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Cosmetic cures

Achint Kaur

To maintain glowing skin, the first thing you should do is drink lots and lots of water. I also eat the right kind of food and at proper time. I am a sucker for skincare and I love scrubs and body lotions. I change brands every few months when it comes to make-up. I love scrubs, eye-packs, moisturisers, toners, cleansers, lip gloss from brands like Lancome, Origin and Clarins. I use day cream in the morning and before going to bed I apply a night cream. Pix by Gajanan Dudhalkar

I am a 16-year-old girl. I have been trying to grow my hair and so have not cut it for a while. And now to my utter dismay I noticed that I have got split ends. How can I get rid of the split ends and how do I avoid getting them back?

Reshmi, via e-mail

Split ends occur when the cuticle is damaged and the fibres of the cortex unravel. The hair is dry, brittle and prone to tangling, and can split at the end or anywhere along the shaft. Insufficient conditioning, or too much brushing or backcombing, especially with poor quality combs or brushes can lead to split ends. Careless use of hair pins, excessive ironing and not having the hair trimmed regularly can also cause the problem.

Split ends can’t be mended. The only long-term cure is to have them snipped off. What is lost in the length will be gained in quality.

It may help if you shampoo less frequently, as this in itself is stressful for the hair and causes split ends to extend up the hair shaft. Never use a dryer too near the hair or set it on too high a temperature. Apply conditioners generously from the mid-lengths of the hair to the ends. Leave it on for a minimum of five to six minutes before rinsing. Serums also help to temporarily seal split ends and give resistance to further splitting. 

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