Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good Morning, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and a nice Father’s Day. As always, thanks for the questions. Read on about sunburn, clarifying shampoo, and removing hair color from your hands.

Dear Brooke, Over the weekend, even though I wore sunblock, I still managed to get burned. Do you have any tips on how to deal with a sunburn? Julie B.

Dear Julie, Let me start by saying, sorry you got a sunburn. I hate that! Sunburned skin can be such a nuisance…dry, itchy, it stings, not to mention it’s hot! The first thing to remember is to drink lots of water and stay hydrated! Aloe Vera gel has been a longtime sunburn soother. If you have a plant, snap off one of the leaves and use the gel from the plant on your burn. You can also buy an after sun Aloe Vera gel by Banana Boat. I know some people are still using the old stand-by, Noxema. I can’t smell that stuff without thinking of past summers and suffering burns. A good home remedy that works, but smells a little: vinegar. Put some vinegar and water into a spray bottle and spray on your burn. This should stop the stinging and ease inflammation. Check out Soothe A Sunburn for some more tips on how to ease the pain of too much fun in the sun.

Dear Brooke, I was just told I need a clarifying shampoo, but I wasn’t told why. What is a clarifying shampoo, and why would my stylist tell me I need one? Mary C.

Dear Mary, Why would your stylist tell you that you need something and not back it up with reasons why? Sorry, I know you’re asking me the questions, but that was the first thing that came to mind when I read this. A clarifying shampoo is designed to remove build up from your hair. Do you ever notice how sometimes your hair feels weighed down and “coated”? That’s from build up from products over time. Conditioner, styling gel and mousse, hairspray, chlorine, etc. can leave build up on your hair and cause bad hair days. A clarifying shampoo can remove the build up and give your hair a fresh start. You don’t want to use it every day, that will strip the hair of its natural oils. If you have a lot of build up, use it once a week for about a month. Once it feels healthy again, switch to a maintenance routine and just use it once a month. Almost every hair care line will have a clarifying shampoo, or you can ask your stylist which one they would recommend. (and since your stylist doesn’t seem to offer up much information, come armed with lots of questions) Follow the directions on the bottle, some shampoos recommend you leave it one for a few minutes, some don’t. You want to make sure you are following the instructions so you get the best results. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, Every time I dye my hair, no matter how much I rinse it, the first time I style it, my fingers turn black! Do you have a quick fix to remove color from my cuticles and nails? It’s driving me nuts!!! Thanks! Melissa F.

Dear Melissa, I love that you always have a good question for me! Thanks for being so devoted. Well, when I first read the question, my initial response was going to be, make sure you are rinsing your hair enough. While I don’t doubt your rinsing skills, it sounds like you may have hair color left behind on your scalp. I’ve had this happen to me before. I’ve rinsed my hair great, but I didn’t get all the product off my scalp. When you start to rinse, massage your scalp really well while rinsing to loosen up any of the product that has adhered to your scalp. See if that makes a difference. If you still find yourself with color on your hands, some quick home remedies that always work for me are #1 baking soda and dish soap. Mix equal parts of these two and massage into the stained areas and rinse. #2, my old stand by: nail polish remover…works like a charm.

Thanks for the questions. Email me your questions for Q&A Monday at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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