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Here are some of the commonly asked questions we've received over the years.
We've organized them by category so you can easily find answers.

ISSUE: What’s the Best Way to Use Katira Masque?

November 29, 2009 | How to Use, Thin Hair

Dear Philip,

Katira Mask: Can/should you use every few days in the shower? Can you put it on in the shower for a few minutes and then rinse or is that wasting it? It seems to be hard to comb thru: Do you always need to apply it with a conditioner first? Also, for bleached, thin frizzy hair, what is/are the best products to use?

You can use Katira in the shower, but for best results, you should think of it as a once- or twice-a-week deep treatment. Cleanse, condition and detangle your hair before applying Katira, then blow-dry or air-dry your hair until it’s stiff and helmet-like. (That helps Katira bond to each strand, filling in any weak spots and giving your hair a glossy sheen.) You mention that you have bleached, frizzy hair — which means you need to condition it in every step of your routine. Rejuvenating Oil treatments (once or twice a week) are a must. From there, use a gentle and nourishing shampoo like African Shea Butter, White Truffle or Russian Amber. The Lightweight Deep-Conditioning Creme Rinse would be perfect for you. And I recommend a leave-in treatment, too, like Lovin’ Leave-in Hair Conditioning Creme. Front-loading your hair with moisture not only makes it glossier and more supple; it also makes your hair less likely to absorb moisture from the air, leaving you beautifully frizz-free.

ISSUE: Fine, Color-Treated Hair That’s Graying

November 29, 2009 | Color-Treated Hair, Fine & Limp Hair

Dear Philip,

Hi! I recently ordered Pepperment & Avocado shampoo-and it doesn’t lather. Any suggestions? I have fine, color-treated hair that’s graying. Product suggestions? Thanks so much!

Thanks for writing. I should start by pointing out that none of our shampoos lather excessively, because they’re made with such high concentrations of botanical extracts. This is a good thing: Unlike cheap detergents, my shampoos cleanse your hair without stripping — they actually leave your hair healthier and shinier. (That said, make sure you’re shampooing properly. No matter what shampoo you use, it’s important to saturate your hair first, and focus the cleansing at the roots of your hair.) Given your hair type, I’d start with a Rejuvenating Oil treatment. Apply it liberally, especially through the ends, and blow-dry your hair to help the oil sink into your hair. It’s not like a standard hot-oil treatment: The plant- and flower-oils in my formula are made of such tiny molecules that they actually slip inside each strand and plump it up from the inside — rather than lying on top of your hair and leaving it flat and limp. The oil also helps remove buildup to let your scalp breathe and leave your hair supremely clean. Follow the oil treatment with the Peppermint Shampoo (use it twice, if necessary) to lift away any excess from the surface of your hair. You’ll see the difference right away — it’s a miracle worker for fine, dry hair.

ISSUE: Philip B. Products with Coconut

November 29, 2009 | Product Ingredients

Dear Philip,

What products contain coconut or a hint of coconut?

  1. Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Mist — in which the coconut is mixed with Orchid, Tahitian Gardenia, Aloe Vera
  2. Philip B. Shin-Aid Pomade — a light, water-based styler that adds texture and polish
  3. Philip B Thai Tea Mind & Body Wash — so cooling and energizing, with Coconut, Lemongrass, Honey and cooling Peppermint
  4. Philip B Lovin’ Hand and Body Creme — a refreshing and skin-silkifying blend, with Shea Butter and Vitamins E and B5

ISSUE: Oil Treatments + Haircolor

November 29, 2009 | Color-Treated Hair

Dear Philip,

Is it safe to use the Rejuvenating Oil treatment the day before getting hair color?

Definitely. In fact, I highly recommend it. Pre-color oil treatments — along with weekly oil treatments thereafter — will help strengthen your hair and and keep your shade more vibrant and luminous. Here’s the trick: After you get your color, be sure to wait about 5 days until your next oil treatment. You need to give the color molecules time to embed in the hair shaft; otherwise, the oil might loosen the color molecules from the hair shaft. After that, you’re good to go.

ISSUE: The Philip B Book

November 29, 2009 | PhilipB Inspiration

Dear Philip,

I´ve used Philip B’s products for years, and i love them. I´ve heard that Philip wrote a book. Is that true, and where can one buy it? I’d love to get it !

Yes, you can find my book, Blended Beauty: Botanical Secrets for Body & Soul at The book is packed with easy recipes to help you make your own natural hair and skin treatments, from dry-skin cleansers to limp-hair revivers. I love that I’m still getting letters about the book, 14 years on. I hope you enjoy it!

ISSUE: Hypersensitive Scalp

November 29, 2009 | Product Ingredients, Special Cases

Dear Philip,

I am very sensitive to fragrances, so I am wondering which of your products may be fragrance-free or the best for people like me. I know that your African Shea Butter shampoo is fragrance-free, and I’m very interested in ordering it, but I’ll need a conditioner as well. I have highlighted hair so I need something color-safe and nourishing.

The Lightweight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse (Paraben-free Formula) would be perfect for you. It also contains African Shea Butter — one of my favorite hair-healing ingredients, because it’s intensely hydrating without adding weight — as well as nourishing proteins. So the two products work in symmetry. If you have fine hair, just use it on the mid-shaft through to the ends of your hair. If you have thicker hair, feel free to use it from the roots down. The Katira Hair Masque is fragrance-free as well. It gives your hair a shiny, glossy finish. Plus, the jelly formula is conditioning and super-light.

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