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Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue — Like Anointed Oil For Your Mane

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Tons of misinformation regarding Shu Uemura has been disseminated via various news outlets ever since L’Oréal, which has a sizable take in the brand, announced it would cease distribution of the cosmetics brand within the U.S., phasing out retailers over the coming months. So before I go into the wonders of Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue, let me clear a few things up. First, while you won’t be able to find your favorite Shu Uemura cosmetics at high-end department stores, you can still purchase them online at the Shu Uemura website. The company, then, hasn’t been shut down, and it will continue releasing fantastic products that will be distributed to various retailers in 17 other countries and which will be available for purchase online. Sure, we’ll miss staring at those exquisite Tokyo lash bar displays, and it’s going to be irksomely inconvenient not to be able to try out new eye shadows and lip colors at department store counters. but there is some comfort in knowing we can still get our hands on our favorite Shu Uemura goodies via the web. Second, L’Oréal’s announcement only pertained to Shu Uemura cosmetics, and it currently has no intention of pulling Shu Uemura Art of Hair products from U.S. shelves. In fact, the prestigious line of haircare products continues to perform extraordinarily well thanks to all-star products like the Essence Absolue (pictured above). Exhale, ladies!

I recently had the chance to test drive the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue, which was released last fall and sold out almost immediately (in fact, it sold out two more times after that!). After trying this product out for a few weeks, I can tell you ladies that, if this product were to disappear from shelves (which, as I said, it won’t), I would scour the web like a desperate scavenger until I found it. Yes, it’s THAT good. Sometimes, “it” beauty products are overrated but in this instance, the hoopla is more than well-deserved. The product is designed for normal to dry hair, but it works miraculously on those with particularly ravaged tresses. Personally, I have dry, color-treated hair (I recently went blond, but I’ve dyed my hair practically every shade in the Pantone chart), and this oil really helps to soften my tresses and keep frizz at bay. The oil provides UV protection, so it’s perfect for this season, as the sun starts to shine more brightly and we begin to spend more time outdoors. Since I’ve been wearing my hair curly, my routine involves pumping two dime-sized drops onto my palm, rubbing my hands together, and applying the oil to damp hair, letting it dry naturally. I’ve noticed when I apply the Essence Absolue, my curls look smoother and way supple, plus the oil adds a nice sheen that makes my hair color really pop (which is so key if you’ve dyed your hair).

The vital ingredient in the Essence Absolue is camellia extract oil, which has been traditionally used among everyone from Japanese samurai warriors to woodworkers to protect metal tools and weapons from corrosion and give them a nice gleam. The particular type of oil used in this product is derived from the camellia japonica bloom, which is related to the camellia oleifera (the seeds of which are used to make soothing tea drinks) and the camellia sinensis (the leaves and stems of which are used to make tea).

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue, $65. Visit ShuUemuraArtofHair-USA.com

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