IAM THE PROUD AND HAPPY MOTHER OF A 3- MONTH-OLD BABY girl. I have one problem though, my hair which were thick and glossy all this time are falling dreadfully. They have become so thin, I fear becoming bald. Please help me. What can I do to reverse this condition quickly?
Your trouble is encountered by many new mothers and it does tend to diminish the joys of new motherhood! But, don’t worry. This hair loss and thinning is normal and is due to the sudden drop in the levels of hormones, especially estrogen in the body after childbirth. Along with this, the extra stress, sleep deprivation, etc, tend to play havoc with the system.
First, rest assured your mane will grow back and regain its lost glory within a few months. If this problem persists for more than 6 months after delivery, do consult a doctor to detect any deficiency you may have. As soon as the hormonal levels right themselves, your hair will stop drop falling.
Massage your scalp with warm cocoanut oil once a week. Keep it for a whole day and wash off with warm water and mild shampoo.
Do not give your hair any harsh treatments like, straightening, perming, etc, for some time. Do not tie hair into tight pony tails which will stress hair roots.
Eat a diet rich in iron and vitamins.
IAM A 16- YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH A FAIR SKIN. RECENTLY, I NOTICED a brownish patch on my cheek. It is not very prominent but I am worried. Please advise.
In all probability it is a simple fungal infection which can be treated with an ointment or lotion prescribed by a doctor.
If it is chloasma or melasma, it could be due to hormonal disturbances of adolescence . It appears often in pregnant women due to the increased estrogen, progesterone and melanocyte- increasing hormones. This condition is difficult to treat and can last for several years. Camouflaging the patches with make- up is the only answer.
Instead of conjecturing, please consult a skin specialist to diagnose the problem.
PLEASE TELL ME THE BEST METHOD OF REMOVING HAIR FROM the arms. I am a 23-year-old who has lived with this problem from a long time. Now, I very much want to have smooth, clear-skinned arms. Please help.
There are many options available for you. For a quick fix, many women use the razor. Don’t do this too often, as it can create an ugly stubble.
Waxing is another idea. This is a little uncomfortable but the results last longer. Regular waxing gradually lessens hair growth.
Threading is recommended but a long drawn process as the area of arm skin is large. You can use a depilatory, following the instructions on the container carefully. It can be a bit messy in inexperienced hands, and some have allergic reactions to the chemicals used.
Electrolysis or laser removal of hair is a permanent solution, but requires many sittings and costs are not small.
Choose from any of the above. It is advisable to go to a parlour for this, till you learn the ropes.
MY EYEBROWS ARE LUSH BUT FAR APART AS I HAVE ALWAYS tweezed the hairs over the bridge of my nose. Now, that unibrows are in fashion, please tell me how to have these, and regrow the tweezed hairs. I am an 18-year-old girl.
Regular tweezing usually kills the brow hair roots and there is no regrowth. But you could apply a little castor oil or hair serum on this area every night and see if hair grows back.
Cosmetic surgeons do plant hairs taken from the lushest part of the brows in the bare section but whether this will be permanent or not is not known.
An experienced tattoo artist can tattoo tiny “hairs” between the brows to create the effect you wish. Do remember this is irreversible.
IHAVE THICKENED WHITISH SKIN ON THE HEELS OF MY FEET AND some very painful cracks too. Please tell me how to have smooth and clear feet with some home remedy as I have no time to go to a beauty parlour.
Soak your feet in a basin of warm water with salt added to it, for at least half an hour. Then pat dry your feet and apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly on the heels and pull on a pair of old socks. Do this at night and keep the socks on till the morning. Wash with warm water.
Always wear thin socks when you go out so that your feet are not exposed to heat and grime.
There are also several cracked-heel creams available in the market which you can try out too. If these measures do not produce good results, be sure to visit a skin specialist as you might have a common skin condition called psoriasis.
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