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Good morning, and Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I got some great questions this week. Read on about lemon juice and lightening hair, permanent makeup, and a nail polish fix!
Dear Brooke, I want to do some lightening to my hair, maybe some streaks, can I use lemon juice instead of hair color? Joan M.
Dear Joan, Ah the multi-tasking lemon! I’ve used it to clean with, cook with, and in my skin care. Lemon has been used for a long time for many reasons. I know it’s been used by many people to lighten their hair in the summer time. You didn’t mention what color your hair is, so I don’t know that using lemons would work for you. Blonde or light brown hair takes best to a lemon juice rinse, or a spray made with lemon juice and diluted with water. Dark brown hair won’t get anything but brassy tones. Most people use lemon to lighten their hair mixed with spending lots of time in the sun. That being said, lemon juice and sunshine are going to lighten your hair, but there is a big risk of hair damage by doing this. Sun dries out hair, and lemon juice will dry out hair as well. I have dark brown hair; I tried this one summer and I ended up with dry, brassy hair. Not a good look. I don’t usually recommend store-bought color, but if I had to choose for you, I would say save the lemons for lemonade and grab a highlighting kit from Target!
Dear Brooke, I have been considering permanent makeup for years. Have you done it? What are your thoughts on it? Tracey C.
Dear Tracey, I have never gotten permanent makeup done myself, but I have considered it for a long time as well. Permanent makeup is basically the same process as getting a tattoo, because that is how they apply it and that is the reason it’s permanent. It’s mostly popular on the eyes, being done as eyeliner or filling in eyebrows. It seems to be gaining popularity in the industry and it’s no longer such an ordeal to find someone who does it. Obviously, you want to look for someone with all the right certifications and with lots of experience. The best way to do this is to ask around and find someone who’s done it, or knows someone who’s had it done and see how it looks on them and get their opinion. I’ve always wanted it done for eyeliner. The idea of waking up in the morning and already looking done for the day is so appealing! But, I will say, the idea of having someone tattoo color onto my eyelids is a little freaky. If I ever get it done, I’ll write about it. If you get it done, let me know what you think! Good luck!
Dear Brooke, How can I get nail polish to look as good on my nails as it does in the bottle? I buy these fun colors based on what they look like, but when I put them on myself, they streak and don’t apply evenly. Help!! Alex B.
Dear Alex, I know what you mean! It is very annoying to have to apply coat after coat of nail polish and only end up with a gooey mess on your hands…literally! Not only is it irritating that the color is not as pretty as it is in the bottle, but who has that kind of time to sit and let it dry?? I just picked up a great tip for this problem. Instead of a clear base coat, use a white polish, like what you see used for a French manicure. Let it dry all the way before applying your brighter color. The reason this works is, the white polish provides an opaque base and makes the true color of the polish show up. It also helps prevent dark nail polish from staining your skin. Give this a try and let me know if it helps!
As always, thanks for the great questions. Keep them coming! Send me your Q&A Monday questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
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