Decoding Neeta Lulla's Bridal Beauty Look With Shailesh Moolya

Written by Team BBJul 09, 2019
It goes without saying that Neeta Lulla’s fantastic show (which had her daughter, Nishka as the opening act) will get a lot of brides rethinking their wedding trousseaus. But apart from the clothes, the hair and makeup too was done to the tee—something that most brides would want to adopt for their wedding day. After the show, we caught up with Shailesh Moolya, National Creative Director for hair at Lakmé Salon and asked him to tell us about everything that went into his collaboration.
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Be Beautiful: What’s the story behind your collaboration with Neeta Lulla? Can you tell us a little more about the looks you worked on?

Shailesh Moolya: This season, the bridal looks co-created by Lakmé Salon Bridal Stylists and Neeta Lulla were a humble attempt to revolutionize bridal fashion in India by presenting a symphony of hair, makeup and the ensemble. Neeta Lulla and Lakmé Salon had a common objective—to be the complete solution for every bride-to-be’s styling and grooming needs. We wanted to relieve her of all dilemmas and guide her throughout the journey and make it a fabulous one! Lakmé Salon’s vision of making Indian women runway ready, matched perfectly with her fashion style and statement.

BB: How did the kind of hairdos you chose to do complement Neeta’s collection?

SM: The show had 5 distinct wardrobe, hair and makeup themes. The hairstyles were a modern take on traditional ones, similar to that of Neeta Lulla’s collection. The inspiration came from temples, architecture and nature, albeit with a minimalis touch to make it very contemporary. The traditional neat bun famously known as the ‘juda’ was out, as were traditional braids. Rope and dutch braids also made an appearance.

BB: What is the inspiration behind this hair trend? Did you look at international hair artists for inspiration?

SM: Yes while we do look to international runways and stylists for inspiration, we looked within the country for inspiration—nature, temples and Indian architecture.  Given the cultural diversity in India, there are a variety of brides catered to ranging from the North to the South. Because of the variety of cultures, each bride’s look differs, retaining an element of culture in each look while keeping them modern and edgy. Brides from the South can be seen donning braids with a contemporary spin, or crimped extensions for the North Indian bride.

BB: What are the bridal hair trends this season?

SM: This season there’s a lot of textures and simpler, easy going bridal hairstyles that aren’t very complicated. Messy bouffants, textured open hair—neat and clean looks are replaced by waves and undone sort of hairdos.

BB: And is hair colour back on the hair trend radar this festive season? What colours are we looking at?

SM: I would say stay away from loud colours and opt for muted tones in natural shades that are closest to your original hair colour. Natural colours are versatile and go with all wardrobe options. However, it depends from bride to bride. For fairer skinned brides, I would suggest sticking to warm colours like blonde, champagne, honey and caramel tones as they complement fairer skin tones better. For the wheatish bride, shades of auburn and hazel brown work and for the dusky bride cooler tones in red, violet and burgundy look best.

BB: What are the 3 things every bride to be should do to care for her hair?

SM: A trim post the wedding, and not before as you will need length to experiment styles during the wedding, a hair spa a week or two days before or a cysteine treatment a month or three weeks before. And lastly, use argan oil at home to keep hair healthy and protect it from damage.

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