Recently, I was invited to the Carmichael Salon in San Francisco for a customized Leonor Greyl Parisian HairSpa scalp and conditioning treatment. The natural hair care line is a favorite of French women, as well as celebrities like Jessica Alba and Penelope Cruz. It's even what Gwen Stefani's stylist plans on using on the songstress throughout the No Doubt 2009 world tour.
As for my deep conditioning service, four different treatments were applied to my dry hair and scalp after a brief consultation: The Huile de Palme ($42) to detangle and nourish; the Regenerescence Naturelle ($42) oil to increase scalp circulation; the Masque Quintessence ($137.50) for deep conditioning; and Crème aux Fleurs ($37) to cleanse and hydrate. I have to admit that with the myriad oils and creams that were slapped on my hair and scalp, I feared my finer-textured locks would wilt under the rich intensity. Did they? Find out when you read more.
In actuality, my hair was shiny and had lots of bounce when I walked out the door. (However, if you don't like floral scents, this treatment might not be for you, as the aromas lingered for a few days.) The best part? The products are free of coal tars, parabens, sulfates, and silicone. Plus, who wouldn't love the unique cooling sensation provided by the seafoam green-colored Crème aux Fleurs? A tension-relieving scalp massage doesn't hurt, either.