Every French Girl (and Meghan Markle) Swears By This Hair Oil

It has a cult following for a really good reason.

Leonor Greyl hair oil review
Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN

Open any French girl’s medicine cabinet, and you’ll likely find one specific brand in there. Leonor Greyl is that quintessential French brand with the ease and coolness of your French girl icons (helloooo Caroline de Maigret and Jeanne Damas).

And we’ve just discovered too that a certain soon-to-be duchess (*cough* Meghan Markle *cough*) is a big fan too. Her hairstylist Michael Silva (who has worked on her hair since 2015, when she starred in Horrible Bosses) said that he loves using Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté ($66) on all his clients (which also includes the whole Kardashian clan) to keep locks nourished and luscious. “This is pure luxury, packed with vitamins A and E and fatty acids, [which are] great for detangling and bringing tons and tons of shine,” he tells OK! Magazine UK.

French girl and duchess approved? Sold!

But what is this oil and how can you use it at home (sans crown)?

Leonor Greyl has basically paved the way for natural hair care, and has a history as long as it has hair benefits. Started in 1968 by a hair fanatic, the French-born Leonor Greyl, and her passionate botanist husband, their first launch is still their most successful: Huile de Leonor Greyl ($59). This protective oil, a mix of botanical oils, can be used in a variety of ways to improve shine in dull, dry, or damaged hair. You can apply as a treatment on dry hair before shampooing to keep hair hydrated and smooth. And thanks to the natural UVA/UVB sun protection filters, you can apply the oil before sun exposure to protect hair from seawater, chlorine and sun.

“This oil is such a French product, easy to apply with immediate results, it’s like that Parisian chic look with jeans and a jacket: easy and immediately chic,” says Leonor Greyl President, Caroline Greyl.

And that celeb-approved Huile Secret de Beauté is equally multi-tasking too, and is gentle enough to be used on hair and body. A mix of lemongrass, tiare and yucca oil, it not only smells incredible, it also protects the hair from the sun too. And most impressively, it absorbs quickly, but leaves hair silky and shiny, and skin soft, glowy, and lightly scented.

It is as practical as it is sexy, which is very important for French women to have products that not only give results but have also a sensory appeal.

Want a similar oil, without the (worth it) price tag? Okay, try out Ouai Hair Oil ($28), which protects hair from color fading and heat damage, and can repair split ends. Or Verb Ghost Oil ($16) is quickly becoming a pro-favorite for it’s incredible shine and frizz-smoothing skills.


Read more about French Girl beauty:
The French, Cult-Fave Face Product You Can Now Use in Your Hair
The $10 French Secret to Covering Those First Gray Hairs

The Best French Beauty Imports—and Their Famous Devotees

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Published on January 24, 2018 - 8:30am EST

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