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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Living Proof

Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Item #: 2264843 Size: 4.0 oz

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Features:

  • Delivers the five benefits for a perfect hair day in one easy step- smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish
  • Styles and treats without compromising one for the other
  • Keeps your style cleaner, longer
  • Transforms hair to its optimal condition
  • Reduces breakage by 78%, making hair 4.5x stronger
  • Repels dirt and oil to extend your style and allow you to wash your hair less often


The Science:

Silicones and oils are traditionally used to treat hair but they also can build up, attract dirt and oil and weigh hair down. Resins are used to create volume, but they can be stiff, easily flake and are short-lived. And forget about trying to combine silicones, oils and resins together. They simply don't mix, and this leads to bad hair day after bad hair day.

Scientists figured out a way to deliver it all. PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment is powered by their two award-winning, patented molecules, OFPMA and PBAE, for volume, smoothness and treatment in one breakthrough, routine-changing step for beautiful, healthy hair.

For all hair types. All Living Proof products are sulfate-free, silicone-free and oil-free. Safe and formulated for color and chemically treated hair.

On clean, damp hair, evenly distribute PhD Styling Treatment from roots to ends. Comb through. For best results, blow dry.
Water/Eau/Aqua, Myristyl Alcohol, Maltodextrin/VP Copolymer, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyalkylaminoester-1 (PBAE), Polyquaternium-55, Hydroxyethylcellulose, C10-40 Isoalkylamidopropylethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Behenyl/Stearyl Aminopropanediol Esters, DimethylPABAmidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Ethylhexanoate, Oleth-10, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Steareth-2, Oleyl Alcohol, Steareth-10, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Myrica Pubescens Fruit Wax, Caprylic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Propanediol, Fragrance/Parfum, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene.

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Living ProofPerfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment
 
4.2

(based on 447 reviews)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (335)
  • Effective (308)
  • Smells great (219)
  • Lightweight (117)
  • Good value (111)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (25)
  • Pricey / poor value (15)
  • Not effective (13)
  • Strong smell (11)
  • Pricey (8)

Best Uses

  • Frizziness/flyaways (140)
  • Color-treated hair (120)
  • Daily use (109)
  • Dry/damaged hair (106)
  • Limpness/lifelessness (98)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (118), Brand buyer (91), Product junkie (69), Survivalist / minimalist (60), Budget shopper (58)
    • Hair Type:
    • Wavy hair (127), Straight hair (103), Very curly hair (17)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 minutes (94), 10 minutes (37), 1+ hour (29)

Reviewed by 447 customers

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5.0

Love this product

By Jenn

from New Braunfels, TX

About Me Minimalist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Controls Frizz
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Smells Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Curly Hair
    • Daily Use

    Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

    Use it daily after I get out of the shower. It's my go to!

    • Hair Type:
    • Very Curly Hair
     
    5.0

    I love it!!

    By Pinky

    from Port Huron MI

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Controls Frizz
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Smells Great
    • Strong Hold

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Straight Hair
      • Thinner Hair
      • Travel

      Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

      You only need a dime size of the product to style your hair. it helps keep your hair shiny and smooth, even in humid weather.

      • Hair Type:
      • Wavy Hair
       
      3.0

      Works ok

      By Adele Another Singer

      from Parker, CO

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Doesn't control frizz
        • Flip lid clogs easily

        Best Uses

        • Styling

        Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

        Was hoping for more frizz-control in addition to the style-aid. Flip lid clogs easily.

        • Hair Type:
        • Wavy Hair
         
        5.0

        Love this product.

        By Bonnie

        from Canton, GA

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Thicker Hair

          Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

          I don't particularly like the smell but I haven't had a bad hair day since I started using it.

          • Hair Type:
          • Wavy Hair
           
          2.0

          Not so much...

          By Blondie

          from Fl

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Straight Hair

            Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

            Not much different than other products I have
            tried. Not worth the price.

            • Hair Type:
            • Straight Hair
             
            5.0

            Best product ever for my hair!

            By Vicki

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Controls Frizz
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Smells Great

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Straight Hair
              • Thinner Hair

              Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

              I have used the Frizz line first and liked it however after using a sample of The Perfect Hair Day I found it EVEN better overall for my hair.

              • Hair Type:
              • Straight Hair

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LOVE THIS STUFF !!!

              By klpk

              from Hilton Head Island, SC

              About Me Product Junkie

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Controls Frizz
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Smells Great
              • Strong Hold

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

                Absolutely LOVE this product! Does wonders for my hair. Makes it so full and fluffy, gets rid of the frizz. I'm a big fan and will not be without it.

                • Hair Type:
                • Wavy Hair
                 
                5.0

                Great product! Be sure to use a small amount.

                By NeNe

                from Alabama

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Controls Frizz
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

                  Living Proof makes great products! They did not disappoint with this one.

                  • Hair Type:
                  • Straight Hair

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Still trying to find my "perfect fit" with Living Proof prod

                  By Dana

                  from Venetia, PA

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Non-Greasy
                  • Smells Great
                  • Strong Hold

                  Cons

                  • Doesn't Work
                  • Dries-Out Hair

                  Best Uses

                  • Straight Hair
                  • Thinner Hair

                  Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

                  I have tried most of the Living Proof products, and am disappointed that none really work on my hair. The anti-frizz one actually causes my hair to frizz!

                  • Hair Type:
                  • Wavy Hair
                   
                  5.0

                  I would and have bought this product again!!!

                  By Kim

                  from Indiana

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Controls Frizz
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Non-Greasy
                  • Smells Great

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:

                    I love this product. I put it in my hair while it's wet and just dry. Living Proof products do a nice job!!

                    • Hair Type:
                    • Straight Hair

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                    26 Questions | 26 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      Hi does anyone know if this detangles? I don't like to put a lot of product in my hair and I would love if I didn't have to use a separate conditioner. I have fine, thin hair. Thanks!
                      Asked on 8/2/2016 by JGlitter

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment is not meant to be detangling, it's a styler that delivers the five benefits for a perfect hair day in one easy step- smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish. We recommend still using your conditioner after cleansing for detangling benefits.

                        Answered on 8/3/2016 by Brand Expert from Living Proof
                    • Q:

                      How does this product differ from Nightcap? Would they be used together?
                      Asked on 7/2/2016 by Canash from Nashville

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        PhD Night Cap is an overnight treatment meant to provide shiny, vibrant, and more manageable hair while you sleep. It's meant to be washed out in the morning and has no hold. PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment is a styler that provides smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish in one product. They can absolutely be used together with Night Cap as your overnight treatment and 5-in-1 Styling Treatment as your all in one styler.

                        Answered on 7/12/2016 by Brand Expert from Living Proof
                    • Q:

                      I have thick, almost shoulder length hair. How much product should I use?
                      Asked on 6/5/2016 by Shannon from Kalamazoo, MI

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        We suggest starting with a nickel size amount on damp hair. Spot treat with more if needed before styling.

                        Answered on 6/6/2016 by Brand Expert from Living Proof
                    • Q:

                      Would this be great to use for bleached hair? I recently got my hair bleached and it's beginning to frizz, dry up and easily tangled. Will this product treat it?
                      Asked on 5/8/2016 by Bleachedhair

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, this is the perfect treatment to help restore processed hair! Enjoy!

                        Answered on 5/13/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      I currently use the Leave in Conditioner and Nourishing Styling Cream,in that order. Then blow dry and flat iron. I'm thinking I might like to add this product as well. When would I apply it? Before or after the Nourishing Styling Cream?
                      Thank you!
                      Asked on 5/7/2016 by Mum the makeup junkie from Edina, MN

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        You would apply PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment after the No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. Enjoy! :-)

                        Answered on 5/17/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      Can I use it on dry hair before straightening?
                      Asked on 4/9/2016 by Betsy from Spokane Valley, WA

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        No, this product works best applied to damp, towel dried hair. For your needs, we recommend using Restore Instant Protection Spray (Item #: 2276276) on dry hair before straightening.

                        Answered on 4/21/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      When is the best time to apply this product? The bottles says to put on wet or dry before you go to sleep but this site says to apply before your blow dry?
                      Asked on 1/26/2016 by curious from ontario, CA

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Here are the proper usage instructions for this product:

                        On clean, damp hair, evenly distribute PhD styler from roots to ends. Comb through. For best results, blow dry.

                        Tips + tricks:

                        To enhance body and volume, use a round brush when blow drying
                        To create a smooth, polished style, use a flat brush when blow drying
                        When air drying, use slightly less product
                        For added volume, use with Full Root Lifting Spray or Full Thickening Mousse
                        For extra conditioning and smoothing, pair with No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner

                        Please double check that the bottle you have is instead Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Night Cap Overnight Perfector, which is an overnight treatment product:

                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod13031191

                        Answered on 1/27/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      Have fine,thin hair. Anyone in my boat and will it work for me? Thx
                      Asked on 1/11/2016 by Mary from MN,

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product is great for all hair types. Only a little is needed. Apply to damp hair and comb through well. Start with a small amount and add more if needed. Style with heat. If air drying, use less product.

                        Answered on 1/25/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      Would this be helpful if I wanted to style my hair with a curling iron? And how would I use it? (Would I dry my hair first, use the product, and curl? Or would it be a different order?) Or is this mainly for air-drying?
                      Asked on 1/3/2016 by anonymous

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        PHD works wonderfully to add smoothness, shine, and volume while also providing conditioning and strengthening benefits to the hair of all types and textures. When heat styling, we recommend using PHD in conjunction with one of Living Proof's heat protectant styling products, such as new Blowout, which protects hair from heat damage up to 450 F:
                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod12291999

                        The order of application is PHD first, then Blowout. Blowout also provides hold to maintain your finished style!

                        Answered on 1/5/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      How does this product make your hair look after just brushing and air dry? I have awkwardly slightly wavy/straight/frizzy hair and was wondering what the outcome would be, or if you would recommend a different product. Right now I am using perfect 10 leave in conditioner.
                      Asked on 11/26/2015 by Carly

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment is great for air drying, especially if you are putting your damp hair in a top knot then taking it down when it's dry. You should have a nice wave! We also recommend using slightly less product if you are air drying vs heat styling. We hope this helps! :-)

                        Answered on 12/3/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
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