CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHAMPOO AND HAIR TREATMENT
Choose your shampoo to suit your scalp and your mask to suit your longer hair. Simple and essential guidelines for beautiful hair.
Shampoos to promote a healthy scalp
Your scalp determines the shampoo you choose. “Even if it is better to get professional advice for a precise diagnosis (scalp condition changes with stress, the weather, styling choices, diet, etc.), I recommend regarding the roots in the mirror. Are they oily, dry, normal? Is there any dandruff? Is the skin red? You can tell how it feels...is your scalp itchy? Does it feel tight? When you have identified the problem, choose a treatment shampoo that you can alternate with another shampoo”, explains Sylvie from the Leonor Greyl Institute.
Are the roots oily or lifeless? Choose Huile de Germe de Blé cleansing treatment.
Are you losing hair? Alternate a gentle shampoo with Concentré énergétique, an anti-age poultice for lifeless hair.
Itchy scalp and dandruff? Your best ally is Bain traitant à la Propolis.
Is your scalp sensitive, dry or irritated by the color process? Crème aux Fleurs is ideal for its soothing properties.
If your scalp is mixed, if you regularly do sport, if the weather is particularly hot or if your roots need a little boost, try Bain TS Shampooing.
If you don’t have a specific problem, try Shampooing au Miel, Lait lavant à la Banane or Bain volumateur aux Algues, gentle products that provide extra volume.
If your hair is dry, thick or frizzy, use the nourishing and softening Shampooing Crème Moelle de Bambou for increased flexibility.
If your hair is colored and dehydrated, fine and brittle, choose Shampooing Reviviscence or Bain vitalisant B if it lacks volume.
If you have highlights, use Shampooing Sublime Mèches to maintain their radiance.
Sylvie’s advice for a successful hair wash:
* Preparation is just as important as the shampoo itself. Use a boar-bristle hairbrush on your hair length. The natural material absorbs pollution, dust and pollen and untangles hair before washing so water can penetrate evenly throughout your hair. If the water is very hard or if you decide on a deeper treatment, apply a small quantity of L’Huile de Leonor Greyl to your hair. Then brush again to ensure the oil is absorbed by the hair fiber. Do you have a little time on your hands? Then leave the oil on your hair for 15 minutes.
* Carefully wet the scalp and hair. This helps create enough lather to correctly remove sebum residue. Apply the shampoo in sections: start at the temples and around the face, then the skull and the nape of the neck. Then massage well with a little warm water as you wash your hair. Slide the lather all over the hair without adding more shampoo; you should have enough to wash your hair.
A hair mask for beautiful hair length
A mask is only applied to hair length (meaning from your ear lobe to the ends). Choose a mask to suit your hair condition but also the nature of the hair itself. If your hair is undernourished, fragile or brittle, choose Masque Quintessence. To brighten color, Crème de Soin à l’Amarante is perfect. Crème régénératrice pampers dry and damaged hair, Masque Fleurs de Jasmin enhances fine hair without heaviness whilst Masque à l’Orchidée is formulated to soften thick or frizzy hair.
Sylvie's advice for applying a hair mask:
* After rinsing away all the shampoo, dry your hair with a towel to remove as much water as possible. Why? Because water creates a “barrier” that prevents the product from penetrating the hair.
* Apply a small quantity of the mask to your longer hair, massaging well. Leave for a few minutes while you comb. This neutralizes any hard water effects, untangles your hair and softens the fiber. Then rinse for 3 to 4 minutes to remove any residue.
Tip: if your hair is very dry and damaged, only rinse ¾ of your mask away so it can benefit your hair even longer.