Ask Shahnaz

B eautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to >

I did temporary hair straightening but it didn’t suit me. Then the beautician suggested I should have my hair smoothened. Will it harm my hair?


It depends what the smoothening process involves. If direct heat treatment is administered, it can ruin the hair texture. Use a leave-on type of conditioner after combing your hair. Take a tiny quantity on your palm and spread it on both palms. Then smooth your palms over your hair. Or, massage it lightly into your hair and then comb it.

Does henna application make the hair grow long? Gunjan

Henna may be used once a week as a hair conditioner. It restores health, adds thickness, body and shine to hair and also helps hair growth. However, the length of growth depends on hereditary factors and a diet that contains adequate protein, vitamins and minerals. Eat a small bowl of sprouts daily.

I have oily skin and pimple marks. I don’t want to wear heavy make-up. Vidya

Cleanse your face with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Wait for a few minutes, and then use a foundation, which is lighter than your skin colour. Using a cotton bud, apply the foundation on the pimple marks. Concealer can also be used instead of foundation. Wait for a few minutes and then apply powder on the pimple marks to “set” the foundation. Then apply compact powder on the entire face.

I have lots of pimple marks on my face. Suggest a home remedy to get rid of them. Deepa

Mix cucumber juice and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply it daily only on the marks, using a cotton bud. Wash it off after 20 minutes. If there are no pimples now, use a facial scrub twice a week. You can also mix oatmeal with curd into a paste and apply it on the face three times a week. Wash it off after 30 minutes.

I am very tall and thin. Suggest how I can put on some weight? Karthika

A healthy body, even if thin, can be strong and well-toned. You can have energy and stamina. Check with your doctor if you feel fatigued or have any medical problem. Like everyone else, you should eat a balanced diet. When you sit down for a meal, eat slowly and chew well. Enjoy every morsel you eat. You can also do exercises to build your muscles and give your figure a better shape. Why not learn yoga or join a gym, after checking with your doctor if it’s all right.