is finally here, and its time for the beauty businesses to recuperate,
relax, re-do and re-invent themselves for the big day of celebration.
The ladies of Dhaka sure do know how to make the most of themselves.
Everybody is out to match their Libasse ensembles to their shoes from
Bangkok and jewellery from Dia Gold -- there's much excitement in the
Needless to say
they never forget the final beautification of themselves at the favourite
salons, thankfully for us in the business!
So ladies, I've
got a few tips for you so you can get the best out of your beauty salon.
It will be easier for you if you do not leave everything for the last
day and organise yourself in a way that will save time as well as ensure
good service at your salon.
Tip No 1- If you
are colouring, straightening, perming, or highlighting, do it at least
2 weeks before Eid. This way, you have the option of changing or redoing
or touching up the service if, God forbid it isn't to your liking, instead
of being stuck with it on the big day.
Tip No 2- Facials
can be done a week ahead as well. The freshness of the face us quite
evident even after a few days. The benefits of a facial are not temporary.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed, toned hydrated and should feel supple
for the next 2-3 weeks.
Tip No 3- Manicure
and Pedicure can be done fairly earlier, unless you're planning to walk
the city streets without shoes, 3-4 days ahead should be fine.
Tip No 4- Mehendi
colour needs 12 to 24 hours to mature to its full potential.
Tip No 5 -Leave
only your hair for the day before, since the weather is quite humid
and hair tends to become limp for some.
Tip No- 6. To retain
your blow dry on Eid morning, bend your head and brush the hair forward.
Then flip them back and spray on the roots only for a full-bodied, healthy
So Ladies, go ahead
look good, enjoy yourself and Eid Mubarak.
Moyeen Beautician, La Belle
I am having some problems with my facial skin. I play in the sun a lot,
so my face has gotten darker. My skin is also getting burnt. Please
give me some advice on how to prevent this problem. Priyima
Use a sun-block with a Sun Protecting Factor (SPP) of 30 whenever you
are out in the sun. Lakme sun block now has a TPI or Tan Protecting
Ingredient as well. Wash your face with a mixture of uptan, yoghurt,
and a few drops of lemon juice. Keep on your face for 10-15 minutes
then gently massage off the face.
Thanks for your early reply. I have now decided to go to a beauty parlour
for waxing my underarms. It would be kind of you to tell me where should
I go and what the cost would be like. I am very shy, so I want to know
if I would be requested to remove my clothes or not. Will it be as painful
as I heard it was? I would really appreciate it if you could answer
my queries. Naina
You're welcome at La Belle. If would cost you Tk 100 to wax your under
arms. Wear a front open shirt so you won't have to undress completely.
I am facing problems choosing the right size brassiere. I am 20. My
size is 34 B. But in Dhaka, it's very difficult to find a B cup bra;
they are all either a size 34 or a 36. I always prefer half cup &
silky fabrics without pads. At Doza Market , I hardly found the proper
size, and even that was not fitting well. It's not always possible to
bring stuff from abroad. Please help me out. Maria Ehsan
I'd love to help you out but I'm in a similar dilemma and have no clue
where to shop for under clothes.
I really like your advice column and many tips, which I had tried, was
very useful. I am facing a serious problem. For a long time I have been
struggling to keep long hair, but have failed. My hair soaks a lot of
oil and is very dry. Recently they have started falling a lot. My hair
is also very dull and doesn't grow at all. Could you please find a remedy
for this? Distressed
you, I'm glad you find my column useful. I do enjoy writing it! If your
hair is dry, the chances are high that you have split ends as well.
If hair is not healthy, it will not grow quickly.
Step 1- Trim your hair just a bit
Step 2- Apply oil twice a week
Step 3- Shampoo with your regular brand but also condition it afterwards.
Once a week, shampoo with Selsun Blue anti dandruff shampoo
Step 4- Rinse your hair with ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup
water and towel dry. This will add shine to your hair.
I am a 19 year old male having problems with my face. The colour of
my face used to be very bright, but now it is slowly turning darker.
How can I prevent skin darkening? I have an oily face and because of
work, I have to go around in the scorching sun. Even though I use a
cap regularly, it isn't really working. If I spend a lot of time in
the sun, my face starts to burn and itches a lot. I use soap rather
than face wash. Could you please suggest how I can improve my skin and
have it return to its original colour. Rasel
Continue to wear your cap but also use sun block suitable for oily skin.
Whenever you return home, wash your face with chilled water and use
a face wash to clean your skin. Use calamine lotion before going out.
Once a week, wash your face with uptan, yoghurt a few drops of lemon
I am 24 years old, and whenever I pluck my eyebrows, the part swells
up. Also, after I thread my upper lips, I find visible dark lines on
the areas threaded. I use toner on the wrinkled part of my skin, but
it seems they are getting firm as I continue to do threading. Can you
suggest how I can overcome these problems? Sadia
Please don't use toner on the threaded area as it will dry your skin
further and make it more sensitive that it already is. Rub an ice cube
on your brows upper lips after threading and apply Lactocalamine lotion
for 5 to 10 mins. This will reduce the redness and swelling as well.
I am 16 years old and have quite a large and ugly black mark on the
left side of my face, right next to my lips. I don't look good anyway,
but this mark adds extra ugliness to my face. It has not been there
since birth. I got it only a year back. I didn't realize this coming
as back then it looked faint, but now it is black and ugly. Is there
anything I can do about it? Lamia
I'd prefer to see the mark before I tell you how to deal with it.
I need your help. I am a 19-year-old boy with normal hair, but for the
last three months or so, my hair has become weak and are falling every
now and then. What should I do to prevent it from falling and making
it healthy like before? Any home remedies you could suggest, or perhaps
a change of diet? Zubair Raza
Do you have dandruff? Oil your hair on a weekly basis with a gentle
massage. Add a Vit E capsule to the oil. (Shampoo with anti-dandruff
shampoo until the dandruff goes away, that is if you have dandruff)
Apply, freshly crushed amla to your scalp after the oil and keep on
for a few minutes, then shampoo off.
I am a girl of 17. My legs are very ugly, as they are full of hair.
It is very disgusting. I would like to know about a good hair remover
lotion that will not cause any harm to my skin. I have normal skin.
Please also tell me about the price of the product and from where I
can get it. 'K'
Use 'Nair' hair removing lotion. You'll find it at 'Nandan' super store
or Almas General Store. It should cost between Tk 280 to 300. Don't
forget that waxing could be a great option too. Repeated waxing lessens
My problem is with my hair style. I have a pear shaped face,
so I need more volume on top. I went to your parlour, and they gave
me the short step cut, but my problem remains the same. The hair near
my forehead sticks out, and gets frizzy. Overall, I want to give my
hair some volume. Paddo
dear, that's a terrible description of your hair style!
Since you have been to La Belle before, please make an appointment to
see me and allow me to help you. See you soon!
I am totally depressed about my skin. It is basically rough
and dry, but the face sweats a lot. Whenever I go out, my skin begins
to sweat within 5 minutes. As my skin colour is dark, the grease on
my skin makes it look darker, and this also causes pimples. Also, I
have a lot of black spots on my face. One of my spots turned into a
tumour, so I had a surgery done, which has left a scar.
1. What can I do with my spots? Is there any good cosmetic surgeon in
2. What should I do to stop sweating a lot?
3. What can I do with my oily skin as I already use a toner?
4.How can I look a little brighter? By FRUSTRATED one
you are the perfect candidate for the use of Fair Polish. Not only will
it brighten the skin, it will also remove excess oil build-up on your
skin and will lessen pimples. Blocked skin pores become infected, apply
Soframycin on such spots for quick healing.
Wash you face 2-3 times a day with chilled water or rub an ice cube
on your face when ever you feel the need. Carry wet tissues with you
in your bag for a quick fresh feeling when you get too sweaty.
Apply a pack made with 1tsp neem leaves paste, pinch of haldi, and ½
tsp mint leaves. Use every night followed by an astringent.
I am an eighteen-year-old girl and I really need your help.
I have normal skin and am quite fair. However, for the last few weeks
my skin is looking dark and very dull. So, to make my skin bright I
use face powder sometimes. Is it harmful if I use baby powder on my
face daily? Could you please suggest something that would help my skin
become brighter? These days though I use astringent and wash my face
often, yet I'm having pimples. Please help me out. Thank you. Anonymous
Using powder is fine as long as it does not look too chalky. Fair polish
is great to brighten up skin. Don't use astringent all over the face,
only apply on pimples with a cotton bud 3-4 times a day and before going
I m here with a problem of my cousin. She is an 18 year old
girl suffering from facial hair growth. Nowadays, it seems that a lot
of girls are having this problem. She wants to remove it, but not by
waxing or threading! Can you suggest any other method? Many people use
creams to remove unwanted hair. Is it harmful to use cream? If not,
then which one she should use? Is there any permanent solution for this?
Looking forward for your help. Tamanna
Use 'Nair hair removing cream' for the face. They have one for the body
as well, so make sure you get the right one. It is safe to use.
I'm facing a problem and I think you might be able to solve
it. The thing is, I used to wear a lot of tight shoes, sneakers without
socks, and fitted strappy sandals, which has now resulted in a lot of
dark areas on my foot. Could you please tell me ways to get rid of them?
1- Soak your feet in soapy water with 1 tsp salt.
Step 2 - Scrub soles and heels with a foot scrubber, and the top of
the foot with Apricot foot scrub and massage well. Do this twice a week.
I`ve a problem with my hair. It`s short, straight, and is almost
silky. But the problem is, it has recently become very thin and dull.
I`ve to wash my hair daily with shampoo. If I don`t, then it becomes
dull , oily the next day. What can I do to make my hair look beautiful
everyday? Do I need to shampoo everyday? Is it good for the health of
my hair? I want to use amla on my hair. How can I use it? Would you
please suggest a light shampoo and conditioner for my hair? Thank you.
Wash your hair every alternate day with a 'volumising' shampoo for 'limp'
hair. Use conditioner only once a week. Try Vidal Sassoon , Herbal Essence
or Clairol to name a few. Buy from a reliable store. Fresh amla can
be crushed and its juice mixed with oil and used once or twice a week.
I have oily hair and I shampoo my hair 4 times a week, but on the second
day after shampooing, my hair is a greasy mess. Any herbal remedies?
I'd lost a lot of hair about a year back due to stress and dandruff.
Is there any way I can increase my hair growth? Does Vitamin E tablets
Use shampoo that is specifically meant for oily hair.
Before shampoo apply a mixture of
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp vinegar
to the scalp. Keep on for 10 minutes, then shampoo off. This will help
remove excess oil from the hair and dandruff from the scalp as well.
A DIFFERENT SKY
common tale…but is it?
I am back home
now. Back home where it all started. Around my parents and my siblings
who all my life gave me constant support and comfortable negligence.
I am back here, since I couldn't become a comfortable part of anyone
This is the second
time it has happened. First time was arranged. He was not a looker
nor was he talented in any form. He just…was…And it broke the girl
inside me to find him, being married to just another average Bengali
man, average Bengali being below average in the world standard, or
rather the western standard. It broke my over-active, fluent 19-year-old
I could have coped
with his average height, his average facial hair and average thinking
process, but when his above average ego started popping its head out
I was startled. That would have been okay too, and it was, with that
promise I was carrying someone inside of me. That's when the beating
started. Why and how I am not sure. Of course there were reasons from
his side, many reasons, and like everyone is blind to themselves I
was no exception and saw no fault of mine. As I do believe there is
no crime that can be committed by a mere pregnant high-school graduate
house wife that deserves physical violence. Just for clarification
I want to inform that I was not cheating on him, I made three and
a half meals a day, and wore proper attires covering most parts of
my body and I was (as I have been told all my life) sweet natured.
But it continued,
the physical and mental abuses, it was his way of making sure I knew
my place at his home. It was important that I knew where I belong,
not next to him, but in a naked dark corner, to cook, clean and carry.
The romantic fool inside of me still would seek, it would seek a glimpse
of appreciation, or a touch of love, but I was no match for him, his
average mind definitely found me below average and with a six-month-old
daughter I returned home.
My parents were
upset, but they let me and my daughter live and breathe the way we
wanted to. There was not much that I wanted, I wanted a roof over
my head and some reassurance, reassurance that I was still wanted
by some out there, reassurance that I was worthy of love and happiness,
and that's when I found the internet and the numerous chat rooms.
I didn't go out
much anymore; I didn't like seeing the Bengali community with their
bitter questions specially made for young divorced single mothers
like me. I didn't feel like hanging out with my old friends either,
I had out-grown them, which was not necessarily a good thing. So the
chat rooms became a window to my new world. That's where I met the
second man (in the marrying sense) of my life. It started with a few
flirting sessions, a few picture exchanges, then a few e-greetings
and then finally we dialed our numbers and from then on pulled all
nighters, nights consuming just me and him and sometimes the cry of
my 2-year-old daughter awaken by nightmares.
fast, my mind had accumulated years of untold feelings, feelings which
upon sharing made both of our hearts throb with a new impetus. He
accepted my divorce, my two-year-old daughter, he wanted me, maybe
not as much as I wanted him, since my wants went beyond needing and
reached direness, he still wanted me enough to ask me to marry him.
In an impulse
I married him, my parents were happy, this time they were more careless
to hand me over, I happily accepted the rushed marriage they set up,
I left my daughter with my mother scheduled to be picked up the week
after. But the weeks went by and the week after never came. And I
found like they reveal in day-time talk shows, online personalities
and real-life ones are different by day and night. As was mine and
so was his. We were just two losers who found each other on a virtual
thread trying to locate some empty dreams. I was a bigger loser than
him, trying to hold on to hollow words while exchanging bodies and
trying to erase pasts.
After more misery,
drama and sorrow I came back to my daughter. She is now accustomed
to not having me around. I am now accustomed to being invisible to
all who are around me. But that's okay, I want to be taken for granted
for who I am; I don't want anyone giving me special attention, no
special adornment or assurance. I want to in this negligence suffocate
that romantic girl inside of me, who still forgets to weep and doesn't
believe in mannequins.