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Longer, naturally

india Updated: Dec 26, 2008 17:40 IST

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I am thirty and my skin is loose. Give me solutions for tighter skin and long eyelashes.
—Manju
If you have dry skin, massage daily at night with a nourishing cream. Apply on face and massage with a few drops of water, using outward and slightly upward strokes.

Twice a week, mix one teaspoon curd and honey and two teaspoons each ground almonds and oatmeal, with egg white. Apply on face, avoiding the lips and the eye area and wash off after 30 minutes. Mix the liquid ingredients gradually to get the right consistency. It should be a thick paste, which does not drip.

Weekly professional facials will also help. Castor oil is said to help growth of eyelashes. Apply daily on your lashes using a cotton bud. Do not apply it at night and go to sleep, as this can lead to puffy eyes.

My three year old niece has lice in her hair. How can we get rid of them?
—Deepika
Apply vinegar on hair and scalp. After an hour, comb with a fine lice comb and get the nits (eggs) taken out by hand. Vinegar loosens the nits, which must be taken out. Later, wash you hair with shampoo. Use baby shampoo, since your niece is only 3-years-old.

Take only one fourth teaspoon shampoo, dilute with a little water and then apply. After shampoo, add two tablespoons vinegar to a mug of water and use as a last rinse. Then comb again with the lice comb. Do this daily for one week.

I am suffering from hair fall. It is becoming thinner by the day. Please solve my problem.
—Ajeet
Hair loss can occur due to oily scalp, dandruff, nutritional deficiencies, stress, etc. In men, hair loss can also be due to hormonal factors. Consult a doctor to find out the cause of your hair loss.

Apply a herbal hair tonic daily on the scalp and leave it on. Apply oil once a week the night before shampoo. Avoid vigorous head massage. Using only the finger tips, massage the scalp in small rotary movements. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily. Have Vitamin B-Complex and C tablets.

The Shahnaz Husain group is India’s leading company in the field of herbal beauty care products. Mail your queries to her at shahnaz.htcity@gmail.com