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

I am losing a lot of hair and am growing bald. Suggest remedies. Priya

Some of the reasons for hair loss are dandruff, oily scalp, stress, thyroid imbalance, illness, nutritional deficiencies and hair damage. Consult a doctor to find out the cause of hair loss. Go in for clinical scalp treatments to control hair loss. Apply a non-oily herbal hair tonic on the scalp daily, using cotton wool and leave it on. Avoid massaging your scalp. Part the hair into sections and apply the tonic on the scalp. Diet is important. Eat a small bowl of sprouts daily and include fresh fruits, salads, leafy green vegetables, soya bean and curd in your diet. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements.

How can I improve my complexion? I am quite tanned.Aarti

Use a facial scrub twice a week. You can either buy one, or mix rice powder with curd and use it as a scrub. Apply it on your face, rubbing the skin gently using small circular movements. Leave it on for five minutes before washing it off. Mix one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice, and apply it daily on your face, at any time. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Twice a week, apply a face mask. Mix 3 teaspoons of oats with one teaspoon each of honey, curd and lemon juice, or egg white. Apply this on your entire face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off after half an hour.

I have oily skin. The number of pimples and dark spots is increasing. What should I do to have clear skin?Krishna

Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and night, with a medicated soap. Then wipe it with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Mix a little rose water with sandalwood paste and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Mix cinnamon powder with a little lemon juice and a few drops of honey into a sticky paste. Apply it only on the pimples daily, and leave it on for one or two hours. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply it on your face two or three times a week. Wash it off after it dries. Avoid creams and moisturisers. Use only oil-free products. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning.

I have combination skin. I also have a lot of blackheads on my nose.Gladys

Blackheads occur on oily areas of the skin. After washing your face in the morning, wipe the blackhead-prone areas with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. In the morning after washing your face, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the areas with blackheads daily and wash it off after five minutes. Use a facial scrub three times a week on the blackhead-prone areas. Or, mix oats with egg white and apply it on the area twice a week. Wash it off after it dries. You can also go in for a cleansing treatment to a good beauty salon and have the blackheads removed.

I am 18 and greying rapidly.Surya

The exact cause of premature greying is not known. The grey strands will not get dark, except by hair colouring/dyeing. Amla is said to check greying. Drink the juice of one raw amla daily, after adding it to a glass of water. You can also add amla to henna powder. However, henna turns grey hair reddish brown. Soak a handful of dry amla in about 2 to 3 cups of water overnight. The following morning, strain the water, but do not throw the water away. Grind the amla. To the henna powder, add the ground amla, 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs, 2 teaspoons of oil and enough amla water, so that the henna mixes into a thick paste. Allow the paste to stand for two to three hours and then apply it on the hair, ensuring that the entire head is covered. Leave it on for at least two hours before washing it off.

After I bathe and dry my skin with a towel, a scaly white powder is seen.Sarika

This could be due to dry skin. However, if there is any itching, it should be referred to a dermatologist. Massage your skin daily with sesame oil before a bath. Use a mild glycerine soap. Immediately after a bath, apply a body lotion while the skin is still damp. This helps seal in moisture.

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