“That’s your scalp,” explained my hair technician Antonio as he pointed to what looked like a satellite image of Mars.
It wasn’t quite what I expected when I signed up to try Phyto Universe’s Optimal Hydration. At the time, I thought that the treatment was just what my dry, dull, winter-worn hair needed. But a close-up image and analysis of my hair, follicles and all?
As it turns out, my problem was not
paying enough attention to my head. We all focus on the beauty part of looking good, without giving much concern for what’s physically happening to our bodies. So instead of freaking out at the sight of my magnified follicles and hair shafts, I sat back and let Phyto work its magic.
That meant a 15-minute scalp massage with their Phytopolleine Universal Elixer
(to purify and balance), the application of their Huile d’Ales Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment
mixed with conditioner, 20 minutes under a steam heater, and then washing it all out with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner. I left the salon with softer hair and a cleaner scalp than I’ve ever felt—so noticeable that there was a crowd around my desk the next day asking what I did to get such shiny hair.
If you can’t make it to the Phyto Universe’s New York City locale—or are looking for something to do while you watch The City
—it’s surprisingly easy to do the treatment at home. Enlist someone to massage your scalp with a gentle oil, cover your locks with a hydrating conditioner, and then wrap your head with a hot towel (dip it in water and then pop it in the microwave). It’s not quite the same as getting up close and personal with your follicles on a mini-TV screen, but it’s one fool-proof way to get rid of winter dead head.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
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WANT TO REFRESH YOUR WINTER-WORN HAIR AT HOME?
To cleanse your scalp, try Oscar Blandi Trattamento D’Alternanza ($26 at sephora.com
To clarify your strands, try Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Herbal Shampoo ($12.50 at carolsdaughter.com
) or B. The Product Negative Sulfate Shampoo ($7.25 at btheproduct.com)
To deep condition straight hair, try Davines Nou Nou Pak ($26 at davines.com
To deep condition fine hair, try Biolage hydratherapie Conditioning Balm ($15 at biolage.com
To deep condition curly hair, try DevaConcepts Heave In Hair ($24.95 at devaconcepts.com
To tackle flakes, try Pureology Dandruff Scalp Cure ($29.99 at pureology.com
To revitalize parched, brittle hair, try Redken Extreme Deep
Fuel ($13 at redken.com