Marking his 12th year in hair styling, Ilmaas was recently booked for the official hair stylist for the Asiana Wedding weekend.
”From a young age my eldest sister always made sure I was on trend with the latest hairstyles. I then started to experiment with various products and styles for myself, which then lead to my love of hair and my future goal to become a published Hairstylist / Hairdresser/ Barber”. Said Ilmaas.
Ilmaas is emerging as one of the most buzzed-about celebrity stylists in the UK. Having started styling hair at the age of only 8, he’s certainly come a long way.
”From a young age my eldest sister always made sure I was on trend with the latest hairstyles. I then started to experiment with various products and styles for myself, which then lead to my love of hair and my future goal to become a published Hairstylist / Hairdresser/ Barber”.
”I taught myself how to braid and then educated myself online on how to curl/straighten hair. Over the years I researched further and practised both male and female styles, I then decided that I wanted to learn how to cut hair. When I was thirteen I would visit hairdressers and sit there observing every step that they took, from start to finish. Then I would go home and practice my cutting skills on a mannequin which I had bought myself with my pocket money.
I would cut and blend my own hair in high school, perfecting my skill by doing my own hair, then family members and friends. After leaving high school I decided to do a fast-track course in hairdressing/barbering; feeling that I already had the skill but wanting to further educate myself”. He added.
”My first ever job was at a unisex hair salon, over time I learnt how to work on all hair types and at the age of nineteen I had my first bridal hair client. I was so excited, as this is something I had always looked forward to, hair had become my way to express my creativity, with my families support from a young age. Today I have my own brand and I am known as one of the leading hair stylists in the industry who caters for both male and female clientele, including brides and grooms”. Said Ilmaas.
When asked what he loved about styling, he replied….”Being a hair stylist, it is more than just about hair. It is about making personal connections with your clients, helping them through life’s trials and celebrating life’s achievements. It’s about helping the ladies and gents who sit in your chair to find their beauty, inside and out, it can also be both rewarding and inspiring. Not only can you help others to achieve the looks that they want, but you’ll also be able to help yourself with your own personal career goals, working in a position that you absolutely love. It’s an industry that helps you to grow as a person, as an artist; along with some blood, sweat and tears”.
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By Natasha Syed