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A Haircare Pioneer’s Top Beauty Picks and Skincare Secrets



The beauty world has its share of cult products: items like Clé de Peau Beauté’s concealer or Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50, whose popularity was built largely on near-feverish word-of-mouth campaigns. And Phylia de M.‘s organic keratin-infused shampoo and conditioner—beloved for their magical mane-thickening and follicle-regenerating abilities and addictive neroli-orange-blossom-laced scent—are poised to join the cultish ranks. The woman behind the widely lauded hair potions is Kazu Namise (the formulas are based on the work of her godfather, oncologist Dr. Dick Mayayama), who founded the brand after suffering for years with hair that wasn’t of the shiny, happy variety. Here, Namise shares some of her own beautifying favorites—Phylia, naturally, among them.

THE SKINCARE REGIMEN: Innovative Skincare

“Following the recommendation from the lovely Gill Sinclair, owner of (the best health-based beauty site out of London), I have become a faithful addict of all things from Innovative Skincare. Founded by a team of doctors and scientists, the company dedicates itself to intense research, employing molecular biologists, biochemists, and various professionals specializing in botany, pharmacology, and medicine. The results are two product lines that combine nature and science to produce extremely effective remedies for everything from dry skin to scars. I start with the Daily Cleanser, which is heavenly. Then, on clean skin, I apply our own Phylia de M. Connect Scalp & Hair treatment as my toner. It has the same healing and regenerative performance for skin and it’s perfect before applying lotion or cream. The final step is Innovative Skincare’s Reparative Moisturizer, which my skin drinks up beautifully. Between the dryness of L.A. and the strain of travel, this routine saves my skin! For more intensive healing, I also love its new IS Clinical Sheald balm.”


THE HAIR: Phylia de M.

“My holy grail for hair is, of course, Phylia de M. Clean, Condition, Connect, Reconnect, in that order, every day. The products detoxify the scalp and target the optimization of your body’s own hair growth function to grow its best hair, naturally. This is all I’ve used for the last fifteen years, and it has transformed my hair completely.”



“My nature is to be a bit of a lazy panda in this department, but my friend encouraged me to get a trainer (Molly McNamee), who has been incredible, and I’ve come to enjoy working out. My preferred style is long and lean with low impact. So she has designed a program, and three times a week we rotate yoga and Pilates with cardio and strength training, and then she throws in a day of ballet and dance. She’s helped me find a routine that challenges me and gets me in shape, but is also varied and fun.”

See; (309) 838-0385


“With all my work and travel, I love to indulge in spa time to restore my body and spirit. I pop around to different spas when I’m traveling, but at home, my go-to is Raindrop Technique and Water Release Therapy with Stacy Morrisey. The raindrop technique uses a method combining Vita Flex and reflexology with a series of sacred essential oils applied along my spine for a luxurious massage, which encourages structural and electrical alignment. Water Release Therapy is a deeply healing water session, a sort of shiatsu stretch and flow immersed in warm water. It’s a beautiful and deeply nurturing experience.”

Contact her at or (310) 486-6583


“In L.A., Life Food Organic is my daily drop-in for yummy fresh juices, tonics, and raw vegan food. I wish we cooked more at home, but with my schedule, LFO has been a lifesaver. I add our Fulphyl [pure biomimetic fulvic acid supplement] into my juices every day, and just a spoonful a day keeps me steady and healthy.”

1507 North Cahuenga Boulevard, (323) 466-0927;


“Most days, I’m out the door with a fresh face, but for an occasion, I do love to get dolled up—still keeping it very simple. Some mineral makeup (Bare Escentuals mineral powder and Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener, as well as their blush), plus Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen and YSL eyeshadows are my go-tos for when I dress up a bit at night.”


“I have wonderful girlfriends, and we love to take little getaways. One big spa healing trip I do once a year is to Miraval in Arizona. They have incredible treatments for body and spirit. The most unique and special have been working with Wyatt Webb’s Equine Experience, Dr. Tim Frank’s Spirit Flight, and Pam Lancaster’s Shuniya Sound Ceremony. A few days in this desert haven and I am back to neutral.”


Open for the Season: Salon Bar in East Hampton, NY


One-stop beauty shops that offer a range of services—everything from haircuts and skin-rejuvenating facials to brow shaping and bikini waxes—aren’t exactly hard to find in major metropolitan areas such as Manhattan or L.A. But once you leave the city limits? It’s a whole different story. But those headed out East this summer won’t have to bounce around in search of such beauty essentials now that Salon Bar has officially opened in East Hampton. The 2,000-square-foot space—which is the brainchild of Christina Savescu, a cosmetologist whose career includes positions at Estée Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel—is open from May to September. The menu leaves almost no body zone untreated. For the perfect beachy bob, book a session with resident hairstylist Lois Broderick (whose clients include members of U2) or New York pro Thomas Heinz, who will be on hand Saturdays through August. For glowing skin, consider the 24-karat-gold and collagen face treatments designed to repair cellular damage (and leave a subtle shimmer), an energizing lemongrass face mist, a moisture-infusing oxygen blast, or a detoxifying seaweed body wrap. You can even skip a trip to the doctor’s office, as Savescu’s physician husband, Dr. Napoleon Savescu, offers all manner of injections (Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane) and body-contouring fixes from Europe, such as SlimVest, a cooling suit that’s worn on the body to boost your metabolism, and Endermologie, which targets cellulite. All that and a salty breeze on your way out.

The Salon Bar, 66 Newtown Lane, Suite 10, East Hampton, New York, (631) 604-5500.

Photo: Courtesy of Salon Bar

Drugstore Discovery: Aveeno Aisle-Hops


Among the drugstore beauty giants, Aveeno’s name has become synonymous with supremely gentle skincare. Its products are constantly name-checked by dermatologists, editors, and even those like, say, my mother, who seek the counsel of neither, for their forgiving nature. As of this month, Aveeno is extending its reach upward. Its new Pure Renewal collection refocuses the brand’s simple, natural-minded philosophy on haircare. Seaweed extract is the star ingredient in the shampoo and conditioner, both of which are designed (much like the skincare products) to soften and cleanse while simultaneously replacing the hair’s moisture levels. That they are also free of sulfates, parabens, and synthetic dyes makes them a boon for those who regularly dye, cleansing without stripping their bottle-born hues. All in all, ideal choices for anyone who likes to give their hair the same TLC they give their complexion.

$6.50 each, at drugstores.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Woodley & Bunny Heads West


Woodley & Bunny, the hair salon and apothecary set up by sisters Misha and Erin Anderson in 2005, has done something pretty unique: The concept shop has managed to become one of New York’s go-to destinations for all things beauty, and it’s not even open in Manhattan. The Brooklyn flagship is about to get some company, though. “Stars aligned, and we had a wonderful opportunity to make it happen, so we seized it,” Misha Anderson says of W&B’s newest location in West Hollywood, which is opening its doors this month. The 600-square foot Los Angeles space won’t have a fully functional salon like its Williamsburg predecessor, but it will boast a mini facial bar, brow-shaping, and makeup services—as well as the incredibly well-curated selection of hard-to-find product lines that Anderson has become known for. “Because it’s a very intimate space, the lines are even more edited,” she says of the selection of Ellis Faas and RMS Beauty cosmetics, Sachajuan Professional hair care, and Sentara skincare, the French organic line preferred by starlets like Mélanie Laurent that are amongst the offerings. There will be some West Coast exclusives to look forward to as well. “Julisis Skincare will be a big launch for the L.A. store,” Anderson says of the homeopathic “activated gold” range, as will its condensed service menu, which includes airbrushing, lash application, and facepainting. “To have the ability to get a full makeup service by a seasoned professional for $48 is a steal,” Anderson effuses (watch your back, Blushington). And this is just the beginning of the Woodley & Bunny expansion plan. After the first international outpost opens in Berlin this summer, New York City will finally get a piece of the action come fall.

8318½ W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; 323-951-9906.

Photo: Courtesy of Woodley & Bunny