Diet is very important for hair growth
Renowned and acclaimed pioneer of the beauty movement Shahnaz Husain answers some of the common beauty and care questions
Q. I am 15 years old. Lately I have had small pimples on my forehead and face. Please suggest natural remedies.
A. Check if you have dandruff or oily hair, which can lead to spots and pimples on your forehead and face. Move the hair away from the face. After washing the face, apply an astringent lotion with cotton. Mix some rose water with sandalwood paste and apply daily. Wash off after 15 minutes. Mix the multani mitti with rose water into a paste and apply to the face two to three times a week, avoiding the lips and eye area. Wash it off when it dries. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and take it in the morning.
Q. Does hair growth stop at age 16? I have split ends and there is no more growth. Please suggest remedies.
A. No, hair growth doesn’t stop at age 15. You didn’t mention your hair type. Cut the split ends and properly groom the hair. Twice a week, heat pure coconut oil and apply to the hair. Also apply to the ends. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze the water out, and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the warm towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp to absorb the oil better. After shampooing, apply very little conditioner or “leave-in” hair serum, especially to the ends. Diet is very important for hair growth. Have a small bowl of sprouts a day and include fresh fruits, salads, leafy greens, soybeans, and curds in your diet.
Q. My face is oily, dull and dark. Please tell me how to have a clear and bright face.
A. After washing the face, apply an astringent lotion. Use a facial scrub twice a week. They are readily available nowadays. Or, mix rice powder with curd and use it as a facial scrub. Apply on the face and rub gently on the skin in small circular motions. Leave on for 5 minutes then rinse with water. Do not apply to pimples. Mix the multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply daily. Wash it off when it dries.
Q. My elbows, knees, feet and hands are darker than my face. Please suggest what I can do.
A. Take lemon halves and rub them daily on elbows, knees and feet. Wash it off then apply sesame seed oil (until) and massage it into the skin. Make a paste of chickpea flour (besan), curd, lemon juice and a little turmeric (haldi). Apply the paste to these areas at least three times a week. Wash it off after half an hour. You can also apply a cream containing lemon and turmeric daily. For the hands, take 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of coarse sugar. Mix until it becomes a paste. Apply three times a week and rub on the hands. Wash off after 15 minutes.
Q. My skin is very dry. I cannot apply moisturizer because I also have acne. What should I do?
A. Acne occurs on oily skin. However, there may be a superficial dryness of the outermost layer. Avoid washing too much water and soap. Boil the neem leaves over low heat. Let cool and strain. Make a paste of leaves and apply daily on the face. Wash it off with clean water after half an hour. Mix the cinnamon (dalchini) powder with a little lemon juice and a few drops of honey into a sticky paste. Apply only to pimples daily and leave to act for one to two hours.
Once a day, at any time, mix a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice and apply to the face. Wash it off with clean water after 15 minutes. It helps relieve dryness and also helps pimples.
Q. I have hair above my upper lips and on my chin. Tell me about electrolysis and laser treatment.
A. In electrolysis, the diathermy method was common. This involves the use of fine needles, through which an electric current is passed. But now transdermal electrolysis is carried out, in which the needles are not used. We know that regrowth occurs. It is important to find a very qualified operator. It is said that the laser is a method of permanent removal of facial hair. However, initial regrowth can occur for some time. The laser produces an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicles. The laser deactivates the hair follicle’s ability to produce hair. Cooling devices are used to prevent damage to the rest of the skin.