A Hairy Tale
A Hairy Tale
July 3rd, 2013
Hot sun, humidity, swimming pool chlorine—no question, summer can be tough on hair and scalp. They take hair care seriously at the Philip Kingsley Clinic, which is no mere hair salon (in fact, they don’t do styling there at all), but a trichological treatment center (tri·chol·o·gy /trih-kol-uh-jee/:the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp). True to its name, the venue, in a Midtown office building, has a functional, quasi-medical air—an impression that increases with the initial consultation. You’re ushered into the study—a dead ringer for a doctor’s office. The consultant shuts the door. Your hair/scalp problems, diet, healthy and stress levels are discussed. Don’t be surprised if a sheet is presented to you, entitled Essential Blood Tests for Trichological Evaluation, with a suggestion you get a workup done by your doctor—sooner rather than later. The prescribed treatment, though—involving exfoliating, conditioning, all sorts of good things—is kinda fun. Two big dollops of cream—consistency-wise, a cross between whipped and clotted—are thoroughly worked into your hair. Your head is wrapped in white paper, creating a sort of bald Martian effect. Then you’re set under a dryer that alternately steams and radiates heat. Next, a sort of white gravy (for some reason, culinary metaphors keep coming to mind), squirted from a salad-dressing-like bottle is applied, while you sit under red lamps. There’s a long, leisurely, shoulder and neck message, too. Finally, it’s back to reality: Your hair is washed, and you’re offered combs, brushes and blow-dryer for styling—and of course, the recommended products to buy. It all takes about an hour. And my locks look better than they have in months. Now, back into the pool.
» Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, 16 E. 52nd St., Ste. 901, 212.753.9600