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Caring for Your Hair in Quarantine

Months-long salon closures during the coronavirus pandemic have left many of us with our roots showing, split ends growing, scalps itching, and shine dulling. What to do?

You can keep hiding under a hat for your Zoom calls. Or whip your hair into that messy daily bun (which pairs well with your COVID sweatpants). Or reach for the scissors…


Instead of letting the pandemic upend your beauty routine, use this time to enhance your haircare regimen.

Renowned stylist and Leonor Greyl ambassador Ron Pernell is telling his clients in San Francisco and Los Angeles to pamper their pandemic hair. Blow-dry less. Put away those hot styling tools. Apply minimal styling products while social distancing.

“Just let your hair air dry and breathe,” says Ron. “This also is a great time to do a beautiful clean scalp.”

In the salon, Ron loves treating his clients to luxurious custom scalp, oil, and masque treatments using Leonor Greyl products. But you can DIY at home, too, he says.

Here’s how to give your quarantine hair the spa treatment:

Target: Lackluster color
Pandemic pampering:  Soin Repigmentant
It’s no surprise that we’ve seen a spike in sales of our color-enhancing conditioners since April! Soin Repigmentant comes in five shades and was created for both natural or color-treated hair. Derived from nature, these conditioners with coloring pigments can add subtle highlights while delivering a treatment mask effect. Nourishing ingredients include meadowfoam seed oil, rice proteins, and babassu butter. After shampooing, apply the product on towel-dried hair. Work it from your scalp to the ends. Leave it on 2-5 minutes. Then add water and comb through. Rinse thoroughly. Delicate highlights will fade naturally after three washes.

Target: Summer dehydration
Pandemic pampering: L’Huile de Leonor Greyl
Getting outside is a great way to cope with stress and anxiety. But if you’ve been overdoing it, use L’Huile de Leonor Greyl oil as a pre-shampoo treatment for dry, over-processed hair. Apply a small amount to dry length and ends and evenly distribute with a brush. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes or overnight, then shampoo it out. Bonus: It contains natural UVA/B filters, so apply it at the pool or beach to protect your locks from the damaging effects of chlorine and saltwater.

Target: Split-end frizz
Pandemic pampering: Serum de Soie Sublimateur
Serum de Soie Sublimateur is a leave-in serum that smooths your hair and minimizes frizz without weighing it down. It’s infused with the softening properties of silk proteins and is perfect for all hair types. Read this flattering shout-out from a Pop Sugar beauty editor, who wrote that her shelter-in-place beauty routine includes a few pumps of Serum de Soie Sublimateur on her curly locks to create beachy waves.

Target: Thinning tresses
Pandemic pampering: Régénérescence Naturelle
These are stressful times, and stress can show up as hair loss. We believe a healthy scalp is a key to fuller-looking, healthy hair. Régénérescence Naturelle is a stimulating and purifying treatment is formulated with 100% natural essential and botanical oils, amino acids, and proteins that nourish, protect, and encourage growth. Once or twice a week, apply in sections to a dry scalp. Using your fingertips, gently massage your scalp in circular motions for a minute to increase circulation. Leave it on for 15 minutes or overnight, and then shampoo it out.

Target: Irritated scalp
Pandemic pampering: Huile Apaisante
As quarantine stretches on, you might be feeling a tad irritable. If your scalp is especially cranky, Huile Apaisante is a soothing oil for sensitive or irritated scalps. Formulated with a blend of 100% natural ingredients, this anti-inflammatory treatment helps balance sebum production and reduce redness. Use Huile Apaisanteoccasionally or as a deep treatment by applying it in sections on a dry scalp. Massage in a circular motion and leave on for at least 15 minutes. Then wash it out with a gentle shampoo.

Target: Treat yourself
Pandemic pampering: Conditioning Masques
Leonor Greyl offers several deeply indulgent reparative masques powered by essential oils and extracts. There’s a formula for every hair type, whether thick, thin, frizzy, or stressed from salon treatments: Crème de Soin à l’Amarante (detangling and color-protecting) Masque Fleurs de Jasmin (fine to normal hair) Masque à l’Orchidée  (thick, dry hair) Crème Régénératrice (damaged hair) Masque Quintessence (desperate hair). All you need to do is apply, sit back, and relax.

The bottom line is your hair doesn’t have to suffer. Self-care is more important than ever. Let Leonor Greyl deliver spa-worthy treatments right to your door! If you want custom advice before you order, consult with our Hair Concierge today.

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