Amy Sall, NY Editor, Lurve Magazine

Amy Sall

“I’m growing my hair out right now so I keep it in a little bun. I wash it every week at the hair salon. African American hair, it’s a process—you have to wash it once a week; if I washed it every day, it would fall out! So I go every week and get it washed, conditioned, and blown out. I go to a salon in the Bronx called Doris*—my hairdresser’s Doris—she is amazing. She’s been recommended to me by a ton of people. She assesses the situation and treats it from there. I get it relaxed every two to three months, otherwise it’s super curly. It’s not easy to manage when it’s curly! [Laughs] Anyway, it’s around $80 a week, but it’s worth it. I usually go to Ricky’s for hair products; I like this line called Mizani—it’s super moisturizing.

For my face, I use Kiehl’s Foaming Non-Detergent Washable Cleanser; it’s really simple and wonderful. And then I use their Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub—it’s really gentle but you still feel the exfoliation happening. Right now, I’m using Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15. My face tends to get oily so I keep my moisturizer pretty light. And I know it sounds cliché but I do drink a ton of water. It’s a chore, for sure, but I’m always like, ‘This has to work.’

I’d always been afraid of experimenting with color because I have very dark skin, so it took me a while to get comfortable with adding a splash of color here and there. Now I’ll throw on a berry lipstick—I’ve learned that deep plum colors work well with my complexion. Like what I’m wearing right now—this is ‘Confession’ by Urban Decay. Normally I wear mascara, by Sephora or Givenchy. If something unexpected shows up on my face, I’ll use a little Makeup Forever concealer.

I’m obsessed with the gym. I love my fitness instructor Tina Thompson—she teaches at the Union Square and Lafayette Street locations of Crunch, so I alternate between those two. I take her classes five times a week. She does a combination of cardio and body sculpting, to a mix of really good, fast-paced music, so you’re constantly working. She’s hilarious—you’re laughing the whole time. And the people I see there become friends of mine, so it turns into this social event/workout. I think my gym membership is the best thing I’ve ever bought, because of her.”

*Doris Salon, 4641 White Plains Road, Bronx NY, 347-843-7407

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  • sk

    wow!!! i haven't been at a crunch (or a gym for that matter) in forever but i remember Tina T well, and fondly. good to know she's still teaching and sounds like she's the same as ever.

    love her look, very polished and put together in an effortless seeming way


    Amy is a radiating beauty, through and through!

  • Madame M

    She is very elegant and her routine is really healthy. She convinced me to follow my own routine to get her face and shape.

  • herCatwalk

    Great post! It's interesting how everyone has different things that they splurge on. For Amy, it's haircare. As for me, I buy the cheapest drugstore shampoo, but I invest in skincare because I have problem skin that breaks out easily.

  • Elena

    Beautiful girl. Her skin is so glow-y. I want.

  • Courtney

    BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO! I am so happy to see a beautiful, smart, healthy, vibrant, woman of color interviewed for your blog. Needless to say, I'm in love with everyone you include on your blog (French, Asian, Caucasian, etc.), but this is special for me. I'm so happy to hear my peers talk about the challenges of haircare and making fitness/health the number one priority.
    I don't think there's anything you could do to improve your website.


    • Dawn

      I agree courtney! I love the diversity of editors, models and people in the fashion world interviewed here, you don't see that much on other fashion websites.
      I have to try Kiehl's products, I've heard about them so much.
      I love the in-depth and focused interviews about these women's beauty routines and must haves and the simplicity of the site.

      • chic noir

        dawn, I love Kiehl's products. I especially love the cream de corps body lotion.

  • Valerie

    Ooh, gonna have to try out that papaya scrub from Kiehl's, my fave. XO Valerie

    P.S. Check out my English Garden Party post today, which includes Erdem's dreamy spring/summer looks. I love her designs! XO Valerie

  • DP

    Really enjoyed this one. Honest and beautiful woman!

  • T

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU for featuring such a beautiful woman of color on your site. Words can't even say how much my respect for this blog and you as a person, Emily, has increased after this. It'll be a staple in my morning blog reading for a while to come. :)

  • Riri

    THOSE EYES!!!!! She is just spectacular, love your blog more everyday!

  • Peepthischica

    Her skin is amazing. But, her comments about African American hair are common misperceptions about kinky/curly hair - washing your hair on a daily basis will not make it fall out, nor do you have to wash it only once per week.

    • shi

      great post. however, this may be true for her hair (relaxed), but as a AA woman myself, the blanket statement about "our hair" is simply not true. every AA woman does not have a relaxer! love your blog!

      • ab

        i agree. not all aa or a's have chemically relaxed hair. i don't for example. love your posts but must clarify that her hair appears chemically relaxed and therefore likely subject to easy breakage. (like blonde charlotte free when she mentioned that due to processing her hair was 'fried'). hair, african or otherwise, in it's natural state, is not going to 'fall out' from daily washing.

  • Jennifer

    Emily, I just discovered your blog and I'm now hooked! It's great to learn what products people in the industry use and the pictures on this site are wonderful.

    Amy, your skin is flawless!! I will definitely have to try out some of the products you recomended. :)

  • Devi

    Lovely woman.

  • Chelsea Von Mach

    Just found your blog featured in Lucky Mag. Congrats! Love it, great set up and great posts! Clever way of doing a beauty blog.

  • Cecilie

    That color lipstick looks amazing on her!

  • Kalyn Johnson

    Great post! I have the exact same hair issues I. Tandem with a very similar workout routine. Thanks for introducing us to Amy.

    Stylishly yours,

  • L.

    seems like such a beautiful girl inside out! just found this blog and i'm loving it!! thanks for sharing so many beautiful people with beautiful stories!


  • Denise

    Have to disagree about washing your hair daily if you have a chemical relaxer. When very coily/curly hair is relaxed the process is very, very drying. Yes water can add moisture to the hair, however using shampoo and conditioner every day is not the best way to treat chemically treated (relaxed or texlaxed hair). I've had a relaxer, I've used thermal straighteners, and I wear my hair in it's natural state and the only time I washed more frequently than once a week was when it was super short (less than two inches of hair). Also most not all but most women with relaxers either blow dry the hair straight or sit under a dryer, which can suck the moisture out of your hair. Obviously everyone's hair is different, but having natural hair for more than 15 years and having a wide range of friends with similar hair types as myself, I think washing 5-7 days makes much more sense and it's working for her.

    Emily keep up the good work, I love to read about the beauty routines of other women. I find it fascinating.

  • teresa

    I'm going to echo a few people here and say how much I love and respect this blogger. Not only are these features like crack for the beauty junkie, but the fact that you showcase women of all different colours means so much to me. There's really no other beauty blog like it. Thank you!

  • samantha

    i really enjoyed this one. thank you!

  • Opal

    Love love love your site!!

  • chic noir

    I can't get enough of this blog. Thanks so much Emily for the Amy Sall interview. I'm adding her Urban Decay lip color to my list.

  • Courtney

    Her beauty regimen seems simple, healthy, and effective! She is beautiful!

  • Mischo Beauty

    She has GORGEOUS skin! Love that she's embraced using color...


    love this article. just not happy about her haircare regimen. i wash my hair every day only because i'm going natural. no more chemicals for me! black women should stay away from that :)

  • smarts

    WOW! I love kiehls products. I love this feature, maybe I'll look into these products. I love that black women are breaking away from the relaxer-- yay! lol

  • Jen Smith

    Just found your blog and I LOVE IT!!! I love this pic and her hair story....I can TOTALLY relate. :)


  • PhotoGirl

    What a beautiful woman! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the diversity. I love it! Bookmarking your site now.
    (BTW: I, too, have chemically relaxed hair and shampoo it 1x/week. Anything else is absolutely too drying.)

  • thepegster

    i like the diversity and her skin is wonderful! keep up the good work!

  • Flaviena

    Great blog, I'm definitly following from now on!

  • Sondra

    Great post! I'm AA and I wear a relaxer as well. Her comment about not washing her hair everyday isn't true of all relaxed hair. I tend to wash mines every other day in the summer and my hair is very healthy. All AA hair isn't the same, but she does have beautiful skin and I am following her workout regime. Beautiful lady! I'm a makeup artist and I LOVE THIS BLOG!

  • Amber

    I was my hair twice a week lol and I'm black as well (of West Indian parents) but then again mine isn't chemically relaxed :)
    she has beautiful skin!


  • Ariel

    Love Amy Sall's look, especially those eyes! Seriously gorgeous. My unsolicited two cents re: her haircare routine: I have chemically straightened hair and I wash my hair as often as I like with absolutely no ill effects, often with the frequency of every 2 to 3 days. I just have to say that the wash isn't your enemy, its the TYPE of shampoo / conditioner you use that will dry your hair out. Please look into organic, sulfate free options, like Giovanni, my personal favorite. A clean scalp especially with all those hard workouts is something you don't have to sacrifice in the name of great hair.