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Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to

Suggest methods other than threading to remove hair on my chin. Is there any permanent solution?Laxmi

You can find out about waxing at a beauty salon, or use waxing strips. Laser therapy is said to be permanent. Laser produces an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicles. The laser disables the hair follicle’s ability to produce hair. Cooling devices are used to prevent damage to the rest of the skin. Re-growth occurs in some cases for some time. It is important to find a good laser clinic. It is an expensive procedure. Find out about costs and number of sessions that will be needed in your case.

I have blackheads on my nose. What should I do to get rid of them?Aruna

Blackheads occur on oily skin or oily areas of the skin. After washing the face in the morning, wipe the blackhead prone areas with an astringent lotion using cotton wool. Make a paste of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and water and apply it 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 rice powder with rose water and apply on the areas with blackheads. Rub gently on the skin using small circular movements. Leave on for five minutes and then wash off with water. Or, mix oats with egg white and apply on the areas with blackheads twice a week. Wash it off when dry. You can also go for clean-ups at a beauty salon and have the blackheads extracted.

I apply serum after every hair wash. Can I apply hair oil the next day or should it be applied only on washed hair?Deborah

Apply hair oil at night and wash off next morning. Then apply hair serum. Apply oil once or twice a week. The frequency of shampoo is decided by the hair type. Dry hair may be washed twice a week. For oily hair, wash three or four times a week. Use less shampoo and rinse well with water.

I have oily and scanty hair. On alternate days I apply coconut oil with castor oil. How can I add volume to my hair?Ankitha

If you have oily hair, why do you apply oil? Castor oil is heavy. Apply egg white on the hair and wash after 15 minutes. It helps to add body to the hair. Henna treatments also add body. Add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs and enough ‘tea water’ to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Make ‘tea water’ by boiling used tea leaves again in enough water, cooling and straining the liquid. Apply the henna on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea water. Diet is very important. Have 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.

I have small pimples on my nose. Suggest a suitable remedy?Vaishnavi

Wash your face twice a day, morning and night with a medicated soap. Then wipe the pimple prone areas with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Astringent lotion will be available at a cosmetic store. Apply sandalwood paste daily on the pimples. Wash off after and hour. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply on the face two or three times a week. Wash it off when it dries. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your diet. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Drink a glass of water mixed with lemon juice first thing in the morning.

I have bulges under my eyes. Suggest a remedy. — Bhavani

For bulges under eyes, or under-eye bags as they are called, first consult a doctor to ensure your kidneys and sinuses are functioning well. Ask for dietary advice too. Do not leave make-up or cream around eyes at night. It can lead to puffiness around the eyes. Try some simple home remedies. Apply a compress of chilled water directly over closed lids and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Or you can soak cotton wool pads in chilled rose water and let it rest on your under-eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Grated potato or potato juice, applied around the eyes, also helps to reduce puffiness. So do tea bags. Steep them in hot water, allow to cool and use them as eye pads.

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