Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and you’ve been able to stay cool in the heat! As always, thank you for the great questions this week. Read on about protecting thin skin, the importance of trimming your hair, and protecting hair from sun and chlorine damage.

Dear Brooke, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the sun lately, and I’ve noticed the skin on my neck and chest seems to burn so fast, and then it looks wrinkled when it’s healing from the burn. I put sunscreen on all over, but this certain area seems to not get the protection the rest of my skin is getting. Help! Wendy K.

Dear Wendy, The skin on the neck and chest is so much thinner than the skin on your face and the rest of your body. As we age, that skin gets more delicate, losing moisture and elasticity. It’s so important to make sure that area is getting the proper skin care. When I worked as an esthetician, I always told my clients that your face doesn’t just stop at your chin, you need to put your skin care on your neck and your chest, as well. If you are going out in the sun for a long period of time, make sure you have that area protected, and make sure you are reapplying frequently to your chest and neck. After you’ve been in the sun, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! Even if you didn’t get red, you need to feed that moisture back into your skin to keep that area looking young!

Dear Brooke, I have been trying to grow my hair out for so long, and it just seems like it’s stuck at this length. I haven’t cut it in a year, hoping that would help it grow, and it’s not budging! I want it really long, but it’s in the middle of my back and I feel like that’s as long as it’s going to get. Any tips on getting my hair to grow? Amanda M.

Dear Amanda, If I knew how to grow hair, I’d be a millionaire! There really isn’t anything you can do to force your hair to grow. I’ve always been taught that hair has a life-span…meaning it’s going to get to a certain length and that’s as long as it will grow. We can’t all be Rapunzel. You need to get regular trims for the overall health of your hair. Trimming your hair will not make it grow, but it will remove split ends. Typically, you should be getting your hair cut every other month, at the latest. But, if you’re taking good care of your hair, and trying to grow it out, you can push that trim to every 3 months. Try not to focus so much on the length of your hair; focus on the health of your hair. If your hair is to the middle of your back, that’s pretty long. Take care of it, and don’t stress about the length!

Dear Brooke, I just got my daughter into swim lessons, and already I’m noticing her hair is dry on the ends, and has a light green cast to it (she’s blonde). Her lessons are through the summer and I don’t want her hair to be completely damaged. What can we do to keep her hair healthy while swimming 2 days a week? Kara R.

Dear Kara, You can do a couple of things to protect your daughter’s hair through the summer. You didn’t say if the lessons were indoors, or out, so I don’t know if the sun is contributing to the dryness in her hair. The best thing to do before she gets in the pool is, have her wet down her hair and comb a leave-in conditioner through her hair. If her hair is long enough, braid it, and wrap it into a bun. The conditioner acts as a barrier on her hair and will prevent the chlorine from causing damage. Her best bet is to wear a swim cap…if she will wear one, still have her do the conditioner on her hair. After she’s been in the pool, she’ll need to use a clarifying shampoo to deep clean her hair and get all the chemicals from the pool off her hair. Once a week, have her do a hair mask/deep conditioner on a day when she’s not swimming. I know this seems like a lot of hair care, but you’ll be happy you did it once the summer is over!

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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