Beauty FAQs – Haircare

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Q1. I have recently attached blonde extensions to my hair. Please guide me on how to take care of them at home and if colouring my grey regrowth is possible while I have them on.

Ans: Hair extensions are normally  made from human hair so they would require the same care as you would for your own natural hair with a few exceptions. Use a hair conditioner at least twice a week taking extra effort and caution while detangling the hair as it can pull at  the joints if the brushing is harsh. Argan oil or hair serum will give hair that amazing  smoothness and shine, avoid heated dryers and irons too close to where the extension is attached to minimise heat damage. Easy touch up of hair colour is possible with the extensions on, but hair extensions should be removed every four to five months when you can  simultaneously do global hair colour and reattach the extensions depending on hair growth.

Q2. My 15-year-old son suffers from severe dandruff. I have used many anti dandruff shampoos and different oils with no luck. Inspite of a regular routine of shampoo and conditioning, there is also some hair fall now.

Ans: Dandruff scalps are tough to handle as there is a tendency for the dandruff to reappear very fast so the treatment needs to be consistent and regular to make the difference. Your son’s hair presuming it is short would be a bit easier for you to handle.
Completely stop using harsh anti dandruff shampoos everyday as they can be responsible for the hair fall, through the week use mild shampoos and the anti dandruff shampoo only once a week. Apply apple cider vinegar in the scalp twice a week, hot olive oil massage and then turban towel steam is a must, the new school of thought is that you should not leave oil overnight on your scalp so shampoo within 45 minutes  of steaming. Omit hair conditioner for some time because this can be one cause of dandruff too if not taken off properly from the scalp while rinsing.
Q3. I have developed few dark patches on the back of my neck and upper back. How can I get rid of them?

Ans: The patches you have on the neck and back are generally dark brown as they are a type of pigmentation and gradually get darker. These are normally hereditary and you probably have not noticed them earlier as they must have been lighter. Exposure to sunlight and even stress worsens the problem. Using a sunscreen even if your back is covered is essential and regular application of anti-pigmentation creams will surely keep them at bay. It is better to treat this pigmentation now because as time goes by it can get worse. These will not fade away totally but will become lighter slowly.

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Rashmi Kapur Abrol has been in the beauty industry for the last 37 years, a columnist to the Times of India, official make-up therapist to the Miss World contestants and a soft skills trainer for Leading Hotels in the country and abroad.

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