Friday, 23 October 2009

Masters of the (organic) universe

In New York, where would the authors of The Green Beauty Bible go for a ‘do’? To John Masters, of course: the Sullivan Street salon of the pioneering natural hair ‘guru’ whose signature line (now organically-certified) has always done well with our testers. The salon itself is beautiful: old Indian and Moroccan doors, transformed into mirrors; shelves hewn from chunks of wood; a little garden out back to take refuge from the Manhattan madness. Jo had a shiatsu hair treatment: an ultra-rich mask, with an a-m-a-z-i-n-g 15-minute pressure-point scalp massage with a hair treatment (enriched with jasmine and cedarwood oils), leaving her hair sensationally strong, shiny, swingy. And John (pictured here with his somewhat camera-shy dog Maya) let us in on a little secret: he’s working on an all-natural haircolouring line which will, yes, cover grey – and should launch late next year. Stay tuned.

Beauty Bible blogtip – from John Masters: ‘You can custom-blend a deep hair treatment for use once a month or so by mixing together different intensive hair masks. You can even mash an avocado in there, then add a few drops of essential oil. Apply generously: when it comes to masks like this, more is more! Leave on for as long as you can before shampooing and conditioning.’

John Masters Salon, 77 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012/212-343 9590