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April 21 2014

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3 posts tagged "Phyto Universe"

Phyto’s Damage Waiver

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Hair may be the focus there, but Phyto Universe is no salon. Yes, your locks will be shampooed and conditioned, blow-dryed, and styled. But before any of that happens, they will be analyzed thoroughly—using the hair trauma center’s patented Phyto Scope, a giant probe that magnetizes your scalp’s every follicle and oil gland. It’s at once cool and creepy, but every treatment at the midtown hair haven begins like this, including the newest addition to the menu, the Botanical Keratin Repair. Thanks to many years of coloring and heat styling aplenty, I was the perfect candidate for the targeted blend of hyaluronic acids and botanical-born keratin, which together help restore weakened or damaged strands. The service begins with a positively heavenly scalp massage using the essential-oil packed Phytopolleine scalp elixir to stimulate circulation. Then comes the Phytonectar oil (which happens to be made with 12 percent egg yolk, an old favorite for hair nourishing), which is slathered onto the lengths and ends before it is steamed for about 15 minutes to ensure optimal penetration. Following a good washing and conditioning with Phytokeratine shampoo and conditioner (each has ceramides, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract, and botanical keratin), my aesthetician applied a generous dousing of a silk peptide and Brazilian palm oil-laced serum. But it’s after the subsequent blowout that you can really appreciate the result of all that keratin: My hair was super-soft and shiny, and my color—which was overdue for a re-up—looked almost restored. Not a bad pre-holiday pick-me-up.

$175, available at Phyto Universe, 715 Lexington Ave., NYC, (212) 308-0270, www.phytouniverse.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Phyto Universe

Phyto Universe, Out Of This World

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Picture, if you will, a salon without the relentless cacophony of dozens of hairdryers and high-pitched voices exchanging gossip. A place where the only trace of music is of the Deep Forest, not the DJ Sasha, variety and nary a creepy chemical to color or tame hair is in sight. Welcome to Phyto Universe, an oasis of tranquility on a bustling stretch of Lexington Avenue that seems worlds away from Manhattan, thanks to a massive, 3,000-square-foot lush vertical garden inside. More of a hair spa than a hair salon, the focus here is on the nourishment and regeneration of the scalp and hair using solely botanical ingredients—a singular concept that was enough to lure me in for a trial run of the new Summer Bliss Treatment they have on offer through Labor Day. The general goal with this seasonal special is to prep hair for the harsh effects of summer sun, saltwater, and chlorine, although seeing as how each treatment here is designed specifically to suit individual clients’ hair, my technician, Marina, began the service with a thorough scalp analysis using the PhytoScope machine—like a sonogram for your head—to determine my hair type. She then mixed up a personalized cocktail of botanical oils (cashew, pastel, and egg yolk oil, among others) and smoothed them into my scalp and then through the length of my hair. After a long, drool-inducing head massage, and many minutes under a steam hood, my hair was washed, conditioned, and deep-conditioned before being styled. While the immediate effect—silkier and softer strands—is impressive, when you wake up the next morning with what I like to call “hair commercial hair” (freakishly shiny, strong, and bouncy tresses) you will be utterly convinced of the power of nature. For more information or to book an appointment, call (212) 308-0270.

Photo: Courtesy of Phyto Universe

Valentine’s Day Beauty Preview

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Valentine’s Day weekend is officially upon us and while its coinciding with the start of fashion week is putting a bit of a wrench in our plans, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying all of the beauty specials on offer for your pampering pleasure. We’ve compiled a short list of some of the best bets for date-prepping or plain old indulging and ask only that you think of us trudging around the mean streets of Manhattan doing backstage coverage when you’re taking that soothing bath, getting that massage, or enjoying that free facial. Sigh… Click here to read on >