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Beauty Talk

Dear Sadia,
I'm 16 and wanted your advice about something. Is there a problem if I start using hair-removing cream without waxing even once? Why do most people prefer to wax? Are there any additional benefits of waxing? And is there a problem if I use hair-removing cream to remove my upper-lip hair? Please suggest some brands of good hair-removing creams.

Dear Aashna
There's no problem if you prefer to use hair removing cream instead of waxing, its certainly is less painful. You can use Veet, Nair, they have different creams for body hair removal and facial hair removal so beware. Waxing seems to be longer lasting and clearer so a lot of people prefer that. If you are removing only your. upper lip hair then use the hair removing cream but for legs, waxing is a better option.

Hello Sadia,
I have a really dark patch in both underarms. The girls at the parlour say its from shaving. So I have been waxing for about 3 years now, but it isn't going away. I've tried fair polish, but that didn't work either. What can I do? Also, I sweat a lot, so after waxing, I get the small pimple like things (puss filled) in my underarms. In order to prevent it, I use powder. Is the powder contributing to the darkness? If so, what can I do to get rid of the bumps? Need Help,

You haven't said how old you are, the dark patches could be due to hormonal changes or an imbalance. Use a pack made with calamine lotion, 1ts neem paste, clove cream ¼ tsp after waxing to avoid pimples. Use the following pack 3-4 times a week to lighten the dark patches.

2 tbsp- yoghurt
½ tsp- turmeric
1 tsp- powdered rice
2 tbsp - lemon juice

Keep on for 15-20 mins and wash off. Use good quality roll-on or stick deodorants though your powder is doing no harm the doe will help prevent excessive sweating and discomfort.

Hey sadia!
I am 13 and recently facing some problems with my hair and skin! My hair is getting rough and frizzy and full of dandruff, which is really disgusting!My hair is curly and I want it to be straight and soft. For this I use hair straightener iron. Is that kind of heat good for hair? I am using Garnier colour both shampoo and conditioner and also head and shoulder hair cleaning shampoo. Which makes my hair soft but not straight and cool! Please advice me what to do. I am finding my skin rough maybe for the unbearable sunlight! Please tell me what would be right for me!
f-u-n-k-y girl!

Your hair is obviously very dry and crying out for some moisture. Oil your hair 2-3 times a week. Rub lemon rind on your scalp and shampoo off with Selsun blue shampoo, or head shoulder for dandruff control. Once you are rid of dandruff you can switch to your Garner products. Your hair is naturally curly and the only permanent solution for it is to have it straightened or re-bonded.

Using an iron can dry out the hair too much. Blow-drying is a better option. It you have to use a flat iron, make sure if has ceramic plates.

Wash your face with dove face wash and use Johnson's baby lotion every night. If possible use sun block during the day to protect from sunlight.

Dear Sadia
I'm a 31 years old single male. I always had oily face. For that I use soap free face washes i.e., “Himalaya” herbals, made in India. I don't use any other cosmetics except “Lakme” sunscreen lotion infrequently while I'm outdoors. Sometimes I have pimples. Earlier in 1993-4, I ha many pimples in my face, so there is also black marks on my face. I think, only using face wash is not enough for oily face. I request advise about these problems and suggest whatever the best brand-name to remove oils without any side-effects which are available in the market easily but not any homemade items. It is hard to maintain homemade items for me. Do I need to go to any parlour to treat my oily skin? If I have to go, how long the process will take?

Use your Lakme sunscreen regularly wash your face with Neutrogena face wash or margo neem soap 2-3 times a day. Before going to bed, use Lakme mattifying cleanser and toner everyday. (Don't skip the toner, its important) As for the marks use aloe vera gel everyday and before going to bed (after cleansing and toning) this will help lighten marks as well as prevent new pimples from emerging. You can't change your skin type but you can learn to control the oiliness.

Hi SM,
I am a regular reader of your column and fan of yours. Now, allow me to disclose some facts about my hairs. I am a boy of 18 but it is ridiculous that almost one-fifth of my hairs have turned grey. In the past I used some hair gels and lotions. But after hearing that these chemical products may react to my hairs, I stopped using them. Now I use coco-oil almost everyday and apply henna twice a month. I should also mention that my hair rough. So, please give me some remedy if any. I would appreciate something ready-made as it is much convenient for me. Thank you.
Teen Grandpa

The teen Grandpa, at least you have a sense of humour about your pre-mature graying. I don't know whether I was supposed to laugh or not, but I did!

First of all your graying is not due to your use of gels lotions, if is a hereditary factor. If there is pre-mature graying in the family, it's possible to inherit it.

Continue to use henna unless it makes your hair too red. Once the grey increase your only option would be to colour or dye it your natural shade. These days there are quality hair dyes available in the market. Loreal, Gannier Bigen, you can take your pick. As for the dryness in the hair, it is probably due to the use of henna. Unless if is mixed with egg and yoghurt and a dash of oil it will make the hair rough and dry.

By the way

No matter how tired you are at the end of a busy day, always be sure to remove your make-up before going to bed. Research shows that a night of left-over make-up can age a face by 7 days. The purpose of the cleanser is to remove dead cells and make-up to make the face appear fresh.

Special feature

The latest form of extortion

The law itself makes it simply impossible to conduct business in a lawful manner. Such is the lament of Alamgir who is the proprietor of a fancy food shop in Dhanmondi. His shop has been raided by our lauded and beloved mobile court. You feel miserable when you get caught doing something wrongful. But that feeling is nothing compared to that when you are accused of a crime you never committed, hence Alamgir's present state of disgust.

Alamgir discontentedly continues, “The magistrate probably never even saw Soya sauce or oyster sauce in his life. As a result he enters a shop, smells the pungent scent of the sauce and leaves a fine of five thousand taka. It is not the food that is rotten but the investigation that stinks.”

This is not by far an isolated case. Although almost every one of the accused is complaining of wrongful treatment, there are genuine instances like the one mentioned above. The magistrates seem to arbitrarily start fining the moment they enter an establishment. It generally starts from five thousand taka and increases proportionally. They start fining about dirty floors, employees working without shirts, why food is stored in a refrigerator to be served later, why imported goods do not always have manufacture dates etc. They even charge why sacks of potatoes, rice, and sugar do not have manufacture/processing dates. While some of the examples cited are worth penalising others are quite ridiculous.

Fines can go up to 40-50 thousand and at times have exceeded a lakh. It's all good when the fining the guilty ones but what happens when the magistrate is wrong himself? The moment one tries to point out the mistake or wrongful instance of fining, the charges go up further.

Nasima Islam is similarly another victim who runs a departmental store. It's her main source of income that provides for her family of five as well as the extended family of chauffeur, maids and the four store employees. She has been running this business for over 25 years. Her shop sells everything from basic goods like salt and rice to cosmetics and snacks. At present her shelves are mostly empty. She buys rice, sugar, pulse, pickles, foreign chocolates etc in bulk from wholesalers in Chawk Bazaar. The sellers there never paste dates on their bulk goods so it is impossible for her to do so either. It is the same case with cosmetics and soaps. The inspecting teams as a result do not allow her to keep any such goods in her shop.

As for the snacks they are all created by her. The problem arises with the raw materials that she uses. Generally she processes the items and stores them in the refrigerator the day before sales. Inspecting teams charge that these food items are old and not fit for serving. As a result income has fallen and there are difficulties paying the employees as well. Her question is why are the small independent businesses who are working so hard being harassed in this manner? Why are the main suppliers, retailers and importers not being held in account?

In the beginning when magistrate Rokonuddoulah started this drive it seemed like a proper investigation. Now that all these other teams have been created it seems like everyone is out to make a little money on the side. The inspectors themselves generally have very little idea about food items. It is obvious they hardly know anything about food preparation. Such teams need people who are certified food specialists, nutritionists, chemical experts etc. Only qualified people can be expected to properly run an investigation into the quality of food.

The inspectors themselves have no accountability. They can fine anyone in any manner they please and no one can protest without ending up with bigger fines and jail terms even. What makes them any different than the extortionists who come and raise a single finger for money to start pouring? The difference lies in the fact that one of the extortionist groups are backed by the government and come with a contingent of policemen. It's a sad state of affairs when immoral inspectors are put into work to catch immoral businesspeople.

By Sultana Yasmin
Translated by Ehsanur Raza Ronny


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