Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good Morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoys the Labor Day holiday today. Have fun hanging out with friends, enjoy the official end of summer, and don’t forget your sunscreen! Thanks for the great questions this week. Read on!

Dear Brooke, I have a question that may seem kind of basic, but it’s something I’ve always wondered about. My daughter likes to peel the nail polish off her nails. I’ve always thought this was bad for your nails, but like most daughters, she thinks I’m wrong. Can you weigh in on this and give us your thoughts? Ellen P.

Dear Ellen, this is a great question. I know it can seem like a convenient thing to do, but peeling the nail polish off your nails is not a good idea. Every time you peel the nail polish off your nail, you are peeling a little bit of your nail right along with the polish. Have you ever noticed how white and dry nails look once polish has been peeled off? Any moisture that is in the nail bed, is also being peeled away with the polish as well. This can result in dry, brittle nails, and the nail itself may start peeling and that’s never fun. If you can’t convince your daughter that you were right, have her read this. Or better yet, treat her to a manicure and give the nail tech a heads up before you come in and she can pass on healthy nail education to your daughter. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, I often find that, by the middle of the day, my hair has fallen flat and lost all its style. I use a volumizing mousse every day, but it never holds the style I desire. Do you have any tips, or product suggestions on how I can keep my style fresh? Thanks! Heather T.

Dear Heather, I agree, it’s very frustrating when you walk out the door looking perfect for the day, and just a few hours later, the whole thing is flat and it doesn’t look like you’ve spent 5 minutes on your hair at all. There are different things that might be contributing to your problem. Humidity can wreak havoc on any style, so if your place of work is humid, that could be part of the problem. You didn’t tell me if your hair is fine, normal, thick, curly, straight, etc. But there are ways around this issue, no matter what your hair type. First of all, pay attention to how much you touch your hair throughout the day. Constantly running your fingers through your hair breaks down the product you have used and deposits oil and dirt from your fingers onto your hair causing it to lose its style and add static. Not fun! I have come across a great product for this issue. It’s called Full Thickening Cream by Living Proof. It’s a styling cream that is great for all hair types. It blocks humidity from the hair, and it doesn’t fall flat if you catch yourself playing with your hair. It’s pricey, but worth it if this is an ongoing problem. You can ask for a sample of it at Sephora and see what you think.

Dear Brooke, I have natural nails and I love to polish them. What frustrates me is, not even one day after I’ve given myself a manicure, my polish is chipped or has started to peel away. I do wash my hands a lot at work, and I know this is part of the problem, but do you have any suggestions on a certain brand of polish that holds up the best? Thank you, Jera D.

Dear Jera, I know how frustrating this is! When I cut hair full-time, I could never keep my nails polished because of how often my hands were wet and the polish just chipped away. I haven’t come across a nail polish that won’t budge unless you want it to, but I have figured out ways to make my manicure last a little longer. First, make sure you prep your nails properly. Before you start to polish, give them a quick swipe with some polish remover to make sure there is no lotion or oil of any kind on the nail bed. Try Chip Skip by OPI. It’s designed to keep your polish from chipping, or wearing off. Follow the directions on the bottle for best results. A couple of brands I have found to work best on natural nails for color are: CND, formerly known as Creative Nail Design, CND has vamped up their entire collection and it works great on natural nails. Also, Essie polishes have great staying power on natural nails. Hope that helps!

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