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From ran­dom lit­tle is­sues to ma­jor life dra­mas, we’ve got your back. Q. I’m the youngest in my fam­ily and my par­ents still baby me. My brother says they don’t want to let me go as it makes them feel old. I’m nearly 23, and left home a year ago. What do I

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A. Your brother made a good point. They may feel their very pur­pose end­ing, along with parental con­trol over you. You need two key in­gre­di­ents to help you out here: pa­tience and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. So some­times, bite your tongue and smile. Keep some facts that your par­ents are not yet ready to ac­cept as yet, to your­self. But do talk and share your life with them as well, as much as you can. Tell them about how you feel when they sec­ond-guess your de­ci­sions. And also tell them how you ap­pre­ci­ate their love and con­cern. In time they will re­alise that their baby is all grown up.

Q. I ended things with my boyfriend of five years and ex­plained that I’d fallen out of love with him. It’s been six months and he still calls ask­ing me why we’re not to­gether. How can I make him stop bad­ger­ing me all the time?

A. This is a time when the writ­ten word works best. Write him an e-mail or even a hand-writ­ten let­ter, and ex­plain ev­ery­thing. Tell him that you don’t love him any­more and also ex­plain why— make it clear that you do not want to be with him. Lit­er­ally spell it out. Some­times re­it­er­at­ing your rea­sons will help drive the truth home. Also, tell him you need time and space alone to dis­cover who you are. And make it clear that he needs to move on and stop call­ing you re­peat­edly as that makes you un­com­fort­able. Make no prom­ise of friend­ship or any­thing else, just thank him and wish him well.

Q. My guy wants me to give him oral while he’s driv­ing. It seems dan­ger­ous. What else can I do for him? A. It is dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal, for that mat­ter, and that’s the rea­son the idea is

so hot to him. See, many men find risk erotic. And while some risks are to­tally worth it, this isn’t one of those times. Try giv­ing him a sim­i­lar thrill with a move that feels naughty but is a lot safer. Stick with the car sce­nario. As he’s turn­ing into the drive­way, start feel­ing his crotch. Once he pulls into the garage, close the door and get it on.

Q. Help! I have a cowlick on my hair­line. How can I tame it and get it to be­have?

A. It’s easy to tame that un­ruly tuft of hair, says Ed­ward Tri­comi, who co-owns NYC’s War­ren-Tri­comi Sa­lon and has done the ’dos of celebs such as Hi­lary Swank. One op­tion is to aim the blow dryer at the root area while us­ing a brush to coax your loco lock into an at­trac­tive po­si­tion (keep hold­ing it down un­til it cools). Or try sub­du­ing dis­or­derly strands with a small straight­en­ing iron. Once your cowlick is un­der con­trol, keep it in place with an ex­tra-hold hair spray. For a more per­ma­nent so­lu­tion though, have your stylist chem­i­cally re­lax the root of your cowlick. This treat­ment is avail­able in most beauty sa­lons.

Q. My work makes me hop from one coun­try to the next. At ev­ery air­port ter­mi­nal I feel like the dowdi­est woman there. How do you stay comfy and stylish on 10-hour flights?

A. First off, com­fort and fash­ion are not al­ways an­tag­o­nists. Learn from your fave celebri­ties—they look glam even af­ter that 10-hour flight! Here are the ba­sics you need: a very chic jacket (over­sized fits are in so yaay for com­fort), a trendy tote, booties or bal­let flats work on a long flight (and keep your feet warm too), and over­sized sun glasses. Keep your make-up min­i­mal, and re­main hy­drated throughout.

Vanessa Hud­gens gets her air­port style right

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