I’ve invested in hair care and treating my hair as well as possible over the last year or two, because I am getting married next year. I have very fine, blonde, colour-treated hair, that is difficult to grow long and healthy because my hair type is generally very porous and prone to damage and breakage. Hence growing my hair is such a challenge!
In saying that, I have always spent quite a bit of money on keeping my hair in ‘shape’; using quality salon hair care products at home and colouring my hair only in a salon, which requires regular salon visits. I think most of us beauties are happy to ‘spend’ big on haircare (like skincare) because our hair has such an impact on how we look and feel.
I have reviewed ‘drugstore’ or supermarket brands of haircare for the blog, with some success and some failures. Generally speaking my hair responds better to salon brands, because they tend to be gentler and much more nourishing for my hair type, without weighing it down and making it a grease ball lol… I love trying out new products of course, so recently after finishing a lot of half empty shampoo bottles (was THAT a challenge!) I was finally able to pick up something new. Enter Shu Uemura Art of Hair products. Shu Uemura has produced hair care products for some years now, however, these products were not easy to get a hold of in Australia. They finally became more widely available online thanks to Adore Beauty becoming an official stockist a year or two ago, as well as Mecca Cosmetica (both in their stand alone boutiques and online) and Hair House Warehouse. I’m sure a few smaller retailers also stock the brand now. I buy a lot of my beauty related products from Adore Beauty, and received the Shu Uemura Colour Lustre Conditioner as a freebie (it was a deluxe sample) and needless to say, I wanted to purchase the full sized product 😅
The height of beautiful haircare, Japanese brand Shu Uemura Art of Hair, embraces natural products, and groundbreaking science with the passion and creativity of artistic expression in each product. The wide range of hair care products is designed to nourish and protect hair with ingredients to enhance and manage all hair types.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair products generally appeal to me due to their beautiful minimalistic yet eye catching packaging: each product is packaged in a bold colour that dominates, without the need for other bells and whistles. The idea that hair care is a ‘ritual’ just as much as skincare is, also appeals to me. Japanese culture is known for turning everyday routines into ‘rituals’ that not only fulfilled their purpose but are also good for your soul or wellbeing.
I decided to first try Shu’s famous Cleansing Oil Shampoo 🚿 Shu Uemura is well known for both their skincare and makeup lines, but a stand out product in their offering has to be their cleansing oils (oil based cleansing & makeup removers). It makes sense that they’ve turned this cult product and ‘idea’ into a shampoo formula! My fine and damaged hair needs a gentle cleanser, that gets rid of impurities and built up oil in the roots, but yet is gentle for my delicate hair. There’s nothing worse than a harsh shampoo or cleanser, that just leaves your hair feeling like hair and exposed to the ‘elements’ and damage.
cleansing oil shampoo
for all hair typesdetails
This cleansing oil shampoo, for all hair types, is formulated with delicate ingredients that leave the hair balanced with both moisture and volume, without stripping the scalp of its natural oils. The paraben free and silicone free shampoo transforms into a rich foam that effectively draws out the impurities and buildup on the scalp leaving soft, shiny hair with a lightweight finish.
Safe on colored hair so your hair color can thrive without sacrificing the health of your hair.
Onsen inspired ferment: Onsen is known in Japan for its purification properties to cleanse and nourish the hair. Onsen-Inspired Ferment is drawn from volcanic sources, situated 2000m deep off the California coast, and is renowned for its ancestral benefits on the mind and body.
how to use cleansing oil shampoo:
- apply a quarter-size amount of the shampoo to wet hair.
- massage into scalp using fingers and palms.
- rinse thoroughly.
*Use as your daily shampoo or at least once a week as a pre-cleanse treatment before your preferred shampoo and conditioner routine. For oilier scalps, repeat steps 1-3.
color lustre conditioner
for color-treated hairdetails
This hair conditioner for colored hair provides lightweight conditioning from mid-lengths to ends, giving your hair a weightless glazed shine.
how to use color lustre conditioner:
- apply conditioner to wet hair.
- massage onto mid-lengths and ends.
- rinse thoroughly.
Musk Rose Oil: Infused with Musk Rose Oil, known for its inherent healing properties, the oil is rich in fatty acids that deeply nourish and strengthen the hair fiber.
Goji Berry Extract: The formula is loaded with antioxidant-rich goji berry extract to keep protect the hair from fading.