Hair today, gone tomorrow – the natural way!

If you think the only way to get rid of annoying body hair is to go through the physical pain of waxing or the mental agony of shelling out a bomb on laser therapy, then you probably haven`t yet discovered the virtues of spearmint tea and lemon-honey paste.

The problem of excessive hair growth in women starts around puberty and marks its territory across the face, neck, chest, back, toes and arms. It mostly traumatises the 18-45 age group. Scientifically, the condition is called hirsutism.

`The reason behind excess hair growth is the increased level of male hormones in the blood (androgens). Although all women produce androgens, increased levels could lead to hirsutism. Genes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovarian tumors and adrenal disorders are other reasons for excessive growth of hair,` Navin Taneja, director of the National Skin Centre, said.

While shaving, waxing and bleaching are some of the temperory solutions to get rid of unwanted hair, there are some natural remedies – which may not offer permanent solutions – but help reduce hair growth.

Home remedies for hair fall

`Taking spearmint tea twice a day for five days can reduce levels of male sex hormones. A paste of gram flour, curd and a pinch of turmeric powder can be used on a daily basis. One can use a pumice stone while bathing,` suggests Taneja.

Facial hair is particularly annoying for women. Beauty expert Shahnaaz Hussain has a few suggestions for them.

`Mix 30 gm of sugar with 10 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice in 150 ml of water. Mix well and then apply it on the face in the direction of the hair growth. Leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water, rubbing the facial area gently. Repeat once every week,` the beauty expert says.

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