Dr Shah Hussain
Q: I am in my late 20s but my hair, that used to be thick before, has reduced to half its volume. Large clumps come off on my brush every day. Please suggest something. Soha Karim, Lahore
A: Women do become bald in rare cases but normally their hormones ensure that they have hair on their heads. Your hair-fall could be due to several reasons: stress, age, medication, illness, poor low-protein diet, etc. If yours is a hormonal cause due to an increase in male androgens, a drug minoxidil can help. Also limit heat-using hair treatments in the salon, treat wet hair gently without rubbing harshly with a towel. Check whether any medication you take is the cause. Increase protein and zinc in your diet. If nothing works, visit a dermatologist for help.
Q: I am a 30-year-old woman with hairy nostrils. Although I get my upper-lips threaded to remove superfluous hair, the inner nostrils are ugly. What do I do? Yasmeen, Karachi
A: Many women have your problem. If hairs are bristling out of your nostrils, you can ask your beautician to thread them out, or even pluck them out. Never ever use a hair-removing cream inside your nose. It could be dangerous. There is a tiny special nostril hair-remover available in special stores which have a gentle rotary movement to clip off hairs. You should learn to use it the right way so that you do not get nicks.
Q: Although my face is smooth and unlined, the skin under my chin and upper chest is patchy. What can I do for this problem? Nida Amin, Lahore
A: The neck is the first to reveal the passing of years! With lack of sebaceous glands and collagen in the thin neck skin, it soon becomes wrinkled. Dry massage this area with circular movements to increase circulation. And then do not neglect to apply any rich emollient creams right down your neck and chest. You will soon find your neck is as smooth as your face.
Q: I have beautiful hands but often a nail splits and I am forced to wear an artificial one on top of it. Why does this happen? Ruqaiya Shahid, Islamabad
A: Nails split if subject to trauma, like too much use of abrasive polish removers, gardening, carpentry etc. Diet could also be a reason for this condition. Vitamin C, selenium, zinc and iron will give you strong nails. Also, keep your nails regularly nourished with rich hand and nail cream.