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Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm

What it is:A heat-activated botanical straightening balm. What it is formulated to do:Achieve the perfect blow-dry with this award-winning, heat-activated, sleek-making complex. The exclusive plant-based formula—rich in ferula, horseradish, and sage—hydrates, softens, and protects unruly hair, prepping it for a smooth, manageable look. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates - Phthalates What else you need to know:The straightening effect increases with continued use.
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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, 1 month 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 3 years, 4 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 5 years 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 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, 1 month ago
SallySally
(Oakmont, PA)
answer 5
I don't think it will do anything.waste of money
answered 5 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
jwoz
(Memphis, TN)
Question
Will it work as well if I let my hair air dry?
asked 5 years 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 1 year, 6 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, 1 month 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, 3 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 4 years, 5 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 ago
blueangel
(Boston, MA)
Question
Scent?
With horseradish and garlic extracts being noted ingredients, I'm wondering what this product smells like.
asked 6 years, 2 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 5 years, 7 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, 2 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, 2 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, 2 months ago
persnickety
(NH)
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, 2 months ago
tmack808
(Durham, NC)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
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 2 years, 4 months ago
kntbug
(Washington, DC)
answer 2
I'm caucasian and have fine hair, and this didnt work for me. I finally chemically straightened my hair.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
makeupgrl31
(Putnam, new york)
answer 3
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 2 years, 9 months ago
syncnaturally
(Tampa, Fl)
answer 4
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 ago
erin916
(Syracuse, NY)
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 1 year, 2 months ago
sfmallon
(San Francisco, CA)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
4 answers
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answer 1
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 7 months ago
CharRed
(Tampa, FL)
answer 2
seems to be the same to me. I am a regular purchaser and have since received it in the new packaging.
answered 11 months ago
itsbrownnotred
(Wausau, WI)
answer 3
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 ago
glitterflower
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
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, 1 month ago
sunflower837
(Denver, CO)
Question
How do you use this relaxing balm?
I am african american with no chemical relaxer in my hair so it is tightly coiled though I wear it straight by blow drying and flat iron. Just wondering how much other african americans use in their hair to get it straight and what the process is.
asked 6 years ago
m0jito79
(philadelphia, pa)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
3 answers
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answer 1
I actually use a lot of this product. I find the more you use the better. It doesn't really build up and get greasy so you should be okay. After I rinse out my conditioner (fekkai protein rx- a wonderful conditioner), I section my hair- which is natural and pretty thick- into six or so braids while it is still wet. I comb through the defrisant as i braid my hair. then after i'm done braiding the section, i apply a little more before i blow dry it w/ an ionic blow dryer. then, if i choose to flat iron it, i put even more product on, making sure it dries, as i work through small sections w/ my ceramic chi flat iron. no matter how much i put on, it's not greasy or weighed down. it is also wonderful at keeping your hair from getting super frizzy when it is humid. i like having big hair with a good amount of body. i don't like seeing super stringy straight hair when i choose to flat iron it. this product is great at keeping the bounce and body to your hair without making it stringy. when it is humid, my hair gets bigger yes but not frizzy.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
Amazed1
answer 2
I am half black my hair is kinky curly and I use this on my mom's hair (shes black). For both of us I just section it and apply it to the hair. I use a lot because I need it for my mom I don't use as much after you section it just comb it through with your fingers.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
salv
(Baltimore)
answer 3
I have mixed hair, but I still have a pretty tight curl pattern. After I shampoo I apply the balm to my hair first and then any leave in conditioners (Phtyo 9 is great and I love Rene Furterer Nutritive Concentrate and the Repairing Serum. Use a couple drops of Carol's Daughters Lisa's Hair Elixir and you are all set). Style as usual. The more you use this product the more results you will see. Keep your hair conditoned and oiled and the results stay even with humidity!!
answered 6 years ago
mieka
(Austin, TX)
Question
curly hair
What Phyto product would be good to keep my very curly and slightly frizzy hair under control?
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
curlygirl5353
(Dearborn Heights, MI)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
3 answers
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answer 1
I use the product PHYTO phytodefrisant and have had several people stop me to ask what I use on my hair, because my curls are so beautiful and nicely defined. I tell them about this product, and that I got it at Sephora. Unfortunately it is labeled as a "botanical hair relaxing balm". That is not what it is! Clearly written on the tube, and in the brochure in the box, it states "Phytodefrisant is specially designed for naturally curly or permed hair to nourish and gently soften frizzy hair". The first time I thought to buy it I was sceptical because I have curly hair and you state in "What else you need to know":"Straightening effect is cumulative with continued use.", and I was concerned that my curls would become straight. I wrote you a letter and you wrote back that it only meant that they would become softer with more use, so I bought it. I am so happy with it for my curly hair. Sephora needs to state this "Phytodefrisant is specially designed for naturally curly or permed hair" since that is what it is!! It's not for straight hair, although many reviewers have stated that it works well on their straight hair. It is meant for curly hair.
I wrote a "Review" a while back (but it got lost among the many reviews). I think it is important for Sephora to state this in their description of the product.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
9704
(Woodmere, New York)
answer 2
I recommend the Phytodefrisant for frizzy, curly, or flyaway hair. The brushing shampoo also has made my hair very smooth and silky without even having to blow it out.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
autopsywoman
(Hagerstown, MD)
answer 3
Definitely the Phytodefrisant Botantical Hair Relaxing Balm. Just make sure and do EXACTLY what the directions say or you won't get the maximum results.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
snich015
(Arkansas)
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 4 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
3 answers
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answer 1
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 4 years, 3 months ago
mgl7
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 2
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 4 years, 6 months ago
juliab76
(california ventura)
answer 3
No, your hair has to be wet.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
jinsky
(Alhambra, CA)
Question
What can I put on my highlited curly/wavy hair that frizzes!
I`m Caucasian, my hair is colored and highlited, shoulder length and wavy but I have a top layer that frizzes and looks poofy and awful. I`m a working mom and don`t have much time for the blow dryer plus I ahve a lot of hair, it takes me about 40 mins to dry it out. I would love to find a product I can put on my damp hair, let it air dry and turn into soft silky waves!!! Any ideas?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
smdermadoc
(mexico city)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
3 answers
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answer 1
My hair is gray/white under my haircolor, naturally curly, but never as beautiful as with this product. Several people stop me to ask what I use on my hair, because my curls are so beautiful and nicely defined. I tell them about this product, and that I got it at Sephora. Unfortunately it is labeled as a "botanical hair relaxing balm". That is not what it is! Clearly written on the tube, and in the brochure in the box, it states "Phytodefrisant is specially designed for naturally curly or permed hair to nourish and gently soften frizzy hair". The first time I thought to buy it I was sceptical because I have curly hair and you state in "What else you need to know":"Straightening effect is cumulative with continued use.", and I was concerned that my curls would become straight. I wrote you a letter and you wrote back that it only meant that they would become softer with more use, so I bought it. I am so happy with it for my curly hair. Sephora needs to state this "Phytodefrisant is specially designed for naturally curly or permed hair" since that is what it is!! It's not for straight hair, although many reviewers have stated that it works well on their straight hair. It is meant for curly hair.
I wrote a "Review" a while back (but it got lost among the many reviews). I think it is important for Sephora to state this in your description of the product.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
9704
(Woodmere, New York)
answer 2
Try Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm. I've tried everything on the market and this clear gel is worth a try. I've been using it for years! I still try new products that come out, but nothing can touch this balm. You don't need much. I have chin length hair and I don't use more than a quarter-size dose of it in my palm on the rainiest of days. I wish you the best!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
dolcedesigns
(Pomona, CA)
answer 3
Try Phyto Phytodefrisant Hair Relaxing Balm. It's best when used with a blow dryer but I have very wavy hair myself. I've put this in, let it air dry and had nice soft waves. Oscar Blandi Silk Polishing Creme is also good. I would say for skipping the blow dry and letting your hair air dry, the polishing creme is better.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
NotReally
(New York, NY)
Question
How does this compare to Living Proof?
Has anyone tried Living Proof AND this relaxing balm? I have very coarse, wavy hair and live in Seattle. Living Proof has been the only product that helps straighten my hair and keep it straight despite rainy weather. I am tempted to try this though. Any advice?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
aimskers
(Seattle, WA)
on Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm
3 answers
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answer 1
I've tried both, and I prefer this product to Living Proof. I feel like I get better results with Phytodefrisant, and plus it works well for me whether or not I blowdry my hair, unlike Living Proof which has no effect for me without mechanical heat.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mgl7
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 2
Never tried Living Proof but I've tried just about everything under the sun...its horribly humid and rains a fair amout this time of year in Atlanta and Phyto kept my hair smoothe as silk - plus it doesn't have a strong fragrance and is NOT sticky.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
atlantagirls
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm has always been one of our best selling hair care items, specifically for straightening the hair and/or combatting frizz.

This item uses botanical ingredients to help to loosen the curls/ waves in your hair, acts as a heat protectior, and also takes down frizz.

Living Proof's No Frizz items use PolyfluoroEster, which coats the hair to prevent humidity from getting into it, eliminating frizz. While their Straight Making items do help with straightenign the hair, their items are primarily designed to address frizz, while Phytodefrisant is primarily designed to make the hair easier to straighten but also eliminates frizz.

The amount used with both products is also slightly different. Phytodefrisant is very concentrated, so a dime sized amount applied to wet hair is best for most hair lengths and textures. A pea-sized amount can be added as a finishing product to eliminate frizz or flyaways. Living Proof's No Frizz items should be used liberally, as they work best when the hair is coated completely.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
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