I have long yearned to try out the Tsubaki shampoos. I have tried Kao’s Asience and liked it, but at the time, my beauty idol was none other than Yukie Nakama, and because of her (she’s among the first Tsubaki spokesmodels) I wanted to try Tsubaki too. The prospect of camellia oil also seems very enticing (Tsubaki means camellia) as it has great hydrating and repairing properties.
Well, years later, I finally got around to trying it. I bought the Tsubaki Head Spa Shampoo in the large size (I have that much faith in it!). According to the descriptions, this doesn’t only cleanse, repair, moisturize and strengthen the hair shafts, it also conditions and protects the scalp. I have sensitive scalp so the promise of the soothing and hydrating camellia oil to condition my scalp sounds very attractive.
And it didn’t disappoint. I was already very impressed when I made my first pump. The moment the shampoo poured into my palm, I already went, ‘wow’. It’s not easy to describe but the closest thing is that it’s like a serum which lathers very well. It didn’t even feel the slightest bit heavy like most shampoos are – it’s airy and even though it was like an oil-based serum, it wasn’t thick, greasy or gooey. The fragrance is not overpowering and like most Japanese fragrances, it’s done elegantly. It was just all-round pleasant.
My hair was noticeably softer after the first use. My scalp wasn’t itchy and my hair stays soft, light and non greasy until the next shampoo, which is 2 days (I shampoo every other day). The only regret I have is not to get the conditioner at the same time too!
All in all, my new favorite shampoo. Love it.
**Edited to add:
As the more Spring like weather comes along, I find Tsubaki made my hair very greasy. When I first used it the humidity level is quite low in general, and it made my hair soft and smooth; but now, the humidity is much higher and I feel sticky even during the shampoo! So, I have to shelf this until winter time again. It’s time to switch to Asience Nature Smooth!
***Edited November 14, 2011:
I have since found this shampoo to be the best cleanser for my makeup brushes!!! Nothing conditions my makeup brushes as well as this one does, not even the brush cleaners. Given the amount you pay for this is a real steal if you were to use this on your makeup brushes!