Every New Year's I make a new hair product resolution. For 2006 I decided to expand my hair conditioning horizons and bond with some of the new HairBoutique.com product offerings.
In late 2005 we added the fabulous JF Lazartique hair care line. I have been testing and trying many of the products over the past year with great results. Not only do I enjoy the products immensely, I adore Bobby, our fabulous Lazartique sales rep.
Whenever I have any questions about JF Lazartique products I can call Bobby and be guaranteed a running monologue about everything I could possibly want to know about everything from the detailed ingredients to how to cocktail the products for the best results.
Because my own hair is extremely long, naturally wavy and has been highlighted for years, I walk on the shampoo wild side. I rarely use full strength shampoo on my chronically dry, but not damaged tresses.
I alternate between a diluted formulation of approximately 1 teaspoon of one of my favorite shampoos mixed in a very clean Evian quart sized bottle with lukewarm water and a Conditioner Only (CO) formula. Not only do I find that the quart bottle works best, I like the fact that it is easy to keep the bottles squeaky clean for my latest shampoo mixing experiments. And yes, of course, it is only fitting to use a French water bottle with a French hair care line.
Conditioner Only Wash
When I use a Conditioner Only mix, I literally wash my hair with only a rinse out conditioner. This means no shampoo of any kind. Just conditioner.
Whether I am using a diluted shampoo formula or conditioner only, I start by gently detangling my hair with my favorite Kent comb. Then I fill three empty Evian quart bottles with lukewarm water from the tap. I douse my hair (in the shower) with the three bottle of warm water. This guarantees that my hair gets very wet.
Once my hair is literally dripping, I apply either the diluted shampoo formula by drizzling from the roots down to the ends.
When I use the conditioner only formula, I gently squeeze some of the water from my strands. Then I start approximately 1 inch from my roots and lather my strands with the rinse out conditioner. I use my fingers to completely distribute the conditioner through my tresses.
After I have applied the rinse out conditioner to my hair, I play in the water using a variety of body scrubs or cool shower soaps while I allow the conditioner to penetrate for up to 5 minutes.
Once my timer goes off, I refill the 3 empty Evian quart bottles and then douse my head again with lukewarm water. I make sure to get all of the conditioner completely out of my hair.
For my final rinse, I douse my hair with cool/cold water. To avoid body freeze, I lean to one side and allow the cool water to completely drench my strands from roots to ends.
JF Lazartigue Moisturizing Rinse Out Conditioner
As part of my 2006 New Years Resolution to try new conditioners, I have been playing with the JF Lazartigue Moisturizing Conditioner for my CO treatments.
When I first inquired asked about the Moisturizing Conditioner Bobby advised me that since my hair is highlighted this rinse out style conditioner would be a great choice for my hair. He explained that it is very moisturizing, softening and detangling. It also is helpful in maintaining and reinforcing the color of my blonde highlights. He also noted that the Moisturizing Conditioner would provide unprecedented shine.
The reason? Oligosaccharides and Quillaja extracts in the JF Lazartigue Moisturizing Conditioner maintain the hydration of the hair, while peptide extracts of hazelnuts and sweet almonds, and amino acids of wheat restructure the hair shaft deeply.
The conditioner's excellent affinity with the keratin of the hair and its strengthening property ensures the cohesion of the scales of the hair shaft.
Traditional After Shampoo Use
Whether you opt to use this rich and creamy rinse-out product as your shampoo substitute as I do, or use it in a traditional way, the product has a lot of great benefits for hair that is highlighted, colored, chemically treated or in need of hydration.
Remember that because this is a moisturizing product, it might be too hydrating for hair that is thin, fine or tends to get oily. While it can work well for hair that is not chemically treated or colored, it definitely is a great product for maintaining hair that is.
If you wish to use this product as it was originally intended, apply to damp hair immediately after you have rinsed out any shampoo product from your hair. While hair is damp, but not dripping, apply the appropriate amount of the product to your hair. Spread it even through with a light massage action. Leave it on your hair to work for a few minutes. Use a wide tooth comb and gently comb the rinse-out conditioner from your strands and then rinse hair very carefully.
Finish with a cool/cold water rinse, if desired.
JF Lazartigue Disentangling Instant Silk Protein Spray
After I cleanse my hair with a Conditioning Only treatment and finish with a cool/cold water rinse, I use a thick water absorbent towel to remove excess water.
While my hair is still damp I use a variety of "leave-in conditioners" or a cocktail of various products depending on whether I wish to air-dry my hair into a natural wavy style or blow dry it stick straight.
Although I have used other leave-in products in the past, I have been experimenting with the JF Lazartigue - Disentangling Instant Silk Protein Spray with great results.
Packaging & Ingredients
I found over several uses that the conditioner has a light and very fresh fragrance. It reminds me of sheets that have been hung outside to dry in the sunshine and fresh air. The packaging is a convenient squeeze tube style that is crisp white with green lettering and butternut squash accent colors.
The conditioner is a light shade of creamy aquamarine blue/green. I have discovered that a little bit goes a very long way.
The product ingredients include:
Aqua (Water: Eau), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isoprophyl Palmitate, Cetrimonium chloride, Ceteareth-33, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-6, PEG-200 Castor Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Cetyl Alcohol, Quillaja Saponaria (Quillaja Extract: Extrait De Quillaja), Parfum (Fragrance), Myristyl Lactate, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut Extract: Extrait De Noisette), Lactic Acid, Phenyltrimethicone, Hydrolysed Sweet Almond Extract, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, CI 42090 (FDC Blue 1), C1 47005 (DC Yellow 10).
About J.F. Lazartigue
As a hairdresser in France, Jean-Francois Lazartigue was confronted with an overwhelming array of hair health problems. He discovered that most people's hair and scalps suffer from stress, fatigue, anxiety, sickness, and pollution, resulting in dry and oily hair and/or hair loss.
Founding J.F. Lazartigue in 1977 with the development of an unprecedented pre-shampoo treatment formulated with bone marrow in his kitchen, he further developed products based on the best active ingredients and raw materials available.
Lazartigue's product line is based on high concentrations of the most active and natural ingredients to effectively cure and combat everyday hair problems. These ingredients range from Mexican blue algae (to help fight the problem of combination hair - dry hair/oily scalp), propolis (a resinous substance collected by bees to tackle oily scalp) to Shea Butter (an extract from the nut of a rare African tropical tree to repair damaged hair).
J.F. Lazartigue products are found only in the best salons, spas and boutiques and is available at HairBoutique.com.
JF Lazartigue Moisturizing Conditioner is a wonderful rinse-out conditioner for dry or damaged hair or for hair that is color treated. A little dab of this creamy conditioner goes a very long way. It never fails to leave my hair feeling soft and hydrated. Whether you use it in the traditional way, after a full shampoo or my unique Conditioning Only shampoo way, the product rocks.