Sadia Moyeen Beautician, La Belle
I was told that daily use of hair gel could cause loss of hair. The
same was said of hairsprays and hair creams. I have in fact seen a number
of people who went all bare up there, while others seemed to be going
fine. Could you clarify why that is? Is it because of the difference
in brands? If so, which brand do you recommend for men? Thanks.
The use of hair gel, sprays, etc do not cause hair loss. Its important
though to wash off or remove it at the end of the day and re-apply the
next day. Repeated application without washing will lead to a dry, itchy
scalp or even dandruff sometimes and might make the hair fall.
If you are not too keen to shampoo everyday, at least wash it off with
just water before going to bed.
I would like to take your tips for my mane. It used to be straight and
silky, but well, now it isn't like before...alas...I've been keeping
either a step or a layer cut consequently for about 1-2 years and it
has become kind of wavy: as though its got crease (not exactly wavy).
The shine and softness seems to be gone within the recent few months
of increased sun exposure, and I guess it's not curing inspite of a
weekly basis of oiling and conditioning after shampooing. My hair has
thinned too. Please give me a permanent suggestion to get back the lustre,
smoothness and straightness. Thank you!
Trim your hair regularly.
After shampoo and conditioning, apply a repairing treatment balm, leave
for 2-3 minutes and rinse off.
You can also make a pack at home and apply twice a week before a shampoo.
Keep on for ½ an hour. For the pack you will need 1 mashed banana,
½ an egg, 2 tbs conditioner, 1 tbs vinegar (white), 1 tbs, almond
I am a 16 year old girl. My problems are:
1) Hair loss: my hair is really thick, but now it is falling. It's still
thick enough, but I don't want to be bald by the time I am 40.
2) Complexion: my skin tone is pretty fair, but lately it's darkening
because of pimples and sun burning. I don't want to apply sun block.
Can you suggest any paste that I can make at home and apply to my whole
body, which will help prevent suntan and pimples.
3) I want to cream rebound my hair; is it harmful? If it does not work
for the first time, will I be charged again if I have to redo it?
4) I wax most of the time. Suggest a good hair remover. Does using cream
leave rash marks or make it spiky after hair starts growing again?
Here are your answers:
1. Don't worry, women don't really go bald; it is the one problem we
have left the man to deal with. If your hair is falling, there may be
several reasons for it:
dandruff (b) stress (c) natural shedding, wither way.
Use the following pack twice a week for 20 mins to ½ an hour:
1 egg (beaten), 1 tbs yoghurt, 1 tbs onion juice, ½ tsp methi
paste, 1 tbs oil (coconut/amla) 1 tbs lemon juice.
(2) Make a pack with 1/2 cups of uptan, lemon juice, yoghurt, 2-3 neem
leaf paste. Massage on face and body. Please remember that sun-block
is a girl's best friend.
(3) No, if done properly, rebounding is not harmful. Irresponsible use
of chemicals can harm your hair. If it does not work, yes, at La Belle,
we will repeat it for you and I'm sure so will other responsible outlets.
(4) 'Veet' and 'Nair' are two easily available brands in Dhaka. Before
using, always test any new chemicals for any allergies or sensitivity.
Re-growth is the same as it would be after waxing.
Maheen Khan Fashion designer, Mayasir
like to wear simple styles in solid colours. My suits are almost always
in kurta cuts or a-line paired with wide trousers. They sometimes can
look a little monotonous, so in order to break the monotony I like to
wear interesting accessories. I would appreciate if you could please
suggest a few new ideas.
There are many who
are like you, like simple yet strong lines. Your styles looks great
with fun scarves which are either printed or woven in interesting patterns,
this can come in varying lengths of course and can be worn as you please.
Large beads on your neck in wood, stone, or shell looks quite striking.
I would suggest you also try large pendants in silver which are strung
by smaller beads or roped in cotton yarn. The other option would be
to wear large dangling earrings like a chandelier. It is also fashionable
to wear hoop earrings in large sizes, or rings in one or two layers.
These large scale pieces add character to your overall look. The trendiest
accessory that you should try to carry this summer probably would be
bangles. These are generally hip in wide oversized sizes. Cuffs are
fitted and the bangles sit loosely on your wrist. Wooden, leather, mother
of pearl, or in metal are all boho chic. Use them in excess.
am a college student in Dhaka. I am short and on the heavier side, and
although I like to look trendy with the new short styles, I feel uncomfortable.
could you suggest some new styles?
can sometimes be distressing when you are short and heavy. But don't
worry; there are solutions for all body types. I think you will not
look right in short tops or very long ones. You need to wear something
which is just over your knees. Wear v-neck, with three quarter or long
sleeves, but the cuffs should be narrow to provide a slimming effect.
Stripes will make you look slimmer; these can be in solids, geometric,
or in floral. Try on pants that are narrow legged but not too narrow
as you wouldn't look okay with tight thighs. Wear cuts that are form
fitted but not too right. The style mantra this season suggests one
two or more layers. Slip on triangular or square ponchos for great coverage
am required to travel at least once a month for my official work. I
would like you to tell me what I should be packing. I would like to
travel light but at the same time look presentable and smart during
my work or leisure activities. Please help.
think when you are traveling on work, you need to travel with a sensible
wardrobe. Carry blouses or shirts in neutral colours in three different
styles. One sleeveless with mandarin collar, one polo neck knit t-shirt,
one button down ruched in short sleeve. You can always layer it under
a soft jacket in the summer. Use charcoal, navy or khaki pants take
any one since you are making a short trip. But make sure it is the wrinkle
free lycra mix kind if you intend to get mileage out of it. Take a shalwar
kameez suit or a formal sari for an evening out. Keep your jewellery
to the minimum. Don't forget to take your swimming suit or your gym
gears, and always make time for your work out.
when you sneeze, all your bodily functions stop, even the heart? And
when you sneeze, air rushes out your nose at a rate of 100 miles per
hour! Did you ever wonder why pepper makes you sneeze? Pepper, be it
white, black, or green, contains an alkaloid of pyridine called piperine.
Piperine acts as an irritant if it gets into the nose. It stimulates
(or irritates) the nerve endings inside the mucous membrane. This stimulation
will cause you to sneeze. Actually, the nose wants to kick out this
irritant and the only way it knows how to do this is by sneezing.
A DIFFERENT SKY
a few left-over feelings of yours. I didn't realise they belonged
to you, so I had taken it with me, in a little brown doggy bag, stored
it to be explored later, and it rotted in the back of mind, until
today, when it's strong odour and infectious roots touched a few of
my other nerves.
opened the old brown bag, only to find feelings that never belonged
to me, and were just left-overs of your mind. The concept of left
over was new to me before. No, not the before when you and me were
you and me, but the before when I was fresher, still unaccustomed
to cold milk and cold sandwiches. Milk to me was still meant to be
warm, boiled in high temperature, the white bottles full of whiter
milk in the grocery aisles never made any sense to me. And neither
did the cold cuts, or the bland turkey sandwiches…how could they,
I would think, how could they eat and drink such things.
was those days, those "before" days are what I am talking
about. In those days, I use to think left-overs were destined to be
thrown away, fed to the cat or the dog in the absence of a homeless
person or a beggar. But in America you don't feed table-food to cats
or dogs, it ruins their system and makes them into lesser beings…so
the other option was that I could feed it to the birds, and I soon
found they were way too picky about their carbohydrates. But still,
I would think, "no way, never should one refrigerate left-overs
for a few days at a time; who does that?"
soon I learnt that I do that, and I do it with pleasure, microwaving
left-over meat and lentils and trying to search for old flavours in
the recently warmed carefully frozen home cooked food. I had made
it into a habit along with others around me who also accepted the
coldness of American refrigerators, a magic box of freedom offering
choices in frozen blocks.
je ki kore bashi khabar khash" my grandmother would say
during her visits to the USA, barely touching any of the left-overs
warmed and served in microwavable platters. She would eat with sheer
disgust and try to make a few dishes every day herself so she doesn't
have to be tortured yet another time at the dinner table with food
that was one or two days old. I didn't mind. Fresh food always makes
me happy, like the way folded laundry or fabric softeners do.
how I got used to left-overs, and soon I started to look for them
everywhere, in all parts of my life, like they all do…or we all do.
The left-over quarters, dollars, saving from left-over pay checks,
left-over seamless conversations flowing onto the next, left-overs
that needed to be packaged, in my mind or in my freezer, frozen, kept,
intact, until it destroyed itself without my help. I knew the drill…
knew about left overs. And between those days, we started sharing
our freezers, our minds and your left-overs stored in mine and mine
stored in yours. Your unfinished dreams out of place in my mind locked
up in zip-locks, and mine lost forever in your closed cold darkness.
So now, as I stand here, your left-over feelings are playing in my
palm, your little Bangladesh and your unfinished USA all jumbled up
with your desperate attempts to be someone different. They have rotted
and transformed into different colours and shapes, but I still cant
throw them away. The left-overs still rule my life and yours. The
past, which can't be thrown away, infects the present…and I can't
let go of my left-overs.
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