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James Brown, godfather of soul and hairdresser to the stars – right?

A few weeks back I did an interview with James Brown in Dublin’s Dylan Hotel – a short one, with coffee that was drunk too quickly and croissants that weren’t eaten at all* – about his new range of shampoos …

Tue, May 24, 2011, 17:51

   

A few weeks back I did an interview with James Brown in Dublin’s Dylan Hotel – a short one, with coffee that was drunk too quickly and croissants that weren’t eaten at all* – about his new range of shampoos and conditioners, Photo Fabulous, with Boots. Anyway after I met him I met a few of my friends for lunch in Tribeca (seriously, get the Cobb salad, it’s amazing) and, over lunch, I happened to mention that morning’s interview. To which my very bright friend replied: “Oh my God, you met James Brown, the godfather of soul?” Sadly, no – my DeLorean was in the shop that day.

In any case, James was lovely, and gave me a sampler of products to try out – which I dutifully passed on to a friend who has slightly more time than I do to be trialling these things, and she reported back:

“The shampoo and conditioner were nice – my hair was shiny and clean after and soft but I don’t think it helped that much with volume, though they said they were volumising on the packaging. They smelled lovely too. Not like normal shampoos at that price, which always smell like fruit.
It was more of a perfume smell.”

“The surf spray and serum were good. The surf spray did help A BIT with texture but maybe I didnt use enough of it as I didnt want to use too much of it. The serum was good for smoothing but didn’t seem to shimmer which is says in the title. Both surf spray and serum’s smell was VERY STRONG – I think that’s why I didnt use that much as the smell was very overpowering. All the products smell the exact same but the shampoo and conditioner were fainter.”

And what about the packaging?

“The packaging is awesome and VERY eye-catching.”

Do you agree? Would this entice you to try the range? I think a lot of the time, a “celebrity” range almost guarantees a following – and the Kate Moss connection can’t hurt!

One hilarious thing James said was that he reckoned Irish women were “very dressy”. “Last night I came down to dinner, and there were all these women here done up, wearing great clothes – I think Irish women really take care of themselves.” I told him that he should take a walk on the north side and see a few pyjama-clad women who might change his mind, and he laughed and said, “oh yeah, somewhere like Rathmines”. Ha!

Geographical difficulties aside, he was really charming and talked a good talk about hair styling – and I’ll admit, I would be tempted to give his products a go when my current Toni & Guy stuff (which I hate the smell of, I have no idea why I bought them) is finished. You?

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