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Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to shahnaz_press@yahoo.co.in

My hair has become dry and frizzy. What should I do to make it soft? — Rajni

Use very little shampoo and rinse your hair well with cool water. After shampoo, rub two drops of a light vegetable oil (like sunflower oil) in your palms. Take the ends of the hair in your palms and scrunch them. Do the same with the rest of the hair, going upwards from the ends. Leave the oil on. This works well on dry hair too. Another solution is to mix some water with a hair conditioner and fill it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair and then comb it, so it spreads.

I’m losing a lot of hair. Suggest a suitable shampoo and oil. How frequently should I shampoo my hair? — Srini

Hair loss can occur due to oily scalp, dandruff, nutritional deficiencies or stress. In men, it can be due to hormonal factors. Apply a herbal hair tonic daily on the scalp and leave it on. It should be non-oily. Heat pure olive oil and apply it once a week the night before shampoo. Avoid vigorous head massage. If there is hair loss, the roots are already weak and massaging may aggravate the problem. Work the oil all over the scalp with your fingertips in small circular movements. Wash your hair at least three times a week, using very little shampoo and rinse well with water.

I am almost forty and my skin is loose. Anju

If you have dry skin, massage it daily at night with a nourishing cream. Apply it on the face and massage with a few drops of water, using outward and slightly upward strokes. Twice a week, mix together one teaspoon each of curd and honey and two teaspoons each of ground almonds and oatmeal, with egg white. Apply it on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes and wash it off after 30 minutes. Mix the liquid ingredients gradually to get the right consistency. It should be a thick paste, which does not drip. Weekly professional facials will help.

My one-year-old daughter has lots of facial hair. Suggest a remedy. — Sumati

Many infants have soft, downy hair on the face and body, which gradually disappears, as they grow older. Your daughter is very young and her skin is tender. However, you can mix flour and milk into a stiff dough, like you make for chapatis. Rub the dough gently on the skin daily, the way you would use a sponge or loofah. It should not be a paste. Rubbing the dough daily on the skin is said to lessen hair growth.

I have combination skin. Which face wash should I use? Suggest a home remedy for fair and glowing skin. — Prabha

Wash with a mild soap or cleansing milk. Then soak cotton wool in chilled rose water and wipe the face with it. Take two teaspoons of curd, add a little turmeric and dried and powdered mint leaves. It helps add glow. Or, mix honey with egg white and apply it daily on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Twice a week, mix together one tsp of curd, one tsp of honey, four tsp of oatmeal and egg white. Apply it on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes and wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes.

Will cold water help close open pores? — Farida

Cold water does help close the pores. Mix an astringent lotion with rose water. Chill it in the fridge and apply it on the open pores with cotton wool. Open pores usually occur on oily areas of the skin. Use a facial scrub twice a week. Rub gently on these areas and wash it off with water. Twice a week, mix oatmeal with egg white and apply it on the areas with open pores. Wash it off when it dries.

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