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Phyto isn’t a brand I’d come across before but researching it, the brand has a rich history. Creator and founder Patrick Ales founded Phyto in 1967 and named it Phytotherathrie after the Greek word phyto=plants, thera= treatments and trix/tricos= hair.
As a salon apprentice in the 1950s he noticed the toll chemically based products were taking on clients’ hair and stylists’ hands. A seed was sown. An interest in nature, the power of plants and their use in traditional medicines and the role they may play in restoring natural beauty inspired his first products in the 1960s.
One of those products, Phyto 7, is still available to this day and this is what I tried. With an almost 50 year heritage I had great hopes for this product. What makes this special is that it’s a day cream for thin to medium hair and can be applied to wet or dry hair.
The name Phyto 7 refers to the 7 plants that give their natural benefits to this product and ultimately our hair. These include Mallow, Calendula, Sage, Burdock, Willow, Soybean and Rosemary.
This product has a clean but not overpowering scent. It’s very similar to that of the Liz Earle Superskin moisturiser.
I took a small pea sized amount of product and emulsified it as directed and applied to my mid lengths and ends, with particular emphasis on the ends as mine can split very easily. I was interested to note my hands felt softer after applying and I didn’t feel an immediate need to wash them.
I always let my hair dry naturally overnight and in the morning I noticed my hair was much easier to brush and I didn’t get as many fly aways. I wear my hair in a pony tail for work and usually brush the tail during the day due to my hair’s insane desire to knot constantly. When I went to do my normal lunch time brush I found it wasn’t needed, my hair was smooth and sleek still.
I loved the effects on my hair that I noticed using Phyto 7. I tend to keep my hair a certain length as if it’s too long it’s difficult to manage due to the knotting. I’m going to let it grow but see if using this allows me to get past that awkward stage and have the beautiful hair I had as a child before ruining it with heated appliances.
You can find Phyto 7 online here
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