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

I have been suffering from dandruff for a long time. My scalp is also oily. — Deepthi

For dandruff, apply a non-oily herbal hair tonic on the scalp daily, using cotton wool and leave it on. Part the hair into sections, and apply it on the scalp. Wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo three or four times a week, using less shampoo and rinsing it off well with water. Half an hour before a shampoo wash, apply two tablespoons of vinegar on the scalp, massaging it lightly into the scalp. Once a week, heat olive oil or til oil, and apply it on the scalp at night. Leave it on overnight. The next morning, apply the juice of a lemon 15 minutes before a shampoo wash. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your daily diet. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water, and drink it first thing in the morning. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements.

What should I do to get rid of the fine hair growing on top of my nose? — Kannan

You can have threading done, or try waxing strips. Home remedies do not remove facial hair. But they are said to lessen the growth if used regularly over a period of time. You may also try the following remedies for discouraging facial hair growth. Make a thick paste of sugar, lemon juice and water and apply it in the direction of hair growth. Wash it off after it dries. Apply it once or twice a week. Apply a paste of turmeric powder and milk and rub this on the skin using a circular motion. It is said to discourage facial hair, but it may leave a slight yellowish colour on the skin.

I have whiteheads around my eyes. Suggest a remedy. — Preethivi

In whiteheads, the pores are not open. They form easily where the skin is thin, like around the eyes. Avoid pinching it with your nails, as it can lead to infection. Scrubs cannot be used around the eyes, but you can try some home remedies. Make a paste of fenugreek leaves and apply it on the face daily, washing it off after an hour. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water, and drink it first thing in the morning. Drinking barley water is also said to help prevent whiteheads.

I have warts on my face. What should I do remove them? — Mohammed Rafi

Warts are small, hard, uneven, raised growths, with a rough surface. They can appear on the face and different parts of the body. Some warts are caused by a virus and spread easily. It is best to refer your problem to a dermatologist, or try homeopathic treatment. As far as home remedies are concerned, it is said that applying vinegar on the warts daily causes them to finally fall out. Apply it only on the wart, using cotton wool.