Rahul Khanna thinks men with finely plucked eyebrows are creepy. The actor, always perfectly polished, says, “Men need to use a little bit of restraint when it comes to their beauty regimen. Define what it means to be well-groomed, and leave the excessive grooming to the ladies.”
Another pet peeve he can’t wrap his head around is back-waxing. “Why is everyone telling us to wax now?” he asks. “We’ve been given a few liberties as men, and I’m reluctant to let go of them.”
Khanna hosted the Mumbai launch of Kiehls, a premium skincare company that counts Hollywood actors Uma Thurman and Jessica Alba among their loyal clientele. He asserts, “I’ve actually used the products for close to 20 years, after discovering them when I was a student in New York. As a man, I get scared by too many products, and people telling me to use this or that. A few basics are all I need.”
Ask where he’d draw the line in the realm of male grooming, and he shoots back, “I’ve never had a pedicure in my life. I’m quite happy cutting my own toenails, and would not want to inflict that on anybody.”
For the eager-to-learn boys who notch up more misses than hits, Khanna lists his top grooming tips to help you enter the big league
Try to be freshly-showered, especially in Mumbai weather. Women like to be around men who are nicely scrubbed and have put some effort into their appearance. But not too much that they look prettier than the women…
Keep it simple, silly:
Men should be clean and tidy, don’t overdo it. Just use a nice daily face wash, and throw in a face scrub a few times a week.
Sniff and tell:
I’m from the school of less is more, and believe that smelling clean is better than being overly fragrant. If you have a signature fragrance, use it with restraint. The good thing with that is if someone likes your cologne, they have to come closer to smell it.