Project Letdown: Japanese Haircare Products That Are Meh

Let me preface by saying, of course I have not tried all, most, or even half (not even close) of the haircare products available in Japanese drugstores. That being said, a lot of what I have tried has been great. A few have been just meh. So project letdown, or stuff that hasn’t been exactly a miracle starts today with haircare stuffs, three of them to be exact.

Second preface, so you can consider these products fairly: my hair is thick, naturally coarse and curly but straight permed (so chemically damaged) and medium length. It tends to be dry and doesn’t get greasy too easily.

And finally, all of these were under $10 USD (in Japan). Continue reading “Project Letdown: Japanese Haircare Products That Are Meh”

Mini Review: Loreal Elseve Extraordinary Oil Cleansing Cream

Now that I’ve finished at least 80% of this giant bottle, I feel confident letting you know my thoughts and experience using this product. First: what it is. Loreal Elseve Cleansing Cream is meant to be a co-wash product, aka a conditioner you use in between full wash-and-condition sessions. I say that deliberately; I personally think everyone’s scalp can do with a good cleansing now and again (vs. never, ever cleansing like you have probably seen all over social media and the inter webs), though I don’t personally wash my hair daily. Second: despite being a product from a French company marketed in Japan, this product is made in China; this may or may not bother you. Third: I purchased mine at Don Quixote and I don’t remember the price, somewhere around $12 USD perhaps for a 440 ml bottle … it’s a giant bottle, with a pump top.

So starting there, it’s good that the bottle is large because I found myself using a good bit of product with each use. To be fair, I have long, super thick hair that naturally is coarse and dryish, and is straight permed (aka chemically damaged). I never use a small amount of product. Just know that you will need more of the Loreal Elseve cleansing cream than you would use with other products.

That being said, I disagree with the product’s slightly underwhelming (but not bad) 4.9/6 star rating on cosme (a Japanese cosmetic rating/review site) … I really enjoyed this product, and will purchase again. Here’s why:

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