Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Once again, Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend…I hope it didn’t go by too fast! Thank you for your questions this week. I got some great ones, as always!

Dear Brooke, I recently had my hair highlighted, and now my roots are starting to show. What is the best way to ‘hide the roots’ and buy more time until I need highlights again? Debbie B.

Dear Debbie, I know how frustrating this can be. Once we get our color retouched, we want our hair to grow slow, but it seems like it grows even faster…unless we got a bad haircut, then it seems to grow very slow, doesn’t it? There are a couple of things you can do to hide your roots until it’s time to get your hair highlighted again. One very simple, and free, thing to do is, try parting your hair on the opposite side of where you normally do. I know the outgrowth is going to be here as well, but it will give your hair a new look and you might not be so focused on your roots. There are root touch-up kits you can buy that allow you to apply temporary hair color to your roots, and they can be used daily until it’s time to get your hair done. Also, use your makeup! Find an eyeliner or a brow pencil that is close to your color and apply to the roots. It may not completely hide the gray, but it will give that area some color and will blend in better with your hair instead of that contrast. Good luck, and let me know if that works!

Dear Brooke, Someone just told me shampooing your hair every day helps your hair grow…then I read in your column that for optimal hair health, you say shampoo every OTHER day…Who’s right? Angelia S.

Dear Angelia, This is a good question. I think, as consumers, we get a lot of conflicting information in the world of beauty. My experience has shown that every professional thinks they’re right…no matter what. I don’t claim to be right all the time or a know-it-all; I can be taught a thing or two! I learn something new about this industry everyday and I’ve been in it for 16 years!! However, one of the first things I learned about hair and how to take care of it, was to wash it only a few times a week. Washing everyday can strip the hair of natural oils, dry the scalp, and dry out the hair shaft, which can result in split ends and  you don’t want that! If you’re trying to grow your hair, split ends are the devil! They will just keep splitting and cause breakage and your hair won’t grow. Stimulation can increase blood flow and blood flow increases circulation, which can promote hair growth. I think that’s why you were told to wash every day; the scalp massage. A healthy scalp is just as important as healthy hair…really, you won’t have healthy hair without a healthy scalp. So, exercise regularly to increase blood flow, trim any split ends, and massage your scalp regularly…or have someone massage it for you. Sometimes a head massage feels better than an all over body massage. This was a long answer, but there’s so much information on it (a new article, perhaps?)…I hope I clarified things for you!

Dear Brooke, Which do you prefer to fight breakouts, Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid? Both of these seem to be in skin care products that fight acne? Is there a big difference? Which one is better? Kristin V.

Dear Kristin, Great question and good observation! The two main active ingredients on the market for fighting acne are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. BP kills the bacteria that causes acne. It topically exfoliates the skin, increasing skin turnover and therefore, cleaning pores. It also clears up existing blemishes. You can find it ranging from 2%-10% over the counter, anything higher (stronger) than that will have to be prescribed by your doctor. SA is also a great treatment for acne. Like BP, it topically exfoliates the skin and helps prevent acne by causing your skin cells to shed easily. You can find it in a range of 0.5%-2%. Both of these products work great with treating existing acne and fighting off future breakouts. Side effects are excessive dryness that your skin will adjust to in time. One side effect of BP is it can bleach things. Keep it away from your hairline and fabrics you don’t want discolored. I really can’t choose one over the other here, because they are both great ingredients for good skin. It comes down to personal preference on this one!

Once again, thanks for the great questions…keep them coming! Email me at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com with your questions, and I’ll feature them in a future Q&A Monday.

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