Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. As always, I got some great questions for this week’s Q&A. Read on about product build-up on the hair, hair dryer diffusers, and body mud.

Dear Brooke, I’ve been noticing white flaky “beads” on the top of my hair. It’s almost like my hairspray dried in little balls and I can’t get rid of them. I’ve tried paying extra attention to that area when I shampoo, but they won’t go away. What’s up, and how can I get rid of them? Jessica S.

Dear Jessica, It sounds like you are dealing with some product build-up on your hair. When old product adheres to the hair shaft, and new product is placed on top of it, white flakes, or “beads”, of product show up on your hair. This is typically found on the bangs, or the top of the head because that’s really where most product is applied. There are a couple of things to try to get rid of build-up, and some things you can do to prevent it. Brush the area really well; start at the bottom of your hair to remove any tangles, and then brush from top to bottom to brush the scalp to remove any dried product. If a brush isn’t getting rid of the flakes, try a fine tooth comb and gently go over the areas where you see build-up. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of existing build-up, and to prevent build-up in the future. If the shampoo doesn’t work the first time, apply it again the next day and let it sit 5 minutes before you rinse. Also, when you spray hairspray, make sure you spraying at least 6 inches away from your hair. That will prevent those white flakes, too.

Dear Brooke, Every time I buy a blow dryer, it comes with a funny attachment I just learned is a diffuser. What the heck is it for, how do I use it, and do I even need it? Thanks! Denise P.

Dear Denise, A diffuser on a blow dryer is designed to dry curly hair without making it frizzy. As you’ve noticed, it has “teeth” and many different holes in it. These holes blow the air in different directions, so curly hair will dry faster, but it won’t make it frizzy because it’s not putting a direct flow of hot air on the hair. I don’t know if your hair is curly, wavy, or straight, but the diffuser will define waves no matter what hair type you have. If your hair is naturally wavy, or curly, a diffuser will help you retain and define the waves and curls. Most people with straight hair don’t use diffusers, but if you want to add a little texture and shape to straight hair, a diffuser will certainly help. The best way to use it is to apply your styling product as usual, attach the diffuser to the blow dryer, put the blow dryer on the lowest setting and start drying your hair at the roots in a circular motion. This will lift the roots to give you volume and movement, giving your hair overall texture be it curly, wavy, or straight. So, if you haven’t used it yet, it could be a fun addition to your styling tools and help freshen up your look. Have fun!

Dear Brooke, I am intrigued with body mud. I’ve never had a mud wrap at a spa, but wanted to know if you know of any products designed to treat my body, that I can do at home? Janet K.

Dear Janet, I LOVE body mud! Honestly, one of my first memories is of playing in the mud wondering if it would make my skin feel softer! I’ve never had a mud wrap, either, but I have used some fun mud products at home. Two products I have tried are the Fango Active Mud For Face And Body by Borghese Cosmetics and the Dead Sea Mineral Mud by Ahava. Ahava is going to be a little more affordable than Borghese, but they are both amazing. Just remember to set aside a good chunk of time because of the clean up after you do a body mask. But, relax, enjoy and have fun! Let me know which one you try.

Once again, thank you so much for the questions. Email me your questions for Q&A Monday at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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