Moyeen, Beautician, La Belle
Q1. Dear Sadia,
I am 12 years old and I have three problems.
I have an oily face. Even after washing my face, it gets oily very quickly.
It becomes dark and I look very bad. I use Clearasil Face Wash and Clearasil
ointment. Now I also use Ponds Angel face; after putting it, my face
looks very fresh but it does not last too long. How can I get rid of
this oil from my face?
I have a semi-oval face. My
hair is very thick, wavy and unmanageable. It is also a bit rough. My
hair is shoulder length. I use Sunsilk with sunflower extracts, L'Oreal
conditioner and a little Livon. Still my hair is unmanageable. Can you
please suggest a haircut which will suit me and how I can make my hair
silky and manageable?
My arms are very hairy. I have
removed hairs once with Nair hair removing cream. The problem is that
the next day, it again starts to grow. Now my arms have become rough
and a bit spiky. Can you please tell me what to do? Is there any other
way to remove the hair on my arms? I will be very thankful to you if
you can help me out. Thank you.
(A) Wash your face with cold water 2-3 times a day. Apply a pack made
with HSP multani mitti, rose water (few drops) and a pinch of haldi
every morning to get rid of excess oil. Rub an ice cube for instant
re freshening whenever you feel the need.
(B) Try deep conditioning treatment for conditioning
your hair. Straightening is also an option.
(C) Try waxing your hands; it will eventually lessen
the hair growth as well.
Q2. Dear Sadia,
I have tons of problems with my hair. Other than excessive hair loss,
I also have to suffer dry, unmanageable and rough hair. Even after I
wash my hair with shampoo, it turns dry after a few days. Lice are also
another nightmare. Could you please suggest any solutions to get rid
of these undying problems?
Oil your hair twice a week, wrap a hot towel for a few minutes on your
head before Shampooing. Use a good conditioner after the Shampoo.
Lice meditation is freely available at the pharmacy
Try 'licel', mix with coconut oil and leave for a few hours. Comb out
your hair with a fine tooth comb and shampoo. Repeat weekly for 2-3
Q.3 Dear Sadia,
I am an 18 year-old girl. I want to make my hair silky, soft, shiny
and straight. I tried Wellastrate and also blow dry but nothing worked.
Can you please advise me some other way to straighten my hair without
harming it? I am also losing a lot of my hair. What can I do to reduce
(3) Dear Seema,
Please tell me you didn't use the Wellastrate yourself? Blow-dry should
have worked as a temporary solution.
Try conditioning your hair after every shampoo to relax it: Use Livon
silky potion after that. If blow-drying didn't work, ironing might help.
Use that option sparingly, and at a good saloon.
Apply a pack with egg, yoghurt (1 lbs) onion juice,
(1 tbs) for falling hair every week. It'll stink but will work well.
Lutful Aziz, FCPS, PHD, Consultant "analgesia", Pain
is lower back pain?
Lower back pain is the most common muscular disorder in industrialized
societies. It is only second to common cold as a cause of work absences
in patients less than 55 years of age. When compensation for time off
work, long-term disability, and medical and legal expenses are considered,
it is the costliest amongst all medical diagnoses. When patients do
not improve with the usual therapy or do not recover at all, the pain
and its disruption of their life-style complicate the problem. Thus,
effective therapy early on during the illness is crucial.
back pain is often due to an incompetence of the soft tissue structures.
The onset of pain is believed to be caused or triggered by a mechanical
injury. For several reasons, it is often very difficult to localize
the source of low back pain. It is not always associated with radiographic
(X-ray) evidence. It is also difficult to identify the injury site based
on the patient's description of pain. The protective mechanism of the
reactive muscle spasm may mask the true source. Lower back pain may
arise from one or several anatomic sites --intervertebral discs, facet
joints, myofascial attachments, and sacroiliac joints.
intervetebral disc (which lies between two vertebral bodies) is probably
the most common site of back pain and may be responsible for up to 85%
of cases. The facet joints are probably the primary sites of pain in
10% to 15% of patients with chronic back pain. The sacroiliac joint
is responsible for perhaps 5% of cases. But this joint is frequently
associated with back pain during pregnancy. Damage to the myofascial
structures surrounding the spine may also result in low back pain. The
muscles of the back are mainly responsible for this. Due to inadequate
stretching they get taught and cause pain. Other problems include metabolic
bone disease and diabetes, which increases the bone degeneration and
The exact cause of low back pain is not always very simple to diagnose.
It often requires different investigations and imaging techniques.
Diagnosis of low back pain requires taking history carefully and physical
examination to identify conditions or injuries that may have caused
the pain, rule out other back problems that may be more serious, and
gain more information about the symptoms and spinal dysfunction.
assessment tools: The primary objective of taking history is
to assess the seriousness of the complaint. Many clinicians use pain
assessment tools such as questionnaires and pain diagrams that the patient
completes. The drawings used can be marked or coloured to localize the
site of pain and quantify the severity of pain. It helps to translate
the subjective experience of pain into more objective evidence that
can be analyzed by the examining physician and used for comparison on
forms of investigations are Physical Examination, Functional Testing.
Then there is three types of Imaging Studies. Which is done by Radiography
(X-ray), Computed topography (CT),and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Electrodiagnostics Studies is another method.
A Different Sky
you are ever in the mood for a wild night in town and want to hit
the hip and happening restaurants/bars or catch a movie, make sure
you are dressed in proper attire, not your low-cuts and tight slacks.
Why? Because there is a huge chance you might bump into this uncle
or that in the uniform of a busboy or bartender.
might think I am joking but a few very popular part-time professions
of Bengali men in their 50s and 60s here in America are those of liquor
store clerks, or busboys in trendy clubs. Receiving your Vodka tonic
from wrinkled Bengali hands, you are not sure if you should look away
and take the drink or touch it to your head and say salaam to the
uncle you see frequently at Bengali parties. They came in the 70s,
and some in the 80s. They were younger then, a large part of them
were government workers posted in USA who decided to stay for the
sake of children's education, taking early retirements. Some came
using OP1 or DV1 leaving their jobs back home to start afresh here,
but never started anything solid. Their older ages worked against
them, making them lose energy and the inspiration to start something
fresh. Potentials destroyed before proper use. They worked hard doing
odd jobs so that their kids could receive an American education, maybe
in their minds they thought that after their children are successful
professionals they will not have to work any longer and they will
be taken care of.
everything flows like a fairy tale, however, so life brings them now
to a place where they are stuck as they are too Americanised to go
back and live in Bangladesh, and too Bangladeshi to fully accept America.
women, playing the Bengali grandmother or mother-
in-law, appear more helpless than they were back home. The country
full of opportunity might have taught them to go as far as to get
their baby sitting licenses but not as far, in most cases, to drive
or take public transportation or to speak fluent English, no matter
how long they have been in this country.
have, however, adapted well to the telephones, the televisions, the
rice cookers, the ovens and little titbits which make them seem savvier
than women of their age in Bangladesh. They have frequent parties,
eating pilaf and fish and reminiscing about Bangladesh and its memories.
They compare how many times they have each been to Mecca, the current
political situations in Bangladesh, and the old recipes of pitha.
They put down America, planning trips to Bangladesh, trips which never
last more than a few months, because they themselves know in the back
of their minds they can't stay there long term. They continue wearing
their saris and Punjabi-pyjamas, and make sure to talk about the one
who has become too modern by switching from saris to salwar kamiz
at their age or has discovered make up and went a little over-board
with the red shade of lipstick. They often become possessive or too
protective of their sons and daughters.
The feeling of "This is all I have, as my own" works towards
that, and sometimes just being away from home they don't realise how
times have changed. They are forward thinking in some cases (working
in liquor stores) backward thinking in others (getting the children's
stagnant values, their changed morals, their confusion spreads bitterness
like the smell of deshi spice. They all love to play the victim this
situation, they all love to show off the sacrifices they have made
for their children by settling here, but was that truly a totally
unselfish decision? If they also didn't think about their own secured
future along with their children's would they have settled here? The
parents whose kids have made it big also change their circle, ditching
the old middle class circles who still earn money from odd jobs. Their
clothing become a bit more expensive as well as the cars they ride
to parties, but the conversation? Does that change? How can it? The
power of the dollar is enough to erase hardship, yet not enough to
erase the past.
prayer goes out to all Bengali men and women in their 50s and 60s
living in USA, may they break out of their self-created illusions
of bad and good, and right and wrong, may they see better days, and
learn to love and let go.