Philip Kingsley

Philip Kingsley

Philip Kingsley (1930-2016) was a true visionary in the world of hair care. Over his celebrated 65-year-career, he treated the hair – and boosted the morale – of thousands of clients, including actors, models, royalty, professional athletes, beauty journalists and TV personalities. He was able to provide solutions to the most extreme hair and scalp problems, as well as offering products, advice and regimes for those who simply wanted their hair to look and feel its very best.

Philip Kingsley’s passion for hair started at age 16, when he began assisting at his uncle’s hairdressing salon in London’s East End. Unable to afford university, he started saving money to study at the Institute of Trichologists. Even at this early age, Philip Kingsley recognised the profound psychological significance of hair for both men and women. He understood like no one else how important your hair is to your self-esteem. With this in mind, he dedicated his career to helping people achieve the very best hair they could.

Philip Kingsley’s care and insight led him to accomplish many firsts in his field. He was the first hair professional to encourage hair health through nutrition and wellbeing. He coined the phrase ‘bad hair day’, and created the world’s first pre-shampoo conditioner, Elasticizer, personally for Audrey Hepburn. His expertise bridged the gap between science and beauty, and earned him many awards and accolades. He was referred to as the Hair Guru by the New York Times, the Hair Wizard by Vogue and the Hair Doctor by the Sunday Times.

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