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So what is Ammon Carver’s latest chapter? He was recently named Creative Director for L’Anza Healing Haircare and has just opened a new eponymous salon in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.
The Ammon Carver Studio is a hybrid hair salon/photo studio, designed to perfectly marry the two worlds he’s most passionate about — behind-the-chair work with salon clients and high-energy editorial work. With floor to ceiling windows and painted brick walls, it’s sleek and modern with a classic loft style. I was treated to L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Hair Masque ($79.95) and I can vouch for how reparative it is. It made my somewhat fried hair healthier looking, super shiny, and full of body.
“There is something to be said for finding your signature style and sticking with it. However, every few years, especially after big milestone birthdays, it’s a good idea to change up your look to keep things fresh,” says Carver. He also recommends small changes to color (think highlights or seasonal tweaks) throughout the year, to keep yourself feeling on point.
Here, he shares 5 Anti-Aging Hair Dos:
REPLENISH KERATIN – Natural keratin depletion occurs as the hair gets older. Use products like the Keratin Healing Oil line by L’ANZA to replace the hair’s naturally occurring keratin protein for hair that has more strength, shine, and vitality.
GIVE HAIR A BREAK – Always use heat protection before using any heat appliance and cut down on styling wear and tear by stretching out the time between styling sessions with “day two” and “day three” styling options.
BE CAUTIOUS WITH COLOR – For the healthiest hair, opt for low maintenance highlights like ombre or go for translucent or demi-permanent glazes on ends, processes that don’t lift the cuticle layer.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, HEALTHY HAIR – Your food/nutrition intake shows up quickly in your hair so eat a well-balanced diet. Don’t skimp on sleep. Get your blood pumping with cardiovascular exercise. You’ll feel great and all this clean living will help your locks look their most youthful.
PRACTICE GOOD GROOMING – Regular trims will banish the dead ends and keep your hair looking fresh. If hair is damaged, use reparative treatments like Trauma Treatment by L’ANZA to help heal your hair. The beauty of this one is that it can also be used in your color formula to improve color attachment.
Talika Bio Enzymes Mask ($15 per mask) is a facial mask that acts likes a “second skin” for your face as it goes on cool on the skin and its ingredients work actively to: rehydrate (Hydrating Bio Enzymes Mask), smoothes wrinkles and brightens tone (Anti-age Bio Enzymes Mask), and mattifying oily skin and tightening pores (Purifying Bio Enzymes Mask). According to the beauty brand, its masks uses bio-cellulose, a natural nano fiber that is 1,000 times thinner than human hair, and this is the thinnest fiber of the living world, which means the mask can sit on skin comfortably without weighing it down.
The Hydrating Mask contains hydrophilic sugars that rehydrate and acts as an antioxidant, alpine flowers to heal and protect, and hyaluronic acid to soften skin an give off radiance. After wearing the mask for 15-30 minutes, the difference is immediate, and my skin felt baby-skin soft after just one use. In terms of luminosity, this mask is excellent. The Anti-age Mask helps reduce wrinkles and replump skin, and it includes ingredients like moisturizing collagen, watermelon from the Kalahari desert, which is rich in silicium, and resulting in an increase in the skin’s collagen. Purifying Mask minimizes imperfections like blackheads, spots, and redness and also tightens pores using argon oil, alpine herbs, and cinnamon. Purifying Mask would be great for use before a date or a black-tie event.
A smoothed out neck can give a more youthful appearance, and thanks to StriVectin’s TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95), the signs of aging on the neck can be reversed. This revamped version of their already popular-selling StriVectin TL Tightening Neck Cream now contains the breakthrough Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex™, which helps rebuild the elastin fiber architecture, and in combination with NIA-114™ technology, gives structure to sagging skin and gives it a youthful-looking profile, neck line, and décolleté.
There are two ways in which the new TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream works: instantly and over time. Instantly, the cream helps with the skin’s moisture, which is an important part in reducing the sagging. Over time, the cream works to improve definition and tone. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid, algae extract for oxidative stress, and Cumingii Leaf Extract, which forms a complex and sheer elastic network over the skin like a shield.
In an eight-week study, 100% of the participants said that their necks felt hydrated and more smooth, and that their necks and jawlines looked and felt firmer and lifted. I am not surprised by the results because after using this cream, I noticed results within a week.