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7 March 2013

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Hair Oil Review

I’m sure most of you reading this will have tried a hair oil of some description, or at least heard the hype. Since Moroccan oil became popular it seems every brand and their dog has released hair oils claiming to do all kinds of miraculous things. Now I have tried my fair share of these with differing results so this post will be the first in a series of reviews of the oils I have tried. I thought I would begin by telling you about a really special product that I absolutely love using – Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue.

Shu Uemura are well known for their false eyelashes and much loved eyelash curlers (on a side note, they are as good as everyone says!) They also do an amazing range of high end skincare and a range of hair products. As you would expect from the brand the quality of these products is really high and this is reflected in the price: this is a budget buster but if you can afford it or want to treat yourself I think its well worth the money.

Enriched with Camellia oil, this can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment or in place of a serum on damp or dry hair to nourish hair, tame frizz and protect the hair fibre from dryness and subsequent damage. Camellia oil is derived from the seeds of camellias, a kind of evergreen shrub with shiny leaves and rose-like flowers. It is known to be effective multi-purpose moisturiser and has been used in parts of Asia by women to nourish both their skin and hair for centuries. It penetrates quickly and deeply, leaving the skin and hair with optimum hydration and no greasy feel.
It also contains UV filters so is ideal to take away with you on holiday – how many of us slather on the sun cream but totally forget about our hair?!

In terms of texture this oil sits in the middle of others I have tried; it’s it quite light weight but not runny, and it packs enough of a punch that you don’t need to use too much – I got a 30 ml bottle for Christmas and still have over half of it left. I have been using it on freshly washed damp hair to help my Tangle Teezer glide through my hair with out damaging it, and I have then been smoothing a couple of pumps over the mid-lengths and ends after blow-drying which really helps to calm the frizz down. It has a really nice scent and leaves my hair feeling super soft and silky, and looking much shinier. Bearing in mind my hair is quite long and colour treated it’s not in the best condition and I have found with other hair serums and oils that they just don’t make a huge difference to the condition of my hair, but after using this and approaching the time I’m due for my next trim, I definitely think I have fewer split end.

A 150 ml bottle of this will set you back £39.50 and the smaller 30 ml size is priced at £15 (the big bottle is much better value for money if you can afford it!). The range is available in some hairdressers or online here.

Have you tried this hair oil or do you use another? What would you recommend?


  1. I love hair oils, they're the best at taming frizz and making hair smooth! I love Morrocan Oil, but I've also been trying the Macadamia Oil treatment and it is just as good (if not better!). Thanks for the review, this Shu Uremura one might be my next purchase when this one runs out! xx

  2. This oil is definitely out of my student budget :( I have been using The Hair Design Studio London Argan Gold (just £4 in asda) and it does wonders with my fizzy bleach blonde hair.

  3. This seems like a great product to use in the Summer! I love my Macadamia oil but having some protection from the Sun would be really useful xx

    Angelica [One Little Vice]


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