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MAKE YOUII HAIR SOFT AND LUSTROUS How to make your crowning glory can object of envy. By Suman ‘Vats’

How to make your crowning glory can object of envy.

By Suman ‘Vats’





hen it comes to appearance there is no denying the fact that hair plays an essential part of a woman’s beauty. Proper hair care will lead to healthier and better looking hair. Bad hair care or not taking care of your hair can lead to breakage, fly away, split ends, dull hair, and early hair loss.

Silky, manageable hair is what all of us dream of and only a few possess. But all it takes is a little bit of regular care to keep your hair soft, lustrous and beautiful. For that you have to maintain a daily hair care routine.

The most important thing is to have a healthy lifestyle. Get enough sleep, learn to relax, and practise a combination of yoga and pilates as a part of your fitness regime. Drink
10-12 glasses of water, and eat a balanced low-oil diet. Include lots of fresh fruits, fruit juices, nuts and dry fruits, and green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. Eat raw oats since it is a rich source of silica which is vital for hair growth. Vitamins B and C are also essential for hair growth. Avoid junk foods as much as possible.


Massage your scalp every day. This will improve the blood circulation at the roots and keeps the hair healthy. Use your fingertips and not your nails, for the scalp massage. Get a hair massage once or twice a week since it stimulates and improves blood circulation in the scalp, which enhances hair growth. Avoid exposure to sunlight. Use an umbrella or a cap or a scarf or a hat –






anything that will prevent exposure to direct sunlight.

Brush you hair with a round-tipped brush, twice a day. the ideal way of brushing is start at the nape of the neck and move upwards towards the crown, repeat this stroke at least three times, and then brush your hair the normal way. This improves blood circulation in the scalp. Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. This helps to control hair breakage.

After washing your hair, comb your hair when it is still wet. Gently untangle the tangled ends. This also helps to control hair breakage.

Cleansing your hair is important on a regular basis. Before having your hair washed, make sure you remove all the tangles first. Styling and drying will be a lot easier this way. When drying your hair, do not rub with a towel. Just blot the moisture out of the hair. This is because a towel rubbing would lead to tangles and probable breakages, not to mention the hassles you will go through in disentangling.

When doing a hair wash, you would first notice that there is not so much lather. But not to worry, it is just because there is still dirt present in the hair. So better rinse the hair but don’t squeeze it or even pull the hair for this might cause hair problems too. It is better just too smoothly run your hands down just to remove excess water and shampoo, then wash the hair again.


Buy shampoos and conditioners that match your hair type. When shampooing, rinse your hair out before applying any shampoo to remove any dust, dirt and any other foreign items, then apply the shampoo onto your scalp and massage it gently with your finger tips and work your way outwards. Thoroughly rinse your hair out to remove any shampoo residue that may be left. Shampoo residue may dry your hair and/or attract dirt. You should wash your hair as often as you feel necessary to keep it clean, but a general rule is you should wash oily hair every day or every other day and only wash dry hair two-three times a week.

If you have dry hair, you need a gentle natural shampoo, enriched with green tea extracts that makes the hair strong and shiny. You need to use a deep conditioner for dry hair.

If you have oily hair, you need to wash it regularly to get rid of the excess oil. This is done best by a shampoo that has extracts of rosemary and pansy as its ingredients.

If you have normal hair, use a shampoo that is mild, and condition your hair at regular intervals.

Use a conditioner after shampooing, it’ll moisturise your hair, give it extra protection, add shine, reduce static, and make it easier to untangle. Use a leave-in conditioner, it’ll hydrate and protect your hair. A leave-in conditioner on your hair is the equivalent of moisturiser on your face. When conditioning your hair, try to spread the conditioner evenly throughout your hair and leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing out your hair.

Be gentle when shampooing and conditioning, don’t use excessive force rubbing your hair. Remember hair is most vulnerable when wet.




  • Before entering a swimmingpool, wet your hair so that it will soak up the pre-dip water instead of the chlorinated water.
  • Hot air can be damaging to your hair, so when using a hair­dryer use the pool’s cool setting.
  • Don’t keep the blow-dryer in one spot for more than a few seconds, keep it moving and at a good distance from your hair.
  • To speed up the drying process, pat your hair dry with a towel and let the remaining moisture in your hair dry naturally.
I Use a brush whose bristles are made from natural animal hairs. It is softer and more flexible which means less damage will be done to your hair.
  • Use brushes/combs with widely-spaced bristles/teeth and smooth tips. Sharp tooth combs can damage your hair, cause split ends, and scratch your scalp.
  • Follow a hair trimming procedure on a regular basis to get rid of the spilt ends and ensure a healthy hair growth.
  • Apply hair packs once in 15 days and alternate it with hot oil therapy.
  • Wear a hairstyle that complements your dressing and personality.


Let See How Geeta Drive her Audi

Audi is mine,” Geeti turned around and tried to glare at the voice. But she just couldn’t glare! She could just stare because the man was really a good- looker to her eyes.

“And, pray, if you are driving that contraption, why haven’t you learnt to park it properly?” asked the man.

Geeti fumed and she was thinking of what to retort when the salesman said, “I am sure madam will remove the car so that you can drive away.”

“You stop it. I will not move from here till you give me this Playstation. I will only go when you pack it up for me,” yelled Geeti.

“I am sorry, madam. But he has taken it,” stammered the salesman.

“And who is the ‘he’?” demanded Geeti.

“This gentleman behind you,” said the salesman.

“What!” exclaimed Geeti and found herself being unheard as he shouted, “What!” too in a louder deep resonant voice. “Is this lady trying to take the Playstation I had told you to keep for me?”

“Sir, we have kept it for you,” stuttered the salesman.

“No. I will take it. And please hurry up. I have got an appointment and I have to take it with me,” said Geeti, nervously looking at her watch.

“I am taking it and you just get your horrible beetle away,” shoutea the man.

“You dare to call my Audi a beetle?” Geeti nearly choked.

“How can you buy a red Audi? Red! Of all the colours! Red! Can any sane person ever choose such a colour?” he asked                          w


“How dare you! Oh, blast the Playstation. I will not stand here and be insulted by imbeciles.

Keep your precious Playstation,” shouted Geeti as she flounced out of the shop.

Geeti was in a rage as she reversed her car and nosed her way through the traffic. She was more annoyed when she remembered that he had called her expensive car a beetle. What audacity! But he sure looked great, she thought as she visualised his lean but strong body. She hated muscular bodies. And the face! Not really handsome in a chocolate way, but with so much character. Oh, if only those dark eyes had looked at her with flaming passion or caressing tenderness, rather than the indifferent anger that they had shown which had really cut her down to size.


uddenly, she felt a depression settling in the precincts of her heart. She didn’t understand it at first but then she became aware that she may never see that man again. He had driven out his car after she had removed her Audi and she had prayed that he would come after her. She had hung on to the hope that maybe he was her Paplu of the Gizmos. But alas! His car had nosed away from her and she suddenly felt devastated and forlorn as if she had missed something precious in life.

With a loss of nearly all her eagerness, she made her way to the Sunflower and sat at the table that they had decided would be their meeting place.

With dejection she realised that she was late and her Paplu of the Gizmos was not there yet. She nearly decided to go back home when suddenly she heard rushing steps and a package was thrust in her hands.

And then the voice she had so wanted to hear,


she felt a
settling in the
precincts of
her heart. She
didn’tunderstand it
at first but
then she
became aware
that she may
never see that
man again.

said, “Sorry I could not get this gift-packed.

It was just because I got delayed because of a moron in a beetle of a car. Ooooh! Yoooouuuuu!”

She looked back and repeated,

“Ooooooh! Yooooouuuuu!”

He sat down and they just looked at each other.

He said suddenly, “I was praying it would be you.”

“So was I,” she admitted.

“Will you marry me?” he asked suddenly.

“But why?” she asked archly.

He replied unsteadily, “Because it will be economical. Instead of the two of us buying gizmos separately, we can buy one for the two or us. In our new house. Both of us together. Just the two of us. We both already know each other so well. Through our chatting, I mean. Very economical. You will save all your money because I promise I will buy all the latest gizmos for you. Will ou please marry me? You see, you are beautiful, oth your mind and your face. I can’t resist both. I will be blessed if you spend a lifetime with me.”

“Ditto,” she breathed.

“What a funny way to accept a marriage proposal,” he gasped.

And they both laughed happily with sheer ecstasy, as their hands caressed and communicated their joy in having found that each other’s appearance and personality synchronised with the mind and feelings that they had read and felt a rapport with, while chatting on the Internet.

She couldn’t resist asking, “But why were you so angry when you saw me first?”

He replied honestly, “Because the thought had crossed my mind – and had made me feel miserable – that you would not be the one I was meeting at the Sunflower and I was very sure that I didn’t want to meet anyone but you. I had planned to tell my Joker that I had found someone else but I am lucky that the Paplu had to meet the Joker.”

“But you had not followed my car,” she asked plaintively.

“That was because I had to go to my house and get my wallet for the credit card to buy the Playstation. Today I came to know that dreams do come true! But please, what is your name? I still don’t know. I am the CEO of a multinational company. Anil Kumar at your service, madam.”

She replied, “And I am Gitanjali Rai at your service, for a lifetime!”        22

Loneliness sat solitary under the tree Empathising with a forsaken fallen leaf but suddenly a brand new sapling sprang out to make its own destiny and sheer joy replaced the pain of the debilitating vacuum of loss and found sustenance of hope and faith just by lifting a dying ember and seeing the beam beneath.

Birth blurs the sharp pain oi^death Light spurs us through darkness Heat warms the freezirrg^cold Youth shoulders the weakness of the old Cool shade protects from the tawny sunlight and dawn clears out the smudges of the night So, new life, lifting the veil of deathliness beckons to an enduring happiness…

– Rungeen Singh, Farida bad.


on this matter and try to solve your problem. If you do not succeed then talk to your doctor.

I am 40 years old. One of my sisters who is elder to me has been diagnosed to be suffering from carcinoma of the breast. I am equally worried. What should I do?

Your worry is very justified. In women with a family history of breast cancer, there are higher chances of getting the disease. I suggest you go for a mammogram for detection of any abnormality in your breasts. In fact this test should serve as a baseline guide for further tests when required. Do not get panicky.

I am 40 years old and the mother of two boys. My husband, who is 45 years old, is quite healthy, we were enjoying normal sex relations but of late I have developed an aversion to sex. I do not know why. Please help.

Your is quite a normal thing. Many women as they age start losing interest in sex. This is directly related to the hormones in their body which start declining as age advances. Many times there is some hidden fears in the minds of women which make them dislike the sex act. This is to a large extent governed by the environment, social behaviour and society in which we live. I think you should talk freely with your husband

I am 35 years old and the mother of two daughters. I do breast self-exami­nation almost weekly. Please let me know what I should be looking for.

You should be doing both inspection and palpation of both your breasts. Look for any lump of any kinds, changes in the contour of the breast (swelling, dimpling or puckering), discharge from the nipple (bloody) and lastly, sudden inversion of the nipple. If you find any of the said problems, consult your doctor immediately.

I am 25 years old. My problem is that my breasts are small. Please tell me any way in which I can increase their size without the help of surgery.

Breasts in any woman are under hormonal control. Their size is governed by heredity, nutrition and changes in hormonal levels especially during pregnancy. Breasts may enlarge to double their size during pregnancy and breast feeding. Since there is no muscle at all inside the breasts no exercise can enlarge them. Firming and toning up of the chest muscles can give the breasts a good platform. Push-ups and dumbbell exercises are advised to develop these muscles only. Creams as advertised merely swell the skin. Some devices use suction to enhance the breasts size. But these are gimmicks. These effects are temporary. So better do firming-up exercises etc. Surgery is the only alternative if you really want to have big boobs.

I am 35 years old and the mother of a teenaged daughter. I am very worried since two close members of my family have died of heart attacks. Please help.

Yours is a problem which is being increasingly felt these days. Environ­ment and life style do increase or decrease the risk of certain illness. There are always ways in which you
can protect yourself even if you are in a high-risk category because of various factors including heredity. A family history of heart disease is a strong indicator of risk. Consult your doctor who should be able to guide you in this matter.

I am 20 years old. My problem is that I have a lot of hair on my upper lip and face. This is really causing me lot of embarrassment. Please help me.

You are suffering from a condition called ‘hirsutism’. It indicates hormonal imbalance. Sometimes, a growth in one of the glands (adrenals, ovaries) may be responsible. You should consult your doctor who, on examining you and investigating, will be able to reach the exact diagnosis. Do not ignore it. In the meantime, you can temporarily bleach the hair.

I am 38 years old and obese. My husband who is 35 is also very fat. We have two children (10 and seven years old). We are worried whether they will also become obese. Please help.

There is no doubt that obesity runs in families. Some consider it due to heredity. But there are other factors as well like diet patterns in the family, hormonal imbalance, lack of physical activity, intake of junk food and a lack of taking part in exercise and physical activities. Best would be for both of you to set an example for your children by adopting healthy food habits and leading an active physical life.

I am 35 years old. My problem is intractable genital itching. I have tried many treatments but got no help. Please advise.

First keep your part clean. If there are hairs (either trim or shave them) look for any genital discharge. It is something which is often ignored. Candida/trichomonas infection is an important cause of genital itching. These should be treated meticul­ously. Also exclude diabetes.

– Dr S. N. Khosla, MD.


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