As a general rule of thumb when it comes to haircare, I tend to stick with a good quality but budget friendly shampoo, and then splash out a bit more for things like hair treatments and masks. So when high end French brand, Leonor Greyl, sent me these two products to try out, I was curious to see whether they were worth the extra money or not.
Creme Moelle De Bambou is specially formulated to be a nourishing shampoo for long and dry hair. It's SLS, silicone and paraben free and uses natural active ingredients such as Wheat Extract and Medulla Bamboo to deeply hydrate dry hair. Upon opening it, I was instantly hit with a very strong perfume scent that smells very French (think of a typical fine fragrance combined with an incense stick), and I have to admit that this almost gave me a headache. Determined to try it out nonetheless, I squeezed some of it out and found that it's much thicker in consistency than your average shampoo. To use, you need to apply it to completely wet hair and then add extra water as you massage it in, which results in a small amount of lather (it has Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate in it) but gets your hair clean nonetheless. After allowing it to dry naturally, I noticed that my hair was shiny and bouncy, but it didn't feel any more hydrated than usual. After using it for 2 weeks, I haven't noticed any major changes, but the scent has started to grow on me.
Worth the money? Only if you have an obsession with your hair smelling like perfume, other than that, I'd have to say no.
Leonor Greyl Tonique Vegetal* (150ml, £20.75, link)
A leave-in treatment for oily scalps, Tonique Vegetal uses a special concoction of Amino Acids, Natural Proteins and Plant Extracts to soak up excess sebum to prevent the scalp from looking greasy. As I generally only wash my hair twice a week, I do notice that on the third day my hair can start to look too oily for my liking, so I was interested to see if this would work. Apply after shampooing and towel-drying, and simply spray the roots (lifting in sections as you do this) a few times and then massage it in. It has a light floral fragrance and feels weightless in the hair - I didn't experience any sticky or stiff residue once my hair had fully dried. Did it work? My hair certainly didn't look as oily as it usually does come that all important third day so I'd say it worked for me. I did notice that my scalp felt a little drier than usual though, so I perhaps wouldn't recommend it for using every single time you wash your hair.
Worth the money? Possibly - It'd be ideal for anyone looking for something to help prolong a blowdry or similar hairstyle, or simply for those who don't wash their hair frequently.
Have you tried anything from Leonor Greyl?