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I know all about fa­cial beauty masks but re­cently, a friend told me that the se­cret of her silky hair was a “hair mask”. I am to­tally in­trigued. What is a hair mask?

In­deed, nowa­days we have sev­eral types of hair masks to im­prove the tex­ture of our hair. You can buy com­mer­cial packs in the mar­ket and use them, or you can eas­ily make home-made ones too.

The pro­ce­dure to use these is sim­ple. First wash and tow­eldry your hair very well. Then take small por­tions of the mask which usu­ally is in the form of a thick cream or lo­tion, and ap­ply it care­fully, strand by strand, on your hair, till you cover the whole length of it. Let it dry com­pletely. Then wash off with warm wa­ter. Do not sham­poo or con­di­tion after this. You can make the fol­low­ing hair masks at home. Mash 2 very ripe ba­nanas with 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of honey. Mix well till no lumps re­main. Whisk 2 eggs with 2 tbsp of olive oil or co­conut oil. Use. Mash an avo­cado and mix with a lit­tle milk and olive oil.

My fin­gers have hair grow­ing on them! Please tell me what is the best way of re­mov­ing this, so that I can wear rings. Now, I hate draw­ing at­ten­tion to my hands.

Hair on the fin­gers could be a ge­netic is­sue. It runs in the fam­ily, per­haps? If the growth is very thick, and even your arms and legs are hairy, hor­monal im­bal­ance could be the cause, although this is not com­mon. Shav­ing is the eas­i­est way of re­mov­ing hair from fin­gers. If the hairs are few, tweeze them away. This could be painful though.

Waxing is not a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence but it gives longer last­ing re­sults.

Elec­trol­y­sis presents a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion; it will need many sit­tings and could be ex­pen­sive.

Use an epi­la­tor which is easy to use and does not cause dis­com­fort.

Depi­la­tory creams con­tain chem­i­cals which dis­solve hair at skin level.

Rub a paste of gram­flour mixed with milk and turmeric on the fin­gers. Let dry. Rub firmly. Wash off. This dis­cour­ages hair growth if done reg­u­larly.

My friend and I are plan­ning a hol­i­day in Ladakh and Leh. Please let me know if we need any spe­cial cos­met­ics to keep our skin look­ing good, or will our nor­mal ones do well enough?

You will in­deed need some good creams and lo­tions to keep your­self from harm­ing your skin. Your usual ones will not do. Due to the high alti­tude the sun rays are very strong and the UV rays can wreak havoc on your ex­posed body parts.get a very good sun block lo­tion or cream. The lat­ter is prefer­able as it is thicker with SPF of 50. Ap­ply this lib­er­ally on your face, arms and even legs to avoid painful sun­burn.

Carry a calamine lo­tion to soothe any ir­ri­tated skin patches if these do ap­pear.

Use a thick lip balm as lips turn to blis­ter and cut due to the cold.

Wear po­laroid sun glasses as the re­flec­tion of the snow can dam­age the eyes.

Cover your head with a scarf not just to keep warm but to avoid dry­ing of hair in the chilly at­mos­phere.

Thick socks and gloves will keep your ex­trem­i­ties safe from chap­ping and frost­bite. Mas­sage in a thick emol­lient cream at night.

Drink a lot of wa­ter to keep de­hy­dra­tion at bay.

I have to do a lot of air travel in course of my work. My prob­lem is I al­ways have a dry, flaky face when I get off the flight and rush off to my meet­ing. Please tell me how to deal with this.

It is quite ap­par­ent that you have dry skin, and the air­con­di­tioned air­craft cabin air does not help your cause in any way. Fol­low the sim­ple tricks to look as fresh as a daisy when you ar­rive at your meet­ing.

Drink a lot of wa­ter on the flight. Aer­ated drinks should be avoided.

Carry wet wipes and primer, foun­da­tion and a good mois­turiser in a small van­ity case which should also con­tain lip­stick and eye­liner. When it is time to land, wipe face thor­oughly with the wipes. Then ap­ply a primer lightly. Be­fore us­ing light foun­da­tion brighten your eyes with an eye­liner, and ap­ply lip­stick. You will look great.

If you do not want to use foun­da­tion, sim­ply ap­ply a mois­turiser which will keep your face glow­ing. I am 24 years old and al­ready have some strands of grey hair. This is a hered­i­tary trait, for all the women in our fam­ily are pre­ma­turely grey. I want to know whether I should start us­ing colour on my hair now it­self to hide the aber­rant hairs or wait till I be­come more grey. Please ad­vise. Is it safe to use dyes?

When only a few hairs are grey, it is def­i­nitely not ad­vis­able to use dye. It is un­nec­es­sary at this stage. You can use a hair­colour­ing stick to colour only the grey hairs, if you wish, although these may be un­no­tice­able for ev­ery­one but you! At a pinch you can even use a ka­jol stick. For a more last­ing cam­ou­flage use henna. This nat­u­ral con­coc­tion made of henna leaves, tea and egg is an ex­cel­lent hair tin­ter. You can use it for the whole scalp with­out any qualms; in fact, it makes the hair smooth and glossy.

When you turn con­sid­er­ably greyer, con­sult a beauty ex­pert which colour suits your scalp con­di­tion. There are sep­a­rate ones for dry and oily scalps, and even non-al­ler­gic. Use a good brand and al­ways do the first ses­sion pro­fes­sion­ally so that you learn the tech­nique. Fol­low all in­struc­tions with care.

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