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For extra shine, pair this hydrating treatment with SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Conditioner.

SHU UEMURA Art of Hair

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Stylists lovingly refer to SHU UEMURA’s original Nourishing Oil as liquid gold and novelist Julie Klam recently told us the luxurious elixir is the one product she couldn’t live without. Now SHU UEMURA has reformulated Essence Absolue goodness into a nourishing leave-in treatment. The fast-absorbing formula disappears into hair to leave it soft and sleek. Even if you skip heat styling, you’ll notice that your hair looks immediately more polished.

How to Use

Apply a pea-sized amount to your palm (a little goes a long way) and work through damp hair from mid-shaft to tips.

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I purchased the full soze tube of this after reading reviews on Birchbox. I never received a sample of it, but out of everything I ordered that day during "Sweet 16", this is a winner.

I have exceptionally dry, fine, color-treeated/damaged hair that can stand up straight in front from breakage. I've tried many prestige-brand oils and creams and found they either did nothing, made my hair dull, flat or felt heavy. I also find I'm allergic to many brands.

This has been a delightful find as it not only smells wonderful, no allergies, no heaviness, makes my hair shiny and easier to blow dry and keeps the flyaways tamed for the most part.

My only caution would be to start with less than a dime-sized amount and build from there. I used more the first time and my hair was a bit flat. Next shampoo I used much less, dried it and used a bit more on my flyaways before flat ironing. That worked wonders. For the price, the tuvbe is large and so small an amount used that it's worth it.

As someone trying to survive breast cancer who still works, I wish they'd make a travel size as I'm on the go a lot.

This and Miss Jesse's Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo, which completely detangled my long hair have replaced almost all other hair products.

The other two products I ordered, Miss Jesse's Rapid Recovery Treatment (way too heavy for my hair texture leaving it looking dull and not nourished) and Bain de Terre Blow Dry Smoothing Cream (smelled heavenly, but didn't do anything and made my eye's red and watery) were not hits.

I wish Birchbox would send samples on request to subscribers or a twice-a-year "design your own box" of 5 samples so many of us could try what we've been thinking about before purchase.

Sidenote: hair and skin change radically over the decades. It would be wonderful if Birchbox would take note of that. I'm in my later 50's, look much younger, not into green nail polishes, bright reds on my lips or fads and work in a high stress field where this stuff is a definite "no". I'm also medium-skinned, but it's translucent with pink undertones. Most boxes end up with my daughter!

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With the amazing ratings, I was hoping this would be the miracle, life-changing hair product I wanted to have. While it smells lovely and looks beautiful displayed, I haven't noticed a difference between using this or any other similar hair product. It also does not work as well as a finishing cream to touch-up hair with. I will use what I have but do not plan to repurchase.

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A little goes a long way

This product makes my hair feel soft and provides it with a nice shine. I incorporate a pea-sized amount in my hair, from mid-length to my roots. It doesn't leave my hair feeling greasy or too oily.

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Love this product

Great product. I use this in combination with deva curl set it free spray and my frizzy curly hair is extremely under control in the most humid weather. When I blow dry my hair straight, I use very little as it can get a bit greasy....you have to start with very small amount and work your way up.

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Great for frizzy - later in life - hair

Received in the LE Vanity Affair collection. Then purchased (expensive) full size. I love this product. Well worth the money. I have pretty thin hair, but the lower half gets pretty frizzy (a later in life appearance). A pea size blob is enough to soften the frizz. It's not completely gone but goes a long way to help so that I'm not a slave to the flat iron.

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To die for!!

This is THEE BEST hair oil of all time, and it IS a hair oil ( named oil in cream for a reason) even though it looks like a cream it melts into an oil and a very little goes a long way. I have chin length, fine hair (but lots of it) that is not color treated and I use a little under a pea sized amount on damp hair. It makes my hair SO SOFT AND SHINY AND BOUNCY AND VOLUMIZED AND IT BRINGS OUT MY CURLS!!!!! This is worth every penny, every dollar. Being that you use so little it lasts forever. I cannot say enough good things about this stuff. Oh and of course the packaging is elegant and beautiful. I have over 40 hair styling products but this is THEE ONE I USE EVERYTIME I DO MY HAIR. It is the foundation of my hair care. You will not be disappointed

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Bye bye breakage

I recieved this as a sample and used it until gone not sure if it was doing anythgng for my hair. When I ran out, I noticed more hair in the comb than when I was using it. While I do have fine, thick hair and granted it is summer so natural hair loss is increased, this stuff seemed to slow down the amount of hair fall out from natural hair turn over. well worth the price and it made my hair soft without overly softening. Anyone with fine hair will know what I mean.

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This is the most amazing oil in cream product I have ever tried. I have really fine / damaged hair. I wash my hair at night and apply a small amount and massage it though my hair and in the morning I wake up with my most gorgeous healthy, beautiful wavy looking hair I could ask for. Such a shine, simply divine... and the scent is amazing. Top product!!

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So good for damaged hair

I haven't used a Shu Uemura product I didn't love and this is no exception. I received the sample in my Vanity Affair box and began using it after doing a double process on my hair. I work a dime size amount in my hair after washing it and it makes my hair smooth and shiny.

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Soft, wavy, amazing

This product is pricy but worth it. I have wavy hair, not coarse but thick, and I've used a ton of different oils and creams to keep it calm and frizz-free. I bought this product on a whim when I had extra points, and I'm so glad I did. This was one of those times when I look at my other hair products and can't understand how I'll need them again. This product softened my waves, keep the hydration intact, and helped to avoid frizz on a humid day like today. Shu does it again.

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