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Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm

What it is: A heat-activated botanical straightening balm that preps hair for the ultimate frizz-free, sleek blowout. What it is formulated to do: Say hello to smooth, easy, blow-dried tresses with no frizz and total manageability. The perfect blow-dry is yours with this award-winning, heat-activated, sleek-making complex. Protect, hydrate and soften hair with an exclusive botanical formula rich in ferula, horseradish, and sage. Benefits are cumulative with continued use. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates What else you need to know: The Phytodefrisant smoothing, straightening benefits only increase with continued use. Use in conjunction with Phytolisse Shampoo and Phytolisse Mask for long-lasting frizz control. Use Phytodefrisant for conditioned, enhanced and defined curls. You can also blend the formula with PHYTO 7 or PHYTO 9 for added softness and shine.
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Questions & Answers for Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm

Question
I am African American, can I use this product to loosen my curl pattern without fully straightening my hair?
I am African American with tightly coiled hair, my hair is not chemical relaxed. Can I use this product to loosen my curl pattern without fully straightening my hair? If so what are some styling suggestions?
asked 6 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Kansas City, Mo)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
6 answers
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answer 1
I don't think it will give you very drastic results. My hair is fine and naturally wavy and utterally defenseless against humidity (I'm white btw), and when I used it consistently, I did lose a bit of my natural wave, but once I stopped using it so often, the waves came back. But, if your hair is very curly, i don't think you'll get big results. Also, it isn't very moisturizing if your hair is dry (that's why I always use a leave-in and style when I use this). Sorry! Definitely blowdry and straighten if you use this, though! It works best that way!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
jesuisbelle
(wi)
answer 2
No it will not, I tried it for that reason and did not get good results, strickly for relaxed hair.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
AMay
(Houston, Texas)
answer 3
I'm African American as well, but my hair is relaxed. When I used this product on my hair and let it air dry, the texture of my hair isn't changed at all. But it's actually meant to be used with heat, which is why it works AMAZING when I blow dry it and use a flat iron. Without the heat, I can't imagine it would do anything for natural tightly curly hair.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
mEliza
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
This product makes my curly hair soft, takes out the frizz, and leaves the curl in. Sure, I'd try it if I were you. Ask for a sample at the store!
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
SallySally
(Oakmont, PA)
answer 5
I don't think it will do anything.waste of money
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
piehole
(seattle wa)
answer 6
Yes, this product just helps to loosen the curl and prevent frizz. Use about a quarter size amount and comb thru hair. You can let it dry naturally, wrap your hair, or dry it with a round brush for a polished straight look.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
jwoz
(Memphis, TN)
Question
Will it work as well if I let my hair air dry?
asked 6 years, 6 months ago
cminneapolis
(Minneapolis, MN)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
5 answers
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answer 1
I've mostly been using this when I air dry my naturally curly but porous hair. The English translation is completely different than the French. This is a defrizzer, not a straightener. Yes, it smooths out hair when you do straighten, but that isn't it's main purpose.

Main thing is to use it on very damp/wet hair to lock in moisture. A little goes a long way, and it can be used with other products such as Phyto 7 or 9.
answered 3 years ago
lilliane2you
(Mid-Atlantic)
answer 2
It's really best used if you're going to blow dry your hair. It worked fine when I let my hair air dry, but it left so much residue that became more obvious each time I touched my hair. It felt like I just had a lot of gel in my hair.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
DeeBee4
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
Definitely! I haven't been blowdrying my hair during the summer since I don't want to add extra heat to my hair, and this works great. I'm sure it has a greater effect when used with mechanical heat, but it eliminates my frizz even when just air drying my hair.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
mgl7
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 4
Yes! I nearly almost always air dry with this. It won't dry "crispy" or limp, as with other styling products.
answered 6 years ago
zoemom08
answer 5
I don't think so. It will probably make it drier. Coarse hair is dry to begin with...this just won't help.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
blueangel
(Boston, MA)
Question
Does this broduct work on ethnic hair
I am an africanamerican woman with very thick relaxed hair. my natural texture of hair is slightly wavy. once my relaxer starts to grow out I sometimes need something to help maintain (straighten) my roots since they revert back to their natural state of waviness but the rest of my hair will still be straight.
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
tmack808
(Durham, NC)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
5 answers
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answer 1
Dear Phyto Fan,

Yes, it is ideal for all types of hair and texture when applied to damp-wet hair for a blown straight look.

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
phytohair
answer 2
I have coarse, dry Arab hair that I color treat. I use a lot of products for women of color and this one works just as well. Make sure to use more than the package instructs.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
kntbug
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
I'm caucasian and have fine hair, and this didnt work for me. I finally chemically straightened my hair.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
makeupgrl31
(Putnam, new york)
answer 4
I have very coarse natural hair and it works for me when I follow the instructions. It is much better than blow drying alone. I recommend this product.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
syncnaturally
(Tampa, Fl)
answer 5
My guess would be that this product wouldn't work very well for that.... It's very lightweight and I think that very kinky or curly hair would probably need something stronger.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
erin916
(Syracuse, NY)
Question
should hair be wet or dry
If wet should it be damp
asked 4 years ago
Spots
(Valley Stream, NY)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
5 answers
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answer 1
I always use on wet hair.
answered 2 weeks, 6 days ago
LoveAllBty
(Torrance, CA)
answer 2
Dear Phyto Fan,

PHYTODEFRISANT BOTANICAL STRAIGHTENING BALM is a heat-activated silicone-free styling balm for a blown straight finished look that keeps your hair frizz-free but voluminous. Apply a nickel to a quarter size amount to damp-wet lengths and ends after it has been shampooed and conditioned, combed through well the blown dry.

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
phytohair
answer 3
This is made to be used with wet or very damp hair to lock in moisture. A little goes a long way, so try less at first. It is a defrizzer, not something that will suddenly make your hair straight.

You can also apply other products afterwards, and it works if you air dry or choose to use a hair dryer or flat iron.
answered 3 years ago
lilliane2you
(Mid-Atlantic)
answer 4
You can use it with wet or dry hair
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
yaddy
(New York, NY)
answer 5
i ALWAYS, ALWAYS apply it when hair is damp, after patting it with a towel. i've never applied it dry, but i get great results with damp hair.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
VintageFox15
(Mendota Heights, MN)
Question
Did the formula change, or just the name?
I see that the packaging and name of this product changed from 'Relaxing Balm' to 'Straightening Balm'. Do you know if the formula has changed as well? Or is it still the same as before?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
sfmallon
(San Francisco, CA)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
5 answers
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answer 1
Dear Phyto Fan,

PHYTODEFRISANT STRAIGHTENING BALM is the newer translation for our former name: " RELAXING BALM". This is the same product and formula since 1969!

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
phytohair
answer 2
Been using this for a couple years now and purchased product in new packaging last week. Fortunately no change to formula, just the packaging which includes the relaxing vs straightening verbiage. I didn't notice any change in how it works. Same great product formula...
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
CharRed
(Tampa, FL)
answer 3
seems to be the same to me. I am a regular purchaser and have since received it in the new packaging.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
itsbrownnotred
(Wausau, WI)
answer 4
I looked at the old bottle vs the new one, the ingredents were the same. According to my hair dresser, they had issues with the original name so they changed it and the design of the bottle.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
glitterflower
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I have been using this product for about 11 years and can say the product seems to be exactly the same. Just the packaging has changed (which is great!!!)
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
sunflower837
(Denver, CO)
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Is the consistency supposed to be very liquidy?
Thank you!
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
NickyGee
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
5 answers
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answer 1
It strangely varies per tube--I've had both runny and gel-like. They all seem to work similarly, though. Maybe check to see the expiry date. I think it's supposed to be more liquidy, like an egg white.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
zoemom08
answer 2
Its clear like gel but thicker.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
RJNay
answer 3
Dear Phyto Fan,

PHYTO products are made from the highest concentration of botanical ingredients. Sometimes the consistency will appear to be a bit different than the time. If the consistency is like water- it has most likely been exposed to extreme hot-cold climate: Keep PHYTO Products at or close to room temperature because of the plants being used in the product. Same product and Formula since 1969!

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
phytohair
answer 4
No. I find it to be more like a balm. I hesitate to make this comparison, but it is a bit like a petroleum jelly.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
CallieDoodle
(Wells, ME)
answer 5
It is supposed to be a gel although it got more liquid when it got older. I did not see a difference in how it performed when it became more liquid.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
villagelady
(New York, NY)
Question
Scent?
With horseradish and garlic extracts being noted ingredients, I'm wondering what this product smells like.
asked 7 years, 8 months ago
Shelley
(Farmington Hills, MI)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
its definitely scent free, UNLESS the packaging gets a hole in it. I buy the bigger size, so the container is made of metal, and while I was traveling, the folded end got a tiny slit in it. It didn't even really leak so I kept using it but two weeks later, the thing smelled rancid! it kind of made me respect the product because obviously it is natural! lol..
answered 7 years, 1 month ago
Laurlaur
(Brookline, MA)
answer 2
I've never noticed any scent. A lot of hair products have a strong scent, and I can smell the product all day long. I am not aware of this once I've applied Phyto except that hair looks shinier and smoother. And there is definitely no garlic or horseradish scent to it!
answered 7 years, 8 months ago
japakwantas
(St. Clair Shores, MI)
answer 3
The product has a very mild botanical scent, and does not smell of garlic or horseradish. The scent does not stay in the hair and is not at all offensive.
answered 7 years, 8 months ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I have a really sensitive nose, and I barely smelled this at all. I have heard of people finding it atrocious, but I think they were buying it at unauthorized retailers that may have been selling expired items. I did not have any issue with the product I purchased at Sephora. It took me a few months to finish the container, and there was no change in odor the entire time.
answered 7 years, 8 months ago
persnickety
(NH)
Question
can you use this on dry air?
could I put this on my hair when it's dry (not from blowdrying) and then straighten it??
asked 6 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
yes, just use a little bit and be sure to smooth it in. i use it on flyways or on 2nd day hair before i flat iron.
answered 7 months ago
perriz
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
I don't know if you could use it on hair that is already dry, but I use it while my hair is still damp and then airdry it. So if you prefer to airdry your hair, you could still use this, just before your hair is dry. It's heat-activated, but it's not really a heat-protectant so if you are using a flat iron you may still want to use some sort of mechanical heat buffer.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
mgl7
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 3
Idid put it on dry hair, and it dried really quick, and i didn't see any difference.
I'm not sure what happens if you bloe dry or flat iron....
answered 6 years ago
juliab76
(california ventura)
answer 4
No, your hair has to be wet.
answered 6 years, 4 months ago
jinsky
(Alhambra, CA)
Question
Has the product's formula been changed. I ordered three of them and all three are watery instead of the gel like constancy I am accustomed to using.
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
(Waco, TX)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
This happened with one bad batch, you should be able to exchange. I heard it got hot but not sure.
answered 2 weeks, 6 days ago
LoveAllBty
(Torrance, CA)
answer 2
Dear Phyto Fan,

PHYTO products are made from the highest concentration of botanical ingredients. Sometimes the consistency will appear to be a bit different than the time. If the consistency is like water- it has most likely been exposed to extreme hot-cold climate: Keep PHYTO Products at or close to room temperature because of the plants being used in the product. Same product and Formula since 1969!

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
phytohair
answer 3
Yes, it is changed. It used to contain more natural ingredients, but now there are more chemicals than before.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
iasmellasogood
(Owosso, MI)
answer 4
There was a bad batch. It has been recalled and you can return it for full purchase price. The Phyto customer service is very helpful if you need more help.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
kntbug
(Washington, DC)
Question
i have wavy hair that i love but i like to straighten it too will this ruin my natural texture when i wear it natural?
i just dont want to ruin my natural hair if i want to wear it wavy
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
Dear Phyto Fan,

No, PHYTODEFRISANT is not permanent, so it is versatile for those who like to wear their hair straight sometimes and curly as well!

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
phytohair
answer 2
It is a defrizzer, not a true straightening agent. It just locks in moisture when you apply it to wet hair. Use very little at first.

If you do blow dry and use a flat iron it will just stay smoother, otherwise it keeps the same curl pattern.
answered 3 years ago
lilliane2you
(Mid-Atlantic)
answer 3
Since, it is considered a "relaxing balm" I wouldn't use it when wearing your hair wavy. It isn't going to damage your hair, but I believe the intent is to relax waves and make hair easier to straighten.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
sadie85
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 4
my hairstylist recommended this product to me when i had wavy, almost curly hair, before I got it cut. It made my waves soft, and nice and relaxed.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
VintageFox15
(Mendota Heights, MN)
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