In 1958, Darphin helped revolutionize esthetic care by opening one of the first beauty institutes in Paris for complete body, hair and skin care solutions, custom-tailored to specific, personal needs. While a few hair salons at that time offered facials among their services, Pierre Darphin launched an entirely new entity: a serious, luxurious enclave dedicated to comprehensive, head-to-toe beauty. Discreetly situated at Avenue Matignon (within Paris' elite "gold triangle" bordered by Avenue Montaigne and the Champs Elysée), Darphin's Institute catered to Europe's most fashion-forward and socially prominent women.
Son of a renowned hairdresser in playground-to-the-wealthy Aix Les Bains, Darphin was an experienced cosmetologist, kinesitherapist, chemical and medical scholar. He believed that a woman's skin is a mirror, reflecting her life. Genetic predispositions, lifestyle practices, mental state, chronological age, environmental exposures, beauty care choices... all are projected clearly on the "screen" of a woman's skin, which manifests her beauty based on her state of well-being.
At the Darphin Institute, Pierre Darphin brought together leading experts from beauty and health-related disciplines: aromacologists, facialists, cosmetologists, massage therapists, manicure and pedicure experts. His interaction with clients followed a strict protocol.
Extensive personal consultations, including a one-hour individual analysis, were mandatory before any treatments were decided. Typically, this analysis included a lifestyle review and analysis of skin (face and body) and hair. Individual analysis was followed by a customized recommendation of professional treatments, essential products and at-home regimes. Pierre Darphin's highly-regarded advice would include Beauty Institute treatments at regular intervals, supplemented by daily use of specific, targeted, formulas. Darphin's recommendations would also include lifestyle improvement actions and beneficial facial exercises (facial gym).
Darphin's products were renowned for their transformational results. But using the correct combination of several complimentary formulas in a disciplined daily program was essential. Darphin's pragmatic beauty concept - which advocates an individualized approach to problems and a custom, multi-sensory approach to solutions - remains the core conviction and guiding principal of Darphin beauty care today.