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Being that 'keshoboti konna'

Without going for a pitch to get you concerned about the hair loss dilemma such as 'are you tired of counting the number of hair in you comb…' let me jump right to the point. If you have a hair loss problem you already know it and worry about it all the time, which in turn causes more hair loss since stress is one of the major causes of hair loss (it's like a vicious cycle).

You may also be losing hair on a seasonal basis, since monsoon is highly positively correlated with hair-loss, or you have an outdoorsy life-style and the Dhaka city pollution is killing off your beautiful hair, one strand at a time, or finally, you don't like drinking the minimum daily water requirement and don't follow the healthy protein diet necessary to maintain healthy hair.

These are the major reasons of hair fall in women of Bangladesh.

Now, without further ado let's see what you can do to combat this problem. We will start with the basics and as we go on we will add more and more ingredients to the magic solution.

The first tip is as simple as washing your hair regularly with cold water and massaging the scalp with your fingertips before taking a shower. This allows better blood circulation to the root cells and makes them bigger and hence stronger.

The next level is applying oils. Buy a jar of widely available coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, almond oil and/or jojoba oil. Regularly massage castor or olive oil at bedtime and wash off with an early shower. You can also apply coconut milk which is a very efficient hair moisturiser.

Now we move on to concoctions. First gear up with the following ingredients:

Lime juice
Coconut milk
Rosemary (golapjol)
The previously discussed oils.

You can mix these in various ways to formulate different hair loss control formulas

Recipe 1:
Coconut oil + lime water or juice
Massage for 15 minutes and then wash off

Recipe 2:
Rub onion/lime on the places where you are losing hair from for 3-5 minutes and massage with honey after, for 5 minutes to soothe the skin, wash off. Doing this for 1-2 months aids hair regrowth.

In a slightly different version of this recipe, you can directly add onion paste to honey and spread it on the scalp. Keep on for 15-20 minutes and wash off.

Recipe 3:
Castor oil + almond oil. Rub this on the scalp only. This mixture too not only prevents hair fall but causes hair growth.

Recipe 4:
Rosemary + olive oil. Massage on scalp and on hair, keep overnight and rinse off and shampoo in the morning.

Recipe 5:
Egg yolk + honey + castor, almond or olive oil. Keep this on for 30 minutes and rinse off with cold water, shampooing afterwards. Do not apply any conditioner.

Recipe 6:
Hot olive oil + honey + 1 tsp cinnamon powder (or paste). Rub on scalp, leave on for 15 minutes before taking a shower.

Recipe 7:
Make a paste of lemon seed and black pepper using olive oil (not water). Massage onto scalp and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by shampooing. Do this once a week.

Recipe 8:
Use a homemade egg shampoo and conditioner.

For the shampoo, beat 2 egg yolks in a glass of hot water, soak hair and scalp with it and rinse off with warm water after 5 minutes.

For the conditioner, add 1 egg, 2 tbsp castor oil, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp glycerine. Beat the mixture and massage onto scalp and hair. Rinse off after 20 minutes.

Recipe 9:
Take warm coconut oil and rub it on the scalp with cotton wool. Next apply this oil till the ends of your hair. After this, dip your towel in hot water and tie it on your hair. Keep it for some time and repeat this procedure. This helps the oil to penetrate into the roots of the hair. It also helps in a good blood circulation in the areas near the scalp and helps in hair growth. Then wash it with an oil based shampoo. Your problem of dry hair will get solved.

Apart from such external care, your hair needs a boost from the inside to stay fit and happy. So drink lots of water (yes there really is no way around this one) and pamper your hair religiously every weekend.

By Raisaa Tashnova
Photo: LS Archive


All about leather

If you're looking for that wonderful gift and appreciate the superior quality of a local leather product, you won't find better value and commitment to customer satisfaction than at Karigar, a leather goods shop in Hazaribagh.

Tania Wahab, a leather products technologist, started her business in 2005 when she was still a student. Later she expanded the business and was joined by a partner. The store carries a wide array of leather products including jackets, overcoats, belts, wallets, ladies' bags, executive bags, home décor items like tissue box covers, photo frames, mirror cases, key rings, key bags, cell phone covers and corporate gift items like diary covers, file folders, card holders and much more. The
price range of the products is from Tk 30-Tk15000.

“We manufacture a wide range of leather goods, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern technology which covers most leather items. Our aim is to produce quality products while keeping the vital uniqueness. I have been in business for years and I have developed a reputation for professional excellence and affordable rates for my products, of which we export a small portion,” Tania said.

“Women entrepreneurs are fewer in this sector, so we need subsidies from the Government. The leather sector is neglected even in the media. We produce world-standard products, but due to fewer customers, some factories close down,” she continued.

By Farizaa Sabreen


Mango mania @ Westin

Mango, the king of fruits is back again this summer. To mark this exciting occasion for Bangalis the Westin Dhaka is hosting a Mango Festival from June 24 to June 5.

Mangoes are among the most popular fruits worldwide and are especially popular in South and Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Hawaii. Mangoes are a seasonal fruit and are available only during late spring. Every year in the month of June, the Mango Festival is celebrated at the Westin Dhaka.

Some exotic dishes like Prawn and mango salad, Chicken patties with mango salsa, Spicy mango and chicken salad, Mango chop, Mango Brochette, Mango Salads with Saved Parmesan Cheese, Mango Slice, Juice, Smoothie, Tart, Ice-Cream and many more are being served to the delight of the city's fruit lovers during the festival, which ends today.


Boutique Karkhana is presenting an extensive range in their monsoon collection. The price range for shirts is between Tk 680 to 850, T-shirts Tk 220 to 240 and panjabis between Tk 800 to 1050. Through their Aziz Supermarket showroom, Karkhana deals in both retail and wholesale.

Ena La Mode

On their anniversary, fashion house Ena La Mode have introduced Tk 1000 gift vouchers. Their specialty is fashionable shoes and sandals for men and women, and bags for women. They have used Jamdani, Chikan fabrics and Batik to make their bags and shoes. Ena La Mode's collection has been divided into four categories: Designer's Collection, Premium Collection, Festival Collection and Popular Collection. Patrons can pick out what they desire and also order shoes and bags to match their outfits. Proprietor and designer Anika Osman has said that there will be various offers and special arrangements in celebration of their one-year anniversary. Address: (3rd floor) Gulshan Pink City shopping complex, and House 4, Road 12, Sector 6, Uttara.

Boutique with a difference

Sholoana -- a boutique that upholds the nation's traditions and culture -- opened its third outlet at Romena Afaz Complex, Jaleshritala of Bogra. The boutique offers trendy shalwar kameez sets, fatuas, kurtis, Tangail handloom saris, panjabi, men's fatuas, shirts etc.


Boutique Bang is presenting a wide assortment of products this monsoon. The attires are cut and stitched by the boutiques in-house tailors. Shirts, T-shirts, casual shirts, polo shirts, fatuas and panjabis are all available at Bang's outlets in Dhaka and Sylhet.

Dorji Bari

Fashion house Dorji Bari is presenting their season's collection for Summer 2011. Besides its usual Western collection, Dorji Bari is also offering formal and casual shirts, T-shirts, polo shirts, fatuas and panjabis. The price range is well within reach. Available at all Dorji Bari outlets.


Excel is now offering fashionable outfits in various colours. Casual shirts, T-shirts, polo shirts, fatuas, panjabis and dhotis are available at Excel's showroom. The fabric of choice for most of the outfits is Narshingdi cotton. Contact: 84 Aziz Super Market, 1st floor, Shahbag, Dhaka. #01717467669.


Baluchar is offering you a touch of Bengali tradition through their collection for the monsoon, that includes tops, shalwar kameez sets, dupattas, saris, fatuas, T-shirts, polo shirts, casual and formal shirts, men's fatua and panjabis. Address: 54, Aziz Super Market, ground floor, Shahbag, Dhaka. # 01716556271.



I'm an 18-year-old girl and I've been dreaming of a scooter for about 5 years.

Other than my best friend everyone thinks I am being unrealistic and in this society it is quite an impossible feat. Some even think I'm just trying to 'show off.' The truth is -- I don't want to pay the high fares for rickshaw or CNG rides and I am not comfortable with public transport.

Recently I have seen ladies riding scooters in some of the busiest roads of Dhaka and I don't think its unreal anymore for women to choose their own mode of transport.

I am very determined about using a scooter as my preferred mode of transport but I don't know where to buy one and where I can learn to ride a scooter. I don't have an idea about the costs but I think it is quite high and my family will not be ready to pay for it. So will I be able to buy it on installments? Can you please help me by giving the information I need?
- Scooter Girl

It is indeed true that women have emerged onto the streets of Dhaka, geared and set in their pretty colourful helmets, hair flying and off to fight the dust and traffic with a bold stance. Call it social development or women's empowerment, but it is no longer an eyebrow-raising sight to see a jeans or shalwar clad female ride her own ride alongside her male counterparts.

At present the market offers two broad types of scooters. There is the traditional oil guzzling variety and the new and hip electronic scooter; which one is more appropriate for you depends on your purpose for owning a scooter. If it is the 'need for speed' then you should aim for the traditional kind but even then the speed I am talking about is in comparison with the electronic variety.

True speed in the biking arena is only provided by sports bikes. If, however, you have the more practical purpose of using your ride to get around the busy city, the electronic variety will be more cost effective.

Having discussed the types let us now talk about the brands. Scooters are made (on order basis) by many of our local dealers and these have the offer the opportunity of customisation. You can get whatever colour you desire on your scooter from red to hot pink to bright yellow and they will make it happen.

Tazim Vehicle Industries Limited and Meximco Limited, both located at Delowar Complex, 26, Shahid Nazrul Islam Road, Hath Khola, are the ones to go to for your own customised scooter. Such a scooter will cost you something from Tk 50,000 to Tk 80,000 depending on the make, model and engine power.

But if you are more comfortable with a foreign name stamped on your ride, that too, is widely available. Yamaha, Bajaj, TVS motors, Indian LM, Daihatsu provide some of the most popular and widely available imported scooters in Bangladesh. These scooters range from Tk 57,000 to over 1 lacks. The numerous dealers in Farmgate, Eskaton Road and Malibagh are ready to cater to your needs in this arena.

So there it is. Now you are equipped with the three essential must-knows of owning your own scooter; the product, the price and the people to contact. Now all you need to do is convince your parents or save up yourselves. A scooter really is a practical solution to getting around, what with the skyrocketing rickshaw and CNG fares. However, please keep in mind the risks of riding such a vehicle.

All the best in scooter shopping and the rebellion that is sure to follow.

By Raisaa Tashnova


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