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Sadia Moyeen, Beautian, La Belle
In one issue, you gave a remedy for hair fall, which includes onion
juice etc. As I am also facing hair loss problem I would kindly ask
you to repeat this same natural remedy again, & please mention:
Q. I am 14 years old and I have a problem. I am a dark girl and I wish to get fair. What should I do? I do not want to use 'Fair and Lovely' products as it creates problems for my skin. I am having skin problems, which never happened to me before. I am having pimples. How do I stop it? How do I get rid of the pimples that I already have? Many people advise to burst the pimples. Should I do that? Please help me out in both the cases. -Worried
Ans. At your age, pimples are part of the deal, but you can take care of your skin by keeping it clean, drinking plenty of water and following a healthy diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables. Never burst pimples, as they will leave scars that take forever to fade. When a pimple first appears, apply a paste of neem leaves and haldi on top of it and leave on overnight. Not all over the face, only on the required spot.
Make a fairness pack using yoghurt (1 tsp.) uptan (1 tsp.) haldi (pinch) lemon juice (½ tsp.) and apply every morning. Keep it on for 15 minutes then wash off. Whenever you leave the house make sure to use a sunscreen SPF 30 to protect you skin from sun damage.
Q. I am a 14-year-old girl. And I want you to give some advice. My face is oily and whenever I put any natural pack or something on my face I get rashes all over. Can you please suggest any cleanser that might suit me? I have my uncle's wedding coming up and I want to have my hair done at a parlour. Do you think it is right thing to do? As for my make up I want to put eye shadow, lipstick and some other such things. Do you think it is okay to use this stuff on my skin for those specific days only? -Nadee
Ans. You seem to have sensitive skin so avoid packs. Simply clean your skin regularly with a face wash and use mild lotions like Johnson's baby lotion or Oil of Ulay to moisturise.
If you wish to do your hair I see no reason why you shouldn't. As far as make up is concerned avoid foundation completely. Dab a little compact pad on your T-zone and apply a higher shadow on your eyes with a thin liner and mascara. A light glossy lip colour should suffice. Keep it very natural and minimal. Very young girls look terrible if they are too made up.
Q. I've got an almond-shaped face but unfortunately I have got a big forehead, less hair in the front and a thinning hairline in the middle of the starting line of my hair. Could you please suggest an appropriate haircut for me? -Worried
Ans. Bangs on your forehead would make it look smaller but your have to make sure the fringe does not look like the ones we give little schoolgirls. It should be a little spiky or uneven.
Q. I'm 22 years old, and have always had a very oily scalp. I shampoo everyday since it feels uncomfortable otherwise; besides, it looks like I've put on oil if I don't. Anyway, I don't like to use commercially made shampoos for oily hair, so I make my own. I boil 2 handful of mint in about 300ml water for 20 minutes, and add the cooled solution to the Neutrogena Clean normalising shampoo (which comes in a 300-ml bottle). I read this in a book. This helps a bit, but it still starts getting oily after 12 hours. Should I decrease the amount of water, or mint, or increase the boiling time? I also read that amla, shikakai and trifala are good for oily hair. Should I add those with the mint and boil them too? If so, how much of each? Please advice, and please state the exact quantity of everything. And please give your own suggestions too. Nazia
Q. I am a 22 years old female. I have a combination skin type and fair complexion. I have been suffering from skin diseases like dermatophyte infections, bacteria, yeast and other fungal infections on my thighs and groin. I have taken treatment for this and now I am cured. The problem is the affected areas became very black! It is so much darker than any other part of my body that it seems unusual and embarrasses me. How can I get rid of these black marks? Is there any kind of patent medicine or cosmetic cream to remove the blackness and beautify my skin? Where can I get it and how much does it cost? Please, help me.
A. Yes, creams containing hydroquinine 2% will help lighten the dark patches but do ask your dermatologist to recommend the appropriate cream as I have noticed that these are not easily available. Perhaps he will suggest an alternative medicine, which is available in Bangladesh.
Q. My hair becomes oily just 2 days after shampooing. I have tried some home remedies like vinegar, lemon juice, and black tea after shampooing, but nothing had worked. Could you suggest me some good brand of shampoo for oily hair? Besides my underarm has become dark by using razor for last 7-8 years. Is there any product that I can use to get back the natural colour of skin -S.A
A. Use only lemon juice on your scalp for 15 min before a shampoo. L'Oreal shampoo for oily hair is good. To lighten the skin of your underarms apply uptan and yoghurt with a little scrub regularly. Fair polish works wonders as well.
Q. I am a 13-year-old girl. Recently I have been having pimples and I usually squeeze the white stuff out. I use Johnson's pH5.5 face wash. Then why do I have pimples? Is squeezing the white stuff out safe? I want a clear face without any pimples. I have a short hair cut, and though my hair is soft and shiny it is not silky. I put on Livon when I need to but could you suggest a natural way to make my hair silky? Please help. -Nayeema
Q. I am 18 and my skin is normal. But I have hair in my hands, which I want to remove and for that I do not want to use any cream. So please tell me how can I do waxing? I want to know herbal ways of doing that, which I can apply at home. Is it harmful for skin if I use any waxing machine?
At past my hair was thicker, straight and healthy but now it is thinning out, and appears lifeless . I cut my hair to shoulder length thinking that the falling might reduce. But it did not work. My hair is becoming curlier day by day and rough too. After use of conditioner the falling increases. I am in a great problem. Tell me what should I do now? -Sharmin
Make a pack with yoghurt (1tbsp) Egg (4-tbsp.) onion juice 1 tbsp. oil (2-tsp.) mix. Keep on for ½ an hour and shampoo off with cool water twice a week. It'll stink like hell but will stop hair fall.
By The Way
Anything green (not the ones that cows feast on) is good for health especially during the summertime. This Baishakh chew down on at least three raw food items, three green foods, three non-sugary, non-carbohydrate snacks a day. Keeping this checklist in your head will guide you to food that builds health and tastes fresh. Keep whole, natural foods in your diet and cut down on empty calories. Poor diet contributes to PMS, lethargy, mood swings, depression and fat thighs.
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