It's been a long time since I've blogged. I am finishing up some products so I thought I'll review some stuff.
To be clear, I'm not sure if the products reviewed are still of the same formula or have a different packaging. It bugs me a little that every time I want to review something, I find out the company either redesigns the packaging or discontinue the whole line. I decide to just review anyway.
I first tried Asience when I got their samples to try. It was when they launched the gold range and the silver range. I tried the silver range shampoo and conditioner in sample size and really liked it so I decided to get Asience shampoo in full size. However, at that time, the silver range seemed to have disappeared and then I saw they had the gold, green range and pink range instead.
I got the Asience Nature Smooth shampoo since it's the one for oily scalp and I figured it's the most similar to the silver range. At that point of time, the bottle is green. I have no idea why the bottle looks silver again on their website. *sighs*.
Nature Smooth range is designed for oily scalp and dry detangled ends.
So I tried this shampoo and love it at first.
Asience is a Japanese brand and Japanese hair products are catered towards Asian hair really well. The difference between Asian hair and Caucasian hair is that Asian hair is thicker whereas Caucasian hair is finer so basically the formula is to penetrate is stronger and better for Asian hair to absorb.
Here's what I love about this product.
I have oily scalp and this shampoo washes the scalp well and leaves the head feeling fresh. I also like that it detangles my hair. The product is lightly scented. The product does irritate my skin in contact with hair a little (allergic to fragrance), but not unbearable to the point where I stop using.
Here's what I don't love about this product.
Like most shampoos designed for oily scalp, it does get dry if you wash your hair everyday. I understand that is probably my problem for washing hair everyday but I cannot stand dirty hair/scalp in our hot and humid weather. I also did not get the conditioner to use with it as I use hair serum instead.
It took me so long to realize the other problem. I was getting this very waxy coat on my hair after prolonged washing. I would have thought it is dandruff but nope.When I use my fingernails to scrap the coating on my hair, there's tiny soft clumps of residue that's waxy. I don't exactly know what it is. Maybe it's remains of shampoo that I fail to wash out. Or maybe it's that special coat to make sure your hair doesn't tangle. I can imagine some hair specialist telling me to get another deep cleansing shampoo to clean this "buildup" away but...
I don't get it.
I just noticed the problem recently when I started brushing my hair with a light coloured hair brush (it's actually an old Daiso scalp brush that I never use so i decided to use it to brush my hair instead) and I saw the amount of buildup. And then when I tried to wash my brush, it was also hard to get it off after soaking it. Haha...it's just gross.
Perhaps this is a little harsh but oh well.
I like the shampoo for its cleaning ability but maybe it's just not meant for daily usage. To be clear, I don't normally use this everyday. I usually rotate between this shampoo and an organic shampoo. The organic shampoo doesn't clean as well so i have to use this from time to time to get my scalp clean. I have been using this daily only because I want to finish it up and that's when I really notice the problem.
I am not sure I would repurchase this. I might consider only buying a smaller bottle instead just to wash from time to time if I cannot find another shampoo.
Advice time! If you have hair buildup from using hair products like hair sprays/gels daily, you can use apple cider vinegar mixed in water to rinse your hair to clear it. Another solution would be to use jojoba oil to massage and dissolve the buildup.