I’ve been a fan of Philip Kingsley hair products ever since Anthony Fellows introduced me to them a few years ago. The body building shampoo and conditioner have had a place in my shower for a while…but lately I’ve been using a few more of the PK products to keep my bleached and dyed locks in good condition…
…so I figured it was a good time to tell you more about what I’ve been using. We’ll start with a bit about why this range is so good:
Who is Philip Kingsley?
Philip Kingsley was called the ‘Hair Guru’ by the New York Times, the ‘Hair Wizard’ by Vogue, the ‘Hair Doctor’ by the Sunday Times and was to many people the world’s leading expert on hair and scalp care. He came up with the phrase ‘bad hair day’ and treated celebs such as Victoria Beckham, Cate Blanchett and Sienna Miller. He died fairly recently, but he lives on through his clinics and products.
He wasn’t your usual celeb hairdresser…lending his name to mediocre products. He was actually a qualified Trichologist (later becoming Chairman of the Institute of Trichologists), which meant he studied and knew a great deal about hair health and the scalp. Philip Kingsley products not only address the cosmetic appearance of hair, but also its health and integrity.
During his career, Philip was published in numerous scientific papers and dermatological studies, including the British Journal of Dermatology and the American Journal of Endocrinology. Philip was interviewed on Oprah no less than three times, made frequent radio and television appearances, had a weekly column in the Sunday Times for nine years running and consulted to royalty and celebrities alike. What a guy, huh?
When Anthony explained all this to me, it became very clear why he chooses to stock Philip Kingsley products over other brands. Once you understand all the history, I don’t know why you’d use another range? Anthony Fellows is himself studying Trichology and cares a lot about hair health. He has the only salon in the area that specialises in the PK range, which I think says a lot about his expertise. Anthony said:
Philip Kingsley has a limited styling range because they focus more on hair health than producing lots of different products that will sell more.
So, that’s the history behind Philip Kingsley. Here’s the low-down on the products that I’ve been using:
I use this once a week…twice when I get time. This product has so many great reviews and when I posted a pic of the tub on my Instagram, lots of peeps said they’d used and loved it.
It’s essentially a hair mask. You wet your hair, towel dry and smother your hair in the good stuff. Leave for 15-20 mins (or overnight if you can) and then nip into the shower to shampoo/condition as normal.
I love the story behind Elastacizer. Audrey Hepburn initially sought Philip’s advice in his London Clinic in 1974, concerned that her hair was in bad condition due to over processing and constant styling on set. Philip went to work in his laboratory and formulated Elasticizer – the world’s first pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. Audrey fell in love with the product and used it her whole life. She even ordered pots to be sent to her in Switzerland so she never ran out.
Elasticizer has since developed into Philip Kingsley’s hero product, winning numerous awards and gaining recognition as an iconic hair care staple amongst beauty editors, stylists and celebrities alike.
Body Building Shampoo & Conditioner
I then use the body building shampoo and conditioner to wash away the Elasticizer and cleanse my hair.
Philip Kingsley does a few different shampoos and conditioners, but these are the best selling. Anthony recommended these to me because my hair is quite fine. This range thickens the appearance of each individual strand from root to tip. I also struggle with static with my hair, which this range helps.
This is a blow dry aid that acts like a primer for your hair to deliver long-lasting smoothness and control. It conditions without adding weight, protects against heat damage and UV rays, builds volume, and provides anti-frizz protection. A proper little multi-tasker!
I use it on towel-dried hair before I blow dry. It’s also good for a quick spritz and re-blow dry on a morning if your hair is feeling a bit bushy!
I use Maximizer as and when I need to create a bit more volume. Maximizer is a styling spray for fine, limp and flyaway hair. It holds the hair, as well as adding shine, giving UV protection and smoothing frizz.
I use it on wet hair near the root to give lift….and occasionally spray throughout the mid-lengths for overall fullness… but you can also use it on dry hair as a setting lotion.
Anthony Fellows stocks a lot of the PK range of products, so do pop into his salon in Mirfield (near Huddersfield) to pick his brains on which products you think you might get most benefit from.
Have you tried any products from the Philip Kingsley range?