Remember the quirky hairstyles of Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna in the movie Dil Chahta hai? They were so iconic that it started new standards in Bollywood film industry. Best part, these styles were simple enough to be accessible for the common folk.
The lady with the scissors for the movie was none other than Avan Contractor, co-founder and creative director of BBlunt. She is currently one of the top hairstylists in Bollywood and works with number of A-list actors including Amir Khan, Anushka Sharma and Sharma Joshi.
Avan’s love for hair started very early in life. Like her partner, Adhuna Bhabani, she too loved visiting salons during her youth and thoroughly enjoyed getting a haircut. In fact, this was the prime reason for her to take up hairdressing in the first place.
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Avan Contractor- Early life
After completing her degree from Jai Hind College, Mumbai, Avan studied a six month course on hair and beauty. Soon after, she applied for a job at Scissor Over Comb.
At the salon, she trained under Anuradha Yusuf and was exposed to the Sassoon way of hairdressing. Though this played a huge part in her progress as a hairdresser, she left the job shortly to pursue a job in makeup and advertising. This would turn out to be the turning point in Avan’s life.
Meeting Adhuna and BBlunt
In her stint with an Ad agency, Avan met Adhuna, and the pair quickly bonded. They shared a common love for hairdressing and quirky ones at that. Adhuna was then in the process of building her first hair salon- ‘Juice’ in Mumbai and called Avan up when it was completed. This eventually led to the long 18 year partnership between the two.
Avan got her big break when she, along with Juice, was called up for hairdressing for Dil Chahta hai. This brought her huge recognition, especially from Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh.
With popularity rising, Juice was replaced with BBlunt in 2004. They started building a loyal customer base and by 2014, they had enough confidence to bring out a line of premium hair products. This was achieved by a 30% partnership with Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL). Since then business has skyrocketed and the brand has been returning up to 60% growth since 2015.
About BBlunt: BBlunt is a premium hairstyle brand with 20 salons, 29 hair care products and training centers in Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Avan Contractor – Popular movies
Avan has worked in some of the most popular movies of this era. She is good friend with Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, and regularly works with them. In fact, some of Aamir’s most popular movies including Gajini have featured her as a stylist.
Though it was Dil Chahta hai that gave her the big break, Avan says that she had the most fun working for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (who wouldn’t?). As we know, all the characters had a relaxed vibe to them and reflecting their subtle transitions through hair was interesting for her.
Aamir’s look for Ghajini was probably her most popular. Avan says that ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ gave her the most challenge because of the variety of characters and elaborate styles involved.
|Ayan Contractor- All movies|
|2001||Dil Chahta Hai|
|2006||Rang De Basanti|
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.|
|2007||Taare Zameen Par|
|2009||Luck by Chance|
|2011||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do|
*might not be complete list **Details in this article were compiled by numerous authors