It’s The Balm: Phyto Botanical Relaxing Hair Balm Review

“You always want what you can’t have.” But who’s to say what we can’t have? I want straight, frizz-free hair and I am going to have it.  At least with a little help from my friend, Botanical Relaxing Hair Balm by Phyto.

My thick, long hair is naturally curly. A few years ago, I decided I no longer liked the curls, so I’ve been blowdrying and flat ironing it into submission since. But because my hair’s natural tendency is to go into spiral curls, I often have to fight it.  It rebels by frizzing, I tame the frizz with hair creams and sprays.  Sometimes I win, sometimes my hair wins.

When I had the chance to try the Botanical Relaxing Hair Balm, I thought, I’m winning the next battle. I was a little nervous about trying something with the word “relaxing” in it though.  You’d think such a word would calm a person, but for me, it conjured up horror stories of salon relaxers and straighteners that broke, fried, or otherwise damaged hair.  So I showed the product and directions to my hair stylist and good friend, Jennie Kay Plumb, and got the okay.

So here’s how it works: After shampooing and conditioning, you put a dime-sized amount of the product into your hand, then apply to hair, starting at the roots.  Then you comb it through with a wide toothed comb.  The product itself has a nice smell and doesn’t make your hair feel greasy or crunchy, but it does feel a little sticky on your hands.

The first time I used it, I let my hair air dry and flat ironed it the next morning.  The second time, I blowdried it straight (or as straight as I can get it), then flat ironed.  Both times I had, without a doubt, minimal to no frizz.  I was thrilled!  The real test will be in the summer, when humidity typically forces me to wear my hair up, so I’ll try the product again then. But until June, I’m totally happy with the Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm. As a plus, it doesn’t contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals or phthalates.

$12 for a 1.6 oz tube, $26 for a 3.3 oz, and $32 for a 5 0z. http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P2895&categoryId=C13320

Have a beautiful day 🙂

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