Thursday, February 20, 2020

My Current Shu Uemura Art of Hair Obsessions

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It wouldn't be an overstatement to assert that I have long held Shu Uemura Art of Hair products in the highest esteem, and I gleefully use them all of the time, and have for many years. Here are a few of my current most-coveted styling products from this luxury brand.
SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Wonder Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Multi-Tasking Primer ($33.00 for 5 oz. from SHU UEMURA Art of Hair and The Bay): This is a lightweight lotion primer that can be used to hydrate, detangle, eradicate frizz, smooth and condition hair. It can be used for air or blow drying, and it leaves hair notably radiant and silky. It is color-treated hair safe, and can be used on all types of hair. I typically use it when I air dry my hair, and it really makes my curly, dry tresses manageable and lustrous.

According to Shu Uemura,

Air dry/blow dry primer with 7 instant benefits that prep the hair for any style: Instantly hydrates, detangles, smooths, conditions, boosts radiance, tames frizz, and adds silkiness to all hair types. When sprayed before a blow dry, the primer locks in moisture and tames strands for a smooth finish. When used to air dry strands, the formula enhances the hair's natural texture. Safe on color-treated hair.

  • Smooth Styles
  • Air Dry Styles
  • Blowouts
  • For All Hair Types
1. Apply on towel-dried hair.
2. Spray throughout mid-lengths to ends.
3. Scrunch texturizing spray into strands for better distribution.
4. Style as desired.

Featured Ingredient: Moringa flower extract originates from a drought-resistant tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas, and is also known as nature's "Miracle Tree" or "Tree of Life" for its extraordinary medicinal properties. Revered in nature for its incredible resilience and unwavering ability to deliver moisture, Moringa Extract instantly pumps the hair with intense moisture and long-lasting shine.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water ● Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil ● Polyquaternium-37 ● Phenoxyethanol ● Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate ● Disodium Edta ● Dimethicone ● Ppg-1 Trideceth-6 ● Trideceth-9 Pg-Amodimethicone ● Behentrimonium Chloride ● Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil ● Xylose ● Ethylhexylglycerin ● Limonene ● Benzophenone-4 ● Isopropyl Alcohol ● Dimethiconol ● Trideceth-12 ● Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ● Benzyl Benzoate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Linalool ● Citral ● Benzyl Alcohol ● Geraniol ● Tocopherol ● Parfum/Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Taming Overnight Serum ($69.00 for 3.3 oz. from Shu Uemura The Art of Hair, Harrods, Feel Unique, Sephora and Adore Beauty): This overnight treatment serum nourishes hair and makes it infinitely more manageable. It effectively fights frizz, soothes and smoothes hair and gives it  a lovely shine. It has an intoxicatingly beautiful fruity floral scent that is very comforting to fall asleep to.

According to Shu Uemura,

Wake up to flawless hair, Shu Uemura Art of Hair introduces the first nourishing and taming overnight serum. Light cream, quickly absorbed and pillow proof.

Directions: Apply on dry or damp lengths and ends before bedtime. Spread a pump into hands and distribute the product evenly on tips. Use of comb to spread the product evenly is ideal. Adapt the quantity to suit hair length and thickness. As the product has a light texture, there is no need to wash the hair the morning after. In the morning, style hair directly. Also, can be used in the morning to nourish fine hair.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water ● Cyclohexasiloxane ● Cyclopentasiloxane ● Ci 19140/Yellow 5 ● Ci 15985/Yellow 6 ● C13-14 Isoparaffin ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Phenoxyethanol ● Polyacrylamide ● Dimethiconol ● Camellia Japonica Seed Oil ● Isoeugenol ● Laureth-7 ● Hexyl Cinnamal ● Glycerin● Parfum/Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69.00 for 5 oz. Shu Uemura Art of Hair USAFeel Unique, Yes Style, Sephora, Birchbox, Shop Bazaar and Adore Beauty): This multipurpose nourishing hair oil leaves hair incredibly soft, manageable, supple, silky-smooth and shiny. It neither weighs down hair, nor does it leave behind a greasy residue. It can be used as a styling aid, as a pre-shampoo treatment, as a conditioning treatment or as an overnight intensive treatment. Most often I use it as a styling aid to nourish my hair, fight frizz, and generally make my tresses more manageable.

According to Shu Uemura,

Our best-selling Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil has been decorated with everyone's favorite video game icon characters for a limited-edition makeover. Be one of the few to cherish and collect!

Multi-use hair oil that moisturizes and protects hair with intense nutrition. Camellia Oil absorbs rapidly, deep into the hair's cortex, leaving it soft and silky with high shine. This velvety hair oil rebalances the hair's moisture level and provides all-day UV protection without weighing down even the finest of hair. Formulated for daily use. Safe on color-treated hair.

  • Sleek Blowouts
  • High-Shine Updos
  • Healthy Looking Lengths
1. To use as a styling aid, apply 1 pump to your hands (a little goes a long way) and work through hair from mid-lengths to ends.
2. To use as a pre-shampoo treatment, use 3-4 pumps and comb into dry hair before shampooing.
3. To use as a conditioning treatment, apply 1 pump each to 4 sections of hair from mid-lengths through ends, and massage into scalp.
4. Leave overnight and style as normal in the morning.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water ● Cetearyl Alcohol ● Sodium Cocoamphopropionate ● Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate ● Behentrimonium Chloride ● Coco-Betaine ● Caprylyl Glycol ● Isopropyl Alcohol ● Glycerin ● Sodium Chloride ● Limonene ● Hexyl Cinnamal ● Benzyl Salicylate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Benzyl Alcohol ● Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil ● Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate ● Tocopherol ● Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil ● Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 ● Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 ● Bht ● Parfum / Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Micro-Fine Finishing Spray ($39.00 for 8 oz. from Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Sephora): This is a really lovely finishing spray that has a seriously fine micro-mist, and while it offers great long-lasting hold, hair remains flexible and touchable. Additionally, it offers heat protection, and it prevents humidity from causing hair to go haywire (if you have curly hair, like me, this is a godsend).

According to Shu Uemura,

Achieve all your styling desires courtesy of this fine micro-mist hair spray that creates a strong, yet flexible hold with long-lasting finish and workable control that ensures shape memory so you can brush through after application and still enjoy long-lasting staying power. The hair spray also contains UV inhibitors that shield from environmental aggressors & provides heat protection and humidity resistance. Great for slicked back styles, high hold updos and texturized blowouts.

Directions: Apply to dry, styled hair. Spray 8-12 inches from dry, styled hair. Layer for increased control.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat. ● Dimethyl Ether ● Va/Crotonates/Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer ● Aminomethyl Propanol ● Limonene ● Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ● Benzyl Benzoate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Linalool ● Citral● Parfum/Fragrance.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray ($39.00 for 6.8 oz. from Shu Uemura Art of Hair, and Sephora): If you need to add volume and texture to your hair, with great hold, and you love to create tousled beach waves– then this finishing spray is made with you in mind! As Shu suggests, it is also fantastic for second-day hair, and it never leaves hair flaky or crunchy.

According to Shu Uemura,

This dry texturizing spray offers long-lasting flexible hold while providing an airy finish from mid-lengths to ends while increasing hair volume at the roots. Great for second-day hair and perfect for creating beach waves with grip and hold. Leaving hair with a matte finish.

Directions: Spray texturizing spray 8-10 inches from dry hair. While spraying, work into the hair with fingers: tousle, ruffle, or scrunch.

Ingredients: Isobutane ● Alcohol Denat. ● Calcium Carbonate ● Polyvinylcaprolactam ● Disteardimonium Hectorite ● Dimethicone ● Dimethiconol ● Limonene ● Gossypium Herbaceum Oil/Cotton Seed Oil ● Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ● Benzyl Benzoate ● Hydroxycitronellal ● Linalool ● Citral ● Parfum/Fragrance.
Overall Assessment: These 5 Shu Uemura superheroes are worth their weight in gold! I simply can't recommend them highly enough! If you have never tried anything from Shu Uemura Art of Hair, at least one of their products should go on your haircare bucket list. A+

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  1. I don't use Shu Uemura anymore but my oldest beauty tool is from them, lash curler. 20 years in my stash and no signs of retirement yet lol

  2. As I've said before I miss Shu at my local Nordstrom. I would go and smell all the skincare and haircare to make sure I could tolerate them before buying.

    1. I know, I agree, but at least you can get it at Sephora! Definitely worth sniffing their products there!

  3. I know you adore Shu Uemura haircare products, and you have definitely piqued my interest in them. I need to see if anyplace sells samples so I could try one or more before buying a full size. I only wash my hair every 5 days so it takes me forever to use full sizes up.

    1. I really do, their products are just extraordinary! Since they are stocked at Sephora, you might ask for free samples there!


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