Moyeen, Beautician, La Belle
I use Nair for waxing on my underarm hair. I want to remove hairs from
hands and legs permanently, but I don't want to use Nair any more. Could
you please let me know the names of the BEST products for waxing and
where I can get them? I have wavy and unmanagable hair. I cannot keep
my hair open for long time as it becomes wild, and very hard to manage.
How can I make them behave? I have heard that ironing helps to straighten
the hair and it can be done at home too. I would like to do it at home
and please tell me the process how to do it? Thank You
Permanent removal of body hair is an expensive and time consuming process
which will take many months and even then there is no guarantee that
the hair will not grow back.
It is more practical to use electrolysis on specific areas like the
upper lips, or under arm and eyebrows.
Warm wax is the most efficient product available at all salons and if
done correctly should not head to re-growth before 3 weeks.
You seem to be a perfect candidate for permanent straightening of the
hair. This process will make your hair manageable and easy to style
by yourself. But if you decide to go for it remember to use a reputable
salon and good products.
I am fifteen and being an O Levels' candidate, I always have to remain
preoccupied with school, studies and tuition. It has been pretty hard
for me to take, even a little care of my skin these days. In the aftermath
of this situation, my skin has grown darker, in fact, getting terribly
darker especially the countenance area. I also ended up catching some
pimples over my face. Usually I am fair, my skin tone is to some extent,
slightly pinkish. I helplessly tried a few herbal products but in vain.
Could you please suggest me some products that can help bring the tint
back (or can they really? ) And a few tips please on 'How to Pamper
Your Skin through a Busy Schedule!' Thank you. Desdemona
Stress usually tells, not only on one's looks but also on one's health,
but don't worry, here's your selection. To take away the tan, try fair
polish done in different parlours, this will also help the pimples as
it removes excess oil from the skin.
Drink plenty of water everyday exercise a little and eat healthy. Get
enough sleep at night. Follow a cleansing and moisturising schedule
for your skin every night and you'll be slowing in no time at all.
I'm 12. I'm having some problems. They are:
1) I have blackheads on my nose. Can you suggest any home remedies?
(2)Can I use Johnson ph5.5 exfoliating face wash? (3)I'm having hair
loss. Can you suggest me any home remedies? (4)I'm having oil on my
nose. How to get rid of it? (5)I'm having pimples. How to get rid of
I'll be very grateful if you help me. Mahjabeen
a) Apply a hot towel to your nose to open pores, then apply ponds black
head strip on your nose and leave on until its dry and peel off to remove
the black heads.
2) Yes Johnsons pls-5 wash is a good product.
3) Oil your hair weekly apply pack -- egg, yoghurt (1 tbs), Oman juice
1 tsp, methi (½ tsp). Keep on for 20 minutes and wash off.
4) After cleansing use toner for all oily areas on the face.
5) Pimples are an internal part of growing up, you can't stop them completely
but you can try preventing them by keeping your skin clean and oil free.
Maheen Khan Fashion designer, Mayasir
I am 43 year old, I have been teaching at a well-known English medium
school for the past 17 years. I expected to be dressed appropriately
so that too much attention is not drawn to my clothing. I am really
tired and bored with my look. What could I do to revive my interest
in my outfits? Please suggest a few points.
In a teaching profession one must always project confidence. But with
the changing times you don't have to always look somber and serious.
If you wear salwar suits, you could try a few new styles. Pick light
fabrics that breathe well in cotton. Please don't get those block printed
fabrics, they are just too common. Instead look around there are lots
of fabric stores. You get fine cottons. Some are embroidered, chikaned
or printed. Let me suggest a printed fabric in pastel. Style it with
Chinese collar with an a-line opening. Use handmade buttons with fabric
fastening use cord piping in a contrast color, which will match the
salwer. Use a white chikan fabric for your bottoms, but try a slightly
unconventional edging. Don't use a lace instead cord pipe the bottoms.
Use tucking pleats an inch apart moving up for about 8 inches. You will
find it creating a lovely embellishment. Use a chikan fabric of a larger
scale design to create a contrast and a wide lace on the ends of your
doppatta. Keep it all white. This way you could use it in many different
I am traveling long distance. My work demands that I travel frequently.
One week I am in Sri Lanka, the next in Australia or to the UK and then
I am back here. Traveling through the continents, sometimes it is warm
and in the next it is cold. It is often that I am confused on what should
be packed. Please tell me a system so that I can travel light but at
the same time beat the weather. I am in my mid thirties, with a toned
body and can carry western clothes well. Could you please help?
Some one like you need to analyse your travel plans well. The trick
is to learn to layer your clothes. For example if you are starting in
Sri Lanka and then travelling to Australia where it is most likely the
middle of winter. Start with a sleeveless t- shirt and denim, when you
get on the flight wear a cashmere jumper, light but warm. Sneakers are
great especially the kind with cut out ankles, which could easily be
switched, one weather to the other with the right kind of socks. Carry
your over coat on board. Similarly pack your suitcase with some light
some regular separates and some warm clothing. This will be versatile
Eyebrows add strength
and definition to one's face. A well-groomed eyebrow enhances beauty.
To have beautiful eyebrows always pluck them before bedtime so any redness
will disappear overnight. You can do it at home with tweezers. The shape
of the eyebrows should be done in parity with the facial feature. Comb
hair one way and then the other to remove loose hairs. You should pluck
hair between the brows. Never remove the hair from above your eyebrows.
Pluck each hair individually close to the root. Work in the direction
of the growth. Always avoid over plucking. When using a pencil apply
small, feathered strokes and choose a shade similar to your natural
hair colour. Starting at the inner corner work outwards. Blend the colour
with a brush. To tame stray hair just use hair gel and comb through.
A DIFFERENT SKY
call of long-ago
Our minds are
full of odd numbers, certain important dates which seemed so crucial
to remember but with time and situation lost their importance. Like
the birthday of someone one special, the first days of certain beginnings
or ends, the amount of money owed to the bank or how much others owe
you…numbers carefully remembered, encrypted and later with a forced
or peaceful resolution forgotten, left unerased. So when the once
special dates or numbers come around with vague faces and memories,
we fiddle through our minds to recall why those digits still remain
to be noticed, who and what owns it so strongly that we can never
stop thinking of those numbers with a special feeling; the special
feeling not involving the person or occasion but just those days,
dates and amounts.
I believe it's
the glitches of our hearts, the unconditional love of our pasts which
make us remember these unnecessary digits, I trust that our logical
brains try extra hard to discard unneeded scraps but the illusion
of the past wins every time keeping those figures almost intact.
I believe the
same part of our hearts which conserve the unnecessary digits also
fight and preserve the taste and flavor of Bangladesh for Bengalis
living abroad. It accumulates the aroma and aura which are long gone
but their shadow imprints are still hanging behind… Bangladesh and
its illusions…hallucinatory images that keep it beautiful enough to
crave but not enough to run back to.
When I ask others
living under this red, white and blue sky what they miss the most
about Bangladesh, most of the time they tell me about their longings
for certain people who are no longer found in that same form or they
talk about experiences which are not possibly creatable again. For
example when I look through my own heart to remember what I miss most
of what I left behind, I instantly get reminded of my fascination
with Dhaka afternoons, I can just close my eyes and see myself, with
a full stomach and half tired eyes, sitting in some corner of our
home, reading Ashapurna Devi or Leela Majumdar, curled up and comfortable,
enjoying every word, every ray of the sun, and some hidden freedom
of being the only one up during our home's afternoon naps. I will
never be able to find those afternoons, I no longer enjoy Leela Majumdar's
"chotoder golpo," our house is no longer in the same shape,
the members have decreased among the years, afternoon naps are replaced
by Zee TV's day time movies, and if by any chance I was lucky enough
to go back to the same surroundings I would be the first to fall asleep
taking my rightfully deserved afternoon nap, no books or rays of sun
will interest me, even if I was offered a whole jar of achar with
A close friend
often talks about their village in a corner of Netrokona, which he
has left behind, he talks about the smell of the soil and force of
the wind, with teary eyes he often ends with a song "Sagor kul
er Naiya re opar belai majhi kothai jau…" singing to that anonymous
boatman of Bengal cruising along Brahmaputra in the oddest of hours
towards an unknown destination…this is what Bangladesh means to him,
that is what calls him back (when it does), but in reality will the
smell of soil take over the smell of pollution and politics…will he
ever see his Sagor Kuler Naiya, his self-built hero of Bengal, a delirium
created from fragments of his childhood and fragments from random
seemingly related images and ideas…
I often wonder
if it is Bangladesh or our childhood/early adulthood that we miss
the most. Is it the contentment of our youth, the age when we day
dreamed and believed it… Is that what we miss or the beauty of monsoon
and heavily crowded streets?
The cruel brain
cells of mine want me to believe it was all an illusion, our love
for Bangladesh is tangled and confused with the memories of our childhood,
we long for Bangladesh the same way any other human being long for
their bygones. If we the Ex-patriots never left Bangladesh we would
still miss those days we had left behind, the better days, the past,
the clean slates of being young in a less complex world.
I have a lot of
discarding, erasing and untangling to do between many twisted images
unique to Bangladesh and some just unique to childhood-happened-to-be-spent-in-Bangladesh,
when I am done I shall write down how much I really do long Bangladesh
minus the love of "long-ago"s, and store it in one of my
brain cell to be remembered for ever.