[REVIEW] General haircare + Kao Asience Inner Rich Shampoo + Treatment

By Kristine Lam - March 22, 2012


I've recently finished my 2nd bottle of Shiseido's Tsubaki Damage Repair Shampoo and decided to try Kao's Asience Inner Rich Shampoo for a change!

Just started to use this a few days ago so it's not a thorough review but rather some first thoughts. 
I guess I should start off with my hair type - coarse, thick frizzy and damaged asian hair. 

I've started using higher end shampoos around half a year ago. Let me tell you - IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

I've tried everything to try and tame my hair: Japanese Perms, at-home perms, deep conditioning treatments at salons, DIY treatments - you name it! The only thing that makes a permanent change would be the Japanese straight perm but it's pricey as ever here in Vancouver :(

So I decided to change my shampoo to see if it makes a difference. At first I thought: Meh, it's just shampoo what can it do. I got rid of my drugstore brands (Pantene, Dove) and bought the Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Repair shampoo and conditioner after dying my hair around 6 months ago.

Not gonna lie - as soon as it used it for the first time I could feel the difference right away. My hair is always poofy and frizzy after I wash and blow dry. But with the tsubaki shampoo, my hair was much more managable after wash.

Now for the Kao Asience Inner Rich Shampoo.  
It's said to be formulated for Asian hair.
Contains Licorice Essence (for scalp) and Lotus Flower Essence (for hair).
Suitable for dry, frizzy, and unmanageable hair.

It smells lovely, which made a good first impression :D The shampoo lathers up easily with a small amount. After washing it out in the shower, my hair felt nice but inferior to how it feels when I wash out the tsubaki shampoo. Still good. 

I didn't pair it with their Asience inner rich treatment but used a little bit of their Nuance Airy Hair Mask instead.

I'm sure many of you have heard about this hair mask by now. I'll review hair masks in a separate post :D

After drying my hair, it was slightly frizzy but definitely not as bad as when I used Dove/Pantene.
My verdict would be that I'd still go for the Tsubaki shampoo instead of this one when I'm done. It's around $2-3 dollar difference.

For those with hair that's less frizzy and coarse, this asience shampoo should work great as well!

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