About Maria

"The Diva Maker"
AWARD WINNING CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST

She is one of the rarest and most talented hairstylists in the world, with the knack for creating hairstyles out of wigs. Her expert hairstyling work has provided extraordinary looks to over 100 actresses in the industry, and she has polished her skills at an international level, as well.
Maria is not just a great hairstylist, but is also a lady with a huge heart. She stands tall in the world of Bollywood for over 50 years, because of her extra-ordinary skills, passion and hard-work. She is famously known as 'The Diva Maker' in the industry.

Awards

1997
The Salon International Award
2009
Dada Saheb Phalke
Award
2013
The B&D Award
 
For the movie
"Once Upon A Time in Mumbai"
for
Kangana Ranaut's fantastic hairstyles

Behind the Scene

She transformed many actresses from the 1970's & 80's into Bollywood's Divas,like:
  • Jaya Bhaduri

  • Hema Malini

  • Sharmila Tagore

  • Tina Munim

  • Helen

  • Late Sridevi

  • Rina Roy

  • Vijaya Pandit

  • Sulakshana Pandit

  • Sarika

  • Late Nutan

  • Mandakini

  • Tanuja

  • Neelam

  • Varsha Usgaonkar

  • Meenakshi Seshadri

  • Tina Munim

  • Dimple Kapadia

As time progressed, Maria's list of famous celebrities increased, and many
more names were added, as follows:
  • Madhuri Dixit

  • Rani Mukherjee

  • Juhi Chawla

  • Sophie Choudry

  • Amrita Rao

  • Dia Mirza

  • Aishwarya Rao

  • Malaika Arora

  • Antra Mali

  • Rakhi Sawant

  • Amrita Arora

  • Nisha Kothari

Some international associations
  • Lisa Ray

  • Barbara Mori

  • Samanta Fox

  • Sushmita Sen

  • Amisha Patel

  • Mamta Kulkarni

  • Tanisha

  • Bipasha Basu

  • Manisha Koirala

  • Lara Dutta

  • Karishma Kapoor

  • Urmila Matondkar

  • Asin

  • Preity Zinta

  • Perizaad Zorabian

Some television associations
  • Shruti Seth

  • Urvashi Dholakia & Purvi Joshi

  • Gauhar & Nigar Khan

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Story of A "Diva Maker"

In the land of fish, coconuts and beautiful beaches, a legend of hairstylists was born. She was named “Maria” and was destined to make a difference in many lives. Her family shifted from Goa to Mumbai when she was only 6 years old, and she was exposed to the world of Bollywood. Everyday, she enjoyed making many new and spectacular hairstyles, for her family, neighbours and friends. Her parents soon realized that Maria possessed a special in-born gift, and encouraged her to follow her dreams. Young Maria could never have imagined what amazing things life had in store for her, when she took up her passion for hairstyling as a career, and stepped into the world of Bollywood in 1970.


She first displayed her amazing skills for hairstyling in the movie 'Dastak'(1970). She is famously known as the 'Diva Maker', and she made her hairstyling entry into Bollywood with debutante actress Rehana Sultana, who won a prestigious award for the same film. They also paired together in the movie 'Chetna' in the same year, which won appreciation from critics and audience, on a large scale.

Maria got married and changed her name to Manju Sharma, but she is still famously known as Maria Sharma. She soon opened a beauty parlour, and named it after her daughter Rachana, very popularly known as 'Rachana's Beauty Parlour'.

 

About Rachana

"Certified Makeup & Hair Stylist"
THE TRADITION BEARER

Rachana Sharma inherited the expert skills directly from her mother. Since childhood, she developed an interest for beauty and hair. She observed her mother at work, and picked up the tricks and techniques. To polish these techniques further, Rachana acquired a degree from 'TONI AND GUY', a renowned British brand in high fashion and hairstyling. She also completed courses in hair, beauty and make up from L'Oreal and Shunji Matsuo, Singapore.
Rachana has been providing her skills to the beauty industry, for over 23 years. She has worked with renowned actors like Shahid Kapoor, Lisa Ray, Manisha Koirala, Neelam Kothari from Bollywood, and Mahadevan from the South.

This amazing mother-daughter duo work together in their parlour. Rachana Sharma also goes for destination weddings with her team, to provide amazing hairstyling and make-up to the bridal party, for an occasion they will never forget. Throughout the year, Rachana offers her beauty and make-up skills in various sectors like events, which include dance shows and fashion shows, destination weddings during the wedding season, and her parlour that runs throughout the year. Rachana Sharma is efficiently taking her mother's tradition ahead.

Watch Rachana at Work
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