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Fashion barometer
Romantic, feminine fabrics like chiffons, laces, opal prints are in and light frills, long puffed sleeves, double cuffs, pearl buttons are going strong with us here at star lifestyle. Cross-over neckline tops or kameez or double breasted sixties peacoats or angarkha panjabis- what ever you call it is a bold and strong fashion statements this season and has made a comeback. However if these colours don't suit your style then remember that it's white bags that are being slung over chic girls' shoulders. The idea is to carry anything but that brown or black bag.
Rocks, sparklers, ice, bling-bling: diamonds have always been desirable, but now they're highly fashionable, too. Hip girls are pairing serious jewellery with everything from combats to couture. If, for you, pearls still conjure up ghosts of ladylike chic, think again-this season, pearls are adorning everything from shoe straps, to bag belts, to silk blouses. Hippy is finally chic. But if flower power left you cold, take comfort- the new version is high on hip. Love that early seventies feeling of freedom it's time to be free again.
Hot pink, apple green, turquoise are the colours for your bags now, put aside that black or brown and add colour to your office hours this festive season by carrying a bag this bold. The catch phrase here is be bold and go with the flow. Reach to the back of the wardrobe for kaftans, bell sleeves and large floral prints. Boho is back. Simple piping and printed borders: from blouses to tops, shirts, kameez even jackets all are now piped up or bordered adding a fresh touch of colour to your attires. Lace- that perennially sexy fabric is once again at fashion's cutting edge.

-LS Desk


Hair styling

Hairstyle trends change so often these days that some people change their styles almost as often as they change their clothes! No other feature of your entire body makes a stronger or more personal statement about you than your hair. There's nothing wrong with being stylish but before doing any of that let's get to know some health facts about your hair.

What is Hair?
The hair that you see on your body is made up of dead cells. The roots of the hair are in the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis in small pockets called follicles. A healthy individual has approximately one million hair follicles on his/her body, of which one lac hairs are on your head as scalp hair & rest in other parts.

As new hair cells are formed, old ones are forced out through the surface of the skin & die. It is estimated that a normal individual loses about one hundred scalp hair everyday. The colour of your hair is inherited or passed along to you by your parents. The shape of your hair shaft determines whether your hair is wavy, curly or straight.

Your hair is designed to perform different functions in different parts of the body. However scalp hair has only cosmetic value.

Care that your hair needs
Sensible & regular care of your hair will help you look your best. Proper daily care includes the following:

· Brushing: This will prevent from building dirt in your hair. Remember too frequent & too much brushing can pull out or break your hair. Brushing twice or thrice a day is enough to maintain healthy scalp hair.

· Washing: Use gentle shampoos or soap & let your hair dry by itself if possible. The heat from hair dryers makes the hair ends rough & very dry.

· Massaging: Occasionally massage your hair with own fingers.

Problems of your Hair & Scalp
· Dandruff: This is a very common scalp problem you can notice as scaly white flakes on your shoulder. It is usually the flaking of the outer layer of dead skin cells in the scalp. Many diseases can produce dandruff. Most commonly a person of your age can control dandruff by washing with shampoos. Sometimes medicated shampoo is needed after consultation with your doctor.

· Dermatitis: This occurs most commonly due to the random & unjustified use of hair colours, gels, creams or oils. The chemicals used in these products may produce allergic reactions as well as dermatitis. Read carefully the leaflets/literature that come with the product if possible and consult your doctor before using it.

· Head lice: This is also a common problem for young people. Regular washing & brushing may help you prevent this. You may acquire this from others. There are many medicated shampoos to clean head lice. Remember though that these may lead to various types of skin infection if not treated properly.

Don't forget!
There is nothing wrong with being stylish, but try to find a hair cut & style that fits your feature. If you colour your hair, be sure you are not allergic to the dye.

By Dr M R Karim Reza
MBBS. PGDip(Wales). MPH
Community Dermatologist & Venerologist
Executive Director, Medi-Hope Foundation, Bangladesh
Banosree Housing Area Rampura Dhaka-1219


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