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Beauty Talk

Sadia Moyeen , Beautician, La Belle

Dear Ms. Moyeen,
I am a twenty-year-old girl. I have always had very thin, fine hair, and this factor constantly ruins my overall appearance. Hair plays such an important part in one's looks, and mine is always flat and totally without bounce. Up until now, however, I've been able to deal with it by shampooing before going out, tying it back when it's being extra flat, etc. Recently, though, I suffered from a bout of typhoid, and its effect on my hair was terrible. It now falls out in massive clumps every time I brush my hair or take a shower. It is a surprise that I have any hair left at all by the end of the day. What should I do? I would like to shave it all off and let it grow anew but at this point in my life it would be very ridiculous for me to go about with a shaved head. Is there any hair product available in the market or home remedies that you can suggest for me? Many people have suggested that I apply onion juice or raw eggs to my hair, but I've heard that these tend to leave an unpleasant odour, which is one thing that really bothers me. However, I am willing to live with it if I have to. Please let me know what you think. Thank you very much.

Apply the following pack on a weekly basis- 1 egg yolk (no white), 1tsp coconut oil, 2 tsps onion juice 1 tbs yoghurt, 2 tsps rose water. Keep on for 20 mins and shampoo off. Concentrate on getting your hair to stop falling and nourish them to gain good health first and then you can deal with adding bounce to your flat hair.

Use a shampoo which is meant for flat limp hair and try using a root lifting mousse before drying your hair. Another alternate is a root perm which will add a lift only to the root area without curling the length of the hair. But get your hair in good shape first.

Dear Sadia
My problem is about my eye-brows, which are gradually turning white and colour-less. What should I do to gain the natural colour? Shall I dye my eye-brows? Is there any solution to my problem, please help me. Thanking you.
Very Worried

Dear Worried,
You have two options -- first, you can fill the eyebrow area using a brush and dark brown eye shadow end(the effect is very natural) if the white hair still shows, use a waterproof mascara to cover it.

The second option is to tatoo it permanently with a brown pigment. But if this is not done diligently it can give an artificial finish.

Dear Sadia,
How are you? I am a great fan of yours so I am writing to you about my problem. I am a 21 year old girl. Recently I am having some problems with my hair. My hair type is normal and I use FINESSE moisturising shampoo. I also use mehedi with black tea, egg and lemon and I keep it on for two hours. I do it once in fifteen days then I shampoo my hair. It was going well for three years until now. My hair becomes damp after one week of using the paste and starts to fall. Previously I used the shampoo twice, before and after using the paste and I followed this procedure twice in 15 days. It gave me good results but why isn't it working now? My friends told me that I stay in an AC room for too long. I am also recently using CLINIC hair oil to prevent this. I tried Dabur Amla, and Parachute but it didn't work. Can you please help me? Why is this happening to me? Is it because of the air cooler or anything else? Should I continue using CLINIC hair oil? Should I oil my hair regularly and is it harmful? Please help me. Waseefa

Dear Waseefa,
Please buy your mehedi at a reliable store, a lot-of times people try and sell old stock and this can sometimes lead to hair fall or irritation of the scalp.

The mixture and method of applying mehedi is fine but add 2 tsps of coconut or vatika oil to the mehedi mixture and you don't need to shampoo your hair before the mehedi application.

Dental wise

DR. Mahfujul Haq Khan BDS, DDS, FSDCE (USA), PhD (Japan), Post Doc. (Japan) Specialised: Crown and Bridge work, and Periodontal plastic surgery (USA) Consultant, Department of Dentistry, BIRDEM Hospital

Dear Dr. Khan,
You have mentioned that "Back of tongue is one of major source of bad smell/breath." How do I know when I have bad breath because of "back of tongue"? Should I use mouthwash, and what kind of mouthwash is better? Do you think dental extraction or pulling out all of my teeth a remedy for bad breath?
With Thanks
Akbar Hossain

In healthy people, the tongue is probably the major source of oral mal-odor. You may not believe such a statement, so I suggest the following simple experiment. Stick out your tongue as far as it will go, and give one of your wrists (preferably one without perfume) a good lick. Wait five seconds, and take a sniff. Almost everyone's tongue has an odor.

Some people who come to malodor clinics claim that they can smell their own breath. They do this in a variety of ways ,some ingenious. The most common thing to do is just to cover your mouth and nose with your hands and take a deep whiff.

Some people smell their odor on the telephone receiver after a conversation. Others rub their gums with their finger and smell it. One woman claimed to be able to smell her own bad breath by covering her head with a blanket.

Most people have bad breath at one time or another. The best way to find out if your have it on a regular basis, is to ask someone close to you. Provided that they love you, and that they have a sense of smell, family members will find a way of telling you the truth. You can also ask a very close friend.

Mouthwashes were invented several thousand years ago for breath freshening. Commercial mouthwashes usually contain flavor, alcohol, and antibacterial agent(s). Several types of mouthwash have been shown to reduce malodor in clinical trials, including 0.2% chlorhexidine mouthrinses 1% povididine iodine.

Sprays and regular mint candies are considered to be relatively ineffective in combating bad breath.

The best time to use any mouth rinse appears to be right before bedtime. Since in many instances, bad breath involves the back of the tongue, it is probably helpful to gargle the mouthrinse. Some clinicians recommend extending the tongue while gargling, in order to allow the mouthrinse to reach farther back. Please try to use tongue scraper /cleaner to clean your tongue regularly.

Extraction of all teeth is not a permanent solution for bad breath. I know a woman who, in 1986 had all her teeth pulled by a dentist in order to cure her from bad breath. In 2003, she still had bad breath (from her tongue!). Don't make the same mistake. Keep your teeth (unless several dentists have told you that they are hopelessly beyond salvation) - they're precious. When you get your dentures, make sure to consult your dentist on how best to take care of them, including how to prevent them from taking on odor.

Dear Dr. Mahfuj
I am 42 years old and I have five root canal treated teeth which were done three years back and I was advised for capping by my dentist. Anyway, I was very reluctant to do this cap as there was no pain or any other complains. But unfortunately, last week one of my root canal treated teeth was fractured when I was biting a simple biscuit. What to do now? Is it still possible to make a cap on that fractured tooth?
Ashfaque Dhanmondi Dhaka

Dear Ashfaque
Your dentist gave you a correct decision on crowning(capping) the root filled teeth three years back. Actually after root canal treatment tooth structures become very brittle and discolored. To restore the normal structure/anatomy & to protect possible fracture and to rebuild normal functions, we strongly recommend crowning/caps after root canal treatment. Without examining your teeth, it will be a difficult job for me to give you a correct opinion whether or not it is possible to cover your fractured teeth with a cap . But if your root is healthy even after you lose your entire crown and if you don't have any pain complains , then it is still possible to restore your valuable teeth by cast core technology (This is a relatively new technology in Bangladesh). I think you should immediately consult your dentist for his valuable opinion.

By The Way

Calming moves for restlessness

Breathing exercises. Take a brisk walk. You're already pacing around with unemployed energy. Walk or run it off. Your body is unconsciously already dealing with it in its own way. When you're nervous, you shake you knees, you tap against tables, you drum your fingers.

Under A Different Sky

By Iffat Nawaz

The imaginary outdoors

As a child I didn't run much, didn't jump, hop, skip or hang by my hands. I did play hide and seek and tag, but they were all within limited space, beneath roof tops ,when the sun was unbright before setting or inside the house in dark corners. It was nothing unusual, I was an average Bengali girl living her single digit years, we weren't pushed to be athletic, Barbies and pots and pans were the happy balance.

When I started school there were those annual game days when various athletic competitions took place, such as the different types of races, the normal ones, then ones with your hands tied to your back and then the biscuit ones (I always found that crazy), where you have to run , try to jump and grab a hanging cookie by your mouth and then run till the end. Yah, it was more comedy than sports, and I never won any of the races anyway; there was always some other girl (the ones who went beyond pots and pans and secretly climbed trees) who took away the first, second and third prize and I would end up with the "Shantona Purushkar" or better yet, left over hanging cookies.

As a result of this I never tried any sports, sure there were the athletic few who from our physical education class learnt to play volleyball and actually went far, and some even played tennis, but they were very few in number, not enough to influence the rest, or make the rest jealous.

So like the Bengali that I am, I accepted the fact that I will never be an athlete, the outdoors don't have much to offer me. I can enjoy it during long drives or maybe a brisk walk in the park will do me good, but that will be the line between me and the outdoors.

And then one day a group of sporty Americans asked me to join them while they went kayaking. I looked at them and laughed, "Kayak? Me? Right!" But they were persistent and a part of me wondered so I said I would come and watch. There I was, somehow coaxed into renting a bright yellow kayak with the rest of the group, trying to listen to the instructions, my heart throbbing while I saw my reflection- Who was that short girl with sporty outfit on and hair tied back, me? It somehow gave me a different kind of chill. So to live up to my image I got in the kayak, and started paddling, I was totally hopeless, couldn't track where I was going, my kayak moved all the wrong ways, I wanted to cry and scream, but eventually when I started looking around I found myself in awe. I couldn't imagine that me, the girl who would always pick books over "kumir tor jol e nemechi" is actually kayaking in the "jol."

So I started challenging myself. Next I went hiking, scraped my knees & scratched my fingers, fell on my behind- a right muddy mess I was. But I pushed further and tried white water rafting, knowing I would hate it, I still wanted to. It was like rebelling against my mind, pushing my body, telling my body you can adapt to anything, don't listen to her, she will tell you to stop… and my mind screamed for my body to stop, but my heart jumped in and thumping and throbbing, it slapped my mind and said, "it's time you let your imaginary restrictions go, this is not culture, this is not tradition, this is just being human."

And since then my mind shut up, since then my body has gone through pain and agony and the ultimate pleasure of being free, and I wanted to knock on every Bengali girl's door, the ones in their teens, their early youth, the 30s, the 20s and the 40s and tell them to let go, to let go of the imaginary fear, the world out there is much more welcoming than we were taught.


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