14 April 2022
Farah Tarapore - Founder, Bespoke Salon
Leadership – Nature or Nurture?
A bit of both is essential. It has to stem from your nature and requires nurturing.
One aspect that makes you passionate about your profession?
New day, new challenges. Each client is unique, and maintaining that individuality is my passion.
Important influences in your career?
My mentor Nalini Naegamwala of Nalini and Yasmin, pioneer of international hairdressing in India. She is the one who brought international hairdressing to India decades ago. She taught me to be creative, hardworking, independent and innovative.
Nick Vujicic is another person I look up to. From him, I have learned hardships will come but never give up. Keep fighting, keep thriving.
Key pandemic lessons for your sector?
Be positive, work really hard, be creative (competition is tough out there), value your clients and most of all, value your team.
Business ethos you live by?
Less is always more
One disruption likely to change the face of the Beauty and Salon market?
The Balayage hair colour technique has been a game-changer in India. It works beautifully on our thick Indian hair, and I’m sure it’s here to stay. It’s a beautiful blend of colours, softer on the top of the head and brighter towards the ends, which adds a lot of texture and style to our thick, dark hair.
One must-read book that you recommend for success?
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. What I leant was that your thoughts can change your life. The more positive you think, the more positivity comes into your life while the negatives fade away. Manifestations are truly helpful.
If not in the Beauty and Salon industry, then where?
Gynaecologist or Physiotherapist
What is true beauty, according to you?
In my opinion, there is no definition of true beauty. Everyone and everything is beautiful.
Confidence and belief in yourself define that beauty.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Work out & keep fit because your profession is going to be demanding.