20 Minutes to Your Best Hair Yet

One epic treatment that works for all hair types.

Illustration by Phuong Nguyen

We love a product that can not only make you look and feel great, but it's also low-key: i.e. you can can put it on and forget about. Which is why we love this French botanical scalp treatment.

There is no such thing as beautiful hair without a healthy scalp, and a great way to get on the express highway to shiny, soft hair is with a treatment that instantly purifies and stimulates your beloved scalp.

Especially this time of year, when we’re transitioning (finally!) into spring, and we’ve been covering our hair with itchy hats all season long—consider this the first step in a post-winter detox that will remove any and all built-up product. That’s where Phytopolleine Scalp Treatment ($40) comes in. Phyto (pronounced fee-toe) has been an industry leader in plant-based hair care for over 50 years, embracing the principle that healthy hair begins at the root. This old-school, French girl favorite treatment is basically a master cleanse for your scalp. 

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It's a mix of pure, highly concentrated plant extracts and essential oils; each bottle contains oils from more than four pounds of fresh plants like rosemary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus, and lemon. The combination balances the scalp, deters dandruff, and can even stimulate scalp micro-circulation to awaken and energize hair growth.

Amazingly, the treatment is actually great for all hair types: dry, oily, itchy, dandruff-prone, and even thinning hair. Once a week, you simply apply a few drops directly to the scalp section by section, then massage deeply and gently. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes (or up to an hour or so) while you eat a croissant, or watch an episode of Arrested Development, or, hey, even read a Domino magazine. Then hop in the shower, and cleanse and condition as usual.

Bonus points for those of us with sensitive scalps (guilty!): it has no added scents or preservatives. What you smell, which is a heady eucalyptus and rosemary scent, is entirely natural, just what the plants smell like in nature.

“It’s very linked to skincare,” says Nathalie Clavel, director of marketing at Phyto Paris. “You are used to removing your makeup every night and not sleeping in it, but for your scalp and hair, you don’t do that. You should give your scalp and hair the same love you’re giving your skin every single day, because your scalp is an extension of your skin.”

That is easy to forget, your scalp really is just an extension of your face, so shouldn’t your scalp get a facial just like your face gets one?

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Love this spring hair detox idea, but want some more product options? Cantu Cleanse Root Rinse is beloved for its mix of apple cider vinegar and tree tree oil—and it is only $5! Or try Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment ($35), a potent blend of rosemary, cedarwood, and sage that cleanses and soothes that scalp.

Happy cleansing for both a happy scalp and a happy you!

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Published on April 23, 2018 - 5:00am EDT

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