Remembering Haircare Legend Philip Kingsley

Haircare legend Philip KingsleyHaircare legend Philip Kingsley, who was an internationally renowned trichologist and the world's leading authority on hair and scalp health, passed away on Sept. 3rd. Kingsley is survived by his wife Joan and their four daughters, Anabel, a fellow trichologist and his company's director of communications; Kate, a novelist; Sue, a pharmaceutical consultant; and Helen, a curator and an archaeologist. Kingsley coined the phrase ‘bad hair day’ and was the first to link hair health with nutrition and wellbeing. Born in 1930, Kingsley’s passion for hair started when he left school at age 14 to help support his parents and four siblings. He began his career apprenticing at his uncle’s hairdressing salon in Bethnal Green before beginning a correspondence course at the Institute of Trichologists. Even in his teenage years and early twenties, Kingsley recognized the profound psychological significance that hair has for both men and women and was determined to make a difference. In 1957, he opened his first London clinic in Marylebone and went on to open larger clinics in London as demand for his services grew. By the late 1970s, he opened his flagship Trichological Clinic on Green Street, Mayfair, and then on New York’s Fifth Avenue in 1977. Even at the age of 86, Kingsley was still working to revolutionize the haircare market. He was involved in research on female hair loss at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and has developed products to suit the needs of people undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as set up regular donations to the breast cancer charity Look Good Feel Better and the Royal Marsden Hospital for Cancer Research.