Review: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Anti-Dandruff Soothing Cleanser

Now, dandruff isn’t the most attractive thing to talk about. In fact, I would much prefer I didn’t need to. But this snowstorm on my head is a reoccurring problem for me, and I’m sure many others, particularly with the weather changing. But in the past we have often only been limited to weird smelling medicated shampoos (and sometimes, you do need it!). But I dislike using products like that on a regular basis, particularly on colour treated hair. And now, higher end brands are coming out with their own anti-dandruff treatments, and I have one to share with you today.

Shu Uemura are very well known for their cleansing oils, which I am sadly yet to try, but it is on my to do list! But the best part is they have tons of knowledge on how they work. So they decided to apply to concept to a new range of shampoos. I got the chance to try the Anti Dandruff Soothing Cleansing Shampoo, and jumped at the chance. The aim is to cleanse the scalp of dandruff, by using Shiso Extract, a Japanese plant popular for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also supposed to prevent the reappearance of new flakes. All these things sounded like music to my ears (or scalp?!), and I was thoroughly excited to give this a go.

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It’s a BIG bottle. This is 3 months of use 1-2 times a week!

Firstly, this is a whopper of a bottle. Coming in at 400ml, this is around 1.5x more than most high end shampoos, and it has been lasting me AGES. I love the giant pump too. I’m no longer the girl who drops a bottle in the shower from incessantly pumping to get the right amount out. Two to three pumps while it’s sitting in my shower caddy is more than enough. And the smell? My nostrils love this stuff. I can’t put my finger on what the scent reminds me of, but it is fresh, and gives you that ‘I totally just washed my hair’ smell without being overpowering. There is no specific conditioner to follow it up with but I just use whatever I’m using at the time (currently Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil, if you were curious). The great thing about this shampoo is that I don’t feel like it is stripping my hair and leaving it dry, so a heavy duty conditioner is not necessary.

Now the million dollar question is: how good is it at treating dandruff? I found it was fantastic at reducing the incessant itch I was suffering because of my dandruff,  and it definitely reduces the production of more flakes, but when I’m in the height of a bad episode, it doesn’t quite cut through like a medicated one does. Sometimes, I require something a little stronger to shift what was already there. But do I think it’s worth it? Yes. It stops the itch and increases the amount of time between when I need to use a medicated shampoo. I’m always happy to find a dandruff solution that’s not too harsh on my colour treated hair (that actually works!). And a dandruff shampoo that smells delicious? I’m sold.

Now, the part that may make you cringe. This shampoo comes in at a whopping AU$72. I did have a little bit of a jaw dropping moment discovering that. However, when you consider most high end shampoos are around AU$35-$40 for 250ml, it is at an equivalent value. And like I said, this has lasted me a long time so far (and I don’t use it every wash), and it doesn’t look like being used up any time soon. For me, the fact that it stops me from using harsher shampoos more often is a good enough investment in my hair in my opinion, and I would happily purchase this in the future.

You can find this shampoo at specialist Shu Uemura Art of Hair salons for AU$72 for 400ml. Also available, is the Clarifying Astringent Cleanser for oily hair. To locate your nearest stockist visit

*This product was kindly provided for consideration. This has in no way altered my opinion. If you wish to know more, please see my disclosure statement.