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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.—Fiorella Valdesolo
Photo: Courtesy of Phyto Universe