Brown Girl prob­lems

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I love be­ing able to dress up for South Asian events and wed­dings but some­times I like to stretch the bound­aries. With all the latest fash­ion I see in SHE, I see a lot of styles that have a Western fu­sion to the typ­i­cal tra­di­tional South Asian style of dress. I’m a fash­ion ma­jor so I love try­ing out new trends and it’s a must for me to be up-to-date with what I wear. How­ever, be­ing In­dian, I find fam­ily mem­bers and el­ders al­ways hav­ing some­thing neg­a­tive to say about me be­ing mod­ern in terms of my dress sense say­ing it’s not con­ser­va­tive enough or “ap­pro­pri­ate”. How can I ex­press my­self with fash­ion whilst try­ing to keep my fam­ily happy?


Dear Vogue, For­mal South Asian-wear has changed over the years to a point where it now in­ter­sects with Western-wear. There’s noth­ing wrong with ex­press­ing your­self within your own cul­ture. That be­ing said, it’s com­mon in South Asian cul­tures to be con­ser­va­tive and ‘cov­ered up’. What­ever it is ex­actly that your fam­ily mem­bers might have a prob­lem with, it’s up to you to de­ter­mine whether their neg­a­tive com­ments are more im­por­tant than the way you choose to present your­self. If you si­mul­ta­ne­ously try to keep your­self and those around you happy, chances are you won’t be.

Of course, the above may not sit well with your fam­ily so op­tion two is com­ing to an agree­ment with them. Ask them what it is ex­actly they don’t like about your out­fit. Let them give their feed­back. It may in­spire you to do some­thing with an out­fit you’ve never done be­fore while get­ting the thumbs up from your fam­ily mem­bers.

I’m a 26-year-old In­dian girl, whose hair feels like it’s thin­ning day by day. I used to have such thick hair un­til I started us­ing my straight­ener and curl­ing iron re­li­giously. Now when­ever I wash my hair, I feel like I’m los­ing so much of it. Even when I don’t use any sort of heat­ing iron on my hair I still feel like it doesn’t im­prove the thick­ness.


Dear Un-lus­cious Locks, When straight­en­ers and curlers are styling the hair on our scalp, the dam­age done is usu­ally de­layed. It can take many years be­fore you no­tice that your isn’t grow­ing as much as as it used do. Per­sis­tent heat and dam­age to hair can even­tu­ally lead to per­ma­nent hair loss. How­ever, all hope isn’t lost. There are many oils meant es­pe­cially for hair that can en­cour­age and pro­mote hair growth through the hair fol­li­cles on your scalp. Co­conut oil and al­mond oil are num­ber one. Find these at your lo­cal drug­store (even your lo­cal South Asian store likely sells them) and mas­sage into your scalp twice a week. Leave it in for a cou­ple of hours or overnight. Af­ter wash­ing it out, your hair will al­ready feel health­ier and nour­ished. Keep this habit up and it’s likely that less hair will be fall­ing out—even bet­ter—your hair may be thicker.

Another so­lu­tion? Bi­otin sup­ple­ments. Many tes­ti­mo­ni­als have rated this prod­uct highly and have re­ported ex­cel­lent re­sults of hair grow­ing ev­ery where. (YES, this means hair will grow not only on your scalp, but ev­ery where). Which­ever route you de­cide, make sure your heat­ing iron habits are un­der con­trol as well. These meth­ods to gain thicker hair re­quire team­work.

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