Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lux Luminique Un-Stress Non-Silicone Shampoo & Conditioner

Hello everyone! Today I'd like to talk about the shampoo and conditioner I have been using in recent months. In my time here in Japan, I have tried a variety of Japanese shampoos, including Shisdeido's Tsubaki series and Kracie's Ichikami series (both are very popular). I found the Tsubaki was great for a little while, but soon my hair was feeling heavy and just not looking good. I didn't much like the smell of the Ichikami and it really made no improvements in my hair as well. It just looked dull and limp. So I started looking into other options. I noticed that non-silicone shampoos had been gaining popularity in the last year or two (maybe longer, but I started seeing ads everywhere!). After browsing around about non-silicone shampoos, I decided to give the Lux series a try. There are two types in the series: the damage repair (pink) and the un-stress (green). I chose the green for two reasons: it smelled better, and my hair really isn't damaged. I wanted something that would make it frizz less, and moisturize my scalp.

After reading about non-silicone types, I knew that the first few weeks, my hair might feel disgusting. It takes awhile for your hair to lose the silicone coating that develops from regular shampoos. It actually wasn't too terrible, honestly. It did get more tangled and felt a bit... rough? but within a month I noticed my hair was shinier and smoother. I have always struggled with keeping my hair un-tangled throughout the day, and although it still does get tangled, it isn't as bad as before. Overall, I think the appearance of my hair looks better!

On to the product itself, the shampoo and conditioner come in nearly identical bottles. The only difference is the labeling and the pumps: dark freen for shampoo, white for conditioner. I absolutely love the packaging and find it very appealing. The un-stress smells faintly of eucalyptus (which it contains) to me. It's not flowery or sweet, which I like, and is great for those that don't like "girly" scents! When I use them, I find two pumps to be sufficient to get a nice lather/coverage going (long hair).

I purchased this at the Tokyu Store in my area for ¥920 each. Refills can be purchased for ¥738 (at Tokyu Store). I have seen samples at 7-11 and other conbinis. Most drug stores sell this particular series as well. Should not be difficult to find! Well that's all I guess. Until next time!

-Rizu

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