Turning back

Posted on 15 Feb 2007 at 6:47pm
By Arnold Wayne Jones Staff Writer

Thee Viron Roe can help you look younger



You don’t need to be young and slim as long as you know how to look young and slim. And Thee Viron Roe can help out.

Roe spent more than seven years working under Jose Eber, and for the past six years, he has snipped, dyed and trimmed at the Salon at Stanley Korshak. He’s even coiffed celebs like Kathy Bates and Faye Dunaway, so he knows a lot about making people look their best.

“Men are starting to get it they request facials, manicures, pedicures,” he says. But even in a post-”Queer Eye” world, a lot of men are hesitant to request a male makeover.

“Makeovers are always geared toward women,” he says. “Big fashion designers need to do more clothes for men. And the word “‘metrosexual’ works my nerves come out of the closet!”

There are many tricks of the trade, however, that men can use to make themselves look young and fit without hitting the gym.

“Number one, you can always tweak your eyebrows,” Roe says. “Not too much, but just clean it up.” He suggests going to a professional for waxing rather than plucking yourself. “You don’t want to look like a drag queen unless you are one.”

The same trimming policy holds true for other facial hair. Moustaches and beards can easily grow out of hand, but keeping it close-cropped can make your look cleaner and younger. “Take it down if it’s too full it takes years off,” he says.

As many men start to go gray, they worry that coloring it dark will make them seem vain one day they are gray, the next they come into the office with black hair and everyone knows. But you don’t need to be so dramatic.

“Use highlights,” Roe says. Adding layers of subtle color throughout your hair will create depth and won’t happen so quickly that it draws attention to the changes. Coloring also adds volume by thickening the hair follicle.

The number one “no” in doing a successful male makeover, according to Roe: No comb-overs ever. If your hair is thinning, “Just say goodbye and cut it short,” he says. And consider highlights to make your hair more voluminous.

One of the best ways to look your best is to have healthy skin, which is as easy as a good diet.

“Drink lots of water and eat apples,” Roe says. “I had very bad acne in my younger years and my dermatologist told me water and apples would help and it did. All fruit is good.” So are jalapenos, he says, which are full of vitamin C. (He eats several every day.) Also add vitamins C and E to your diet.

And to remove wrinkles around the eyes, there’s always the old stand-by: Preparation H. After all, sometimes nature needs a little help.

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Beauty through diet

Every January, people promise to eat right and exercise then forget. But Dr. Raul Rodriguez of Rejuvenex Medical & Cosmetic Spa suggests five eating tips that may keep you looking younger without having to go under the plastic surgeon’s knife.

1. Eat good fats, like Omega 3 found in fish oil and wild salmon (3-5 grams a day). Get monounsaturated oil (extra virgin olive oil is the best), or snack on almonds to get your good-fat fix.

2. Avoid bad fats, such as transfats found in processed foods, hydrogenated oils used in fast food and saturated fats (those solid at room temperature). These can make your cells age prematurely, causing them to become stiff and inflexible.

3. Eat colorful fruits and vegetables, especially darkly colored ones like blueberries, spinach, broccoli and romaine (not iceberg) lettuce. These are loaded with antioxidants that save your cells and aid in their repair.

4. Take youthful supplements, like zinc and vitamin C, which are necessary for good collagen production. Chromium and melatonin (3 mg at bedtime) are also good.

5. Finish eating at least four hours before bedtime especially carbs. This practice keeps nighttime insulin levels low and allows your body to make more human growth hormone.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 16, 2007.

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