Hairstyles for your hair

I have a cool hairstyle (see my pic on this page). But not all are as lucky, like for example you. Ever seen yourself in the mirror? God forbid, but did you swoon and hit your temple on the ceramic sink and die?

Hairstyles are of many types. Some can be changed, some you have to live with. Laloo`s hairstyle for example is something you and I cannot change. We got to live with it. Or for that matter Dr. Condoleezza Rice`s hairstyle (Remember, she is America`s new Secretary of State). That`s something we cannot change because she stays in US of A, and we cannot send a barber from here in India. It would be too costly.

As for Leonardo Di Caprio, we don`t need to bother. He seems to be changing his hairstyle every other day. It seems his pets have stopped recognizing him. By the way, I heard that he is the great grandson of Leonardo Da Vince….is that true?

It all started with some old guy who had nothing else to do. He came out with the Serenity Prayer: “God give me the strength to change the things I can and accept the things I can’t and the wisdom to know the difference.” And we have lapped it up big time….falling for the old man`s trick. Now we try to change stuff that we can…for example our hairstyles.

For some people (esp ladies), having waist-length, thick straight hair and an oval face is not enough. They want to know if curling their hair would suit their oval face! How about getting a triangular face madam, would go very well with your long, straight hair.

For some people, change is automatic. Their hairstyles change automatically…coz of hair loss. Little do they know that the worth of a man is not decided by the mop of hair he/she has atop his/her head.

There was this colleague of mine who would ask me: “I have started losing hair in the front. It’s not receding, but thinning. You know anything I can do?”

“Big deal,” I said.

But he would not buy my argument….he insisted that it was a major concern and was even affecting his sexual life. When asked how, he would say: “Earlier, when I would crack jokes, girls would give me the looks…now they just turn and walk away.”

Another automatic change is from dry hair-to-oily hair. A neighbor once asked my mother: “When I shampoo, my hair become dry.”

“Obviously,” said my mom.

The neighbor would not let go…”But after four days time, my hair becomes oily again. I don`t apply oil at all.”

I wanted to barge in and suggest that she probably had an oil well in her head – something she could exploit for commercial gains, but I held myself.
My mother replied: “Change your shampoo. Maybe it takes away all the sebaceous oil your scalp produces. Start using a conditioner to keep your hair moist.” It was quite a profound answer.

The surprising thing is…the older you get the more concerned you are about your hair. And we thought…it was being Indian to give up all worldly possessions as you age. How many times, we have seen people whom we know are all grey…decked up as Dev Anands, thanks to Godrej hair dye? More recently…Garnier`s hair colors.

This Professor I have known since long had grey hair. Besides, the color he was also concerned about the thinning of his hair. And what did he do? At an age when he should be heading for Kasi and Banaras..he was visiting a state-of-the-art hairstylist in Chennai. Now he alternates between two brands of shampoo that his son brings from the US of A. The brands are ‘Silver` by L’Oreal and ‘Gray`, by American Crew.

As for the brown streaks and purple coloring…I am not even uttering a word!

By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at or message him at +919650080255.

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