Choosing the Right Shampoo & Treatment for Your Hair

Choose a shampoo to best suit your scalp and a mask to best suit your hair type. Follow these simple and essential guidelines for beautiful hair.

Shampoos to promote a healthy scalp

Your scalp determines the shampoo you choose. “Even if an individual has been given a precise diagnosis (scalp condition due to stress, the weather, styling choices, diet, etc.), I recommend checking your roots in the mirror. Are they oily, dry, normal? Is there any dandruff? Is the skin red? Is your scalp itchy? Does it feel tight? Choose a treatment shampoo, based on your scalp issue, that you can alternate with another shampoo,” explains Sylvie, our resident expert from the Leonor Greyl Institute.

Are the roots oily or lifeless? Choose Huile de Germe de Blé cleansing treatment.

Does your hair seem to be thinning? Alternate a gentle shampoo with Concentré Énergétique, an anti-aging treatment for lifeless or thinning hair.

Itchy scalp and dandruff? Your best ally is Bain Traitant à la Propolis.

Is your scalp sensitive, dry or irritated after a color process? Crème aux Fleurs is ideal for its soothing properties.

If your scalp has a number of issues, if you regularly work out or are an athlete, 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, and want to maintain good scalp and great hair, 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 nourishing and softening Shampooing Crème Moelle de Bambou for increased hydration and 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 more effective hair washing:

  • Preparation is just as important as the shampoo itself. Use our boar-bristle hairbrush, brushing through your hair from roots to ends.. The natural bristle 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 you need a deeper treatment, apply a small quantity of L’Huile de Leonor Greyl to your hair. Then brush again to ensure the oil is distributed evenly. Pamper yourself a little. Leave the oil on your hair, as a treatment, for 15 minutes.
  • Wet the scalp and hair. This helps create enough lather to effectively 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. Rinse thoroughly.

A hair mask for beautiful hair length

A mask should only applied to hair length (meaning from your ear lobes to hair ends). Choose a mask to suit your hair type and also the condition. If your hair looks and feels dehydrated, 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 boosts fine hair without weighing it down and Masque à l’Orchidée is formulated to soften coarse or frizzy hair.

Sylvie’s advice for effectively applying a hair treatment mask:

  • After thoroughly rinsing shampoo, towel dry your hair to remove as much water as possible. Why? Because water creates a “barrier” that prevents the effectiveness of other products.
  • Apply a small quantity of the mask to your hair length, massaging in well. Leave in for a few minutes while you comb through hair. This neutralizes any hard water effects, detangles your hair and softens hair fibers. Then rinse for 3 to 4 minutes to remove any remaining product or residue.

Tip: if your hair is very dry and damaged, only rinse ¾ of your mask away. Leaving some product in the hair, will enable hair to benefit even longer.

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