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VIOLET CODE APPROVED:

PHILIP KINGSLEY’S
DENSITY THICKENING
SHAMPOO &
CONDITIONER

An expertly-designed system for instant volume that treats and protects for fuller hair and a healthier scalp.


Written By LENA RAFF

DISCOVERED

Most of us (particularly savvy VIOLET GREY shoppers) are familiar with dermatologists and their purview–to care for the health of the skin. What may be a less familiar expertise is that of the trichologist, a specialist who focuses on the scalp and hair. 

Perhaps the most famous trichologist is Philip Kinglsey, who made it his life’s work to help clients maintain a full head of voluminous, thriving hair and a balanced, comfortable scalp. Among those who visited his clinic in London was Audrey Hepburn, whose hair was wrecked from constant coloring. The product Kingsley created for Hepburn all those years ago, Elasticizer, continues to have a cult following.


So, when the VIOLET LAB heard that the Kingsley brand—now helmed by Philip’s daughter, Anabel Kingsley—was debuting a new collection of products (the Density line) designed to really, truly prevent hair loss and revitalize dull, lackluster hair by addressing the scalp, the follicle, and the strand with a 360-degree approach, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the formulas. We kicked off our exploration by testing the Density Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner to see if they delivered on their promise to (instantly and in the long-term) volumize and strengthen fine, fragile hair. 


TESTED

Volumizing shampoos and conditioners are particularly tricky. In the past, VIOLET STAFFERS have found that formulas promising big results typically only offer temporary thickening and can lead to hair that feels dry. You see, it’s a tall order to add volume and hydration, as often, too much moisture can weigh the hair down.

We should have known that the Philip Kingsely lab (still headquartered in London) would have a solution to this hair care conundrum. The Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, specifically designed for fine, thinning, or fragile hair, utilize a unique technology called hyper-branched polymers that are flat when wet, then morph into a hexagonal shape upon drying, which lifts the root. This, paired with strengthening ingredients and gentle exfoliation for the scalp in the shampoo, plus the lightweight hydration, peptides for thickening, and ceramides to add protection and shine to the outside of the hair shaft in the conditioner, meant that this treatment duo worked both instantly and over time to deliver thicker, fuller, more voluminous hair that stayed soft, shiny, and manageable. 


Thrilled that we could wash as often as we wanted without drying out our hair or jeopardizing our salon color, and loving that this wasn’t just a temporary fix, but a preventative treatment that would help us preserve and enhance our hair–STAFFERS couldn’t wait to send this to our Committee of Industry Experts so they, too, could experience the boost in confidence that comes from a healthy and holistic lift at the root and plumping of the strands. 

“This is what you need if you have thinning hair, hair loss, or even postpartum breakage, like me. The scientifically-tested system leaves the hair feeling super lush.”

—GABBI JEANNE, Hairstylist

“Usually with a thickening conditioner, hair hardly feels hydrated. This conditioner is both lightweight and very moisturizing, and the shampoo really does work! Not only does it make the hair feel thicker, but it doesn’t dry it out. These are a great first step for achieving that bombshell blowout.”

—DJ QUINETRO, Hairstylist

“After using this system, my hair was soft but not limp, manageable, and combed through smoothly which reduces physical damage. The products rinsed out beautifully, leaving the hair clean, hydrated, and feeling thicker.”

—NATHANIEL HAWKINS, Hairstylist


APPROVED

With STAFFERS and Committee Members flaunting healthy, lustrous hair with noticeable “oomph” and looking forward to trying the rest of the impressive Density line, Philip Kingsley’s Density Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner are officially VIOLET CODE APPROVED and have earned a place on THE SHELVES.


VIOLET CODE
approved

The VIOLET CODE is a process and set of standards by which VIOLET GREY’s Committee of Industry Experts separate hero products from the tens of thousands of options available to you on the market. The result is a curation that is truly the best in beauty from those who know best.

The VIOLET CODE is a process and set of standards by which VIOLET GREY’s Committee of Industry Experts separate hero products from the tens of thousands of options available to you on the market. The result is a curation that is truly the best in beauty from those who know best.