Ask Shahnaz Husain

Frequently asked questions answered by the Beauty Icon

Q1. Does hair growth stop at the age of 15? I have split ends and no further growth.

No, hair growth does not stop at the age of 15. You have not mentioned your hair type. Cut off the split ends and give the hair proper care. Twice a week heat pure coconut oil and apply on the hair. Apply on ends too. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. After shampoo, apply very little “leave-on” type of conditioner or hair serum, especially on the ends. Diet is very important for hair growth. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily and include fresh fruits, salads, leafy green vegetables, soyabean, curd, in your diet.

Q2. My face is oily, dull and dark. Please tell me remedies for a clear and bright face. 

After washing the face, apply an astringent lotion. Use a facial scrub twice a week. They are easily available nowadays. Or, mix rice powder with curd and use it as a facial scrub. Apply on the face and rub gently on the skin using small circular movements. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash off with water. Do not apply on pimples. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply daily. Wash it off when it dries.

Q3. I have hair above my upper lips and on my chin. Tell me about electrolysis and laser treatment.

Electrolysis involves the use of fine needles, through which an electric current is passed. But now transdermal electrolysis is done, in which needles are not used. Re-growth has been known to occur. It is important to find a very skilled operator. Laser is said to be a method of permanent removal of facial hair. However, initially re-growth can occur for some time. Laser produces an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicles. The laser disables the hair follicle’s ability to produce hair. Cooling devices are used to prevent damage to the rest of the skin. It is very important to find a good laser clinic in order to minimize side effects. You should find out the number of sessions that may be needed and the costs involved.

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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