I can’t remember where I first read about Tsubaki hair products by Shiseido but I remember that they were highly raved over. We don’t get this brand in Malaysia at this time, so when I was in Japan, I picked up a bottle of Tsubaki Shampoo and Conditioner so I’d know what all the hype is about.
Well, guess what? This lovely shampoo and conditioner kept my hair wonderfully soft from the first wash and smells really nice to boot. You only use very little and its all wonderful in paradise right?
While Kao Asience turned my hair into hay, Shiseido’s Tsubaki shampoo and conditioner gave me an itchy scalp!
Now, this was a development I was not expecting.
There I was enjoying the use of the Tsubaki shampoo and conditioner, marveling at how lovely and soft my hair was. I did also realize that my scalp was starting to get itchy. Believe me, its not a nice sight to see anyone scratching their head like they had head lice! Very unprofessional too to surreptitiously scratch your head in public.
I did not trace it to the shampoo at first. It was only after 2 weeks of itching that something twigged. I switched over to the Yuan Swertia shampoo and after 2 days, the itching stopped.
A week later, I attempted the Tsubaki range again. 2 hair washes and the itching came back. I wash my hair everyday so I noticed it almost immediately.
Needless to say, this product is yet another failed hyped hair care product for me.
Pros: Hair felt very soft and manageable, Smells lovely, Only very little is needed
Cons: Not available in Malaysia at time of writing, Gave me an itchy scalp!
So, we don’t get Tsubaki here in Malaysia at this point in time, but I know there are many of you who have tried this. Does it work for you or did you notice any side effects?
For me, I couldn’t balance out the lovely soft hair with the itchy scalp so these nearly full bottles are staring at me in the shower everyday. I use it once in a while – gotta use it up right? Used just once I don’t get the itchies, so its become a weekly thing for now.
I cannot remember the price as it was purchased in Japan a while ago. At a rough estimate its RM25+ per bottle. Update: Tsubaki shampoo is now available at leading pharmacies in Malaysia including Jusco Wellness pharmacies