5 minutes with Percy & Reed's Paul Percival

We caught up with one half of the famous hairstyling duo for the lowdown on their newly released limited-edition hair mist

By Medina Azaldin | Published: 24 Aug 2017

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Percy & Reed is quintessentially British. From the delightfully charming product names (Really Rather Radiant Divine Shine Shampoo and Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish, anyone?) down to the distinctively creative packaging, Percy & Reed products take pride in their roots.

So it comes as no surprise that its latest limited-edition offering, A Walk In The Rain Shine and Fragrance Hair Mist, a follow up to their Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray, looks even closer to home for its inspiration. "The scent is a reflection of Paul's [Percy & Reed co-founder Paul Percival] grandmother's garden," explains the PR rep before we began our interview.

As for the actual notes and secrets to shiny hair, we'll let Paul himself fill you in.

What are some ways to keep hair smelling good for longer periods of time?
Hair perfumes like these are great quick fixes. The environment affects hair, especially in the food halls in Malaysia, that's why our hair fragrances are so popular. People love having it in their handbags. Just mist it over the hair and let it fall. It gets rid of any odour and freshens it up again. Because it is a fine fragrance rather than an actual perfume, it won't interfere with any perfume you already have on. Layer it with our Radiance Revealing Invisible Dry Shampoo for a longer lasting scent.


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What makes the new 'A Walk in the Rain' mist special?
Both of our fragrances are 'green' scents based on an English garden. Both myself and Adam [co-founder Adam Reed] love the countryside. We use ingredients that are very similar to our gardens growing up. In here you have mint, rhubarb, ivy, geranium. These are all notes you can find in an English garden. Also, what's nice is having base notes that are quite woody. The spray makes your hair smell amazing but also imparts shine without making it greasy.

What are some secrets to shiny hair? Are there specific ingredients to look out for?
Healthy hair is the best way to have shiny hair. This product is great as a cosmetic shine but to have shiny hair continuously, you need your hair to be as smooth as possible. When the hair cuticles are shut, the smoother the hair will be and light reflects off it. We have another product called the Wonder Balm (RM112 ) that's amazing in helping your hair to be shiny. When your hair is wet, apply Wonder Balm and it smoothes your hair without making it heavy to make sure you have really nice, shiny hair.

A Walk In The Rain Shine & Fragrance Hair Mist is now available in Sephora stores.

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