Scent of Sunshine


Dashing out of the cold and into the cosy atmosphere of the Josh Wood Atelier in Notting Hill’s Lansdowne Road, I was welcomed by a gathering of tropical ferns, picture-perfect postcards and giant martini glass centerpieces filled to the brim with brightly coloured macarons. The main salon, lined with reclaimed wood hairdressing stations and eclectic accessories, was softly lit, like a relaxing island hideaway. Dotted around the countertops and shelves was Philip Kingsley’s new range of summer-inspired products in bottles no larger than 100ml – perfect for traveling. The collection centers on the exciting revamp of the iconic Elasticizer, which features a blue, green and gold-hued illustration to fit in with its new scents of coconut, jasmine and almond.

The room was buzzing with excitement as Anabel Kingsley stood up to introduce the new range of products. ‘Sun Shield’, a spray enriched with sunflower seed extract, guards against colour fade, damage and dryness caused by UV exposure, chlorine and salt water; ‘Instant Beach’ is Philip Kingsley’s answer to tousled wave spray, producing soft and bouncy beach waves without the crisp texture; the newly repackaged ‘Swimcap’ (originally designed for the US Olympic synchronised swim team) provides protection for coloured hair in chlorine, salt water, and in the sun, whilst at the same time deeply hydrating the hair; and finally, the ‘After-sun Scalp Mask’ soothes sun-burnt scalps and sensitive skin with its chamomile extract and aloe vera infusion.

Following Anabel’s talk, I was treated to a blow-dry using the new range of products. I opted for a mermaid-like fishtail braid, created by one of Josh Wood’s talented stylists using the Instant Beach spray. The result? Hair that looked, felt and smelled amazing – I will definitely be popping these products in my luggage for my next getaway.

The new Coconut Breeze Elasticizer (£19, 75ml; £32, 150ml) will be available from 1st February 2017 exclusively at Philip Kingsley salons and, and nationwide from May 2017. The rest of the Summer Solutions range will be available from 20th March 2017 at Philip Kingsley salons and, and nationwide from April 2017.