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Problem Solver: Ask Our Beauty Expert

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Dear Barbara,

I’m a college student in my early twenties. I love styling my hair and since I’m into dance and drama, all the stage shows demand a lot of hair styling. Since I need to use many hair products, setting sprays and hair gel, I feel the need to wash my hair often. Recently I’ve noticed too many split ends. I have medium length hair and these split ends are making it difficult for me to grow my hair any longer.

– Shruti Shah, Thane

Dear Shruti,

The reason behind your problem is quite clear. Heat is the biggest enemy of hair. It dries your hair, causing strands to break or split. The chemicals from the hair products are also the culprit. They damage your hair, making it weak and prone to breakage. Washing your hair often strips your hair of its natural oils and makes it dry. To protect your hair from split ends, use a mild shampoo and only wash your scalp. Use a hair oil at night to restore the loss of natural oil. Also, whenever you are using heat to style your hair, always use a heat protection spray to minimise the damage. Since you’ve already developed split ends, you’ll need to trim at least 6mm above them.

Dear Barbara,

I’m a 25-year-old woman working in a corporate job. Recently I’ve been taken in by nail art and want to grow my nails to try some designs. But after my nails grow a bit, they start cracking from one end or they break suddenly. Even when I try to file and shape my nails, they snap. This makes it impossible for me to attain the desired nail length. Please help!

– Mansi Arora, Andheri

Dear Mansi,

Brittle nails can result due to many reasons. If you type furiously on your keyboard or smartphone, and if your nails repeatedly keep touching the screen, it can cause them to break. To prevent this, trim your nails so that they are a little longer than the nail bed. You’ll gradually get used to having longer nails and should be able to adapt. Other reasons for the breakage could be a lack of moisture in your nails. To tackle this, use hand cream regularly each time you wash your hands.

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