Celebrities as varied as Madonna, Brad Pitt, and now Miley Cyrus have devoted themselves to Leonor Greyl’s haircare line. This doesn’t come as a surprise, since the French products hit all the right eco-friendly targets. Greyl’s offerings have no sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, or silicone, and it goes without saying that the company refused to use animals as test subjects.
The vast array of shampoos, serums, and treatments threatens to completely overwhelm the uninitiated and non-French-speaking consumer, but a quick scanning of the website reveals that all the products target a specific hair ailment. Oily scalp, dry ends, thinning hair, and the list goes on. The English version of the Leonor Greyl website even offers a diagnostic questionnaire to help winnow out the choices. The Shampooing Crème Moelle de Bambou uses bamboo, wheat extract, and silk protein to coddle long, dry hair, while the Serum de Soie Sublimateur employs silk protein to lightly nourish hair, like a very fragrant, very French John Frieda FrizzEase Serum. Both of these products deliver on their promises.
The real fun, however, begins before the shampooing does. The Regenerescence Naturelle sounds complicated, but it’s a fancy name for a scalp treatment of essential oils. The elixir of good hair health includes Chilean rose, borage, and jojoba oil to reduce frizz and clean the scalp, but the jasmine dominates the boquet. According to the directions, those seeking clean, supple hair should apply this oil to their scalp, massage it to distribute it evenly, then wait at least fifteen minutes before shampooing it out. We spend so much time trying to remove oil from our scalps that this treatment seems counterintuitive, but it’s a fresh sort of oil, like tea tree oil, and it washes out easily. The jasmine turns the experience into an uplifting aromatherapy experience. Although we know jasmine predominantly as an aphrodiasiac, the scent also curries favor for its anti-depressant and relaxing properties.
After using this scalp treatment, followed by the shampoo and serum mentioned above, the scent of jasmine lingered with me for the rest of the day. Perhaps the placebo effect lifted my mood, but I’ll take my mood boosters where I find them. Then again, maybe I had a little extra goodwill in my attitude because my hair looked fabulous – who can say?
To diagnose your hair and get product recommendations, visit the site here. To find retailers that carry Leonor Greyl products, visit their commercial site. If you want to learn more about the theraputic benefits of jasmine, try using Discovery Health’s page on the topic as a springboard to further study.
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– Katharine McKenzie