New Delhi: Personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) can now flaunt a dash of glamour in their turnouts, courtesy celebrity hairstylist Jawed Habib who is set to train barbers from the paramilitary force.
"I will be conducting a six-day workshop in basic hairstyling and grooming skills for barbers of the CRPF. The aim is to enhance and upgrade outdated techniques and equipment with fresh ones," Habib said.
The inaugural ceremony for this initiative took place at CRPF's special duty group campus in New Delhi recently.
As with other forces, the CRPF sports a functional non glamorous look and Habib says he does not intend to introduce anything drastically different.
"Currently the haircut they sport goes by the name of katora cut (bowl cut). We are going to create a new style," says the stylist who is now a common name in the country and who has many celebrity clients.
"It is a welcome move of CRPF to think of styling their battalions and I am particularly happy that they chose me to associate with this cause. It is indeed a pleasure in guiding the barbers to give our forces a fresh, smart look," he says.
The workshop aims at improving the knowledge of CRPF's 1,000 odd barbers and introduce them to modern hairstyling techniques of basic hair structure knowledge, scissor practice, tools knowledge, personal hygiene and personality, sterilization and public sanitation etc.
Moreover, the barbers who are trained will be receiving a certificate from the Habib Academy.
"We are giving a certificate from our academy which the barbers would be able to utilise even when they retire from the force. It will also help them set up their own centres too," says Habib.
The training and workshop would, however, be exclusively be for men, says the celebrity hairstylist.
"The CRPF has a pool of 700 barbers with each batallion has around four to five barbers each. The workshop will initially train a clutch of master barbers who will in turn impart their new skills down to others in two or three over a period of two or three weeks. The aim is to enhance the grooming skills of our barbers," says a senior CRPF official.
Jawed Habib has an illustrious legacy with his grandfather being employed as a barber in the Viceroy House and served the last British viceroy, Lord Mountbatten. After independence, his grandfather is said to have served various presidents and prime ministers of the country including Jawaharlal Nehru.
Updated Date: May 25, 2012 15:17:36 IST