It was said that Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of British India, used to bow to only two people in his life. One was the British Queen - Queen Elizabeth. That's no surprise. The second person was none other than Jawed's grandfather Nazir Ahmed, a renonwed hair stylist of his time. Another prized client was India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Born into the family profession about a hundred years ago in a tiny hamlet in Uttar Pradesh, Nazir Ahmed had set his eyes away from his ancestral vocation and towards Delhi. But luck led him to the Viceroy House. This brought him close to the VVIP’s of his time.
Nazir Ahmed convinced Lord Mountbatten to write a letter to the Indian government, which was strapped for foreign exchange, to let his son Habib Ahmed travel and study overseas.
England equipped Habib Ahmed, and later Jawed, with international skills enabling the creation of hair & beauty empires. He realized early the need to evolve his own styles and patterns and develop his own expertise to meet the aspirations of the emerging India.
Many years later Habib Ahmed went overseas again to add to his skills. Successful and keen now he expressed his desire, and got, to do Smt. Indira Gandhi’s hairdo. The high point in his career was when he set out on his own at the erstwhile Lodhi Hotel (near Delhi’s Oberoi Hotel) on his own. By now Mr. Habib was a matter of discussion in relevant circles.
Like Father Like Son
Born on 26th June, Habib Ahmed's eldest son, Jawed is a down-to-earth, creative, flamboyant, vivacious, a die-hard optimist with an amazing zest for life.
Following in his father’s footsteps Jawed went off to London after studying French literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. London brought with it hard labour and a respect for work of any kind.
Jawed Habib,went to London's Morris Master Class completed course of instructions in hair coloring & hair science.
Back in India Jawed rewrote the script and made color fashionable and acceptable across all sections of society. No wonder, cosmetics and personal hair care giant Hindustan Unilever (Indian arm of Unilever) picked him as its Brand Ambassador for its brand 'Sunsilk'.
As of today, Jawed Habib has over 322 Salons and 46 Academy across India.
He has managed such explosive growth with keen attention to customer satisfaction and assured quality.
He is already there in the Limca Book of Records with a feat of 410 non - stop hair cuts in a day. Jawed Habib was the official Hair Stylist to the contestants for Miss India, 2003.
In keeping with the tradition of service, with a difference, Jawed Habib has carved a niche for himself in the field of professional and creative hairstyling in India. Jawed Habib has integrated hairstyling, beauty & personality grooming in India. His concept of hairstyling is a perfect amalgam of Indian & western hairstyling based on science and the Geometrical System. His skills, aesthetic sensitivity and solid expertise, helps him to understand the clients requirement much better and do wonders on hair. Today, Jawed Habib savors eminence for professionalism and client satisfaction from all across India. The breathtaking achievements prove his excellence on all kinds of hair so it is modest to say that "getting your hair done at Jawed Habib's spells the message loud and clear that you're in tune with the times".