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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 5 years, 9 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, 1 month 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 5 years, 8 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 5 years, 8 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 5 years, 9 months ago
SallySally
(Oakmont, PA)
answer 5
I don't think it will do anything.waste of money
answered 5 years, 9 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 5 years, 9 months ago
jwoz
(Memphis, TN)
Question
Will it work as well if I let my hair air dry?
asked 5 years, 8 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 2 years, 2 months 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 2 years, 10 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 4 years, 11 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 5 years, 2 months 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 5 years, 8 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 3 years, 10 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 5 months, 1 week 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 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 3 years, 4 months 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 3 years, 5 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 3 years, 8 months ago
erin916
(Syracuse, NY)
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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 1 year, 10 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 5 months, 1 week 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 1 year, 3 months 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 1 year, 7 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 1 year, 8 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 1 year, 10 months ago
sunflower837
(Denver, CO)
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Is the consistency supposed to be very liquidy?
Thank you!
asked 1 year, 3 months 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 3 months, 3 weeks ago
zoemom08
answer 2
Its clear like gel but thicker.
answered 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 1 week 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 11 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 11 months ago
villagelady
(New York, NY)
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Scent?
With horseradish and garlic extracts being noted ingredients, I'm wondering what this product smells like.
asked 6 years, 11 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 6 years, 3 months 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 6 years, 10 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 6 years, 10 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 6 years, 10 months ago
persnickety
(NH)
Question
should hair be wet or dry
If wet should it be damp
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
Spots
(Valley Stream, NY)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
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 5 months, 1 week ago
phytohair
answer 2
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 2 years, 2 months ago
lilliane2you
(Mid-Atlantic)
answer 3
You can use it with wet or dry hair
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
yaddy
(New York, NY)
answer 4
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 2 years, 8 months ago
VintageFox15
(Mendota Heights, MN)
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 2 years, 8 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 5 months, 1 week 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 2 years, 2 months 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 2 years, 8 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 2 years, 8 months ago
VintageFox15
(Mendota Heights, MN)
Question
Can I used this product even though I don't have curly hair?
I'm only asking this because this product it's mainly for curly hair. My natural hair is straight, but I would like to have something that makes it look even better. This product has great reviews, but I don't know if I should get it? I'm also looking for something that protects my hair against the heat form my flat iron. I want the silky straight hair look! Will this product help me with that, or I should look into something else?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
Chikitita
(San Mateo, CA)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Dear Phyto Fan,

Yes, if you use a blow dryer to blow dry straight: PHYTODEFRISANT BOTANICAL STRAIGHTENING BALM also aids in expediting your blow dry time and keeping the cuticle layer smooth.

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
phytohair
answer 2
Yes. You should definately try this product. It's good for all hair types and won't weigh-down your already straight hair. My hair usually puffs-up when I blow dry it and this product helps keep it tame without weighing it down. It will give you the smooth finish you want and will protect your hair.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
reneecles
(Parkersburg, WV)
answer 3
my hair is pretty wavy, but i have a friend with PIN-STRAIGHT hair who swears by this! i find that if i use too much on my hair, it makes it a little limp and a little bit more oily than usual, but if you use the right amount, it's perfect. the right amount tends to vary with the hair length and type. you'll find the perfect amount!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
VintageFox15
(Mendota Heights, MN)
answer 4
It works for all hair types. If it works half as well for your as it does for me then you will definitely get the sleek, straight look. And it is very very moisturizing, although I do use thermal protecting spray on my ends as well as the phytodefrisant if its a really dry day. I highly recommend trying it. Just be careful not to use too much. My hair reached the small of my back and I only needed a nickel sized amount.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
rhii
(Houston)
Question
How well does this straighten hair?
I have some curls but mostly wavy hair... My hair is also very frizzy and thick.
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Raliegh, NC)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
Dear Phyto Fan,

This is one of our most popular products and a PHYTO FAN FAVE! Be sure to comb through well before you start to blow dry for smoothness. The more you use PHYTODEFRISANT, the easier it is to smooth your hair!

Hope this helps!
-Phyto Expert
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
phytohair
answer 2
I've been using this for 15 years, I've never found anything that worked quite as well. My hair is wavy though and not super curly.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
glitterflower
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
I have fine (but a lot!), shoulder length curly hair that I dry and straighten practically daily. It helps cut my drying time in half and gets the annoying curl out of my hair quite quickly.

The serum is heat activated, so if you do not use a heat tool on your hair, you will notice little to no result.

I hope this helps1
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
sunflower837
(Denver, CO)
answer 4
B&B has youtube videos on how to apply dryspun try that! what i do is lift spray blow dry upside down when my hair is dry then hit it with the cool button on my blow dryer
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(crowley texas)
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