I've been having a fling with some fancy new Japanese haircare (I know, I'm such a hussy) and have an inkling that these may become a regular addition to my haircare routine. Ladies and gents, meet YUKO.
I'm very fussy when it comes to testing out hair products, and I often turn down more requests than I take on when it comes to reviewing them. I may have mentioned before that I have a sensitive scalp which is easily aggravated by certain ingredients, however after a chat with YUKO's PR rep, it sounded like these would be OK for me. Based on my hairtype, I was kindly sent YUKO's Kokoro G Shampoo and the matching Kororo G Treatment which are specially formulated for dry, sensitized and damaged hair.
YUKO Kororo G Shampoo* (300ml, £12.50)
This sulfate-free shampoo is a godsend for anyone wanting to make the transition to ditch those drying sulfates, because it feels just like a regular, mainstream shampoo. It lathers, has a pleasant, subtle Orange Blossom scent and makes cleans the hair and scalp exceptionally well. So much so in fact that I didn't feel the need to do a double-wash with it, which is something I always seem to have to do with other SLS free shampoos. The formula has Aqua Gold, Keratin, Proteins and Collagen added to deeply nourish the hair and leave it properly swish-worthy. My hair was glossy and oh-so soft after using this - I love it!
YUKO Kororo G Treatment* (240ml, £12.50)
Packaged in a handy, easy to dispense tube, this treatment can be used as a daily accompaniment to the above shampoo, or as a stand alone, intensive hair mask when left on for up to half an hour. Personally, I found the results to be equally beneficial both ways, in that it made my sun-frazzled locks super smooth, frizz-free and very shiny. I didn't notice any residue build up either from the fortnight I've been using it, which is another bonus it has. That said, I would probably recommend this as a weekly treatment, rather than a daily conditioner, as it's very hydrating and you wouldn't want to overload your hair in the long run.
YUKO Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner* (200ml, £15)
In addition to the two products above, I was also sent a bottle of this amazing leave-in conditioner. Now, when I say amazing, that's something of an understatement. This special heat-activated leave-in conditioner uses a blend of natural plant oils (as well as other, more chemically enhanced ingredients *ahem*) to detangle and deeply revitalise the hair. So basically, once you blow dry and straighten with it, the oils get to work de-frizzing the hair, making it sleek and irresistibly soft. It also smells great and feels weightless when sprayed on, win-win!
After trying these three products, I can firmly say that YUKO have found a new fan, and I'm impressed by how reasonable their prices are too for such high-end results. For more info on these and their cult in-salon treatments, just visit their website.
Have you tried anything from YUKO?