Leading hairstylist and wife of director-actor-singer Farhan Akhtar, Adhuna Akhtar shares her likes and dislikes with
Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi.
Rainford High School, UK
Place of birth:
High point of your life:
There have been many: owning my own horse at 14, winning the under-21 National Junior Championship in hairdressing in the UK at 16, opening my first salon in 1998, meeting Farhan (Akhtar), having two wonderful daughters, the list goes on. Besides many other accolades in hairdressing and a trip to Portugal with my family.
Low point of your life:
Losing my Dad at the age of 12 and watching my mum struggle through hard times.
Being a mama, partner in b:blunt and entering the world of TV with Be Blunt on TLC.
Who has the best hairstyle in Bollywood?
Nobody at the moment.
Who would you like to style?
Everyone in Indian cinema – but it has to be the way I see it.
Who would you rate as a hair icon?
How would you style Lalu Yadav?
His jaw is full, so some volume is required around the sides to balance the face shape. I would keep his hair short and sharp. I would just change the balance on the sides.
And Mamata Banerjee?
I would start with some conditioning treatments, as her hair is curly and lacks moisture. Maybe a classic bob a little below jaw length for a fresh look.
Agassi with long hair or Agassi bald?
Bald, any day.
Your must-have hair accessory?
A great cut. You wear your hair everyday, so the cut is vital.
Men with facial hair or a clean shave?
Depends on whose face and how much hair they have.
The craziest hairstyle you’ve had?
I think I have had every haircut under the sun!
Do you see any similarities between your children and you as a child?
Not physically, though many people say our youngest daughter Akira looks a lot like me. Her nature is a lot like mine – naughty, energetic, and a zest for life.
Which hairstyle suits Farhan the best?
He looks good in most things.
Are Indian men still mama’s boys?
A lot of them are.
You’re on TV, is Bollywood next?
No idea, never say never.
Your darkest fantasy?
Too dark to disclose here.
One place you’d never get a tattoo?
I have one at the back of my neck. I don’t want any more.
Your most irrational fear?
One lie you got away with?
Telling my mum that a client had gifted me a dog – I actually bought it from a pet shop!
The biggest surprise you’ve given your partner?
Farhan’s birthday party last year – he had no clue!
If I could...
I would dance in a bikini, feathers and all, at the Brazil Carnival
Skydive, again. I’ve only done it once, but I loved it
Want to win an Olympic gold...
Should I go on?
From HT Brunch, July 22
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