Arkish Jewels

For A New You

On the last day of every year, I wish for the same thing. It’s not a resolution, just a wish. Of having lesser bad hair day, of breaking free of the vicious cycle of bad hair day, man-bun to rescue, and back to bad hair days. This year, I replaced the wish with a resolution. Of getting a hair cut that would suit my face (and my personality) and will be easy to maintain. Easy said than done.

I have never had a hair cut for the last ten years. And like an emotional fool was in love with my troublemaking mane. But, 2018 was going to be different, I told myself everyday. I remember the day, I have had enough. The hair wasn’t acting up, having a mind of its own, and I was at a crossroads, literally. After my idea of eat-a-healthy-salad-for-lunch was compromised, I entered Noir, the latest entrant in Delhi’s somewhat saturated hair dressing business at the Chanakya Mall, New Delhi. Little did I know that my life was going to change. I am not exaggerating.

Noir is a small but swanky salon. The front desk staff smiled and took my details before calling out the staff, who then took me to the hair wash station.  

My stylist for the day, Nicky Wadhwani, greeted me as he checked my hair. From the look on his face, I could sense I have not been taking good care of my hair. He asked me what kind of hair would I like. I said, “bad-hair-day-proof!” And he smiled. While I sipped onto my green tea, his magic fingers got into action.

20 minutes later, my long hair was gone and I was allowed to see myself in the mirror. For a fraction of a second, I thought I am in a strange time warp looking like myself from a different planet. Planet Beautiful Hair!

The cut suited my round face, giving an illusion of length. The layers added volume to my otherwise limp hair. Too good to be true. But, the real test was going to be after the salon effect is over. Nicky said: You will not be disappointed. A month later, as I waited before I write this down, I am absolutely in love with my hair. And more importantly, it is behaving itself!    

The hair cut has settled around my face even after the hair is longer now. Bad hair days are long gone, thanks to after-cut care I have been receiving at Noir. The salon under the aegis of Looks salon has a makeover team that change you have looked and looked at yourself in the mirror.

Noir–The Salon, 13A-16D, Tikendrajit Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

BY Nidhi
Managing Editor

Nidhi Raj Singh is the Managing Editor of L'Officiel India. You can find her hidden behind a book when she is not writing or taking photos.