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Suggest a hair straightening method so that the result will last at least for a month. — Thanuja

There are no natural ways of straightening the hair, with a lasting effect. You could use a hair dryer. The effect will last till the next shampoo. After washing your hair, divide it into sections while it is still damp. Hold the end of a section with a comb or brush, straight and slightly downwards, and use a hand held dryer to dry the hair. Repeat this with each section. Hold the dryer at least 6 inches away from the hair. Note that excessive use of the dryer can make your hair dry.

Suggest a face pack for dry skin. What does a ‘face clean-up’ mean? — Srimathi

Mix together one tsp each of curd and honey, 2 tsp of oatmeal, one tsp of ground almonds and egg yolk or rose water. Apply the mixture on your face, avoiding the lips and the area around your eyes. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Apply this once or twice a week. A ‘face clean-up’ is done at a salon and involves exfoliation, extraction of blackheads and deep pore cleansing. The skin is also toned. Scrubs and packs are used.

How does one have fair knees and elbows? —Vaishali

Take lemon pieces and rub them on your knees and elbows daily. After washing it off, massage the areas with sesame seed (til) oil. You can do this before a bath. After a bath, massage cream on the skin while it is still damp. A cream containing lemon and turmeric would be good. You can also mix gram flour (besan) with curd, lemon juice and a little turmeric (haldi) into a paste and apply it three times a week. Wash it off after half an hour.

I have dry skin. Suggest a cleanser, toner and moisturiser I can prepare at home. Can I use rose water as a toner? — Jhanvi

You can use rose water as a toner. Honey helps moisturise the skin. For cleansing, take half a cup of milk and add five drops of any vegetable oil (til, olive or sunflower oil) to it. Put this in a bottle and shake it well. Apply it on the skin using cotton wool and wipe it off with moist cotton wool. Keep the left-over mixture in the fridge. Remember home recipes should not be kept for more than 3 days. For dry skin, mix honey with a little milk and egg yolk or pure almond oil. Apply this on your face, washing it off after 20 minutes. Pure almond oil can also be massaged for a minute or two on dry skin.

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