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Shahnaz Hussain offers tips on skin care, healthy hair and answers other queries

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The hair from my eyebrows falls even if I simply scratch them. What should I do to prevent this? Priya

Consult a dermatologist. Sometimes dandruff or fungal infection can affect your eyebrows and eyelashes. Ask the doctor if you can apply a little castor oil daily. It is believed to encourage the growth of eyebrows.

How should I take care of my skin? Deepthi

You have not mentioned your skin type. Skin care should be according to skin type. Daily care involves cleansing, toning and moisturising. Masks and facial scrubs may be used once or twice a week, depending on the skin type. If the skin is normal to dry, a cleansing cream or gel may be used. Then the skin may be toned with a tonic or rose water. Wipe the skin with the toner, using cotton wool. Then apply sunscreen lotion or moisturiser and leave it on. At night, massage your skin with a nourishing cream after cleansing it. Wipe off the cream with moist cotton wool at bedtime. For normal to oily skin, use a cleansing lotion, or wash your face with soap. Tone the skin with a rose- or mint-based toner. Or use an astringent lotion. Apply a day cream for oily skin. You can also mix half a teaspoon of pure glycerine with 50 ml of rose water. Keep this in a bottle and apply a little of it to moisturise oily skin during the dry season. At night, cleanse the skin. Nourishing cream should not be used on oily skin.

I have a long face and I'm thin and short. Suggest a hairstyle and dress that will suit me. Femina

Your hairstyle should add width to the sides. If you cut your hair in layers, they should begin at ear level. Avoid a middle parting. A short hairstyle with width at the sides may suit you. Wear light colours, as they add width to the figure. Crisp cottons, high necklines, collars, frills, lace, gathers and pleats suit thin people. Avoid contrasts. For instance, it is better to wear salwar-kurta, skirt and top, or trousers and top of the same colour, as this adds height. Wear a decorative or printed chunni or scarf to add style to your attire. Wear simple designs and avoid large prints. Your jewellery should be simple and small, rather than large and decorative. Short people like to wear high heels, but the shoes should be light, with thin straps.

What should I do for uneven skin tone? Tejaswi

Facial scrubs may help you have even skin tone. If your skin is oily, mix oats with egg white into a paste and apply it. After it dries, moisten it with water, rubbing gently with circular movements, especially on the darker areas and open pores. Then, wash it off. Do this two or three times a week. Do not apply on pimples, acne or rash. If the skin feels dry afterwards, take two teaspoons of curd, add a pinch of turmeric to it and apply it. Wash it off with plenty of water after 15 minutes. For normal to dry skin, once a week, mix ground almonds with curd and apply it on your face. After 15 minutes, rub it gently as mentioned earlier and wash it off with water.

My hair has become dry and frizzy. The doctor has asked me to take frequent head baths because I have pimples on my scalp. Suggest a home remedy for healthy hair. Kayal

Since you have scalp eruptions, a creamy conditioner is not recommended, though it helps soften the hair. If you wash your hair often, use very little shampoo. Take only half a teaspoon of shampoo, dilute it with a little water and apply it. Only one application should be enough. If the hair is dry and frizzy, after washing and combing it, take only two or three drops of olive oil or sunflower oil on your palms. Then smooth them over your hair. Or, massage the oil lightly into the hair and then comb it.

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