What: Phyto Color
What it does: It's an organic, ammonia-free hair dye.
Phyto Color, P895, Beauty Bar
I'd like to think I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to my hair. I've bleached my tresses and even dyed it pink before all in the name of beauty experiments. But truth be told, I suffer from a very sensitive scalp that makes hair coloring so painful; I can't even bear to finish the prescribed 30-minute soak before rinsing. I've gone through many brands that promised ammonia-free formulations but even the best of those permanent and semi-permanent dyes couldn't deliver a pain-free application.
So what's a girl got to do when she wants to have her hair colored without the itch, tingle, and burning sensation? While shampoo dyes are my altenatives, they easily wash out, too, after a certain number of washes. So when I found out about Phyto hair color that claims to be organic and ammonia-free, I immediately volunteered my locks for it.
How I Used It
The PR kit sent to the office came with a salon service care of La Provence in Central Square Mall. I was fortunate enough to have their creative director, Mehdi, tend to my tresses. He presented me with options from the 16 natural color range. I chose shade 7, a dark chocolate blonde, to even out my hair color into a deep brown hue.
The application process took less than 15 minutes with Mehdi's expert hands swiftly applying the product. I was waiting for the tingling sensation but, five minutes in, I didn't feel a thing. Mehdi left my hair to soak for 30 minutes and, still, there was no itch or burning sensation.
I was so intrigued with the product that I had to thoroughly check its ingredients. To my surprise, the bulk of its formulation were botanicals derived from five dye plants, namely:
1. Dyer's Madder - The roots of this perennial plant contain strong red pigments known as "madder lake."
2. Alder Buckthorne - The bark of this dye-producing shrub yields a reddish pigment that is used in golden-yellow to cinnamon-brown shades.
3. Plains Coreopsis - This annual herbaceous plant produces red and yellow flowers. The flower stalks contain orange-yellow pigments that were already being used in the pre-Columbian civilizations.
4. Dyer's Broom - Orange-yellow pigments are extracted from the flowering branches of this shrub. The name of the genus is thought to be derived from the word "gen," which means "small bush."
5. Logwood - The pigments are extracted from the wood of its trunk and larger branches, and used to make dark colors. Logwood can also be combined with madder to make beautiful brown shades.
These botanical extracts have long been used for their coloring properties. What's more, their high concentration ensures an intense natural color (it can even cover those stubborn gray hairs, FYI) and boosts hair radiance, giving you shiny tresses.
The formula also lists jujube bark extract, which was selected for its soothing and hydrating action. This is coupled with epaline, which was chosen for its anti-irritant an anti-itching properties. What I liked best about the product is that it felt nourishing on the hair even after its application. Three days post-coloring, I found my hair extra soft and shiny, something I'd like to attribute to the duo of oils—jojoba and monoi —the hair dye is formulated with.
So for gals who have sensitive scalps like mine, I say this is a must-try if you're planning to dye your hair.
Disclaimer: Remember to do a skin test before using the product, just to be sure!