Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and you’re staying cool in this heat. I got some great questions this week! Read on about “training” your hair, fixing an ingrown toenail, and synthetic vs. real hair extensions.

Dear Brooke, I am trying to wear my hair in a different style, but it keeps falling back into the part I am trying to get rid of. Is there a way to “train” my hair to fall differently? Carla K.

Dear Carla, I think it’s possible to get your hair to lay where you want it to, but it’s going to take some time. Your natural part is always going to be there, but if you’re looking to change that up be patient. Your first step is going to be when your hair is wet. Comb it where you want it to lay, and then let it dry that way. Try not to touch it too much, and don’t put it up a lot. When it’s dry and wants to fall back to where it naturally goes, redirect your hair and hold the style in place with bobby pins. Do this process every day; how long it takes to fully work is going to depend on the individual. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, I’ve never had any problems with ingrown toenails, but now I have been having issues. Why is this happening, and how can I prevent it? Katherine C.

Dear Katherine, First let me say, Ouch!! Ingrown toenails hurt so much! There could be many factors for getting an ingrown toenail. The most common reasons I come across for them is, wearing shoes that are too tight for a lengthy period, or cutting the toenail improperly. Too tight shoes can force the toenail to grow in the wrong direction. Have you been wearing a certain pair of shoes lately that you usually don’t? Clipping the toenail too short can cause it as well. Make sure you clip the nail straight across, and don’t clip it down too short. Also, just like your finger nails, file it from corner to center, never making a sawing motion. If it’s extreme pain, you should see your doctor. Hope this gives you some direction.

Dear Brooke, I am starting to use extensions, and I am noticing some are labeled as synthetic hair, and some are labeled as real hair. What kind of quality can I expect from either one? Rachel K.

Dear Rachel, Hair extensions are a fun way to change your look instantly. There are many advantages to both the synthetic extensions, and real hair extensions. It could take me a long time to go over the differences, but I will touch on the ones I think are most important. With real hair, you can heat style it; some synthetic hair will allow for heat styling, but you always run the risk of melting the hair. With synthetic hair, you have a permanent style…waves, curls, etc. that won’t fall out; real hair extensions don’t stand up under heat and humidity. Real hair extensions can be color treated, synthetic ones cannot. If you get good extensions, they both look natural. Typically you get what you pay for, so if you find them really cheap, chances are they’re not going to hold up long. So, the type you decide to go for depends on what you’ll be needing to do to your hair. This should give you a good starting point.

Thanks again 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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