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Frequently asked questions answered by the Beauty Icon

 I have dandruff and a flaky scalp. I use very little shampoo, yet the problem persists. Please help.

 Apply non-oily herbal hair tonic on the scalp daily, using cotton wool and leave on. Wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo three times a week, using less shampoo and rinsing very well with water. Half an hour before shampoo, apply two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar on the scalp, massaging it lightly into the scalp. Twice a week, heat olive oil and apply on the scalp at night. Rub with cotton wool to loosen flakes. Leave it overnight. Next morning, apply the juice of a lemon on the scalp 15 minutes before shampoo. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your daily diet. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. 

Is the use of vinegar good for hair? Can I use conditioner and vinegar at the same time? If so, what is the procedure?

Vinegar helps to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. Harsh shampoos, pollution, sun-exposure, etc., can disrupt the normal balances. Vinegar also helps to reduce dandruff. If your hair is dry, or if you have dandruff, you can apply vinegar on the scalp with cotton wool 15 minutes before shampoo. You can use apple cider vinegar, which should be available at a large store.  After shampoo, apply very little creamy conditioner only on the hair and not on the scalp. Leave on for 2 minutes and wash off with water. Or, you can apply leave-on conditioner or hair serum. Apply the same way, but do not rinse off.

I have oily skin. I have been getting white heads. Suggest some remedies to prevent them.

 After washing the face, wipe with astringent lotion using cotton wool. Astringent lotion will be available at a cosmetic store. The use of facial scrubs helps to discourage white heads once or twice a week. Some home remedies may help the problem of whiteheads. Make a paste of fenugreek (methi) leaves and apply on the face daily, washing it off after an hour. Grated potato or potato juice can also be applied. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. Drinking barley water is also said to help whiteheads.

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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