8 Habits That Could Be Damaging Your Hair, According to Celebrity Hairstylist Anthony Cristiano

BY Gracee Tolentino · December 12, 2016


Anthony Cristiano has one of the most glam jobs on the planet, and that is to get some of Hollywood’s hottest personalities red carpet-ready (think Demi Moore, Uma Thurman and Brazilian model Adriana Lima, to name a few). His work has appeared in top fashion publications including Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar and he is constantly tapped by hair care brands for his expertise. Most recently, he assumed the role of Global Artistic Director at Paris-based hair care and styling brand, Phyto.

With over twenty years of high-fashion hairstyling experience, Anthony is a veritable gold mine of tried-and-true hair care and styling tips and tricks. One of the questions he’s constantly asked: What’s the secret behind Adriana’s gorgeous tresses? “Adriana has a very healthy lifestyle. She trains, she exercises and has a healthy diet, which is crucial for healthy hair,” he explains. “But because her hair is constantly styled with heat tools, I make sure to give them an extra dose of nutrition with plant-based hair products like Phyto Phytoelixir Intense Nutrition Mask. They bring back moisture and shine to overly styled hair.”

Need more hair care advice? Here he notes eight things most women didn’t know could be ruining their hair—plus, his best advice on how to correct them with the right Phyto hair products.

Mistake #1: Not Washing Your Hair Regularly

“It’s important to wash your hair a minimum of two to three times a week, every day if you’re using hairstyling products,” explains Anthony. “This eliminates residue from the hair and scalp and keeps them healthy.”  If you’re worried about drying your hair out, Anthony recommends using a gentle shampoo that will provide an extra boost of hydration and shine.

Try: Phyto Phytoneutre Clarifying Detox Shampoo

Mistake #2: Using Dry Shampoo Too Often

If you’re not washing your hair regularly, we can assume you’re making this mistake too. “Most women are using dry shampoo too many days in the week—and this dehydrates the scalp,” he says. To amend dry, dehydrated and potentially very itchy scalp, reach for a treatment oil like Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment to cleanse, detox and rehydrate your scalp. “This  pre-shampoo treatment is 100% essential oils; it will stimulate the scalp and be the perfect remedy to restore balance,” says Anthony.

Mistake #3: Not Using a Heat Protectant

Raise your hand if you use at least one heat styling tool a day. Raise your hand again if you’re one of those who don’t use a heat protectant. “Most of my clients who use hot tools don’t use a heat protectant, and this can weaken their hair and cause breakage,” he explains. “To protect your hair, use a thermal spray like Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray. This unique botanical formula is heat activated and maintains optimal moisture levels during heat styling.”

Mistake #4: Cutting Fats from Your Diet

“I find that many clients tend to cut fats out from their diet,” he says. “Those fats are important to hair growth. If you don’t feel like you’re getting all the nutrients you need for your hair, he recommends Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplement, a daily supplement that brings a blend of nutrients necessary your hair and nails need.

Mistake #5: Not Using Conditioner on Fine Hair

“My clients tend not to use conditioner for fear of weighing the hair down and making it go flat,” he says. “Try using any of the Phytobaume Express Conditioners that target your hair concern. These paraben-free, silicone-free conditioners will assist you in instantly detangling and improving manageability and shine.”

Mistake #6: Neglecting Color-Treated Hair

“With more and more clients being color treated today, I find that clients aren’t taking proper care of their hair at home,” he notes. “It is important to maintain optimum health of the overall hair while protecting the tone and richness of the color.” For this, he uses PhytoElixir Shampoo and Mask, which he says “not only replenish essential lipids, but also add intense nutrition to the hair, leaving it feeling soft and shiny.”

Mistake #7: Not Using Hairstyling Products Correctly

“I find that women are not applying hairstyling products the way they should,” he explains. “And some use one product for all types of hairstyles and expect to get professional results.” Instead, he says, try using hairstyling products that are specifically created for your needs, and to apply them accordingly. “Phyto Phytovolume Actif Spray Volume Intense, for example, is an award-winning volumizing spray that lifts hair and creates fullness and bounce. This should be used in the root area. Phytokeratine Extreme Cream is a unique botanical formula to help in repairing damaged ends and restore moisture—this should be applied at the ends of your hair.”

Mistake #8: Using a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Shampoos

“This is something not a lot of people know: You can have different types of shampoo in your shower depending on your needs,” he says.  If you’re wondering what shampoos you need in your arsenal, here are some advice: “Phyto provides you with true hair care routines that help you maintain your hair and scalp’s health and beauty throughout the year. Phytoneutre and Phytojoba shampoos are the cults and basics. If your hair is slightly wavy or curly I would recommend PHYTOLISSE, if damaged, Phytokeratine Extreme.  Twice a month, alternate with the treatment oils like Phyto Phytoelixir Subtle Oil Intense Nutrition to give your hair an extra dose of nutrition and shine.”

Gracee Tolentino

Gracee Tolentino is the managing editor of the Dermstore Blog. After spending 10 years of her writing and editing career working in the travel and food industries, she finally found her true calling: beauty, health and wellness. In her spare time ... Read More >

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