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.