When it comes to my beauty routine, my skin care game is on point. But when it comes to my hair, I heavily rely on the professional advice of my oh-so-talented hairstylist. For some reason, mastering my thick head of hair has always been a challenge for me, From fighting frizz to the secret to a long lasting wave, the constant desire to make a drastic change to the realistic desire to want to remain low maintenance, my hairstylist has had her hands full with me. But the one thing she’s always told me is that a good style starts with two things: 1) the right haircut for your hair type, and 2) the right products. While she has a few favourites, Shu Uemura has always been one of them.
Now I’m going to start with a tiny disclaimer: these products aren’t cheap. However, I’ve always been a big believer in quality over quantity. In other words, with most of these products, a little goes a long way. So even if they are initially pricier than you would normally spend on a hair care product, it will end up lasting you a long time and the results will speak for themselves.
Shu Uemura Wonder Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Perfector
With the arrival of spring, air drying is having its moment. And why not? After a harsh winter that included dry air and the constant stress of heat styling, giving your hair a break can only do some good. This product works as a primer to condition hair, fight frizz, boost hydration and even revive second-day hair (yes, it can be used on dry hair too!). After giving my freshly washed hair a few spritzes of this, I decided to let my hair do its thing without the help of any styling tools. As my hair dried, I definitely noticed that my hair looked less frizzy and much shinier. Plus, it was soooo soft that I literally couldn’t keep my hands out of my hair. Just an FYI: This product does have a strong scent that lingers even after your hair is dry, so if you’re sensitive to scents, this may not be the product for you.
Shu Uemura Wonder Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Perfector, $42 CAD for 150ml.
Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray
If I had to categorize my hair, I would have to say that it’s straight with a slight awkward bend. But for as long as I could remember, I’ve coveted the perfect messy wave (challenging since my hair has trouble holding a wave). If you’re like me, you need this product in your life. It’s the easiest (a.k.a. laziest) way to get messy waves and texture without the crunchiness that most other sprays tend to leave behind. I spray it on dry hair and give my strands a little scrunch and voilà! Instant “I woke up like this” hair.
Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray, $42 CAD for 200ml.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil
This is something that everyone can benefit from regardless of hair type. The Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil is infused with camellia oil which helps protect the hair fibre against dryness, frizz and UV damage. First of all, let me say that the scent is incredible. It’s light and fresh and smells like sweet camellia flowers. Yes, it’s a nourishing leave-in oil, but it’s actually so much more. It can also be applied to dry hair as a deep conditioner before shampooing, as an overnight leave-in treatment for hair and scalp, as a frizz fighter when applied to wet hair and a shine serum when applied to dry hair. Considering the multitude of uses and the results it delivers, it definitely justifies the price.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, $69 CAD for 150ml.
Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric Mineral Texture Spray
Another texturizing spray? Yes. But very different from the Texture Wave. This spray is great for those of you who have very wavy hair and want that beachy texture, or curly hair who want to shape and smooth curls. It’s also great for those with fine hair who want to add a thickness. I was first introduced to this product by my hair stylist and I have to admit that it took some getting used to. After some trial and a few errors, I found that the best way to use this is to spray one or two pumps of the Liquid Fabric in your hand, rub hairs together, then apply to damp hair as evenly as possible. Spraying directly on hair just created a sticky mess for me (not cute). Then I blow dry scrunching my hair or using a diffuser when I’m feeling a little lazy. Assuming you use the right amount, your hair will show off beachy texture and still be soft.
Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric Mineral Texture Spray, $42 CAD for 250ml.
Shu Uemura Volume Maker Invisible Texturizing Powder
There are a lot of powder volumizers out there, but none as cool as this one. The product is presented in a click brush that allows you to deliver just the right amount of product where you need it. A great concept considering that going overboard with this type of product can result is a white powdery mess. The packaging also makes it great for travel or carrying with you for quick touch-ups throughout the day. The product itself is super fine and doesn’t leave any white residue (they don’t call it invisible for nothing!). Truth be told, if you’re after a little extra oomph!, then this is the product for you. This product is designed to give a subtle boost rather than incredible volume. That being said, sometimes a little extra oomph! is all you need!
Shu Uemura Volume Maker Invisible Texturizing Powder, $50 CAD for 2g.