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Shahnaz Husain  Q&A'S

Shahnaz Husain is the pioneer of herbal care in India where herbal beauty care today is fashioned after the treatments and products devised by her. With a crusader’s zeal she has taken the Indian herbal heritage to every corner of the globe, achieving unprecedented international acclaim. Today, she heads the largest organization of its kind in the world, with an integrated system of more than 400 franchise clinics in India and abroad, supported by ranges of Ayurvedic formulations. She has been in the business for 32 years.

Q: I want to know what is the life of a single hair. I've been dyeing my hair since the last 32 years-earlier I used to use Godrej since it was the only good one. Now since the last 9 years, I've been using L'oreal Koleston & Revlon Colorsilk, shampoo with L'oreal Osmose & Revlon conditioner my hair has always been curly rather frizzy now it seems to be moreso - could you give me advise. I can't stop coloring coz. I'm working.

A: Each hair goes through 3 stages - the growing stage, the resting stage and the stage when it falls out. The growth and falling out stages are not long, but the resting stage can be for about six years. Of course, it may differ from person to person, as a lot is dependent on hereditary factors. The hair do not all grow or fall out together. It is staggered. That is why we do not notice the different stages. However, when hair loss exceeds the replacement of new hair, there is a problem of thinning hair or hair loss. Repeated dyeing or coloring will have its effect on the hair, mainly because chemical dyes strip the outermost layer of each hair shaft. That is why the hair gets dry, dull and frizzy. You can give your hair weekly hot oil treatments. The use of conditioners also helps to limit the damage.

Q: I  have lots of hair on my face and neck i have got a whitish complexion i would like to know whether laser hair removal would help me and the best place in Bhopal India to get this treatment done. and i would also like to know whether it has any side effects

A. Laser is the latest method of permanent removal of facial and body hair. The advantage is that the laser light can scan broader areas. Therefore, fewer sessions are required. The laser disables the hair follicle’s ability to produce hair. It is an expensive procedure. The temporary known side effects are redness, swelling and itching. The main risk in laser treatment is the possibility of skin burns. You have to choose a reputed clinic. Before doing so, ascertain its reputation, by making enquiries and talking to people who have been through the treatment. Also, find out about costs, as it is an expensive procedure. You could have it done in either Mumbai or Delhi.

Q: I want to know madam which shampoo is good for oily & dry hair. Is it necessary to use conditioner. Which cream is good for oily skin. I also have blackheads.

A: A shampoo containing henna is good for oily hair and amla shampoo is good for dry hair. For dry hair, a conditioner may be used, but not for oily hair. For oily hair, add the juice of a lemon to a mug of water and use as a last rinse after washing your hair. Oily hair needs frequent shampoo. Creams should not be used on oily skin. Wipe your skin with a rose-based skin tonic (lotion). For blackheads, use a scrub on the area with blackheads. You can mix rice flour with curd into a thick paste and rub this mixture gently on the area daily. Wash off with plain water. Or use a ready made scrub.

Q: How can I know what hair style will suit my face. I am asking this as I live in a city where beauticians do not know anything about this ?

A: Your face shape and hair texture should help in deciding the hair style. Please let me know your face shape and hair texture. Also, look out for an article on hairstyles on

Q: Hello Ms. Shahnaz, you asked to apply face mask once in a week please suggest me what mask to be applied as my skin is very oily and tend to become dark very soon though whole day I am in A/c.

A: For an oily skin, you can mix 2 teaspoons choker (wheat bran), one teaspoon each of “besan” (gram flour), honey, egg white and curd. Mix together into a paste and apply on the face, avoiding the area around the eyes. Wash off after 20 minutes. Do this 3 times a week. Use a rose-based skin tonic (Sharose) to wipe the face several times a day. You can even carry it to work and apply it to refresh the skin. Use cleansing pads or cotton wool to apply it.

 Q: Will over usage of shampoo lead to grey hair?? I am having grey hair what is the solution to rectify it?? Please mail me back I need the herbal way solution, I don't want to go with a dye or colouring agents??? thanks for reading this mail. yours truly giri.

A: No, frequent shampoo or over-usage should not lead to gray hair. When you shampoo, you should use less, but rinse well with water. Use mild herbal shampoo containing amla. You can apply henna mixed with dry amla powder on the hair. Make a paste with henna, dry amla powder (which should be soaked overnight and then ground into a powder, keeping the water in which it is soaked), 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee and the amla soaked water. Apply this on the hair, covering it totally. Wash off after an hour, or when it dries. This will help to colour the hair naturally and also help to check graying.

Q: I have thick black curly hair of shoulder length. Usually I go in for step cut which looks good in ponytail, but when I leave my hair it doesn't suit me. Actually my hair is wavy and my face is oval with rounded cheeks. please suggest a hair style which looks good for my face so that I can leave my hair. I also have a big forehead.

A: You are lucky to have an oval face, as most hairstyles suit an oval face shape. But with thick curly hair, you should not have steps on the top half. A straight hairstyle with a centre parting will help. Grow your hair a little longer than shoulder length and have steps towards the end, i.e. from below the ear level to the ends. For a wide forehead, a light fringe may help.

Q: I am a 58 years old woman. I have a dry skin and a very thin face. My wrinkles show very prominently. Could you recommend a suitable Shahnaz Hussain product for my skin? I also have rough dry curly hair. I dye my hair with Begin once in 2 months-Please recommend a suitable hair shampoo, tonic, conditioner (shahnaz hussain product ) only. godafrid

A: For the skin, You can use Shalife, which is a rich nourisher for dry and mature skins. After cleansing the skin at night with a cleansing gel (Shacleanse), apply Shalife and adding a few drops of water, massage it on the skin with circular strokes, for 2 to 3 minutes. Wipe off with moist cotton wool. You can also use Shayouth face pack 3 times a week. Use a sunscreen when you are out in the sun.

For your hair, you can use Shamla shampoo and Shatone herbal hair tonic. Apply warm oil once or twice a week, leave on overnight and then wash the hair next morning. You may also try Shagrow, which is a shampoo-cum-conditioner.

Q: I am 37 years old. I use walnut scrub on my face + I use multani mitti with sandalwood or cucumber as a face pack. Now my face skin is sagging, its become too soft and their are wrinkles also. I have started looking old. Can you suggest some thing to tightened my skin and get a nice glowing skin, in some of your products.

A: If you have a dry skin, you should not use a scrub daily. Multani mitti is also drying. You should massage you skin every night, with a good night cream (we recommend Shalife), using upward and outward strokes. Wipe off with moist cotton wool. 3 times a week use a facial mask for dry skin. Or you can take 3 teaspoons choker (wheat bran) and add one teaspoon each of egg white, curd and honey. Apply this on the face and wash off after 20 minutes. Avoid soap and use a cleansing cream or gel for dry skin twice a day. A weekly facial at a good beauty clinic will also help.

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