Everything You Need to Know About Cleansing Oils for your Hair

Shu Uemura discovered the power of oils while working as a Hollywood make-up artist in the 1960s. Fascinated by their ability to remove cosmetics, while having skincare benefits, he began infusing them into his products, including haircare. With a whole collection dedicated to oils, decades on, Shu Uemura’s knowledge continues to produce astounding results.

What is a cleansing oil?

A cleansing oil is a shampoo with an oil-base, usually an essential oil. Shu Uemura’s range includes ingredients such as shiso, neroli, onsen and camellia to nourish and purify as it cleans.

Why use a cleansing oil?

Paraben- and silicone-free, Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils work in harmony with your hair. While conventional shampoos may strip your strands of their natural oils, a cleansing oil will help to restore this essential property. They also add loads of hydration, even if you typically experience greasiness (usually caused in the first place by lack of moisture).

Who should use a cleansing oil?

Anybody can benefit from a cleansing oil, but those with greasy, sensitive or dry hair should see the biggest difference. The essential oils add much needed moisture, while helping to balance sebum production and calming an irritated scalp.

Those who prefer a low-foaming shampoo might also be interested in switching to cleansing oils, as their formulas tend to be less soapy (although still as effective).

When to use a cleansing oil?

A cleansing oil can definitely replace your normal shampoo. They can be used as frequently as you wash your hair, following up with conditioner (you may find that you don’t need to use as much due to the hydrating nature of cleansing oils).

How to use a cleansing oil?

Just like you would a regular shampoo – apply it to wet hair, massaging well into the scalp and gently combing through the ends. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if desired.

Which cleansing oil should I use?

Ready to jump onboard the cleansing oil bandwagon but not sure where to start? Shu Uemura Art of Hair has many different sorts of cleansing oils in their range, so it’s simply a matter of working out what your hair type, or concerns, are. Are your strands coloured? Opt for something that will lock in the shade and vibrancy. Do you have a lot of frizz? You need something that will hydrate and tame. Picking the right product for your hair ensures you’ll get the results you want.

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