Sleek And Sultry With shu uemura Shusu Sleek Shampoo, Conditioner And Treatment
It has been many, many years since I used a flat-iron. But for many years I fried the heck out of my hair to get it stick straight. Super straight might be a bit passe these days, but smooth hair isn’t. Brazilian Blow Outs have gotten super popular despite the dangers in using them (formaldehyde is the main ingredient!). If you’re looking for a safer alternative, there are plenty of salon products to help get you smoother locks.
I’ve been testing out shu uemura’s Shusu Sleek products from their Art of Hair line. The Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment came out in September and uses Black Cumin Oil and other moisturizing ingredients to calm unruly hair. I wouldn’t consider my hair unruly, but it does have a mind of its own. Wavy in random spots and prone to frizziness and flipping out in odd directions, the only way to make it look good is to blow it dry with a round brush. But pregnancy fatigue, running around after a toddler and working full time have given me good reason to be lazy and just let my hair air dry. Needless to say, this past summer hasn’t been a very good hair period for me.
So I was eager to try out the Shusu Sleek products and see if they could help make my laziness look a little better. The main thing I noticed about these products is their intense spicy scent. Maybe its the Black Cumin Oil or just the added fragrance, but there is a definite masculine scent to them. I’ve never been one for spicy fragrance, but you might like it if you prefer your fragrance to be on the exotic side.
Scent aside, the shampoo and conditioner are rich formulas. I did have trouble getting a good lather with the shampoo and had to use a fair amount more product than I usually do, but it did rinse out quickly. Even pre-conditioner, my hair felt pretty soft. The conditioner smoothed on easily and rinsed out cleanly. I first tried to air dry for a more accurate before and after comparison. The result was no frizzies, but my hair was still a bit wavy in places. Styling a few days later with a blow dryer gave super sleek results – and I didn’t need to use a round brush. Air dried or blow dried, I did like that my hair still felt light and had good volume.
The Treatment in this line is basically a deep conditioner. It comes in a tub (which I find infuriating to try to use in the shower, but companies seem to love this type of packaging) and contains a very thick cream. Applied after shampooing, you leave it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing out. I used the time to catch up on my now-that-its-fall neglected shaving and then easily rinsed the formula out. This definitely left my hair feeling crazy soft and smooth. Still had some waviness with the air dry, but loved that the richer product still didn’t weigh down my hair when it dried.
So I’m not a fan of the smell, which did linger even after my hair dried. And the products won’t give you permanently straight hair, but they will save you some time and headache when it comes to styling – especially if you constantly battle frizz. And I do love how soft and smooth they left my hair.
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