Product Review: Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner

Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner, 550ml
Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner, 550ml

I have hair that’s chemically processed (perm and dye), which is prone to frizz. I have tried many different mass market western brand shampoos and conditioners meant for taming frizz; but none of them really did the job. All they did was weigh the hair down and make it feel heavy and oily. Until I tried Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo (white bottle), I was just about to give up. I hated the anti-frizz products which are very oily and greasy, and my hair is getting very dry now that the indoor heat is on everywhere.

I bought this at T&T Supermarket on sale at CAD$15.99, a real steal because that’s just $2 more than I paid for the smaller bottle (half its size). I think T&T was trying to get rid of the old packaging now that Tsubaki has gone through a new facelift as far as packaging goes. Anyway, I really don’t care about the packaging as long as the product isn’t too old. At this price, I cannot complain!

The texture of this conditioner is very light, non greasy but really softens the hair. The red bottle is the Shining series meant for shine; it’s not heavy and my hair felt very supple after washing. It improves manageability and even frizz – even though it didn’t claim to tame frizz. My hair was shiny in a healthy, natural way. I love how light it felt too – it didn’t weigh my hair down at all and moisturizes very well without feeling oily.

I think I will stick with the Tsubaki series from now on! I bought the Head Spa shampoo since it was also on sale and even though the first time around – several years ago – I didn’t like it, I actually like it better now. It’s richer and oilier than the Damage Care or the Shining series, but because my hair is dry, I find it more beneficial especially in fall/winter time with indoor heat on. I still prefer the white bottle (Damage Care) series though.

Once this Shining Conditioner is finished I will definitely try the Damage Care Conditioner!

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