My Phyto adventure

By Aisling | January 28 2007 | 16 Comments

Phyto is a high quality range of French haircare which uses only the finest quality botanicals, essential oils and active ingredients. It aims to actually treat the problems particular hair types have instead of just masking them like regular hair care ranges.

One of the key aspects of the Phyto range is the lack of silicones, detergents or salts which can cause damage to hair in the long term.

However because Phyto is difficult to get in Ireland we don’t use it all that much here. Luckily for us at, French reader Marie is a firm fan of Phyto and I was delighted when she wanted to share her experience of how using Phyto quite literally transformed her hair.

“Haircare has always been a nightmare for me: I have very very fine hair. I washed it every day and for no reason, it was always getting flat, dull and almost greasy after a few hours.

And then one day someone told me about silicone. It’s put in shampoos and conditioners because it gives your hair a lot of shine. It’s like a long shiny spaghetti spiraling around your hair. The problem is, silicone sticks to your hair, creating small holes in it, and making it very porous, dull and flat. So to cure that, you use more silicone, and that goes on forever and ever.

So I switched to Phyto. You have to be strong, because during one month or so you will see your real hair all damaged by the silicone and not hidden by the silicone anymore.

But then it’s like a miracle: now I have volume, shine, body and my hair doesn’t get greasy anymore.

The Phyto range is huge, and in France they are the best sellers in Pharmacies. All the products are very good – some of the smells are a bit strange though (phytorhum has actual rum and egg in it)

I specially recommend the Phyto Citrus range (for coloured hair) and I am very fond of Phytovolume also

Now I have to admit there are some drawbacks to this range. Firstly, not the cutest packaging. Secondly, the PRICE. Gosh. I get a shampoo for €8 in France, here it is something like €16. So I order it through the Internet from The shampoos are concentrated, you are supposed to dilute them a bit with water before using, so a bottle lasts me 4 months or so

Thanks Marie! And Marie is also going to fill us in on the other French ranges she uses – can’t wait to hear her reviews. If you’re keen to try Phyto yourself you can buy the range from HQhair . You can also read my thoughts on the great Phyto Huille D’Ales that I posted way back in the beginning days of!.

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16 Replies to "My Phyto adventure"

  • Admin says:

    I’ve been eyeing up this stuff on HQhair for a while, it looks fab.
    my hair is behaving itself for once and that’s only because I just got it cut and so it was all blowdried down flat. tomorow, frizz will beckon once more!

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Sounds like you have to suffer a bit to go down the Phyto route – but if Marie’s experience is anything to go by it would be well worth it!

  • Admin says:

    well I am suffering anyway! so feck it!

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Go for it then! You could try the Phytonectar or the Phytojoba

  • Rapunzel says:

    it is sooo worth it! I’ve been silicone free for months now and my hair has never been this soft or shiny! It was slightly tempermental during the transition phase but it wasn’t too bad but now it’s absolutely gorgeous :)

  • Sarah says:

    Im heading to France next wk end, I wonder where I can get this there? I soo need this for my wild hair!!

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    I think you can get in pretty much every chemist according to Marie – bring us back some!!

  • sarah says:

    haha im dying to try it!!
    I treated myself to an Origins start and revive pack at the airport yesterday.. it smells simply delicious! It had modern friction , a lovely face wash and also a protectant milk thingy..hmmm cant wait to get going on it and it was only 22 euro

  • Mary says:

    actually i was using a brand called Nexus organic. one of the shampoos was called Phyto something or other it was bril

  • marie says:

    In France you can get it in every Pharmacy. For the best dealm head to “parapharmacies”, like Euro Sante Beaute or Parashop. These shops just do Cosmetic Products, and they are usually cheaper than regular pharmacies. Have fun, Marie

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