Philip B. Biography
Philip B. (full name: Philip Berkovitz) is an American hair-treatment expert who is the founder of Philip B. hair and skin care company. He is quite famous in Hollywood for his brand’s approach to hair, scalp and body-care treatments. He has award-winning blends that are all based on pure botanicals and essential oils at potent, unheard-of-in-the-industry concentrations.
At the beginning of his career, Philip used ingredients that were sourced in the United States but later on, he extended his search to ingredients from around the world, including African shea butter and Russian amber. The newer ingredients became the basis for new Philip B. product lines.
Philip B. Age
Berkovitz was born in Massachusetts. His date of birth is not displayed on the internet.
Philip B. Husband
Philip is married to Michael Huober, an artist/designer, since July 2013. The couple tied the knot in Huober’s hometown of Munich, Germany. He is now a creative director at Philip B. Botanicals, International. They live in Munich and Southern California.
Philip B. Hair Stylist
Philip started hair styling while he was still a teenager living in Massachusetts, his home state. He then moved to LA in 1984 and worked in salons that had Hollywood celebrities as their clients.
He soon realised that commercial treatments were inadequate for healing over-processed hair that is common to movie actresses, Philip made botanical blends and did experiments with them. He custom-blended essential oil formulations with sourced ingredients from local farmers’ markets and herb shops.
His first commercial formula was Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil that was first sold in 1992 at Fred Segal in Los Angeles. After a year, his products were spread nationwide with placement at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
As of today, the hair products are also sold online and in countries from Europe to the Middle East to Asia.
Philip is the CEO, product creator and educator for Philip B. hair and skin care company; roles that have been written about in several publications like Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Lucky, InStyle, Town & Country, W and many international magazines, newspapers and beauty blogs.
Philip B. Hair Products
Philip B. Conditioner
There are several conditioning products under the Philip B. Conditioners line. They include:
- Rejuvenating Oil
- Icelandic Blonde Conditioner
- Light-Weight Deep Conditioner – Classic
- Everyday Beautiful Conditioner
- Light-Weight Deep Conditioner – Paraben Free
- White Truffle Conditioner
- Russian Amber Conditioner
- Forever Shine Conditioner
- Detangling Toning Mist
- Lovin’ Leave-in Conditioner
Philip B. Oud Royal
The Philip B. Oud Royal – Forever Shine Shampoo is a hair product with time-released botanical moisturizers, for hair volume, shine and a scent. It is also paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe. It’s directions for use are: apply to wet hair, work into a lather and let the nourishing moisture sink in for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well. Repeat if desired.
Philip B. Hair Products
Philip B. Book – Blended Beauty
In 1995, the hair styling expert published a book by the title Blended Beauty to teach women to create their own beauty treatments using natural products in high concentrations.
Philip B. Facebook
Philip B. Instagram
Philip B. Interview
A Conversation With Philip B
Published: April 25, 2018
Adopted from: hotmagazine
Philip B’s hair-care products are some of the most expensive in the world. Forbes Magazine was so impressed with his products that they placed Philip B’s scalp treatment on their list of “100 Things Worth Every Penny.” Philip counts over 400 celebrities using his products daily including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Drew Barymore, Sandra Bullock, Robert Redford, Courtney Love, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ronnie Wood to name just a few.
According to Philip “I love giving hair treatments and seeing people instantly transformed”. Clients always say to me, ‘If only everyone could sit in your chair!’ But everyone can: It’s not me – it’s the products. All of them were tested on my clients, many of whom are famous people who need to have a great hair day, every day. “From the first time I saw what pure botanicals could do for hair, especially when used at potent, active levels, I knew that I was onto something.”
HM. Philip, you grew up in the American state of Massachusetts, on the opposite coast from where you reside now. What was your childhood like and did you have visions then of what your life was going to be like today?
PB. I grew up in Cape Cod, I grew up by the ocean. When you grow up in a beach community, you have these amazing hot summers and you grow up playing on the beach, building sand castles and eating ice cream on the boardwalk. You also get winters which are harsh and cold, so you dream of the sunshine again. That’s what brought my mind to Los Angeles and having a successful career, hairdressing was something I grew up with my whole life. My mom used to take me to the salon as a child and I would watch hairdressers as a young child and mimic what I saw. Growing up in Boston was great, but I needed sunshine all year and for an adult in the entertainment world, you can’t get what you can get in Los Angeles anywhere else.
HM. You started your professional hair stylist career in Massachusetts, how many years were you working there before you left for Los Angeles?
PB. Five or six years I was working in a salon in Boston before moving to L.A.
HM. As Frank Sinatra sang in New York, New York, “If I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere.” I would suspect it was very much the same in L.A. and Hollywood in particular with people from around the world moving there to find fame and fortune. Was it hard getting a job at an LA salon that was frequented by the rich and famous?
PB. No, in Los Angeles, when you get to town, these salons are like a circus, it was like the hairdressers were the performers who would draw the people in. If you went to apply for a job and if you truly had talent, they would audition you. You would do a “cut and a blowout” (which is a haircut and a blow dry), and if you could do that and make them go wild, they would hire you immediately. Then, you learn all about hair color and hair treatment. Personality will always get you in the door (or out of a door), but your talent will solidify you.
HM. Was it in L.A. that you decided to start your own hair care brand or was that percolating in your brain prior to moving to the West Coast?
PB. Yes, my dream was to make every client who left my chair happy. If you have someone who has blood under their fingernails from scratching their scalp from itchy, flaky scalps, you should help them. I always try to be there for them. Some people have more resilient healthy genes. But meeting the client’s needs is a big spectrum and that’s why I have so many products, I now have over 40 products, I have clients with thin and thick hair, dry scalps, oily scalps, everything. I look at the body like a moving machine, in constant motion. Treating the person in need, caring is the essence of this business, you don’t get into this business to get rich, you do it because you like caring for people.
HM. Your first commercial product was your Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil which you sold at Fred Segal in Los Angeles in 1992. How many versions of that product did you make before you found the formula that you would go on to sell commercially?
PB. Hundreds. I started it three years before launching it, I went through formula after formula before finding the right mixture that allowed moisture on different levels, not just topical (that’s just cosmetic).
HM. Was it hard to get that first retailer interested in your product and selling at such a famous store as Fred Segal’s, is this where your ultra-high pricing strategy was born?
PB. With my Jesus-like ability of fixing scalps in Hollywood, I quickly became in demand. When magazines asked celebrities what fixed their hair, they said my name. When people wrote about me in magazines, people started buying. If they love you, they keep buying. It’s a results-driven brand, we lived in a world where people wash their hair with soap and water, someone needed to make a change using essential oils and blending in active levels, which gives an expensive formula and an amazing result. It’s called harnessing nature and it’s an investment and must be passed on in the price point and people embraced it because it produced stunning results. If you want a smoother ride, buy a nicer car.
HM. A year later you expanded across the nation offering your product at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Today, Philip B. treatment and styling products are sold in 74 countries. How many products do you offer now, what’s your biggest seller and why do you think that is?
PB. I didn’t go there trying to sell my products, people called me and said “Come to Dallas and meet me and we’ll put you in all my stores!” My phone was ringing off the hook with senior vice presidents and even the CEO of Nordstrom called me personally when I was driving in my car, I had to pull over, I almost crashed. I was in such demand all over the country. I have the number one salon in Kuala Lumpur and I have distributors in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taiwan, all over Japan and soon the Philippines.
HM. A big reason for the high cost of your products is the exotic ingredients they are made from. Those include Russian Amber and Oud which is made from agarwood, one of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world. What is it about Russian Amber and Oud that make them important ingredients for you?
PB. What’s amazing about these products is the emotions they evoke in people – they provoke sensual, pretty and romantic feelings, they’re exotic and rich. Real result driven formulas.
HM. How much are you personally involved in developing new Philip B. products?
PB. 100% – I’m in my kitchen mixing up prototypes over there and perfecting and tuning in the lab.
HM. Are there any new products in the pipeline you can tell us about?
PB. Yes, I’m working on hair loss now, I have developed a formula that is guaranteed to enlarge hair follicles and kick up growth patterns. Looking forward to launching next year.