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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.
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Don’t satisfy your pumpkin cravings just by sipping a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Applied topically pumpkin dissolves dead skin cells, making it a gentle chemical exfoliant, skin brightener and allowing the rest of your skincare products to be absorbed more efficiently. Pumpkin contains powerhouse ingredients like vitamins A, C, E and K plus potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium so it’s an ideal skin slougher, soother, nourisher, healer and protector. And, it’s worth a mention…pumpkin smells amazing!
Here are 9 new favorites for the season:
Burts Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm ($3.29 ) couldn’t be yummier! It smells and tastes just like fresh baked pumpkin pie, plus it’s formulated with cold-pressed organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Vitamin E for sweet, moist, supple lips.
Bioelements Flash Foam Cleanser ($34) instantly dissolves dirt, makeup and dead surface cells leaving skin smooth, soft and refreshed – and contains natural exfoliating enzymes in the form of pumpkin, papaya and pineapple extracts.
Aviva Advanced Hair Nutrition ($60) contains 18 essential nutrients including pumpkin seed oil to boost strength, build length, restore balance and hydrate the scalp and hair follicles for super-shiny, healthy, lustrous strands.
G.M. Collin Bio Organique Normalizing Gel-Cream ($49) is formulated with organic ingredients. Pumpkin, orange, ginger and green tea are included in this matifier that perfectly hydrates and refines dull, tired-looking, normal to oily skin.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80) gently dissolves unwanted surface skin cells and provides intense hydration so you’re left with radiant, luminous, glowing skin. This super strong anti-ager firms, brightens, protects and helps correct photo aging with pumpkin ferment extract plus 15% L-ascorbic acid.
Red Door Spa Professional Pumpkin Enzyme Exfoliator ($56) allows you to get spa results in the privacy of your own home. It smells decadent and easily sloughs away dead, dulling surface cells to reveal brighter , softer, smoother skin.
Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum by Cindy Crawford ($52 /call 1-877-383-1212 to purchase) will encourage cell renewal when applied under your daily moisturizer. It’s formulated with soy protein, marine botanicals and antioxidants (including pumpkin extract) for a brighter complexion.
June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque ($78) combines powerful ingredients like pumpkin enzyme to digest dead surface cells, a blend of tea extracts plus goji berry for powerful anti-oxidant protection and a mix of vitamins and minerals for skin brightening and healing help.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85) contains pumpkin enzymes, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon extract, honey and more yummy stuff for a perfectly polished, clean and hydrated complexion in 2 minutes or less.
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August (a.k.a National Anti-Frizz Month) has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of frizzy hair. A recent study conducted by Alberto VO5 found that approximately 87 percent of U.S. women deal with frizzy hair, 25 percent of whom have resorted to measures as drastic as staying home on bad hair days. There’s got to be a better way!
Curly hair tends to frizz more than straight hair, but the the health of your hair also plays a major factor. Damaged hair (thanks to heat styling and over styling in general) shows up as breakage, split ends, and ultimately frizz. Then there’s the environment. “Frizz is caused when water, found in humid hair, modifies hair’s structural protein, causing our hair cuticles to let loose, and literally spring out of control,” said Nina Riley, VP of Marketing for Alberto VO5. She continued, “The key is preventing that process early-on, starting with pre-treating the hair before shampooing with products like VO5 Hot Oil Treatment, which smooth out the cuticle and keep frizz from taking hold.”
Frizzy Hair Fixes:
- Get the wet out: Instead of rubbing hair dry with a towel, which will rough up the cuticle and cause frizz, gently squeeze hair dry with the towel.
- Choose wisely: Use products with little to no alcohol on their ingredient list since alcohol will dry out your strands and contribute to frizz.
- Apply generously: If you’ve got long, thick hair you should be applying more product than those with thinner, shorter hair.
- Sleep smoothly: Slumber on a silk or satin pillowcase to help maintain the moisture in your hair. Cotton and other blends can upset the cuticle and dry it out.
- Condition and then some: Along with your usual post-shampoo conditioner, use a leave-in conditioner morning and night to help your hair maintain optimal moisture levels.
- Multitask: In a pinch, use a bit of hand or body lotion rubbed between your hands first and then worked through your strands, avoiding the root area. Here, less is more.
Alberto VO5′s Five-Step Process To Combat Frizz:
Step 1 – Pre-Shampoo Treatment. VO5 Hot Oil Therapy, with its 5-vitamin and protein rich formula to moisturize and condition hair from roots to ends, helps to restore shine, strength, and silky softness while it smooths hair cuticles. One minute once a week is all it takes to avoid frizz.
Steps 2 & 3 – Shampoo and Condition. Products like VO5 Salon Series Smooth + Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner contain a unique smoothing complex that helps manage unruly hair and help eliminate frizz, pronto!
Step 4 – Styling Prep. VO5 Salon Series Anti-Frizz & Shine Styling Cream preps hair for the rigors of styling by nourishing hair, reducing frizz, and boosting shine.
Step 5 – Finish. Use VO5 Salon Series Perfect Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray to help fortify your hair for a healthy shine that perfectly finishes any style.