The Telegraph
| Sunday, June 30, 2013 |


Cosmetic cures

Bridgette Jones has the most effective hair and make-up tricks up her sleeve

I am a 25-year-old woman blessed with healthy and wavy hair. My hair was falling at an alarming rate so I underwent some tests and found that my prolactin levels were high. I took medication for this and the hair fall subsided. Now again my hair is falling from the roots and this time it is extremely unmanageable too. Please help.


Use the correct shampoo, not too much, formulated for your hair type. Use the mildest shampoo and before shampooing, brush your hair to free any tangles and loosen dirty and dead skin cells. Wet the hair, apply a small amount of shampoo and gently massage into the roots, using the pads of your fingertips, never use your nails. Allow the lather to work its way to the ends of the hair. Don't rub vigorously or you will stretch the hair. After this, rinse thoroughly until the water runs clean and clear. Finally, blot the hair with a towel to remove excess water before applying conditioner to the mid-lengths and lengths of your hair. Follow this up by massaging a treatment into the scalp using your fingertips. Do this regularly for it to be effective. Avoid excessive use of heat stylers. If the hair fall persists, consult your doctor again.

Also, ensure that you include all the necessary nutrients in your diet. Remember that poor eating habits and lack of exercise are soon reflected in the state of the hair.

Arpita Sinha

I am a no make-up person. In fact, I consult a dermatologist from time to time and use products recommended by him, particularly for my cleansing-toning-moisturising regime. But, one brand that I trust wholly would be The Body Shop — I use its sunscreen. Besides this, M.A.C's foundation suits my skin too. I also use a Colossal kajal from Maybelline and swear by Deborah Milano blushers. I'm a fan of lip balms and have an array of lip balms from different brands though NIVEA is my favourite.