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Get healthy tresses - naturally

Our beauty columnist on how to improve hair quality and treat chapped lips with ingredients found in your kitchen

By Rima Soni

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Published: Thu 19 Jan 2017, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 22 Jan 2017, 10:25 AM

I have dark brown hair, but lately I have noticed they are greying. Is black tea still the go-to option for me? I want to retain my natural colour and not turn it into black completely. Also, could you explain how many times I have to rinse my hair with black tea for the colour to catch?
- Manisha
If you want to retain the natural colour of your hair, coffee might be more useful. A coffee rinse every day is also a better option than shampooing. Both tea and coffee are excellent toners and colorants for the hair. 
I am a 20-year-old male. My lips are constantly chapped and the skin always keeps peeling. No amount of Vaseline or lip balm helps anymore. Please suggest an effective remedy.
- Name withheld
Dry, chapped lips are a result of low intake of water, severe dieting or internalising stress. Applying glycerine with a few drops of lemon juice on lips, face and body can actually heal the dryness. For best results, leave the glycerine lotion overnight on the affected area. 
I have old stretch marks on my shoulders from the time I lost weight. I am in my mid-40s. Is there anything I can do to make these marks disappear?
- Anju
Stretch marks are rather difficult to get rid of, but a regular use of coconut oil helps nourish and smoothen the skin. Do this twice a day to see visible changes in a short span of time. You could also leave the oil overnight on these marks. 
I'm a guy in my early 20s. The area around my eyes is extremely dark. Do you have any natural remedies for me?
- MS
Put chilled tea bags on your eyes for five minutes, twice daily. Just in case you have a sinus condition, you may use warm tea bags. This tones and lightens dark circles around the eyes. In the meantime, avoid spending too much time on computers and late nights and drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water to keep your body and skin hydrated and healthy.  
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