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

I have lots of brown hair. How can I make it black? Lakshmi

Hair can turn brown due to dyeing, colouring, nutritional deficiencies and excessive exposure to the sun. Diet is important because the hair is fed by the nutrients in the blood stream. Eat a small bowl of sprouts daily and include curd, paneer, dals and beans in your diet. Mix one teaspoon of castor oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Heat this and apply it once or twice a week, the night before shampooing your hair. Do the hot towel wrap for better absorption. When you go out in the sun, cover your head or carry a parasol.

My body is dark, but my face is fair. Suggest how I can get rid of dark skin in two months, as I am getting married. Pooja

Avoid excessive sun exposure, or carry an umbrella while you are out in the sun. Massage your body daily with olive oil or sesame seed oil. Mix besan with curd, lemon juice and a little turmeric and apply it on the exposed areas of your body three times a week. Wash it off after half an hour. Or, you can mix rice powder with curd and a little haldi and use it as a body scrub two or three times a week. You can also go for body polish treatments at a beauty salon.

I have thin eyebrows. How can I make them thick? Sreenithi

Apply a little castor oil on your eyebrows daily, as it is believed to encourage their growth. Meanwhile, you can make your eyebrows appear thicker by using an eyebrow pencil.

Does waxing guarantee hair removal? Does it have side effects? Chintu

Waxing is a good option for removal of body hair. Waxing is not a permanent solution. When the hair grows back, you will have to get waxing done again. However, it removes hair by the roots and is said to gradually lessen hair growth.

How can scars left by pimples be removed? Spoorthi

For scars left behind by acne, we recommend clinical Veg Peel treatments. If you do not have any pimples, as a home remedy, apply a facial scrub twice a week. Mix rice powder with curd and a pinch of turmeric. Apply on the areas with scars and rub gently on the skin, with circular movements, first clockwise and then anticlockwise. Leave on for 5 minutes and wash off with water. Once daily, at any time, mix one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice and apply it on the face. Wash it off with plain water after 15 minutes. Twice a week, mix 3 teaspoons of oats with one teaspoon each of honey, curd and lemon juice, or egg white. Apply on the entire face. Wash it off after half an hour.

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