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Staying happy in the head is the core crux of everyday detailing! We chat up with Avani Yashwin of Happy In The Head, she dons a pink pixie cut and owns a re-assuring set of hands that will convince you to get an adventurous hair cut and have a good hair day, every day!
After three years of working at Mad O Wot, Avani took her passion for hair cutting and colouring to become an entrepreneur with Happy In The Head, first- out of her home in Sion. She later attended the Vidal Sassoon Hair School in London, and returned to Mumbai, making her big Bandra move. Avani has always loved hair, but she never thought of taking up hair cutting as a career.
“No parents ever told their kid to take up ‘barbering’ as a career, did they?”– Avani
Conversations and battles followed, and mostly her parents wished that she would forget about hair entirely, this led Avani to finish her Bachelors in Arts (Political Science! *Pheww*). But bull-headed stubbornness is the key to diving headfirst into things that mesmerize you. She went and studied hair at the Bblunt Academy and then joined Mad O Wot (Bandra), where she came across more people who shared her love for hair cutting, colouring and styling.
Avani claims to not be as ambitious as people mean it, usually, so she was more than okay with Happy In The Head being tucked away, hidden in her little terrace at Sion with six of her cats skulked around barber chairs and even leaped onto laps of regular friendly clients. But one day someone just asked her this one question, that brought light and put her perspective in place- “Do you not want more heads to cut?” That’s it! Happy In The Head- Bandra was born!
Happy In The Head is not just about hair and being a salesperson, and doing a billion treatments like there’s something wrong with people’s’ hair. It’s about making people fall in love with their hair, whatever kind it may be, and not hate it.
Avani thrives at molding people’s hair in the way that it best reflects their own wonderful quirky selves.
Avani’s larger idea for Happy In The Head is to expand it into a creative community and find more and more heads to ‘cut’ (strictly hair!), and more interestingly, she wants to offer travelling hairdressers a space to operate out of Happy In The Head. Avani believes in talking through to her clients, and that could be a reason why they walk out so happy in the head, with their new hair cuts. She really listens to them, beyond what’s verbally being said. For instance when someone ask her to do whatever she wants with their hair; she doesn’t bunch their hair into a pony-tail and cut it off, for her it is that person’s hair, not her’s. They’re the only ones with it, hugging it in bed.
So it doesn’t matter what someone’s mum or boy-love or friends or supposed experts feel about what one should or should not do or what trends may or may not be. It’s nobody’s business as long as you’re not torturing your hair, there will be no hair bullying in Avani’s space. At Happy In The Head, hair only gets loved and cuddled, so if you want long mermaid hair, a pixie, a bob or bangs, you will get it, if it agrees with your natural texture and you want it bad.
Avani shares with us some magical everyday hair tips! (The most important one is – “kiss your hair goodnight before you hit the bed, and a very good morning when you rise, and through the day just give it some happy magical soul tingling hugs.”)
# Know thy hair type-
If you know the kind of hair you have you’ll be able to wear it in a million different ways! Take care of it the way it deserves. Enhance its natural movement, that way it’ll look effortlessly magnificent.
# Hair conditioner is your magic potion, your best friend–
Really, if you use a good conditioner that is suitable to your hair texture, you don’t need any other “remedies”.
# Thirdly, for the gorgeous Indian curls–
Don’t use too many products loaded with chemicals, use a heavy conditioner, and at times use Moroccan Oil to set your hair for parties. Stay away from combs and hair brushes, always only comb your hair when wet. Don’t go for hair straightening too often, and say bye-bye to blow driers!