Ask Shahnaz Husain

Frequently asked questions answered by the pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty movement

During my exams, I did not get enough sleep. Can it cause dark circles? I apply almond oil at night and go to sleep.

Lack of sleep and stress can lead to dark circles. Almond oil or cream should not be left on around your eyes during the night while you sleep. It can lead to puffiness around the eyes. Apply the oil daily with a light massage, using only the ring finger. The massage should be in one direction only and for one minute under each eye. Wipe off the cream gently with moist cotton wool after 15 minutes. Cucumber juice may also be applied and then washed off with plain water after 15 minutes.

I have curly hair with lice. Please tell me some remedies.

Apply vinegar on the 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 and they are easier to remove. Then wash the hair with a mild herbal shampoo. After shampoo, add two tablespoons of 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. Mix coconut oil with methi seed powder and apply it on your hair once a week. Wash off after 30 minutes.

After shampoo, can I use conditioner and hair serum together? How should I apply?

If it is a leave-on conditioner, you should not apply both conditioner and hair serum together. However, if you are using a rinse-off type of conditioner, apply very little after shampoo and massage lightly into the hair. Leave on for two minutes and rinse off with water. If your hair is very dry, frizzy or unmanageable, you can then apply a little hair serum or leave-on conditioner the same way and leave it on.

I have an oval face and a sharp nose. What kind of hairstyle will suit me?

Avoid very short hair cuts, as it would draw more attention to the nose. Go for shoulder length hair with soft waves and layers. The layers should begin just under ear level. You can also have a light fringe, swept to one side. Actually, side fringes are very much in fashion right now. Apart from hairstyle, you can do up the eyes more heavily and avoid very pale lipsticks. This would give better balance to the face.

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 honored 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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