Vipul Chudasama, acclaimed hairstylist spills the beans about everything… from his uncertainty to enter the hair industry in the beginning to his future plans and more
Why and how did you decide to be a professional hairdresser?
I never wanted to be a hairdresser. My cousin’s and my first training with L’Oreal professional educators, Shweta Sodhi and Julie Kotak has inspired me at the beginning of my career. I had only one goal in mind — to make it really big in the world of hairdressing, in the ever-buzzing and highly competitive industry. My journey with many group of salon brand is one to reckon
You have grown into a business all of your own, how does it feel to have achieved so much in so less time?
I guess 15 years is quite a bit considering today’s world. When I started my career, there were very few professional institutes and inspirational hairdressing work happening in our country. I still feel I could have done much more if I would have a mentor and professional academies back then. Without regrets, I had decided to train myself by watching videos and practicing on doll heads to master hairdressing skills. I feel very proud of what I am doing today by imparting knowledge and inspiring our Indian hairdressers. Whatever I have missed at the beginning of my hairdressing years, I want to make sure every hairdresser that undergoes my training gets proper guidance and career path to become a creative & successful hairdresser.
What keeps you going in this industry?
The industry itself keeps me going. Also, the self motivation, focus on hair & hairdresser’s love are to be credited.
How has the journey been so far in this industry?
It has been excellent, couldn’t have been better!
Any awards and accolades won by you?
I am proud recipient of a number of highly-coveted awards in the world of hairdressing. The list of awards includes:
01) L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy, 2005; category ‘New Generation Winner’
02)L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy, 2005; Regional Grand Finalist; category ‘New Generation Winner’
03) L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy, 2006; Regional Grand Finalist; category ‘Colour Trophy Winner’
04) Images Most Admired Personality in Indian Hairdressing, 2013
05) I Diva – Most Preferred Hair Educator in India, 2015
What is the USP of Vipul Chudasama?
USP!!!! [Smiles] Do not only educate but also inspire hairdressers
What is unique about collection creation techniques?
Hairdressing is a profession at the cutting edge when it comes to technique and creativity; we try to help to develop the skills, confidence and imagination on how to design hair, to stand out from the crowd by creating unique trends and hair fashion and we strive to create these unique trends
What goes into getting a perfect hairstyle?
I strongly believe, you can make any perfect hairstyle by “respecting hair.”
Your views on the importance of education in this industry?
My point of view on education in this industry is that “The rule is consistent practice.”
When did you start your academy and why? (if applicable)
Next year I am going to start the academy in Mumbai.
What inspires you in this business?
My inspiration is, “people and fashion” around.
What are your future plans in your profession?
To begin with my future plan is establishing the academy followed by salons.