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

Please suggest a good home remedy for my daughter who is eight years and has very dry skin. — Pavitra

Apply sesame (til) oil daily before a bath and massage it into the skin. Avoid using soap and use a soap-free bath gel. Avoid hot water. Use lukewarm or cool water. Immediately after the bath, apply a body lotion or cream, while the skin is still damp. If there are scales, flakes or itching, consult a skin specialist.

I have frizzy hair with a lot of split ends. Suggest some home remedies. — Preethi

Sever the split ends and then follow these remedies regularly. Take two drops of a light vegetable oil, like sunflower or olive oil. Put it on your palms and rub the palms lightly together, so that the oil spreads. Take the ends of the hair in your palms and scrunch them. Leave the oil on. Mix some water with a creamy hair conditioner, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair and on the ends too. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads throughout the hair. Have a deep conditioning treatment once a week, before shampoo. Mix together one egg, one tablespoon of castor oil, the juice of a lemon, and one teaspoon of pure glycerine or honey. Apply it on the hair, put on a plastic shower cap, and keep it on for an hour.

I want to make my nose look sharper. Please suggest some remedies. — Zoya

You can make your nose look sharper with the help of make-up. Use two foundations, one that is darker than the normal foundation and another which is lighter than the normal one. Apply the darker foundation on either side of the nose, from eyebrows to nostrils and use the lighter one down the centre of the nose, from the bridge of the nose to the tip. If the nose is very wide, use a powder on the nose which is two shades darker than the one you use on your face. You can also have cosmetic surgery to improve the look of your nose.

What are the side effects of using curlers? How can I curl my hair for occasions without damaging the hair? — Devika

Rollers can be used to curl the hair. You should avoid wire rollers (curlers) as they can damage or tear the hair. Use plastic rollers. Also, when you put on the curlers, do not dry the hair with a hair dryer. Allow your hair to dry naturally. Large curlers help to make the hair look wavy and also add body. If you use small rollers, you will have smaller and tighter curls. Wet the hair and divide it into sections. Put the rollers on either side, the back, and top of the head. Roll the hair inwards. When the hair is dry, open the rollers and use a brush to turn the hair outwards or inwards. It is easier to set the hair with rollers.

What can I do to grow taller? Also suggest some exercises for a slimmer tummy. — Srujana

It is said that height does not increase after the age of 18 or 19. However, you can ask a yoga instructor if yoga will help. After consulting your doctor, do the following exercises for the tummy. Lie on the floor on your back, with feet together and arms at the sides. Lift the legs approximately six inches from the ground and hold the position for a count of ten. Then lower the legs to the floor. Repeat this three to four times and increase gradually. For the second exercise, keep lying on the floor, the same way. Bend the knees and keep feet flat on the floor. Raise the body to a half-sitting position, holding the arms stretched out before you. Lower body to the floor and repeat three or four times.

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