Conditioning Dream Team: Shiseido Tsubaki + Living Proof. No Frizz Conditioner ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets

4/7/10

Conditioning Dream Team: Shiseido Tsubaki + Living Proof. No Frizz Conditioner

I rarely speak of hair care products and tips- most likely because it’s been a sore spot of mine as I rarely take care of my hair. I haven’t stepped foot into a salon for over 4 years as I’ve been cutting my own hair and I’ve been known to reinvent skincare products to double as “hair care” (See Farmgirl Beauty Secret #17).

My hair routine consists of: brushing once a day (if I remember), washing, conditioning and blow-drying. I have the greasiest hair known to man so I HAVE to wash it everyday. Conventional conditioners on the market are simply not strong enough to counter the drying effects of daily shampooing and my ends suffer the consequences. I was also testing various “natural” conditioners” in an effort to go green for my shampoos/conditioners and while I’ve had luck with shampoos, natural conditioners just lack pizzazz. They leave my unruly hair drier, poofier and they strip my hair of shine.

And yes, I am Asian. Isn’t beautiful, glossy hair a trait bestowed upon all Asian women? Where’s my gorgeous Asian hair?! I found the answer within my question- If I want Asian hair, I need Asian hair care. So a few months back, I picked up the famed Shiseido Tsubaki Conditioner (white-gold bottle) at my local Japanese grocery store. No, the ingredients are not as clean as I like it to be. If anything, the ingredient list reads like a pretty typical conditioner, which I was kind of bummed about. But I’ve had much experience with true Japanese skincare products (manufactured in Japan using ingredients from Japanese suppliers), I swear they use different grades of ingredients than they do in the states. For example, “Mineral oil” used in Japanese products feels and works better than “mineral oil” formulas in the states, and that applies to many ingredients. It’s the strangest phenomenon and really challenges what I know to be true about ingredients.

Shiseido Tsubaki ingredients (english, but not a complete list- hate it when they do that!):

Shiseido Tsubaki ingredients in Japanese:

Anyways, I gave Shiseido Tsubaki a shot. I’m so glad I did. Upon first use, my hair was softer than it had been in ages. I need only the tiniest bit to condition my long hair- about 2/3 less than what I need with conventional conditioners, to be exact. It really hydrates and softens my hair, but I still felt like something was missing- what does a girl have to do to get hair that swings and bounces like it’s in a Pantene commercial?

I had to look further than the Pantene hair care aisle, that’s for sure. I started researching hair care and found an awesomely clever haircare line, Living Proof., created by couple of geniuses from M.I.T. Instead of making products with run-of-the-mill ingredients, they have a team of scientists inventing new formulations with ingredients never before used by other companies. The result: not only did it Living Proof. No Frizz Conditioner de-frizz my mane, it completely improved the overall texture of my hair. You know how frizzy, dry hair tends to possess a gravity-defying quality? Well, this made my hair healthier and more substantial while giving my hair a sleek appearance.

Living Proof. No Frizz ingredients:

I feel like I’m on to something here. By alternating between these 2 conditioners, my hair is improving steadily. It provides the benefits of both conditioners but it doesn’t cost more than using 1 conditioner at a time. Do you alternate between conditioners? Which are your favorites?




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7 comments:

joey r. said...

hi! i'm using tsbaki too! have you tried the red one? i wonder which is better..

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Joey,

I've heard the white gold version is better but I see raving reviews for both versions :)

Farmgirl

Lady Rosenred said...

Hi, Farmgirl. I alternate as well. 3 days i wash with soapnuts and nothing else and the fourth i apply a hair treatment made of coconut milk with a bit of rosemary essential oil. i follow that with the healing seed shampoo and conditioner as it tends to leave my hair kinda greasy.

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Lady Rosenred,

wow, soapnuts? you'll have to tell me more about that! I love your hair care regimen, you always have something new to share :)

Farmgirl

Barbielovespink said...

oops I think I posted in the wrong area earlier XD I saw living proof at sephora and they have this volumizer lotion, have you tried that? xo

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Barbielovespink,

I'm curious about that product as well, it's called Full. Someone told me that it creates volume when you touch/toss your hair- how cool is that?! I haven't tried it but I'll report in if I try it :)

Farmgirl

Lady Rosenred said...

It's nice to be able to give something back:) Well i get the soapnuts (reetha or aritha) and amla from gow. I mix one teaspoon of each with a cup of cold water or cold tea, shake it really well and apply it to dry hair:)