In The Hot Seat With @HumairaWaza
Here at Brimah and John, we have numerous inspirations! One of which are fabulous women, with a passion and a drive to do what they love and what makes them happy. These women are forging a path for themselves in their chosen fields and are an inspiration to us all. So what we like to do, is sit them down in the hot seat, shine a spot light on them... and get to know them a little better.
Bad Hijab day? Too tight around your neck? Got your face looking all plump rather than slim? It just won't stay right? Fear not my friends, Humaira of HeadGirl is here to save the day! You just give her a call and she'll have you having brothers lowering their gazes in a heart beat #HalalHumour
Tell us a bit about Head Girl, how it all started and the concept behind it...
Headgirl started 5 years ago when hijab fashion initially started to become popular. Within the Asian community using a hijab stylist for weddings and other occasions, like a make up artist, started to become common. It was at this point my mother pushed me towards freelancing and as hesitant as I was I started styling for friends and family. Within the first year the demand for it has increased and I started to really enjoy what I did. So 5 amazing years later I travel nationwide as a hijab stylist for all those in need of one!
What is your background? What were you doing prior to head girl?
Prior to HeadGirl I was a student. In fact I was a student when I initially started HeadGirl studying criminal justice at university. I was styling part time and when I graduated from university I had the option to either pursue a career in the profession I had studied or to continue and expand HeadGirl which is ultimately what I chose to do and Allhamdulillah have never looked back since!
How has your journey been? Challenges and highlights?
Working mainly in the wedding and fashion sector, challenges are inevitable. As a hijab stylist I work with a vast majority of photographers and make up artists so trying to get everyone on board to one vision or one concept can be a challenge. However, I must admit some of my favourite memories and closest friends have been as a result of headgirl. Ive had amazing opportunities to work on world recognised fashion shows and have previously partaken and currently partaking in some inspirational projects.
What inspires your hijab styles?
For me hijab styling is personal. Your hijab should reflect you and your personality so when it comes to inspiration I try my best to get to know the client and style accordingly. I also love creating hair inspired hijab styles.
What are your personal favourite hijab looks you've done?
My personal favourites have been the hair inspired hijab looks such as the Mohawk look. Other favourites of mine are the funky turban hijabs.
Describe a day in the life of a Hijab stylist for us, what are your days like?
A day in the life of a hijab stylist can be either of two: one you live extremely early in the morning and travel from client to client styling for whatever occasion they have on whether that be a graduation, attending a wedding, their own wedding. These days can usually mean youre travelling all around and spend the best part of 12 to 13 hours in a car. And the other day can be working on company shoots, meetings with companies, bridal trials, responding to enquiries and keeping up to date with social media. So both days are different but equally as important.
Looking back is there anything you'd do differently?
Allhamdulillah I can happily say there isn’t. the last 5 years have been a journey and i've learnt so much about myself and in the fashion and wedding industry. I wouldn’t change a thing.
What's next for Head Girl? What would you say are your short-term and long-term goals?
Short term I hope to continue working in the wedding and fashion sector as a hijab stylist and long term I am planning to launch an academy to start training future hijab stylist. Its been something ive been thinking about for a long time and feel the time is right to start working on it. So inshallah that is the goal for now.
Who would you say is/are your biggest motivators?
I have to say the people I work with. Ive come to know such amazing and inspirational people who are so motivated for modest fashion and their own brands it genuinely inspires me to want to do more.
Let's talk a little about the woman behind the brand, share with us a short bio/description of yourself
I am 23 years old and would describe myself as a pretty normal person lol. I don’t know if others would use the same description! Im passionate about what I do and generally like to keep busy with photoshoots and projects.
How would you describe your personal style?
Im pretty boring. Im one of those people who dress like they’re going to a red carpet event with the whole outfit on point or like I only own a few tshirts and black jeans to my name lol. Whilst working in busy wedding periods its usually the latter that wins. But generally I love wearing black. Or subtle colours. I usually keep to black or neutral colour hijabs and although I don’t wear loads of make up – I love a bold lip!
If you could only keep three things from your personal wardrobe what would you pick?
Black jeans, a long sleeveless waistcoat and a blouse. (and id have to have heels! Im way to short to left without heels!)
Who's your style crush?
Erm that’s a hard one I think I crush on loads of people lol. I love simplicity and elegance when it comes to style.
What's one thing you can't go a day without?
Coffee!!!!!! My day can not function without coffee and lord I feel sorry for the people working with me when im caffeine deprived – not a nice sight! lol
Tell us about something you've always wanted to do, but haven't yet? Something on your bucket list maybe.
Well that’s a hard one, theres soo much I want to do. But one thing I reallyyyyy want to do is visit the infinity pool at marina bay sands in Singapore. Its meant to be amazing!
Sunglasses at the beach, or Wellies on an adventure trail?
Definitely wellies on an adventure trail. As much I love the beach I easily get bored and would rather be out exploring.
Describe your dream getaway?
Dream getaway would be somewhere scenic and filled with culture – bali, Maldives, bora bora, cape town – the list goes on!
Are you a book worm or film fanatic?
Definitely a book worm. I do love watching movies but books are just sooo much more descriptive. Every now and again I even reread my favourite books lol (yes lame I know!)
What are your favourite books or films?
I love the noughts and crosses triology by malorie blackman – I advice everyone to read them. I also love confessions of a shopaholic, the hunger games series and I know this is a little geeky but I love the history boys (it’s a play).
What's your biggest pet peeve?
People who eat with their mouth open or when I can hear them chew! It reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy winds me up to the point where I want to cry lol! Im sure its an actual disorder. It must be!
What's one thing you know now that you wish younger you knew?
It all works out in the end.
Any advice for all the women out there carving their paths in life?
Never give up. Make a plan and stick to it. Working for yourself is one of the most fulfilling feelings in the world. Be persistent and carry on.
And lastly our favourite Brimah and John question,
You've got £250 to spend at www.brimahandjohn.com what pieces do you buy?
I loveee the grey brocade skirt so definitely that.
The black and white jersey dress
The tile brocade coat
And finally the silk floral kimono
(went slightly over but who doesn’t when they shop?!)