Published on January 24, 2018

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Open any French girl’s medicine cabinet, and you’ll likely find products by one specific brand: Leonor Greyl. The quintessential French brand has the ease and coolness of your classic Parisian icons (hello Caroline de Maigret and Jeanne Damas) and is a staple in their effortless, laissez-faire routine.

It was recently discovered that the Duchess herself, Meghan Markle, is a big fan of the storied haircare brand, too. Her hairstylist Michael Silva (who had worked with her since 2015) said that he uses Leonor Greyl’s Huile Secret de Beauté ($66) on all his clients (which also includes the 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 said.

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Leonor Greyl has basically paved the way for natural hair care, with a history as long as it has hair benefits. Started in 1968 by a hair fanatic, 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.

Celeb-approved Huile Secret de Beauté is equally multi-tasking and can be used on your hair and body. A mix of lemongrass and exotic oils tiare and yucca, it not only smells incredible, but it also protects hair from the sun too. Most impressively, it absorbs quickly, but imparts a gorgeous silky shin on hair, and leaves skin equally soft, glowy, and lightly scented.

Want a similar oil, but without the price tag? 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 its incredible shine and frizz-smoothing skills.

 

This story was originally published on January 24, 2018, and has been updated with new information.