Top beauty professionals answer your most pressing questions and help you get glam (and healthy!) for fall.
I got a bad haircut and want it grow out as fast as possible. Is there any way I can speed up the grow-out process?
First off, take a multivitamin everyday and eat a well balanced, protein-rich diet—it’s a good time to fill up on beans and carne! Your body needs nutrients and protein to produce hair. Still, even with great nutrition, hair grows up to a half-inch each month, so while you’re waiting you’ll want to find a style that masks the bad cut.
Daniel Martinez, Mexican-American stylist from the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles suggests that if your hair is too short, have your stylist cut bangs. This creates the illusion that the rest of your hair is longer. Or if your problem is weird layers, start putting your hair in updos like loose, tousled chignons. And accessorize with headbands and pins, which draws the attention away from your hair.
I brush my teeth regularly, but I don’t always floss. Is this step really necessary?
Yes! Your mami wasn’t nagging you por gusto when you were younger. In fact, after brushing your teeth, flossing is the main thing to keep a healthy smile. Unfortunately, 75% of people still do not floss says Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Laura Torrado who owns her own practice in New York City. She confirms flossing is essential to remove plaque and in turn maintain clean teeth. Plaque is a combination of bacteria, mucus and food particles that collect on teeth and gums.
“Flossing before bed is especially important to remove plaque because while you sleep, saliva, which has calcium and forms a protective barrier on teeth, is not present and incident of tooth decay from this bacteria is greater,” says Dr. Torrado who is Uruguayan and Spanish. If you don’t floss, plaque becomes tartar, which forms a bond on teeth that can only be removed by your dentist.
My skin is sensitive, how can I treat a breakout without using a harsh acne product?
Half Mexican and Irish esthetician Joanna Vargas suggests cleansing skin, applying a soothing mask to reduce inflammation and following with a spot serum like Eminence Organics Herbal Spot Serum ($42), which she uses and sells at her salon, Joanna Vargas Skin Care Sanctuary. This natural spot serum features willow bark, which acts as salicylic acid, and walnut leaves that act as an astringent.
Other natural spot healers are honey with anti-inflammatory properties and tea tree oil that is an anti-bacterial agent. For clear skin from inside out, Vargas says, “I always recommend clients eat veggies with every meal because it helps digest food and prevents the body from reacting to food it doesn't like by breaking out.”
My hair is suddenly breaking a lot—both at the hairline and at the ends. What should I do?
On average, we lose about 100 strands of hair each day. But if you begin to notice a lot more in the shower drain or brush, calmate! It could be because you’ve worn your hair in a ponytail or braids for a few days and you’re simply seeing the accumulation of shed strands. Plus, our bodies naturally lose a bit more hair at the end of summer. Another factor: pregnancy. Women don’t lose hair while they’re pregnant, so all of that excess hair sheds after they’ve delivered. Or your diet and stress-levels may also be influencing hair loss.
If you don’t identify with any of these scenarios , then the most likely culprit is your flat iron. Try to limit your use (at least take two days off per week), and upgrade to one that has ceramic plates (which distributes heat evenly) and an adjustable temperature (perfect choice: Smart Heat Straightening Irons, go to belsonproducts.com for stores).
Daniel Martinez, a Mexican American stylist from the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles recommends applying a moisture-restoring hair mask (like Fekkai Protein Rx Anti-Breakage Treatment Mask, $29, fekkai.com) once a week for five weeks. Smooth it on damp hair from midlengths to ends then put on a shower cap; the trapped heat opens the hair’s cuticle so that the hydrating ingredients can penetrate. Rinse after fifteen minutes.