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To get your hair so glossy that you’ll even turn heads among the fashionistas strolling New York’s Fifth Avenue, you might want to visit Philip Kingsley’s clinic – a quick walk from The New York Palace, Omni Berkshire Place and Hotel Elysee in Midtown East. 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.
Though the space feels 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’re looking for his expert advice on thinning hair or scalp problems, or on how to give their style a boost to keep hair looking its best.
A consultation lasts about forty-five minutes. After filling out a questionnaire on everything from general health to family history to lifestyle habits, a hair care professional will examine your scalp under a light with a magnifying glass. Philip will recommend the best products for your individual hair type, such as a scalp crème for moisture, or his signature Elasticizer (deep conditioner) for added sheen. After massaging the products into hair and allowing it to penetrate under a dryer for 20 minutes, the crèmes are rinsed and you’re ready to go. Your hair will be more manageable and easier to style after your treatment, and you’ll feel like a star! 16 East 52nd Street, call 212-753-9600 for a consultation
– Holly Corbett of The Lost Girls