Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the Super Bowl. Thanks for the questions this week. Read on about rubbing alcohol on the skin, shaving your head to make your hair grow, and problems getting hair to grow long.

Dear Brooke, Is rubbing alcohol ok to use as a toner? I tend to break out and have really oily skin, and straight alcohol seems to clear up my skin and dry it out (which I like!). Is this a bad choice, or am I good to go? Jade N.

Dear Jade, As a fellow oily skinned gal, I understand the appeal of using rubbing alcohol to dry you out and clear you up. However, you may be causing more problems to your skin, than solving them. Oily skin needs some kind of moisture, and when you strip all of it away, your oil glands will over-produce oil because they’ve been tricked into thinking your skin has dried out. If used for any length of time, there can be not so good side effects. You may notice your skin is constantly irritated and itchy. Redness and hives can also be a result of using rubbing alcohol all the time as a toner. If you have an area that has a bad breakout, I suggest diluting rubbing alcohol with a little water, and applying to the infected area. Let it dry and then apply a light moisturizer to your skin to put some of that oil back. And, learn to embrace that oil just a little bit. You’ll be thankful when you have few, or no, wrinkles!

Dear Brooke, Does shaving one’s head really make the hair grow back thicker and darker? My friend just shaved her son’s head, using that as the reason. I think it’s not true…thoughts? Mary M.

Dear Mary, If I had a dollar for every person that thought this was true, I would be a very rich woman right now. The color, thickness, and amount of hairs on your head are individual to each person. Shaving the hair will not make it grow in thicker…it just looks and feels that way, because when hair that has been shaved grows back in, it’s got a blunt end from the shaving. If it was true that you could get more hair on your head by shaving it all off, everyone would shave their head to get more hair! Does it make it feel thicker? Yes! Does it actually trigger something internal to make it grow thicker and produce more hair? Um, no.

Dear Brooke, I have been trying to grow my hair out for 2 years now, and it seems like it hasn’t budged from the length it got to last year. Are there ways to get my hair to grow longer, or am I stuck with this length? Meg G.

Dear Meg, In my experience as a stylist, I learned that everyone’s hair has a “life span” and will stop growing at a certain point. It’s different for everyone; that’s why some people can grow their hair to their waist, and some people can only get theirs to the middle of their back. If you’ve been trying to grow it and have refused to cut it, and have split ends, that could be part of the problem. Cutting your hair will not  make it grow, but if there are split ends, you have to cut those off, because if they’re left alone they’ll just continue to split and then make your hair look shorter in spots and unhealthy all over. If you’re taking great care of your hair and keeping it trimmed on a regular basis, and it’s still not as long as you want it…you may have to come to terms with the fact that you’re never going to be Rapunzel! So, the best thing to do is find a great stylist who can give you some ideas on styles and start having some fun with a new ‘do!

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

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