Amerie, the singer behind current hit "Why R U," from her upcoming album In Love & War, spoke with us about her new album’s sound a couple of weeks back (look for the August 2009 issue of Sister 2 Sister for the story). But we also had to sneak in a few questions about her beauty regimen, and she was more than happy to share her secrets to amazing skin and hair.
"The most important thing [for your hair] is a great cut," Amerie explained. "That’s essential." Amerie visits Los Angeles scissor wizard Addie Markowitz (who also chops comedienne Ellen’s mane) to keep her long locks angled and shaped while Stephanie Pohl, who works in the Chess & Burman Salons with Addie, styles it.
On her own, Amerie relies on the Pureology line of products. "It’s for making sure that your haircolor lasts," she told us of the PureVolume system. "I like to dye my hair jet-black, so it helps keep that in there." She uses the entire line: shampoo, conditioner and blowdry amplifier ("I like body; this adds a lot of body to your hair, especially in the roots"). ($7-$25, Folica)
When it comes to her skin, she loves MD Forte’s Replenish Hydrating Cleanser because it’s "basically soap-free, oil-free, glycolic acid-free. Like there’s nothing in it." ($30, Skin Store)
"For a moisturizer, I’m still looking," Amerie told us. "I kind of also like La Prairie’s Cellular Time Release, which actually is good but you have to be careful not to use too much." ($150, Saks Fifth Avenue)
The ultimate sunscreen? "Dr. Susan Taylor’s RX for Brown Skin," said an excited Amerie. "It’s only SPF 15, I wish there was, like, a much higher one. It’s the best sunscreen because it doesn’t turn white on your skin and it doesn’t make your skin oily or anything…that’s the best one I’ve ever found." ($26, Sephora)
– Whitney Teal