Ask Shahnaz Husain

Frequently asked questions answered by the pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty

1. I often read that lemon juice can make your skin lighter. How should it be used? Can I apply lemon juice directly on my skin?

Lemon juice should not be applied directly on the skin. It will irritate the skin. You should dilute lemon juice with a little rose water, or you can mix it with honey and then apply it. It can also be added to face packs. On some areas of the body, where the skin is thick, like the knees and elbows, lemon juice can be used directly. You can also try rubbing pieces of lemon on the feet.

2. My upper lip is darker than my lower lip. When I apply lipstick, it looks as if I have applied two different colours.

First put a little bit of foundation on both lips. After a few minutes, apply a dark matte (not shiny) colour on the lower lip. Choose a brown colour, which matches with the natural colour of the upper lip. Then apply the colour of your choice on both lips. You can also apply pure almond oil daily at night on the upper lip and leave it on overnight. It may help to lighten the colour.

3. How can I mix henna for dry hair?

To mix henna for dry hair, add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs, 2 teaspoons coconut oil and enough curd to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Apply on the hair and wash off after an hour with plain water. If you do not wish to use egg, add more curd. If you want colour, avoid curd and add “tea water.”  Make “tea water” by boiling used tea leaves again in enough water. Then cool, strain and add to the henna.

4. You advised hair serum. What is it and how should I use it?

A hair serum is like a light leave-on conditioner. It helps to form a protective cover over the hair and make it more manageable. It softens the hair and makes it smoother. It is helpful for dry hair and also hair that is subjected to dyeing, colouring, bleaching and straightening. It can also add shine to the hair. Usually, very little hair serum should be used. Take a few drops on the palm and massage it lightly into the hair after shampoo. Leave it on. Or, follow the directions on the label.

About Shahnaz Husain

 Shahnaz Husain, pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty movement, heads the Shahnaz Husain Group, with a global network of franchise ventures and 375 Ayurvedic formulations. A Case Study at Harvard for Brand Creation, she is now a Harvard Subject for “Emerging Markets” She was honoured with the Padma Shri Award and is the first woman in 105 years to receive the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from Success, the U.S. business magazine. Indeed, Shahnaz Husain is a leading international beauty icon.

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