During the summer hair is exposed to harsh UV, humidity, indoor cooling systems, chlorine from the pool, salt water and many other factors that can affect health and growth. Combine these elements with heat styling and you have a recipe for dry, unruly hair. The Shusu Sleek Collection by Shu Uemura is designed to discipline the most unmanageable mane with a luxurious blend of Japanese Satin and Black Cumin Oil - also known as “the oil of Pharaohs.” Cumin contains rich omega oils that heal, strengthen and replenish damaged strands for breakage protection.
I am quite familiar with cumin because I use it for cooking and these products do emit a natural spiciness balanced by a wonderful perfume scent. Lathing-up with this aromatic blend is an invigorating experience! The shampoo foams away dirt, excess oil, impurities and product build-up while detoxifying the scalp and cleansing the follicles from root to tip without stripping. As the first phase of treatment, it also helps manage frizz and the formula is free of parabens and silicone. The shampoo retails for $46.00.
I use conditioner a lot more than shampoo and I love this smoothing formula! The light, creamy texture glides through the hair and coats each strand for easy detangling and a rejuvenating boost of moisture. Allow the ingredients to seep in for a few minutes – the steam from the shower enhances absorption and softens coarseness. After use my curls are shiny, bouncy, sleek and more manageable. The conditioner retails for $56.00.
The Treatment Masque ($66.00) is the way to go if you seek revival and intense nourishment. The ultra rich texture is heavier than the conditioner so it clings well and drenches hair in lush moisture. Rough, split-ends are fortified and limp, dull strands are resurrected for a glossy, frizz-free finish. I love how satiny and healthy my hair feels after treatment and the entire process seems to promote growth and protect against environmental aggressors.
Another summer essential that I’ve been using for years is the Shu Uemura Wonder Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Perfector with Moinga ($42.00). The lightweight spray protects, softens, smooths, moisturizes and tames frizz to help prepare hair for styling. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner and I often sprtiz it on damp curls to replenish my ringlets and dry ends.
When you’re in a hurry with no time to wash, condition and re-style - the Color Luster Dry Cleaner ($42.00) comes in handy. I don’t dye my hair but it does maintain the vibrancy of your color (natural or chemical) while the micro-fine powders absorb oil and impurities at the root. Hair feels fresh, clean and hydrated without any white residue or stickiness. The scent is light and pleasant and the product dispenses in a strong mist that targets the scalp.
Shu Uemura is available at Hudson's Bay, Sephora and online at shuuemura.ca