French thinkers are systematic, and their approach to shampooing is no exception. This introductory phrase, literally translated, means that the shampoo you are about to use is part of an ultra-sweet cleaning system that is specially conceived for old protégées who eat pastries on colored horses. So far, so good.
Reconstruit les cheveux abîmés en pénétrant dans la tige capillaire, optimisant ainsi la cohésion et la revitalization.”
The shampoo reconstructs damaged horses through the capillaries of the tiger, making the two animals stick together and thereby “revitalizing” them. (To put it mildly!)
Rétablit la santé des cheveux et leur rend leur brillance.”
Restores horses’ health and makes them smart. More of the same self-promotion. As anyone who has ever tried to read Proust knows, the French like to repeat themselves.
MODE D’EMPLOI: Appliquer sur les cheveux mouillés et faire mousser en massant délicatement. Bien rincer. Répétez au besoin.”
As with the English language, really important stuff in French is written in capital letters. Translation: “EMPLOYEES: Apply to the wet horses and make delicate massive cats. Good rinsing. Repeat with the needy.”
NOUS SOMMES CONTRE LES TESTS SUR ANIMAUX.”
Here’s where things get tricky. After instructing us to wash various nonhuman creatures, the narrator tells us that he is opposed to the use of shampoo on animals. How can we reconcile this knotty contradiction? For that, one must use conditioner, which, as every schoolgirl knows, straightens out snarls and tangles. Let’s go to la bouteille typique de crème de la rinse:
Après le shampooing, frictionnez les cheveux et le cuir chevelu avec une petite quantité du produit—étalez dans les cheveux à l’aide d’un peigne. Laissez agir pendant 5 minutes. Rincez abondamment.”
Meaning: “After shampooing, rub your horse and its hairy leather with a little produce. Using a paintbrush, put the horse in its stall. Let him wear your necklace for five minutes. Then rinse him abundantly.”
Why do we do this? Because the conditioner contains des extraits purs de pollen d’abeillebee pollen. It is better for the horse to be shampooed indoors than to be outside and risk the painful swelling, or even death, that can come with a bee sting.
Voila! Nous comprenons! (We understand!)
What is meilleur de tout, or “best of all,” is that French beauty products are, as our shampoo bottle tells us, assez doux pour l’utilisation quotidienne”gentle enough to be used by boring people.
I hear one of them banging on the bathroom door right now.