Rather than boasting a plethora of sudsy strand clarifiers that strip the hair, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo ($55) is an oil that removes dirt, product buildup and debris, mirroring the oil-to remove- oil formula found in their facial cleansing oils. The secret lies in the mix of oils and volcanic-derived Onsen Inspired Ferment, which, together, literally lift impurities off the shaft without stripping away essential oils that healthy hair requires. Plus, it doesn’t leave hair feeling heavy, greasy or oily but rather soft, bouncy, balanced and squeaky clean.
What the expert says: “Great for those who don’t love squeaky-clean hair. The hair is clean but has a second-day feel because it’s not left dry,” says stylist Calie Noble of Serge Normant at the John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles.