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Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence and L'Huile de Leonor Greyl with fishing net and monstera leaf

Wondering how to use our oils, what the differences are between a mask and a conditioner, or how to add volume to your hair? Our customers send great questions about our products, so this month we posed some of our most frequent queries to Leonor Greyl’s National Educator Kat Savano. Read on for the protocols that will help you get the biggest benefit from our products.

How can the Masque Fleurs de Jasmin and the Masque à l’Orchidée be both a conditioner and a mask?

The difference between mask or conditioner depends on whether you apply them to dry or wet hair. To take advantage of the mask properties, apply them to dry hair over the L’Huile de Leonor Greyl and let them sit for 20 minutes on dry hair before shampooing. The molecular weight of the ingredients that make them a mask are so small, if you apply them on wet hair, like an in-the-shower conditioner, the weight of water in your hair makes them just a conditioner and they lose the deep conditioning properties of a mask.

You have the option to do either, but using one of our conditioners such as Crème de Soin à l’Amarante or Crème Régénératrice on wet hair will work better for in-the-shower conditioning—it’s what they are designed for.

What is the difference between the Huile Secret de Beauté and the Huile de Magnolia?

The Secret de Beauté oil is a very lightweight product that comes out in a mist and can be used on both hair and body. It’s a cosmetic beautifying oil, adding shimmer to your skin or shine to your hair.

Magnolia oil is designed for skin only. It’s heavier-weight and comes out of a pump. It hydrates the skin more, prolongs your tan, is great for after waxing or shaving, and gives a beautiful glow to the décolleté. You can use it at night under your moisturizer, or to take off makeup. It’s really an amazing skin oil.

Why is the L’Huile de Leonor Greyl solid when I first get it?

Good question! L’Huile de Leonor Greyl is an oil product created from ingredients that are solid at room temperature, but above 72 degrees will liquify, like coconut oil or butter do. Running the bottle under warm water is all you need to do to start using the oil, melting just enough for one application, not the whole bottle. For a pre-shampoo treatment, apply one to two capfuls to your dry length and ends and evenly distribute using a natural bristle brush. Leave on for at least ten minutes or overnight before shampooing.

How do I use the Masque Quintessence?

For optimal benefit, use Masque Quintessence on dry hair, over the top of L’Huile de Leonor Greyl. Keep it in for 20 minutes, add water to emulsify, comb through, and then shampoo it out. You can also use it as an in-the-shower conditioner after shampooing. Masque Q is excellent for dehydrated, dry, chemically treated, or highlighted hair. It’s best for medium to thicker strands because it has a lot of weight to it, and can be too heavy for fine hair. Depending on the porosity of your hair, you could use it either once a week or every other week.

Will the color-enhancing conditioners change my hair color?

They can, if you choose the wrong color. The conditioners are amazing, but they have pigment and are meant to enhance the tones already in your hair, so you want to choose the right one for you.

If you are a brunette, there are three options. Natural Copper will add warmth to your brown. Icy Brown diminishes warmth in light brown or dark blond hair. Dark Brown will make your hair darker, and for darker brunettes it can be used to diminish unwanted warmth. For both lighter or very light blonds, Icy Blond will diminish brassy tones. Blondes should not experiment with the Natural Copper unless you are looking to turn your locks a strawberry blond or even red. Natural Copper is a great fit for all shades of red or auburn, naturally enhancing the red tones. 

Can I leave L’Huile de Leonor Greyl in my hair?

Yes, as long as you understand that it’s not for shine. It’s a treatment, so the hair will look oily as long as it’s in. You can leave it in overnight or longer, however your hair will have an oily appearance until you shampoo it out.

Can it be used on skin?

L’Huile de Leonor Greyl is designed for hair, so it doesn’t have an added benefit for your skin. Huile de Magnolia is a great choice for skin, however.

Can I use Huile Apaisante on other parts of my skin?

Yes! It’s designed to calm itchy or sensitive scalps, and can also be used to soothe or calm skin on other parts of your body, as well.

What are the best products to help me add volume to my hair?

Start with a volumizing shampoo—my favorites are the Shampooing au Miel and, for those who like a more conditioning volumizing shampoo, the Bain Volumateur aux Algues. Shampooing au Miel gives bounce; your hair will be dancing out of the roots. Then use a conditioner that doesn’t weigh down hair, such as Crème Régénératrice or Masque Fleurs de Jasmin.

Next prep your hair for styling with Condition Naturelle, a volumizing, styling, and heat protection spray. Add a quarter size of Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice (a little goes a long way). When you blow dry, you’ll have a heat protectant, as well as UVA/UVB protection. If you are going for max volume, add Voluforme and layer it in as you use your thermal tools to get a good bounce and set without any stiffness in your hair. Voilà!

How often should I shampoo? 

Shampooing is the most important step for scalp health. The trend now is to go longer between shampoos, which is great for lengths and ends, but it’s a detriment to the scalp. I always recommend a minimum of two times a week, however it depends on your hair type. Three times a week is ok, one is not enough, and no more than four times a week! Don’t go too long between washes—you want the scalp stimulation and cleansing that shampooing offers.

Is dry shampoo bad for my hair? 

Dry shampoo is actually the worst thing for healthy follicles and scalp stimulation. It is the antithesis of what Leonor Greyl products achieve. Our philosophy is if your scalp is healthy, your hair will benefit and be naturally shiny and beautiful. Clogging your pores and not cleansing your scalp can lead to hair shedding. Also, dry shampoo has a texture that attracts everything to your hair, making your hair dirtier and creating more buildup on your scalp.

To learn more about our National Educator, Kat Savano, you can read her bio here.

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