Hair Repair… Dans le Noir

Phyto Secret de NuitWhat with the whole horrible business with Ted the Kitten, I totally forgot to tell you about a brilliant experience I had before Christmas! I got taken to Dans le Noir by the haircare brand Phyto for a dinner in the dark! Dans le Noir is a restaurant in Farringdon, London, that is completely pitch black inside. I mean, completely black. Were you to wave a knife and fork in front of your eyes (which I did), you wouldn’t see a single glint of light or a hint of a shadow crossing your face. It’s an extremely bizarre feeling, and not one for the faint-hearted!

I’ll admit to having a few minor panic attacks in the first fifteen minutes (there are about sixty diners in the room altogether, all talking and laughing, and the noise is quite overwhelming when you have been rendered completely sightless) but I found that shutting my eyes helped. It’s really very odd to have your eyes open and not to be able to see a single thing – not a particularly pleasant feeling, I have to say. But it does make you think quite deeply about sight and how it’s the dominant sense – it’s a short, sharp shock being plunged into total darkness and you suddenly feel very lucky to be blessed with vision, that you’ll be able to waltz outside afterwards and be able to see everything around you.

But what an experience – eating took on a whole new meaning. We all were at a loss as to what half of the things on our plates were supposed to be – there were shouts of ‘roast dinner!’ and ‘spare ribs!’ and also a handful of squeals and groans as people’s fingers searched their way around squidgy food on the plates. It was almost impossible to use cutlery, because you couldn’t see where the food was to pick it up, so we just ended up plunging our hands in. Which is fine if you’re eating canapés – not so fine if it’s haddock kedgeree with quails’ eggs!

Anyway, I highly recommend it as a one-off experience – so long as you’re not claustrophobic or afraid of the dark! You can find out more about the restaurant here:

The product launch, by the way, was for Phyto’s new Secret de Nuit, an overnight hair-repair treatment. It comes out in a few weeks’ time, but I have been testing it out over Christmas and it’s really very lovely. Non-greasy, silicone-free, delicately scented. Great on dry, frazzled ends. You can use it on wet or dry hair and you don’t need to wash it out – so long as you don’t use half a bottle each time, it gives just enough moisture that the hair soaks it up leaving it glossy and soft. You just need three or four pumps of the bottle (less for shorter hair) and you disperse the cream with your fingertips, combing it through. Just like a leave-in conditioner, but a little more intensive.

Phyto’s Secret de Nuit is £23.40 with free worldwide delivery at

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  1. kimannj
    December 30, 2011 / 2:33 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it Ruth! I went a few years ago, and found it just as you described – quite anxiety provoking initially but after a while your other senses adapt and it can be enjoyable.

    I think it’s fabulous that all the waitstaff they hire are people who were born blind or have lost their sight, to help them get back into employment. Our waitstaff were wonderful and were more than happy to answer our numerous questions about how they are able to do their job – one waiter explained how they use their touch to ‘see’ and how we sighted people are a lot more clumsy in comparison. This was evidenced by a few of us knocking lots of things over during dinner!

    Everyone should try this once, it really makes you appreciate how something like just being able to see we take for granted so easily!


    • Ruth
      December 30, 2011 / 3:58 pm

      @Kimannj ah yes, how did I forget to mention that?! I think I would definitely go again – I want to take my mum but she’s point-blank refusing! x

  2. Coco
    December 30, 2011 / 11:40 pm

    Do they cook in the dark too? haha!

  3. Vicki
    December 31, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    Great article, I work at Guide dogs for the blind, so it was a poignant read. So sorry for your little Ted, at least he had a lovely start thanks to you.
    oh, btw No.7’s sheer lipstick in Attract is a lovely nude x

  4. Michaela Pacalajova
    May 28, 2012 / 6:44 pm

    Hi Ruth, would you really recommend this Phyto Secret de Nuit?? I was looking for some reviews online but there isn’t much…do you think its worth the price??

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 10:47 am

      I have used it quite a lot now and it does make my hair more manageable but
      it is REALLY expsensive! Have a look at their day cream, I think
      it’s brilliant and a little cheaper x

      • Michaela Pacalajova
        May 29, 2012 / 2:47 pm

        Thank you, just found it on for £19.51 so will give it a try!

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