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Updated: November 13, 2011 16:48 IST

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Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to askshahnaz@gmail.com

I have warts on my neck. Is there any way to get rid of them?Bhuvana

Consult a dermatologist, as some warts are caused by a virus and spread easily. You could also try homeopathic treatment. A wart should never be picked with the nails. As far as home remedies are concerned, it is said that applying vinegar on the warts daily causes them to finally fall off. Apply the vinegar only on the wart, using cotton wool. Onions are also believed to help. Soak cut onions in water overnight. The following morning, apply the water on the warts.

What are the characteristics of healthy hair? How do I determine whether the amount of hair I am losing is normal?Rakesh

Healthy hair is shiny and smooth, neither too oily, nor too dry. The hair should be thick, but manageable. In men, if there is hair thinning, it can be noticed in front, at the hairline. Some amount of hair loss is normal, as it is replaced by new hair. You will know that the hair loss is normal, if you do not have a receding hairline, or areas with thinning hair. Hair loss can occur due to oily scalp, dandruff, nutritional deficiencies or stress. In men, hair loss can also be due to hormonal factors. Apply oil once a week the night before a shampoo wash. You can apply pure coconut oil or olive oil. Avoid massaging your hair. If you are losing hair, it means the roots are already weak and massaging it may only aggravate the problem. Apply a non-oily herbal hair tonic daily on the scalp. Don't wash it off. Diet is important. Eat a small bowl of sprouts daily and include fresh fruits, salads, leafy green vegetables, curd, in your diet. Ask your doctor to prescribe Vitamin B-Complex and Vitamin C.

I have oily skin. I want to do facials at home with a multani mitti face pack and apricot scrub. In which order should they be used?Vanshika

For a home facial, first cleanse your skin. Use a face wash for oily skin. Then, apply the scrub, rubbing the skin gently with small circular movements. Wash it off with water. Do not apply the scrub on pimples, acne or rash. Keep some rose water in the fridge. Apply it on your face to tone the skin, using outward and slightly upward strokes on either side of the face. Pat the skin briskly with rose water soaked cotton wool pads. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply it on your face. Wash it off after it dries.

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