If you have relaxed hair, this may not be the product for you. This was disastrous. It made combing my wet hair more difficult, and when I styled it, it was way bushy. Everything I looked for this product to do, it did the opposite.
Amazing, unreal, haven't written a review in years and just logged on at 1 am because I had to praise this product. I have a different head of hair thanks to this balm! Silky, manageable, glossy, just wow. WOW. So glad I purchased this.
This product did absolutely nothing for me. I have relaxed hair, that tends to get frizzy. It seems as though it made my hair frizzier. For me, it was a complete waste of money and I returned it to the store. Someone with a different texture/type of hair may have better results.
It took me YEARS to find something that could make my frizz-prone, thick, wavy hair look amazing and I found this! I've been using it steadily for over 2 years. I had a minor freak-out when I saw that they "improved" the formula (it now comes in a gold-toned tube.) Many reviews on other sites stated that people were not happy with the new formula. I was forced to buy the new formula as PHYTO is slowly phasing out the old formula. I've used it a few times now and I notice no difference. I still get the same, amazing results.
So I don't think it has really improved all that much - it's just stayed the same - which is FINE BY ME. Most likely they had to change an ingredient or something for safety reasons or for environmental reasons (a lot of hair spray products have had to "improve" their products recently.) Thankfully Phyto didn't compromise their quality product.
I received a sample of this at Sephora. It is AMAZING. This botanical relaxing balm is the only thing that makes straightening my wavy, thick, long hair easy. It is expensive, but worth every penny to me. I put a quarter-size amount on damp hair, comb through, and blow-dry while brushing my hair with a regular brush. That's it. I go over my hair a little with a straightening iron and I'm done.
I've used several different straightening balms, from drug-store to higher-end, and they all resulted the same - me having to section my hair, blow-dryer in one hand, round-barrel brush in the other, attempting to straighten for 20-25 minutes while I sweat and turn red from all the heat. And I STILL end up with bumps underneath.I am amazed with how well this works and will keep buying it.
Love this stuff, it just makes my hair behave. Helps with frizz. One of the few items that I actually repurchased because of a sample from Sephora.
NC25 Chinese, wavy thick hair in dry climate, acne prone.
Makeup/skincare ingredients heavy on dimethicone causes breakouts, so I was careful to choose a non-cone hair product for blowouts. In fact, I brought it 2x to my stylist as the only product she can use. I was excited she liked it, and she got my hair shiny and smooth w/out frying my hair (blowdryer only, no flat iron). So I figured great, got stylist approval...
EXCEPT after 2 weeks, where my Phyto coated bangs are touch my forehead and one side of my face, I am breaking out! I go 2-3 days in between washings, so possibly that's it... but my only other option left is to try the John Masters Organics Shine On gel... cross fingers.
This has quickly become an HG for me and I hope it continues to work for me in the summer as well when my hair is at its hardest to manage. I love that you can put this on wet hair. I do find that my hair is less frizzy and it has become easier to work with. This product is pricey but so worth it!
Funny enough, I use this for my very fine, limp virgin hair. I usually use volumizing products, like some kind of intense mousse, but after staying at my parents over the holidays, all I could find in terms of styling products in the bathroom was this. I don't even put conditionner in my hair and have to use clarifying shampoo every time I wash it (once every 2 days), so for the most part, anything labelled for frizzy or coarse hair is usually a no-no for me.
I gave it a shot anyway, i squeezed out a quarter sized amount and applied it to the bottom half of my mid-length hair. It doesn't have a greasy, siliconey feeling, which I was very thankful for. It actually made my hair feel instantly "healthier" and have more substance, if that makes any sense. After blow drying, my hair was so shiny and full of body. I used it over the past week every time i washed my hair to see if it was a fluke and it was not! Even my mom commented how healthy and great my hair was looking.
I'm definitely purchasing a tube of my own as soon as I get back home. It does to my hair exactly what I've always wanting the volumizing mousse to do, with the added bonus of shine and healthy looking body.
Love this! I've been using it on my damp hair every time I wash it (about every other day) for a month and my hair is noticeable better! It's soft and smooth, which it didn't used to be, and it stays straight a lot better than it used to. I went out dancing last night and normally my hair would go frizzy/wavy/puffy after ten minutes, but I was out for four hours and my hair stayed close to perfect! I couldn't believe it. Very impressed. Definitely worth the $24, considering I once paid $200 for a brazilian blowout that did the same thing and didn't last as long as this tube wil last me.
I like to use a quarter-size amount of this for my long hair, and sometimes I add a small drop of LaCoupe Shine & Smooth Relax Straightening Balm.