Beauty Queries Q& A
EVERY TIME I WASH MY HAIR, IT BECOMES FRIZZY AND FLYaway. Please tell me how to have smooth, soft and manageable hair. What am I doing wrong? I am a 25- year- old who has recently moved to Delhi from Chennai.
Difference in climates play a large part in hair health and condition. The warm humid weather in south India is very different from Delhi’s dry arid air. Your beauty routine has to be changed to suit the weather as well!
Clearly, your hair needs extra nourishment and care. Use shampoos specially formulated for dry hair—this will be printed on the label. Do not wash your hair too often. Once or twice a week should be enough. Frequent washing makes your scalp lose sebum, the natural lubricating agent in the scalp.
Avoid very hot water for your hair wash. Tepid, lukewarm water is ideal.
Use a conditioner after the shampoo. Apply the conditioner on the hair shafts and not at the roots. Smooth in well, keep for at least two minutes, then rinse off. You can use a leave-in conditioner if you wish. Add iron to your diet with green leafy vegetables, beet root, etc.
Give yourself a warm oil massage for your hair once a week.
This steps should take care of your frizzy dry hair problem within a couple of weeks.
NOTICE THAT THE SKIN BETWEEN MY TOES IS PEELING. IS IT SIMPLY dry skin or something else? Please tell me how to deal with this. I pride myself in having very attractive feet in attractive footwear.
Often the skin between the toes peels when the toes are too tightly packed together due to ill-fitting footwear. In some cases too, this could be a sign of a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. This starts with skin peeling and progresses to a red scaly rash, which is very itchy. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious and spreads quickly to the whole foot. OTC medicines are very effective in healing this, but it is best, a doctor should be consulted for safe measure. There are other skin ailments like dermatitis and eczema too which could the cause.
LEASE TELL ME SOME QUICK FIXES FOR CRACKED HEELS. I HAVE always had this problem, but now that I am going to college and will discard school shoes for trendy sandals, I want to display pretty feet. Please help. Here are some handy tips to deal with cracked heels. Soak your feet in a basin of warm water to which you
have added raw salt, a tbsp of glycerine, a tsp of rosewater and a few drops of lemon. Soak for 15mins. Lift feet out. Scrub heels and feet sides with pumice stone to remove softened dead skin. Make a mix of glycerine, rosewater and lemon juice and apply on the cracks. Massage into skin. Pull on a pair of old socks and keep on through the night. Wash off with warm water in the morning. Do this once in three days. Another helpful routine is to massage in vegetable oil into the cracks and keep overnight, wearing old socks to avoid staining linen. Other well documented tips are a banana and avocado mask to apply on cracked feet. Some swear by paraffin wax and mustard oil, or Vaseline and lemon juice. The basic principle is to keep the feet well hydrated and nourished. Acidic lemon juice heals rough and dry skin, glycerine softens skin and rosewater is a good antiseptic.
Y NAILS KEEP SPLITTING ALTHOUGH I TRY VERY HARD TO grow them. Please tell me a fool-proof method to have long nails. I am an 18- year- old college student. There are several causes for splitting of nails… presumably at the outer edges. If you apply nailpolish regularly and use removers too, the nails lose their outer layer and become delicate and brittle, making them prone to splits. Always use very good quality polish and removers. The latter should not contain acetone which affects nails adversely. Diet too plays a significant part in this problem. Deficiency in calcium and iron tends to weaken nails. Add a calcium supplement pill to your daily routine and you should see good results within a few weeks. Massage gelatin or a good nourishing cream into your nails every night, taking care to attend to the nail beds too. This will lessen the dryness which causes splits.
If you use your hands to wash utensils and clothes, or do gardening, it can damage nails. Always wear good gloves when doing these jobs.
IAM A 45- YEAR- OLD WOMAN WITH A FACIAL HAIR PROBLEM. There IS a layer of soft fine hair growing all over my face.. forehead, cheeks, etc. It is not dark thick hair like the superfluous hair growing on the upper lip, but I wish had smooth soft face. How can I remove this?
This fine soft light coloured hair is called vellus hair and it grows all over the body. It is not noticeable perhaps on your body, but it does seem to be on the face.
The easiest way is to get your face threaded. This usually removes the vellus hair from the roots. Apply lacto calamine lotion or a soothing moisturiser afterwards so that your skin does not become red and bruised.
Some prefer to get the face waxed, but this is not recommended for delicate facial skin. Depilatories too are not advised as this could cause reactions especially on the eyes and the delicate skin around these.
Incidentally, this vellus hair is also called peach fuzz.