Beauty in the City: Have a Happy Hair Day

Extras, New York City, Spa & Beauty — By on July 7, 2009 at 12:36 am

There’s just something about having a good hair day that makes you feel sexier and more confident. When my hair fell flat even after getting it cut and buying different products to switch it up, I decided to visit Philip Kingsley’s clinic in Manhattan for a consultation. Kingsley, the man who coined the term “bad hair day,” has worked with Hollywood legends such as Audrey Hepburn. Today, he helps keep the manes of starlets such as Kate Winslet and Renee Zellweger camera ready.

Philip Kingsley ManhattanThough the space felt a bit more like the sort of medical clinic that it is rather than an ultra-luxurious salon, most clients don’t come to Kingsley for a spa experience. Instead, they want his advice on thinning hair or scalp problems. However, Kingsley said there are a lot of people like myself who are simply looking to give their style a boost and want to keep their hair looking its best.

My consultation lasted about forty-five minutes. After filling out a questionnaire on everything from general health to family history to lifestyle habits, he examined my scalp under a light with a magnifying glass. Philip prescribed a scalp crème for moisture, and his signature Elasticizer (deep conditioner) for added sheen. After massaging the products into my hair and allowing it to penetrate under a dryer for 20 minutes, the crèmes were rinsed and I was ready to go.

Philip Kingsley is called the “hair doctor” for a reason: Later that day, Amanda and Jen kept commenting on how shiny my hair was, and wanted to know my secret (this was before I told them about my appointment with Kingsley). And my hair was more manageable and easier to style after my treatment. If you’re looking to give your own style a lift, try Kingsley’s homemade recipes to keep your hair its healthiest this summer.

summer hair care 1. Create a shield. You probably wouldn’t think about going to the beach without slathering sunscreen on your skin, and you should apply the same rule for your hair. “The sun weakens the hair’s protein structure, zaps moisture, and reduces elasticity so the hair breaks more easily,” says Kingsley. To keep your tresses from becoming brittle, a hat is the best protection. Kingsley also recommends this cheap trick: Mix high SPF oil-free suntan lotion with an equal amount of your regular hair spray, and comb through for even distribution while hair is still wet. Style as usual.

2. Combat chlorine. The pool can bleach tresses and leave follicles brittle. Create a waterproof solution by mixing a high SPF oil with a thick conditioner. Apply in sections and put more of the mixture on the ends. “The combination of oil and conditioner forms a protective barrier against chlorine or salt water, preserves hair’s moisture levels, and conditions it all at the same time,” says Kingsley. The solution may look a bit greasy, but a slicked-back look at the beach can be sexy. And your hair will be soft rather than fried after a day of surf and sand.

3. Mend split ends, naturally. Since we tend to spend more time outdoors during summer, all the above elements (as well as wind and heat) can frazzle hair. To smooth damaged follicles that makes hair look frizzy, try a pre-shampoo deep conditioner. Kingsley suggests making a natural hair mask by mixing together 2 eggs; 2 half egg-shells of olive or other vegetable oil; ½ ripe avocado; and 2 ounces purified water. Work the mask in with your fingertips, leave on for 10 minutes, and then rinse out. Repeat once a week throughout the summer. The protein in the eggs, vegetables oils, and fatty acids in the avocado penetrates hair shafts to add gloss.

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