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

My hair is thin and brown in colour. I have split ends too.Priya

Cut off the split ends. Give your hair proper care. Avoid tying it tightly with rubber bands. Avoid using hair dryers and brushes. Use a wide-toothed comb. Cover your hair with a scarf or dupatta when you go out in the sun. Twice a week, mix one tablespoon each of pure coconut oil and castor oil. Apply it on your hair and on the ends too. Then do the hot towel wrap. This helps the hair and the scalp absorb the oil better. Use very little shampoo, taking care to rinse it off well. After a shampoo wash, apply very little leave-in conditioner or hair serum, especially on the ends. Your diet should contain adequate protein. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily. Include cottage cheese, yoghurt, lentils, beans and leafy green vegetables in your diet.

My hair becomes sticky even after a shampoo wash. Sharanya

This may be due to humidity and oiliness. Wash your hair daily, using very little shampoo. Dilute the shampoo with water before applying it. Rinse it off well. Add the juice of a lemon to half a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. You can also apply egg white on your hair 15 minutes before a shampoo wash. Weekly henna treatments will also help. Add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs and enough tea water to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Tea water can be made by boiling used tea leaves again in enough water, and cooling and straining the liquid. Apply the henna on your hair and wash it off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea water.

Pimples are leaving dark spots and pores on my face. Suggest remedies. — Jessica

If there are no pimples now, mix rice powder with curd and use it as a facial scrub once or twice a week. Apply the scrub on your face, rubbing the skin gently with tiny circular movements, especially on the dark spots. Leave it on for a few minutes, before washing it off. Do not apply it on pimples, acne or rash. Mix honey and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply the mixture daily on your face. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Twice a week, apply a face mask. Mix three teaspoons of oatmeal 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 eyes. Wash it off after half an hour.

Can face powder be applied after applying sunscreen cream? Also, my legs are tanned. What should I do to get rid of it? Niveditha

You can apply face powder after applying sunscreen. First apply the sunscreen and wait for a few minutes to give the skin time to absorb it. Then apply powder. Massage your skin with mustard oil daily. Mix Bengal gram flour, curd, lemon juice and a little turmeric and apply it at least three times a week. Wash it off after half an hour. Then massage the skin with oil, as recommended.

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Ask ShahnazSeptember 16, 2012