One man's passion

 How a visionary 
 used the secrets 
 of nature for 
 the beauty of the hair 

As a pioneering visionary, Patrick Alès, founder of the brand, was able to use the secrets of nature for the beauty of the hair.

Groundbreaking Patrick Alès registered the name PHYTOTHERATHRIE* in 1967 and was the first cosmetic brand to use the prefix PHYTO.

* phyto = plants, thera = therapy, thrie (from trixos) = hair

Patrick Ales - 1967



In Haute Provence, the lush countryside of Southern France, the most alluring plants grow. Local farmers, eager to pass along the robust harvest to those who can harness its magic, cultivate ingredients such as lavender, sage, rosemary, and juniper. It was nearly 50 years ago and in this fertile land that Mr. Patrick Ales, one of Paris’ legendary hair stylists, captured this magic and married his two passions: hair and plants. A true visionary, Mr. Ales paved the way for botanical hair care long before the emergence of environmental awareness and “green” hair care trends. From 1968 and 1969, he released his first PHYTO products: Huile D’Alès, Phyto 7, Phytodéfrisant, and Phytopolléine. In 1969, Mr. Alès presented PHYTO to the public along with the opening of the Patrick Alès Salon in Paris, sill open today, where his clients such as screen siren Catherine Deneuve and former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, became the beneficiaries of his new botanical hair care line. With fervor and passion, he developed a range of highly concentrated, plant-based solutions to reveal hair’s natural beauty. Phyto was born.


At PHYTO, we believe that nature is one with beauty, and at the heart of our mission is passion and respect for the plant world and healthy hair. This respect extends both to our environment and to the hands of our professional partners around the world. PHYTO’s first mission is to make products with the utmost quality and effectiveness in order to reveal beautiful, healthy hair. Our responsibility is to create unique formulas, as we have been doing since 1967. At PHYTO, we keep looking ahead, researching for new plants, sophisticated botanical complexes and discovering new ways to extract and preserve the quality of the active ingredients. Just like a hairstylist is an artist, PHYTO’s quest for inspiration never ceases—we find inspiration from a look, a flower, a scent. We believe that our botanists, scientists, engineers will pave the way for a better tomorrow. They will discover new ways to create products that are even more extraordinary. We are empowered by them and by you, our clients, our friends. In the words of our Founder, “Life is ahead of us.” “The definition of beauty is, first and foremost, to accept oneself and have a sense of self-worth—that’s already a form of beauty. It is in a look; it’s in the sensation of creating something.” — Mr. Patrick Alès, Founder of PHYTO

The French Blowdry

Patrick Alès was a renowned hairstylist before he became known as the founder of PHYTO. In the mid 60’s the French Haute Coiffure innovates, and a desire of freedom goes through society and hairstyling. In 1964, Patrick Alès invents a new technique called Le brushing (a French word he created from the English – to brush). This revolutionary technique allows for drying the hair while shaping it, using the combined action of a brush and a blow dryer. It is the simultaneous action of drying and rolling up hair on the brush, strand by strand, to add tension, hold and lift that creates this unique lasting style. Patrick Alès’ brushing technique creates volume and discipline, without the stiffness of the roller sets. The brushing transformed hair-setting techniques by providing suppleness and movement, but also providing smoothness and shine. Later on that year, he developed and patented the prototype of the first “blow drying brush”, capable of drying hair while simultaneously smoothing and lifting it at root.


Today, PHYTO continues to explore the world in search of the finest ingredients. Overall, our formulas contain over 500 active botanical ingredients and are 95% botanical. Our scientists extract the most active molecules found in the root, flower, bud, fruit, resin, or seeds. The manufacturing secret lies in the various extraction methods used, such as decoction or maceration. Also, PHYTO's highly concentrated formulas are housed in recyclable aluminum and glass for their non-porous properties which help minimize the use of preservatives. THE RESULT: Formulas that are highly concentrated in active botanical ingredients, with minimal to no water added, and no parabens*, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes and alcohol, or silicones**. Phytopolléine, for example, is comprised of 100% essential oils and contains over 4 pounds of fresh plants per 0.84 fl. oz. Therefore, only a small amount of product is needed to garner remarkable results. Huile D'Alès, Phyto 7, and Phytodéfrisant the first formulas released by Mr. Alès between 1956 and 1966, contain more than 99% botanical ingredients and remain favorites among beauty editors and stylists. *As of today, only two products within the Phyto line still contain parabens. However, they do contain 99.20% botanical ingredients. They are in the process of being reformulated. **To the exception of Phytomist, Phytovolume Actif, and Phytolisse Serum


"There is no such thing as bad hair, only poorly treated hair." --Patrick Alès PHYTO is a comprehensive line that covers every haircare need from maintenance and treatment to color care and styling. Our line is treats various hair care concerns such as dry, color-treated, damaged, volume and anti-frizz. PHYTO recommends alternating between hair care concerns in order to achieve best results. Dry hair can be treated concurrently with a volume concern by alternating Phytojoba Shampoo and Phytovolume Shampoo. Individuals with very dry, coarse, curly hair can use Phytonectar Shampoo as a treatment shampoo once or twice a week, alternating with Phytojoba Shampoo as a daily shampoo, or Phytolisse when blow-drying their hair straight. TREATMENT - A product formulated to treat a specific condition such as damaged or thinning hair, or a scalp condition such as oily scalp or dandruff. BEAUTY - A product formulated to achieve a desired style such as straight hair or maximum volume. All PHYTO products are silicone free*, allowing hair to reach its fullest potential and not have to be washed as often. DAILY ESSENTIALS – Shampoos and conditioners formulated to maintain beautiful, healthy hair that gentle enough to be used daily, or alternated with a treatment, color care or beauty regimen. “Beautiful hair starts with a healthy scalp.” - Patrick Alès


PHYTO is a comprehensive line that includes PHYTO professional, a styling line that is sold exclusively in salons. PHYTO professional is a unique, botanical-based styling range created by a professional, for professionals. This haute-performance line respects the integrity of the hair, infusing it with the finest natural ingredients. From brilliant shine to matte texture, flexible definition to super strong and long-lasting hold, PHYTO professional gives you the tools to recreate sophisticated, salon worthy hair at home. In addition, our legendary, award-winning Phyto styling products – such as Phytodéfrisant and Phytovolume Actif – which were created over 50 years later, remain favorites among stylists and beauty editors to this day.

 Over 40 years of pioneering research… 
 And it isn't over yet.  

Daily hydrating cream with 7 plants to leave dry hair incredibly shiny

Phyto 7 is the first day cream designed for hair.

Its unique, 99% botanical formula is a combination of 7 plants with hydrating and regenerating properties.

 Phyto 7 
The first day cream
for hair

A botanical elixir to stimulate the scalp

Phytopolleine is the result of 9 years of research, and the first hair care product to use essential oils. This 100% botanical, universal elixir, contains the equivalent of 1,750 g of fresh plants in its 25-ml bottle.

The first hair treatment
with essential oils.

Strong protection hair oil

The first product to appear under the umbrella of a new concept: protecting the hair from the sun.

Its formula is a combination of several protective botanical oils, selected for their benefits to the hair, and anti-UV filters.

 Phyto plage 
First sun protection product for hair
with essential oils.

Dietary complement for hair and nails

The first dietary supplement for hair launched on the market. A concentration of vitamins, essential fatty acids and botanical extracts to fight against hair thinning and strengthen nail resistance. Consumer satisfaction rate over 95%.


Year after year, Phytovolume Actif makes it on editors’ top product lists for its remarkable ability to add volume to hair, without the stiff or sticky after feel.

 Phytovolume Actif 

Botanical spray with silk proteins

The first botanical spray on the market, combining botanical gums with silk proteins.

 Phytolaque soie 

Hair thinning in women. Stress, fatigue, diet, pregnancy

The first hair care product using grapeseed procyanidins and Ginkgo Biloba, designed to treat reactional or temporary hair thinning in women. Phytocyane concentrate is a comprehensive treatment with both anti-hair thinning and age-defying properties.

to revitalize

Split-ends repair - damaged and brittle hair

Inspired from esthetic medicine, Phytokeratine is a combination of 100% botanical keratin and hyaluronic acid for a resurfacing, nourishing action.

Phytokeratine is the most recent launch from Laboratoires Phytosolba and won the PRIX SANTÉ MAGAZINE 2011.

All the strength of botanical keratin
to repair your hair.