of her entire team.
Do you have any fun beauty-related stories about working with PC you can share?
Priyanka: Backstage moments are the most fun! One of my fave memories was at a show where she had to sport 5 different looks in 6 minutes. It was sheer madness but way too much fun!
Styling hair can lead to heat and color damage. What can we do to prevent this?
Priyanka: To avoid damage to the hair, you must always use heat protecting products which are easily available with all leading brands.
What are the biggest hair mistakes style-conscious Indian women make, and how can they fix them?
Priyanka: Always let the professionals handle it! A lot of women do not follow up or take the recommendations given to them by their personal hairstylist. That’s the biggest mistake they make. There are a million products in the market nowadays for hair. The fact that a certain product suits your friends does not mean that the same will work for you too, so do consult your hairstylist for the same.
What’s your number one hair/beauty secret?
Priyanka: Washing your hair regularly, keeping your scalp clean and brushing your hair through the day.
How should older women style hair that is thinning? Do you have any advice, styles or treatments to achieve fullness and volume?
Priyanka: I recommend to get a shorter do – it’s easier to maintain and adds volume instantly. Also, there are shampoos, conditioners and products for thinning hair which one can go for, for instance ‘L’Oreal Volume Extreme‘.