Recently, Aveeno Brand Ambassadors (of which I am proud to say I’m one) were invited to ask celebrity experts, hair stylist Patrick Melville, and dermatologist Jessica Wu, hair some hair and skincare questions. I am excited because I am actually going to see Patrick Melville today! The Q&A was compiled, and sent to us to share with our readers. I have picked few that I think we all wonder about. Below are some of the questions Aveeno Ambasadors asked. Do any of these apply to you?
PATRICK MELVILLE ANSWERS HAIR CARE QUESTIONS:
What cut will create the most volume for fine, long hair? What should we ask for at the salon? The cut that is best for fine long hair is a cut that has long layers … some softer shorter pieces around the face. Also add a sweeping fringe that sweeps to the side and will create a lot of versatility and give hair maximum volume. Products are key such as lightweight volumizing spray at the root because as you know, volume comes from the root. Be careful and make sure to tell your stylist to keep the layers long as layers can also thin the hair if too short.”
I have long black hair that used to be shiny and silky, now it has lost some of its luster. How can I get it back? “The best way to get back luster is to use the Aveeno Nourish+ Shine Shampoo and Conditioner along with the Aveeno Living Color Shine Glaze which can be used on all hair types. This will give you maximum shine and close the cuticle and boost the life back into your hair.”
. Most images and tips I get are for young women, so I’d love some fDoes Patrick have any hairstyle tips to get women over 40 out of the hair “frump”? Maybe some tips on how to update a look. “As you may know, women over 40 do not have to cut off their hair to look less frumpy. I suggest cutting the hair to the collarbone with some longer layers. This will give the hair some energy and still allow you to be very versatile with styling options. For example this cut allows you to put your hair back into a low chignon or a French twist. This will still give you that soft sexy look without having to cut off your locks while still being youthful and feminine.”
I’d love to get the scoop from Patrick about how to make thin hair look thicker. Mine just gets super stringy as it growns longer. It’s awful! “Make sure you trim your hair on a regular basis and do not use any type of oil or silicone based products. You want to use a volumzing spray and apply a lightweight styling glaze to damp hair before blowdrying. Do not overblowdry and when you are finished use the Aveeno Nourish+ Style Fortifying Hairspray to create fullness and body, making hair swell and look thicker.”
DR.WU ANSWERS SKINCARE QUESTIONS:
What signs should we look out for to determine if we’re using too many products or ones that are too strong? “Try cutting back on your products, then adding them one at a time to figure out which one is causing the problem.”
I wonder if I’m doing enough and what are the most important things I should be doing on a daily basis to prevent wrinkles, age spots and lines? “Sunscreen! Ensure you are using AT LEAST an SPF 30 on your face each morning. Even if it’s not sunny out, those sun rays are still there!”
(I asked): I am most interested in how products work, or don’t work, together. For example, is it ok to mix Aveeno Skincare products with other serums masques, spf moisturizers, and so forth? Do these things interact badly? Usually when my patients have a problem mixing their skincare products, it’s because they use products that cause too much irritation when used together: for example, using two different acne creams at the same time (like a benzoyl peroxide and a retinoid); or using a product with alphahydroxy acid and another with salicylic acid. Aveeno products are designed to be gentle and soothing, so you can generally mix and match them with your other skincare products. However, if you’re using a prescription product, check with your dermatologist first.
I’d like to know what to do /how to handle “ear acne,” i.e. comedones on cartilage of the ear; as well as dry skin on the back of ears.. basically ear skin care! The first step is to be as thorough cleaning your ears as you do your face. The skin on your ears is thick and has a high concentration of oil glands, so it tends to get clogged and form blackheads. If you have lots of blackheads, you can swab the earlobes and outer ear canal with a cotton swab dipped in acne toner. Careful not to drip into your ear. Facialists or dermatologists can also do extractions if you have large, compacted blackheads that won’t go away. Flaky skin on the back of the ears is often a sign of seborrheic dermatitis (a type of dandruff). This is caused by overgrowth of yeast that feeds on your skin and oils. Washing with a dandruff shampoo daily and using an anti-yeast cream (like Lotritimin) for a week or two usually calms the problem. Taking a probiotic (or eating yogurt) daily has also been shown to help this condition. If the flakiness spreads, oozes, or gets crusty, it’s best to see a doctor to make sure it’s not a Staph bacteria infection.
Have these tips been helpful? If you have additional questions that confound or confuse you, please leave them in the COMMENTS section of this post, and I will try and get answers from experts to share with you.