After three weeks of hiking, swimming, dry heat, baseball caps, and dusty winds in California and in South Africa, my hair was one big frizz. And I am not someone who, luckily, usually has to deal with frizzy dry hair.
So off I went to Paul Edmonds in Knightsbridge the moment I was asked if I would like an appointment to have my hair washed and blow dried, using the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture range, a hydro-nourishing line for hair exposed to urban aggressors such as pollution, dust and hard water.
Given that my hair had been exposed to all the aggressors, both urban and rural, in such a short time I think we can agree that I was the perfect candidate to test out the products…I was also thrilled to finally meet Paul Edmonds, one of the best hairdressers in London. (He’s also a dog person, and allows dogs in his salon.)
One of the things I loathe about living in London is knowing how much filth and pollution my long hair picks up as I travel around the city, so I’m very keen on products that protect my skin and hair from these things.
Moringa Extract seems to be the wonder product that anti-pollution products are relying on at the moment – I’m testing out Decleor’s Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel Cream, which contains it, and Moringa is in the Shu Uemura range too, along with Red Micro-Algae Extract. Both contain anti-oxidants and minerals which they claim help to remove pollutants whilst moisturising the hair. The aim is that hair is left protected, purified and strengthened after use.
Does it work? Well, Paul gave me what was quite possibly the best blow dry I’ve had in London since I moved back from New York – sleek, shiny and full of movement and no pointless faffing about with hot irons (my hair drops in seconds), so it would be hard for hair to look bad when he’s in charge, and the blow dry lasted an unprecedented four days. But the proof was in whether my hair would look and feel great when washed at home in the shower by me with the same products and then left to air dry.
And, yes, my hair feels sleek, looks shiny, is full of bounce and has zero frizz. It also smells delicious.
Paul Edmonds Salon
217 Brompton Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 2EJ
Telephone: +44 020 7589 5958