Sometimes you turn your hair oil bottle over and can't even pronounce the first ingredient. If it's a hair oil, shouldn't the first ingredient be . . . oil? With the PhytoSpecific Baobab Oil ($40), you don't have to worry. Castor oil, shea butter, and sunflower oil all make the list. However, the star ingredient is something you've likely never heard of: African baobab oil. It quickly hydrates a dry scalp (which is a primary Winter worry) and gets rid of the itch. I like to use it before I shampoo as a hot oil treatment. Then, I apply one drop to my scalp and ends every night to keep flakes away. It's so light, you don't have to worry about having greasy strands at the end of the week.
We don’t mean to scare you, but those annoying white flakes may be something more serious then just your run-of-the-mill dandruff. The Winter months are especially hard for those of us with dry scalp issues, but we talked to Ron Williams, master educator at Phyto Universe, to clarify a few things. Find out how to determine if your flakes are just your average dandruff or something more dangerous after the jump.
It was all about the juxtaposition of edge and femininity at Honor's Spring 2014 show, and this was obvious in everything from the hair to the nails. James Pecis, lead hairstylist for Beauty.com, wanted their hair to look like the girls had "taken a roll in the hay." Tiny flowers dotted down into an asymmetrical ponytail that was high on texture. "We've got a semismooth ponytail, and when that ends, there's a lot of curls," Pecis explained.
Nails were painted a champagne pink dubbed La Vie en Rose (available Spring 2014) from Deborah Lippmann, and they were sprinkled with rhinestones to create an easy half-french manicure. But the sexiness came from the short stiletto shape, which created a literal edge. Romy Soleimani worked with Kevyn Aucoin makeup to conceptualize a soft, smoky, feminine look. "It's like looking through gauze," she explained.
Sometimes I feel as though my hair is so parched that all the conditioner in my shower (and trust me, that's a lot) isn't going to do the trick. Unfortunately, most leave-in conditioners just weigh my hair down into an icky matted mess. So when I came across this Phytonectar Pre-Shampoo Oil Treatment ($30) I was excited.
As it turns out, I was excited with good reason. First of all, this stuff smells downright amazing — it's not even a touch perfume-y or sweet. The thick oil produced by the sturdy pump smelled herbal but not medicinal, with a hint of chamomile. Two to three generous drops warmed quickly in the hands, then massaged into hair from tips to scalp, is all you need. I like to put a little extra just on my ends to really soak them in the nourishing solution. If my scalp is feeling at all dry or itchy, a little bit of this massaged directly into it helps hydrate and soothe the skin.
This is meant to be applied 15-20 minutes pre-shower and then rinsed out, but I put it on at night and sleep in it, then rinse it out in the morning. A warning, though: unless your hair is genuinely dry, coarse, or frizzy, or you're having a freak dry spell, I would not recommend this product. The thick oil would weigh your hair down if it wasn't in need of a good quenching. But, if you're like me and sometimes you really need a super dose of hair-quenching moisture, this is just what the doctor ordered.
These fab hair smoothing products ensure that curly, frizzy or hard to tame hair become more manageable. They also protect your hair and add shine during the heat styling process. The result is straight, soft and smooth hair! Using these products is simple too! Just apply a dime sized amount into the palm of your hand and distribute evenly throughout towel dried hair. You can also add a very small amount to dry hair to smooth away frizz after styling. To see another post about more fabulous hair straightening products, click here.
Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, $32, is a thick and yummy smelling balm suitable for all hair types - even those with permed hair who are looking for a sleek looking blow out. It is made from ferula, horseradish, sage and garlic extracts - I know what you are thinking, but I swear it smells good! This concoction coats the hair and adds fiber for strengthening purposes.
It isn't oily feeling like a serum and it leaves your hair feeling really shiny, soft and straight! You can buy this 5.9 oz tube for $32 or you can buy a smaller 3.3 oz version which sells for $24.
For two more hair straightening balms, read more
Smoothing shampoos are great for hair that tends to be frizzy and unruly. The idea is to tame raised or shaggy cuticles in the hair. These shampoos have also been created to protect hair from the follow up of heat styling. Hair should look and feel softer, healthier and hydrated. I can't wait to hear what you think of these smoothing shampoos.
Phytobrush Special Smoothing Shampoo For Blow-Drying, $22, is an anti-frizz shampoo that works wonders for those of you who are constantly blowing out your hair. Not only do you want it to last for a few days, but you also want the blow out to be as easy and smooth as possible.
This shampoo is really fab for frizzy hair. It contains thermo-protective agents to help protect it from heat damage and also smooths out your hair cuticle so it's left looking shiny, soft and resilient.
For two more smoothing shampoos, read more
I feel like it's my duty to tell you guys when there is something I don't love just as much as it is to tell you about something I do love. I have thin hair and I bite my nails, so when I saw these Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for Hair & Nails, $50, I was convinced that this was going to help me out in a big way. Lots of my pregnant girlfriends swear that vitamin supplements have significantly sped up the growth process of their hair and nails and additionally improved their strength. (I'm sure hormones played a part too.)
I began my regimen and started taking these pills for two months. My nails did grow a little faster than usual, but I also began to break out. Little bumpy red zits appeared all over my face!
I decided to call my dermatologist and she told me that I could be having a reaction to these supplements. I immediately stopped taking them and my skin cleared up some. I am not saying they don't work - or that you will break out from them, but this was just my experience.
I thought I'd open this up for discussion. Has anything like this happened to anyone else? Do you care to share any stories where you've reacted strangely to a beauty product? I'd love to know!
If you want to attain heavenly hair that is flowy and soft, for him to run his fingers through, then the PHYTOJOBA Intense Hydrating Mask, $36, is what you are looking for. It is designed to gently and instantly restore elasticity, shine and thickness to dry, damaged or normal hair.
The jojoba plant was selected because the oil that this plant produces is characteristic of the natural oils in your own hair. The mask has a creamy texture and delicious scent heightened by sweet orange. Angelica seeds and roots detangle, protect and revitalize both your hair and scalp.
It even has a special UV filter in it to protect your hair from the damaging rays of the sun.
Apply a quarter sized amount (don't be shy) to wet hair and comb it through. Pay special attention to the ends of your hair and add extra if those aren't completely saturated. Leave it on anywhere from two to five minutes and rinse.
If your are taking this week to wipe the slate clean, then what better place to start then with the top of your head! Cleanse away all of that 2006 shampoo and product buildup with just one wash of PHYTO Phytoneutre Rebalancing Cream Shampoo, $20.
This shampoo is formulated to deeply cleanse, balance and neutralize both your hair and scalp. It has been specially created to remove all of the impurities and grimy residue that's been left there from: pollutants, over shampooing and the use of daily styling products.
Since it is made from extremely gentle and natural ingredients such as coconut oil derivatives, extracts of ferula, chamomile and sage, St. Johns wort, eucalyptus and witch hazel, it will in no way change the composition of your delicate hair.
It is also mild enough to use daily and is perfectly safe for use on hair that is color or chemically treated. Simply shampoo twice and leave it on two-five minutes in the second round. Lastly, rinse and style as usual. Enjoy the newness of your clean product-free locks!