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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.

Read­ers are in­vited to send their beauty prob­lems and ques­tions re­gard­ing face, com­plex­ion, hair, skin, eyes, etc, to this col­umn. Ad­dress your let­ters, writ­ten leg­i­bly or typed on white pa­per, to: WOMAN’S ERA E-3, Jhan­de­wala Es­tate, New Delhi-110 055.

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