Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend…why do they go so fast? Thank you for sending me your questions. Read on about if your hair is affected by the tanning bed, velcro rollers battling a perm, and homemade treatments to add shine to your hair. Looks like hair care is the theme of this Q&A Monday.

Dear Brooke, I like to tan on a regular basis (spare me the lectures, I’m aware of the dangers). My question for you is, can the tanning bed damage my hair? I like to think I’m using the right products to protect my skin, even though I tan, but I have often wondered about the fate of my hair. Thanks! Tina M.

Dear Tina, Ok, I will spare you the lecture on dangers of using a tanning bed…as long as you know what the long-term issues may be. Just like the sun can dry out your hair, or fade your color, tanning beds may pose the same problem…more-so if you have chemically processed hair (color-treated or permed). On the days you are going to tan, use a conditioner that has sunscreen, or a treatment product that is designed to protect your hair from the sun. Also, if you tan consistently, make sure you are doing a deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep your hair healthy. Check with your tanning salon about what kind of products they offer to protect your hair. You might also want to ask your salon what the guidelines are on headwear while using the bed. If you can wear something to cover your hair, do that for an added layer of protection.

Dear Brooke, About a week ago, you wrote an article on the difference between hot rollers and velcro rollers and you said if you had to choose between the two, you would choose velcro rollers. My question to you is, will velcro rollers still give me the look of a salon blow-out if I have permed hair? I am afraid to try them because I fear my hair will turn out frizzy! Thanks! Jera D.

Dear Jera, This is a great question…it makes me remember that when I throw out a styling tip, it may not be for everyone. Velcro rollers can be used on permed hair, but you need to make sure you are using the right product to help smooth your hair, so it doesn’t turn into a frizzy mess. Get an anti-frizz serum to put on your hair and then style with the velcro rollers. It may take a little longer to get the look you are aiming for, if you’re using velcro. Keep some hot rollers on hand; using them will be a faster process if you’re wanting to change the look of your hair, but don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to styling and blow drying.

Dear Brooke, I love your homemade skin care and hair mask recipes. Do you have any tips for treatments I can whip up at home to add some shine to my hair? Melissa F.

Dear Melissa, Thank you for your question…thanks for all the great questions you send me, I love your loyalty! Doing home hair masks/treatments is as simple as opening up your fridge, or just heading to the grocery store for some basic ingredients. I recently wrote about homemade hair masks, but I’m happy to share a quick recipe with you right now. Take three tablespoons of olive oil, and mix with two tablespoons of honey. Apply the mixture to your hair, top with a shower cap for about 20 minutes and rinse. This will make your hair soft and shiny, and it’s made from ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. I love homemade hair and skin treatments, have fun!

Thanks for the great questions this week…keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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