I am 17 and my nails are very thin. If I grow them long, they tend to break. I don't bite my nails. Suggest a home remedy for my problem. - ZoyaDiet is important for strong and healthy nails. If you have brittle nails, include protein and calcium in your diet. Sulphur, amino acids, phosphorous, Vitamins B and E are also important. You should include milk, curds, cottage cheese paneer, fish, eggs, sprouts, dals, beans, peas, fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Dissolve one teaspoon of gelatine in a little boiling water, cool it and add it to milk or fruit juices. Take it for ten days. Gelatine is said tostrengthen the nails. I am 19 and my problem is severe hair fall. The coconut oil treatment suggested by you has helped control dandruff. But I continue to lose hair and get boils on my face. I apply sandalwood paste at night. - N. NandhiniIf you have pimples on the face and also suffer from dandruff, your skin and scalp are both oily. You should wash your hair daily, using a mild herbal shampoo. Use less shampoo Dilute it in a little water before applying it. Rinse thoroughly with water.Half an hour before shampooing, massage one tablespoon of vinegar lightly into the scalp. For the face, wash twice a day with a medicated soap. Apply curd on the face daily and wash it off after 20 minutes. Continue to apply sandalwood paste. Eat a small bowl of sprouts daily Add the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water and have it first thing in the morning. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. I am suffering from prickly heat. How can I get rid of it? I have started using prickly heat powder. - Krishna KumarUsing prickly heat powder should help. You can use a powder, which contains sandalwood. You can soak cotton wool or clean cloth in rose water and apply it on the rashes after your bath. Rose has a cooling effect. If there is itching, add two tablespoons of baking soda to half a bucket of water and use it as a last rinse. I am 24 and for the past two months, I have been getting tiny holes on my face. I don't even use powder. Please suggest a permanent solution. - ShabnamThese tiny "holes" may be open pores, which occur on oily skin or on oily areas of combination skin. Deep pore cleansing may help prevent them. Mix rice powder with curd and apply it on these areas. Rub gently with tiny circular movements. Leave it on for five minutes and wash it off with water. Mix oatmeal (which is used for making porridge) with egg white and apply it on these areas daily. Wash it off when it dries. (Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to shahnaz_press@yahoo.co.in)

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