Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Happy Monday to everyone, and a big thank you to those of you who are sending me questions for my Monday article. Read on about concealing a big blemish, hair color and blue shampoo. 

Dear Brooke, I have a huge zit on my chin that keeps “refilling”, if you know what I mean. I’ve read your advice on how to get rid of what you call a 50-pounder, but in the meantime, what is the best way to cover it up? Also, I don’t like to use concealor, I just have liquid foundation. Marie G.

Dear Marie, My sympathies on the unwelcome guest on your chin. I absolutely hate it when The Zit Fairy leaves one of those behind. If your blemish keeps “refilling” like you said, that means you haven’t gotten the root of it out. Alternate hot and cold compresses to try to bring it to the surface, but don’t force it. Eventually it will make its way out. In the meantime, you can conceal it. You mentioned you don’t like to use concealor, you just have liquid foundation. I highly recommend a concealor, but if you don’t have one, you can take the liquid foundation that settles in the cap, or around the rim of the foundation bottle. This is a thicker consistency than just the foundation, so it will be a heavier coverage. Apply it to the blemish and pat it in place, like spackling, to fully cover it. Take a sponge and buff out the edges of where you have placed the foundation, making sure not to sponge over the blemish. Apply your foundation as usual, but avoid the area where you have concealed. You don’t want to go over it with a sponge or foundation directly because that will remove all your work. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, I color my hair at home and I have been using the same color for a long time. Lately, I’ve noticed that the ends of my hair are looking a shade darker than my roots. Why is this happening when I’ve been using the same color forever? Amy P.

Dear Amy, This is actually a pretty common  problem in hair coloring. What’s happening here is too much attention is being paid to the ends of your hair when you’re coloring it. When you’re coloring your hair, you only want to focus on the outgrowth of your hair…that’s the new growth that you want to cover up. Apply the hair color to the roots only and let it sit for the amount of time it takes for the color to take. A few minutes before you are supposed to rinse, comb the color through to the rest of your hair to freshen it up. But only let it stay on the ends of your hair for a few minutes. Leaving the color on too long will cause the ends of your hair to not only look darker than the roots, but it will dry out your hair as well.

Dear Brooke, I have decided to throw chemical processes to the wind and embrace my grays! I have heard that people with gray or white hair should use a blue shampoo. What the heck is a blue shampoo and why would I need it? Where can I get one? Judy C.

Dear Judy, Well first, let me say congratulations on embracing your natural color and not having to worry about the hassle of hair color ever again! I admire that, and I am sure you are beautiful with your silver hair. Blue shampoos are a great way to maintain the beauty of grey hair. Hair that is white or grey, tends to take on a yellow hue and blue shampoo is going to keep that yellow away, or take it away if it’s already there. I wouldn’t suggest using a  blue shampoo every day, maybe 2 or 3 times a week. If you overuse it, your hair may take on a blue cast. Basically use it when you notice your hair looking yellow or dull. There are tons out there to try. A couple I’m familiar with are, Blue Malva Shampoo by Aveda and Phytoargent Shampoo by Phyto. They are both a little pricey, but I think they’re some of the best brands out there and you won’t be using it every day, so it will last a long time.

Once again, great questions! Send me your question for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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