Over the last five years, I’ve lost half my hair. What should I do to improve hair volume and keep my hair dandruff-free? — Deborah
Wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo three or four times a week using less shampoo, and rinse well. Once a week, heat olive oil, apply on the scalp and leave it on overnight. Next morning, half-an-hour before shampooing, massage the scalp with two tablespoons of vinegar.Include fresh fruits, salads, sprouts and yogurt in your diet. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water, and have it first thing in the morning.Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements. You can also have scalp treatments at a hair care clinic.
What is the remedy for blackheads? — Kriti
Blackheads occur on oily areas of the skin. In the morning, wash the face, and wipe blackhead-prone areas with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Apply a paste of baking soda and water or rice powder and rose water, and wash off after five minutes.
I want to permanently remove facial hair through laser treatment. Will it harm my skin? — Ash
Hair removal by laser is said to be permanent, but re-growth has been known to occur in a few cases. You will have to find a very good clinic to ensure there are hardly any side-effects. The known temporary side-effects are redness, swelling and itching. Remember, it is an expensive treatment and requires several sessions, depending on the extent of growth.
My underarms are dark. What should I do to address this? – Saranya
Avoid shaving or using exfoliating creams, which are said to cause darkening of the skin under the arms. Waxing is the best option. The lemon and sugar mixture that parlours use for waxing also lightens skin colour over a period of time. At home, you can mix besan, curd, lemon juice and a little turmeric and apply at least thrice a week. Remove after half an hour.
My thighs are fat. What should I do to get back into shape? – Ranjani
After consulting a doctor, do the following spot reduction exercises daily. For the thighs, lie on your right side, leaning on your elbow. Place the left hand on the floor, palm downwards, in front of your chest. Lift your left leg about eight inches off the floor and hold it. Supporting yourself with your hips, elbow and hands, try to raise the right leg to try and touch the raised left foot. Return both legs to the floor. Repeat this five times. Then, turn on your left side and repeat.
My husband is 38 and greying rapidly. Is there any henna mixture, without egg that can turn hair black again? – Mathanghee
Grey hair cannot turn black, without dyeing or colouring. Amla is said to check greying. So, he can have the juice of one raw amla, after adding it to a glass of water, daily. He can also add amla to henna powder. However, henna turns white hair reddish brown. It will not colour dark hair. Soak a handful of dry amla overnight in two to three cups water. Next morning, strain the water, and retain it. Grind the amla. To the henna powder, add the ground amla, four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two teaspoons oil and enough amla water. Keep the paste for two to three hours and then apply on hair. Keep it on for at least two hours, and wash with plain water.
Is dry hair a sign of malnutrition? Also, is excessive combing good for hair growth? – Raghu
Dry hair can either be due to hair type, or caused by various factors such as excessive exposure to the sun, use of harsh products and chemical lotions, colouring / dyeing and nutritional deficiency.
Hot oil treatments, mild herbal shampoos, conditioners and hair serums, as well as a nutritious diet help combat dry hair. Excessive combing is not recommended; comb normally using a wide-toothed comb, and only as much as required to disentangle the hair and comb in the desired style.
What should I do to have glowing skin? — Priyanka
Tone your skin daily with rose water. Toning stimulates blood circulation on the surface of the skin, making it glow. Keep rose water in a bowl in the fridge and soak cotton wool pads in it. Use the pads to wipe your skin. Then, pat it briskly. Use a facial scrub once or twice a week. It removes dead skin and brightens the skin. Mix honey and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply it daily on your face. Egg white can be added. Wash it off after 20 minutes. It leaves the skin soft and glowing. Use a face mask twice a week. Mix half a cup of ripe papaya pulp with 2 teaspoons each of choker and ground almonds, and one teaspoon each of honey and curd. It should be a thick paste that does not drip. Apply it on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around your eyes. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes.
I look brighter, after I wash my face and go to sleep. But, when I get up in the morning my face becomes oily and dark. What can I do to avoid this? — Shreya
If your face is oily, don’t apply anything at night, as it can clog the pores. Your face looks dark in the morning because it is oily. After washing your face, wipe it with an astringent lotion. It helps reduce oiliness. Or, mix rose water and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply it on your face daily. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply it on your face. Wash it off after it dries. This also reduces oiliness, cleans the skin and lightens its colour over a period of time.
I have long hair. But it curls at the ends after I shampoo it. What should I do to have straight hair? — Uppala
Curls and waves at the ends of the hair are now in fashion. However, you can use a hand-held dryer to straighten your hair. 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. Now use the dryer. 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.
I have very dry skin and many pimples on my forehead. I have dark circles around my eyes. — Srividya
The area around the eyes has to be treated differently, as the skin is delicate. Lightly massage pure almond oil around your eyes on the skin, especially on the areas with dark spots. Use the oil sparingly. Leave it on for 15 minutes; then wipe it off gently with moist cotton wool. You may be having combination skin, because pimples occur on oily skin or the oily areas of combination skin. Wash your face in the morning and night with a medicated soap. Then wipe your forehead with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Apply sandalwood paste on the pimples daily. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply it on your forehead. Wash it off after it dries.
How can I condition my hair with henna? My hair is dry, so is it necessary to apply oil first? — Radha
Apply henna without applying oil, because henna works by coating the hair. To the henna powder add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs, 2 teaspoons of oil and enough curd to mix it into a thick paste. If you don’t wish to use eggs, add more curd. The paste should be of toothpaste-like consistency. Divide the hair into sections and apply the henna on both sides of a section, so that the entire section is covered with henna. Wrap the section around the head. Now repeat this with each section, till the hair is totally covered with the paste. Keep it on for at least one hour before washing it off. You need not shampoo your hair.
Suggest some facial scrubs that can be prepared at home. — Monica
A scrub should have a grainy substance. Rice powder mixed with curd makes a good scrub. Or, mix ground almonds with curd. Dry and powdered lemon and orange peel, or mint leaves can be added to a scrub. One can also mix oatmeal with curd. Apply the scrub on the face, leaving it on for ten minutes. Then moisten it, rub it gently, before washing it off entirely. Gram flour is used on the face and body in many homes. It can be mixed with curd or milk into a paste. Add a pinch of turmeric to it. Apply it on the face or body and wash it off after 20 minutes.
I have uneven skin tone and my forehead is oily. — Jennifer
Apply a facial scrub once or twice a week, rubbing it gently on the skin, especially on the darker areas. Leave it on for a few minutes, then wash it off with water. Ground almonds or rice powder can be mixed with curd and used as a scrub. Dried and powdered lemon and orange peel can also be added to it. To reduce oiliness on the forehead, after washing the face, wipe the area with an astringent lotion using cotton wool. Mix multani mitti with rose water into a paste and apply it on the forehead daily. Wash it off after it dries.
My face is oily and pimple prone. I had a facial done at a beauty parlour following which the problem got worse. Suggest a home remedy. — Vidya
Facial massage with cream should not be done on oily skin, as it only compounds the problem by clogging the pores. The salon facial treatment for oily, pimple-prone skin consists of clean up, blackhead extraction, soothing packs and lotions, toning and a medicated mask. If there are pimples, some gadgets are used to control the condition. At home, wash your face twice a day with a medicated soap. Then wipe it with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Apply sandalwood paste on the pimples. Mix one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice and apply it on your face. Wash it off with after 15 minutes. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply it on the face two or three times a week. Wash it off after it dries.
My scalp is very oily, but my hair is normal. I have dandruff and hair loss. — Malini
Oily scalp and dandruff can lead to hair loss. Avoid oil applications. Wash your hair frequently, using a mild shampoo. Take half a teaspoon shampoo, dilute it with water and apply. Rinse well. After a shampoo wash, add the juice of a lemon to half a mug of water and use it as the last rinse. Weekly henna treatments will help. Add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs and enough tea water to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Make tea water by boiling used tea leaves in enough water, cooling and straining the liquid. Apply the henna on your and wash it off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea water. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning.