Product Review: pHormulate Your Hair Care

by Bionic Beauty on 09.May.2008 · 13 comments

3a leave-in protein hair treatment by phormulate
1. 2. 3. 4. Who knew hair care could be so easy!

pHormulate’s Color Care System is designed specifically for color treated hair. I am a frequent color gal, so I’m sharing my thoughts on this line of hair products.
I tested the 1a After Color Shampoo, 2a After Color Shampoo, 3a Anti-Aging Leave-In Treatment, and 4a Hydropolish Strengthening Serum.

All four products have UV blockers to prevent color fade which is especially important during the summer months when we typically spend more time outdoors.
The pH is formulated on the low end of the scale help lock in color (hence the name).

The shampoo (1a) smells fresh and botanical with a hint of herbal scents. I loved the sudsing action! And my hair was manageable and rinsed quickly.

The conditioner (2a) is a thick cream that punches moisture into your hair. Again, the scent is light and pleasant. My hair was shiny, knot-free, and soft. Can’t ask for more than that!

Both products are packaged in matte-finish tubes making it less likely to slip in the shower. The shampoo is an 8 oz tube and the conditioner is a 6 oz tube- impressive! I have long wondered why companies package shampoo and conditioner in the same amounts. Most of us use a little less conditioner and it seems logical to decrease the size of that container. Anyhow, I like that pHormulate paid attention to this fact.

The 3a Leave In Treatment is great for quick styling touch ups, trips to the beach, or windy days. It really helped me avoid tangles and has the bonus of Sage, Rosemary and Golden Seal extracts. 3a is a spray treatment, in a 5 oz clear bottle so you can easily judge how much product is left. It left my hair super shiny- just be careful not to overdose. I recommend 3 sprays around your head to start. After seeing how that goes, you can increase or decrease as needed. Use it before heat-styling (drying or irons, etc) to prevent heat damage!

Hydropolish (4a) serum is perfect-o for taming fly-aways, defining curls, adding a bit of extra moisture to the ends of your hair (split ends?), or just adding some extra shine. This product is super concentrated. Start with a teeny dab, rub your hands together (it’s in a 2.5 oz pump container) and then slide your hands over your hair to distribute the product. I had great luck with Hydropolish on humid and rainy days!

Another nice note: pHormulate does not test on animals.
I would recommend the After Color line for gals who color your hair frequently (like me) or those of us with dry hair (again like me). It certainly seemed to help with color fade out!
You can buy the entire hair care line at


1 Suzann May 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Once again, thank you, B.B.! These hair products sound like everything I need, including the non-animal testing.


2 joycey couture May 10, 2008 at 6:43 am

Thanks lady! I can always use more hair color product advise. 🙂 I have the same chronic problems… fade out meets dry out. I can’t wait to try this line!

3 BionicBeauty May 10, 2008 at 8:12 am

Suzann, I figured you would like the no animal testing. I thought of you while writing up the post actually! 🙂

Joyce, I hear ya girl. It can be such a battle finding something that works well for colored hair. So many seem to strip hair or gunk it up. It’s quite hard to find that happy medium.

4 sandy muse March 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm

how can i order phormulate shampoo and mouse . I cant get any body to send me an order form. I got to try it and now i dont know how to order it .

5 Bionic Beauty March 4, 2009 at 10:34 am

Hi Sandy, Here’s a list of salons and distributors for pHormulate hair products: Is there one near you?

Or Diva Colour Studio online has most of the pHormulate products for sale:

I hope this helps. Let me know what you decide to try!

6 Shelley April 29, 2010 at 12:50 am

Looks like you can buy it direct now at

7 Bionic Beauty July 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Excellent find Shelley!! Thanks for sharing with all your fellow Bionic Beauties! 🙂

8 alaicia July 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

This product is not a good product. My stylist told me it was good for ethnic hair and I found out that it wasn’t. My hair and several other women that went to the same stylist experienced the same problem. Hair breakage, balding around temple and the only way to stop the breakage was to cut the color out.

9 Bionic Beauty July 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Hi Alaicia, I’m sorry to hear that this shampoo and conditioner didn’t work for you. However, I know several women with ethic hair that this works perfectly for. It may have been a prior treatment you had done, or maybe an allergy to a certain ingredient. But that is what makes us unique… some products work for some women, and other product don’t.

I really appreciate you sharing your advice with women on here! Maybe it will help someone!

I would also recommend not cutting your color out. The pHormulate hair care styling products do not deposit color, remove color or in any way change your hair color. They don’t contain pigments or peroxide, so I am not sure why a shampoo or conditioner from pHormulate would have cause you to cut your hair off. Maybe you could elaborate? My guess would be that whatever hair color your previous stylist used damaged your hair and that is the reason your hair reacted poorly. it probably would have happened no matter what hair care products you used after the treatment. I always recommend waiting at least 48 hours before shampooing (longer if possible) after any kind of chemical process.

I hope this information helps. Please share some details on what hair color brand was used and why your stylist advised on cutting the color out. It seems something less drastic should have been the answer.

I hope to see you around Bionic Beauty in the future.
Best regards,

10 Lili February 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

You can find it at 99 cent stores right now…..
Hairspary, mousse, gels, leave in conditioners, etc.
Buy it by the case… at 99 cents?? can’t go wrong

11 Cyndi February 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

I just bought this line of product today at the The original .99 cents store.
They had Root lift/ 5S power hold hair spray- Mouse- can’t remember all they had . When I saw it at the 99 cent store I could tell it was a professional line of product.. I will be back tomorrow to buy Lots more..

12 guadalupe June 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

e utilizado los productos pero el problema es k ya no los e podido conseguir y estoy interesada en comprarlos me urge el muss y el spray x favor espero su respuesta me urge

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