Haircare / Styling

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream Review

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When Shu Uemura’s new Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-In-Cream arrived at my door I did a little dance. My hair is so dry at the moment. The cream is formulated using Camellia Oil which provides deep nourishment, works as a natural detangler and gives a gorgeous shine.

Firstly, there is always a little hype about Shu’s hair products. I have been trying to get my hands on their paddle brush for years and ever since I read the first blog review on it I have been keen to try the rest of their hair care products. They started with a shampoo which eventually lead to their Essential Drops which are always raved about.

I was intrigued by the idea of an oil-in-cream formula. I am up to eyes in hair oils, they seemed to be the product of 2012. I prefer working with cream formula products in general as I don’t have to rush and wash the oil residue from my hands before I touch the rest of my hair.

The cream is designed to nourish coarse, dry and unruly hair. Mine is quite long at the moment and definitely needs some taming. It moisturised my hair, left it shiny but most of all it left it really smooth. There is a UV filter in it too which is always a bonus for coloured hair. It also didn’t effect the tone of my highlights which bothers me about about a lot of hair moisturing products.

How I use it

I apply a small amount to damp hair after I have patted my hair with a towel. You don’t need to wash it out, it’s a leave-in treatment. I’m quite particular about how much I use as I once added a huge blob from root to tip and it was too much for my hair type. I work it in to my hair above the ears down to the tips. Once I use a small amount it doesn’t make me greasier and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. I follow with styling – lately that involves a quick blast of the hair dryer to sort the front out and then I leave the rest of it to dry naturally. It says it can be used everyday but because my hair is only a little dry I only use it every few days. It’s fortifying so it continues to build in your hair.

The bottom line

It smells yummy, tamed my hair, took down frizz and made my hair feel soft. It works for me! The fact that it didn’t weigh my hair down , make my hair look dull or flatten my hair makes it great. If you have thick, unruly, dry hair this is worth a try.

Have you tried any Shu products lately? Any favourites for dry hair?

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