Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Conditioner Review:
Having delved into Asian skincare/cosmetics for more than a year now, it was inevitable that I’d try my hand at Asian haircare as well. And surely enough, as I found myself running out of my usual Western-brand conditioner, I decided to pick up a conditioner from a brand I’d been eyeing a few weeks prior as it seemed a safe choice coming from a relatively reputable Japanese company.
“DOUBLE CARE FOR HAIR AND SCALP”
TSUBAKI KOJI beauty treatment fills hair with moisture all the way to the core. Formulated from Shiseido Laboratory, it contains fermentation essence to help soften scalp and moisturize hair.
- Repairs chemically damaged hair.
- Restores scalp which tends to become irritated through repeated hair colour and perms, and treats scalp inflammation.
- Replenishes lost proteins by Pearl Protein and Arginine to repair hair melanin hole.
Water, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Isopentyldiol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Salicylic Acid, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Arginine, Steartrimonium Chloride, Polysilicone-13, PEG-90m, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Yellow 5 (Cl 19140), Tocopherol, Red 33 (Cl17200), Silica, Bht, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Aspergillus/Camellia Japonica Seed Ferment Extract Filtrate.
Link to Cosdna
- Camellia Japonica Seed Oil: Softens hair, restores hair’s natural sheen, helps hair retain moisture, repairs breakage and split ends, treats damage from perms and colouring, and helps protect the surface of each strand of hair.
- Arginine: It is a non-essential amino acid, which is also known as L-Arginine. Benefits include curbing hair fall and preventing hair from damage.
- Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein: According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, it is the “partial hydrolysate of conchiolin, a peptide covering the inorganic portion of the pearl shell, derived by acid, enzyme or other method of hydrolysis.” Used as a hair conditioning agent.
Volume: 220mL (tube with flip top cap), 500mL (pump bottle)
How to use:
Instructions on the label:
After shampooing, massage into scalp and hair, and then rinse thoroughly.
How I use it:
After shampooing, squeeze a dollop sized amount of conditioner onto palm and spread it onto the ends of the hair only. Wait for a few minutes before rinsing off thoroughly.
My Hair Type: Oily-normal scalp/roots. Frizzy, dry ends. Virgin hair (never dyed or treated).
Tsubaki Damage Care Conditioner Review:
As I am relatively fickle and hard to please with my products – whether it be skincare, makeup or haircare – I decided that choosing the smaller tube of the Tsubaki Damage Care Conditioner at my local drugstore was safer than gambling away my extra pocket money on the large 500mL pump bottle. Hence the size discrepancy between the pictures provided versus the online purchase links below.
Housed in an opaque white tube bottle, the product is fashioned with a flip-top cap and designed quite minimalistically with only sparse gold letterings on the front of the bottle with a film of white plastic detailing the product’s claims and ingredients in English at the back in pink letterings.
Dispensing some product onto the palm of my hand, it can be observed that the conditioner has a creamy consistency and is off-white in colour. It also gives off a noticeable floral scent, which is not that surprising considering that the main extract used in the brand line is Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, which is English for Tsubaki – don’t worry, I totally felt like an idiot when I realised this tidbit too. The scent is quite pleasing, in my opinion.
Applying this to the ends of my hair after shampooing, the product has a noticeable slip famous in silicone-based products. So, for those of you who prefer no ‘cones, this is definitely not the product for you. As I don’t pay much mind to this, the product suits me just fine; providing my hair the much needed slip to smoothen out my frizzy and dry ends.
After using this conditioner for quite awhile now, I find it to be a good, low budget product. It is by no means spectacular as I do still experience frizzy hair, but that may also be largely due to my country’s humidity levels, so not much can be helped, I guess. However, as I’ve never chemically dyed my hair, or treated it in any way, I cannot say much for its claims in that aspect.
Overall, I’d rate this a 4/5. In my opinion, it is a good product which is easily accessible for me and is on the cheaper side of hair care products. Again, it is by no means a miracle product, but as I was previously using a thicker Western-brand conditioner, I find that the Tsubaki conditioner definitely feels much lighter in texture and yet just as moisturising. Hence, my hair does feel less weighed down. I’ve actually repurchased this once, and might continue to repurchase if I find no other alternatives.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Tsubaki Damage Care Conditioner?
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