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Review | Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment & Duo-Serum

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Whoever is brave (or foolish) enough to ask me about my hair woes better get ready for a serious rant. My hair is flat, limp, lifeless, without volume, oily, thin, fine,… And that is just the beginning. But what I do like about my hair is that it always has a lovely shine to it and that it’s always in great condition. Dry or damaged hair, split ends, breakage? Normally never an issue for me. Normally, I say, because a few weeks ago during a dull moment at work (read: an it’s-Monday-and-I-don’t-feel-like-getting-into-work-mode-yet moment) I was inspecting the ends of my hair and I counted not one, not two but THREE split ends! And to make things worse not one, not two but like FIVE whole hairs fell out right there in my hand during my little inspection! Call me a drama queen, but I got a little hysterical and decided that it was time for radical action. Lucky for me, in the same week as my little crisis moment I received a lovely package from Shu Uemura with the brand’s four new Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration products. Hah, apparently a little hysteria pays off.

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The new Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration range consists of a shampoo, a conditioner, a mask and a serum for ultra-damaged hair. Packed with lotus extract and ceramide to strengthen the intercellular cement of the hair cortex, the products promise to repair, restore and solidify the hair. And they all delicately smell of orange blossom, jasmine and ylang ylang with a subtle woody touch.

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I started using the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration products two weeks ago, and first up was the shampoo. The Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Shampoo is light, smells shamaaaaaaaazing (sh for shampoo) and contains – get ready for this – ceramide 1000 PPM (parts per million). It cleanses my hair really well, keeps it nice and light, and as it is packed with ceramide it should also give my locks a serious power boost.

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After shampooing my hair I use the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Conditioner. I apply it from halfway down my lengths all the way down to the ends of my hair. I don’t touch the rest of my hair with the conditioner, though, because I don’t want to weigh it down too much and make it fall even flatter than normal. With an extra 500 PPM ceramide (that’s 1500 PPM in total) the conditioner has some serious restorative and strengthening powers. It also detangles my ridiculously tangly hair (hey look, another hair woe to whine about) really well and just like the shampoo it smells very lovely.

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Next up is the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment, a deliciously creamy hair mask that comes in a really cute jar. I use the mask once a week, and – as instructed – I leave it in for 5 to 10 minutes. With its ceramide 3000 PPM (more, moaaaaar!) the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment is definitely a heavy-weight in the sense that it’s the most powerful but also the richest product from the Ultimate Remedy range. Unlike the conditioner, I use the mask from roots to ends. Yes, this does considerably weigh down my fine hair and it also cuts the time that I can go between washes in half, but the advantages of this intensive mask are just too amazing and I want my hair to benefit as much as possible from the total awesomeness of the product. And going all out pays off, because after the treatment my hair is almost ridiculously soft and shiny. And that’s only the part that you can actually see. Just imagine what this mask does deep inside the hair cortex!

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And then there’s the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Duo-Serum, a mix of a cream with ceramide 2000 PPM and lotus extract oil that promises to repair and strengthen the hair, to tame frizz and split ends, and to give extra shine. The instructions say that you can’t rinse the product out, and unfortunately that is the reason why this serum and I don’t get along. My hair and leave-in treatments, it just doesn’t work. I tried using the serum in different ways, but every time my hair just turned greasy and fell completely flat in unflattering dirty-looking strands. The smell of the serum is fantastic, definitely, and I’m sure that people with dry hair* will love it, but for me and my fine oily hair this serum is not a good match.
* like my dear mom who always ends up getting my leave-in hair products and who will soon also become the proud owner of this duo-serum, you’re welcome mother

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Bottom line? With the exception of the duo-serum, all products from the new Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration line have managed to seriously impress me. I always love it when a brand uses actual science and technology to create new products, but the results already show that these four products do more than just shove impressive numbers (1000! 1500! 2000! OMG 3000!) in our face. My hair definitely looks healthier and shinier than ever before, and I think that after just two weeks it already feels stronger as well. I think that with a little luck that means no more split ends or shedding for me in the future!

The new Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment and Duo-Serum are sold for approximately 50, 70, 90 and 59 CHF here in Switzerland.

What is your first impression of the new Shu Uemura products? What do you do to keep your hair in great condition or to give it a powerful health boost?


  1. Lijken me superfijne producten! Ik gebruik steeds een haarolie voor mijn punten, helpt voor mij wel

  2. This sounds like a lovely product, I have not heard of it though :)

  3. I love de Shue haarproducts big big time :D en dat is bij deze niet anders :D

  4. Wow, wat lijkt dit me een fijne lijn! Jammer dat het leave-in product niet zo prettig samengaat met jouw haar, maar over het algemeen lijken het me prachtige producten:D

  5. Ik heb enkel nog maar een haarlak geprobeerd van hun haarproducten maar deze klinken echt wel heel goed !

  6. Klinkt goed, ik kende deze producten niet.

  7. I also don’t like serum, I have a similar hair texture than you, but I have lots of it and serum just makes my hair look super limp. Maybe you can lightly coat your hair with coconut oil at least one hour before shampoo. It has been proven to reduce protein loss induced by shampoo.

  8. Het eerste stukje is zo mooi geschreven :-), ik heb nog maar ooit 1 oogschaduw van Shu Uemura uitgeprobeerd en die vond ik geweldig, hun haarproducten zullen dan ook wel fantastisch zijn…

  9. My mam is always looking for my beauty cast offs, she loves it and has quite a stash now!

  10. mademoiselle mode

    November 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I nevers try this brand ! OMG :)


  11. I have that serum but I haven’t tried it yet! I recently re-discovered this Japanese leave-in conditioner that I have. I don’t remember that much about it, but I left it on the shelf untouched for a couple of years because I got distracted by the new products I have. Now that I gave it another go, I’ve been seriously impressed! Gotta love a good leave-in conditioner! I hope your mom will love it :)

  12. Deze producten zien mij er wel pareltjes uit ;) Op dit moment gebruik ik gewoon basis producten van Pantene Pro V (niets speciaal), maar mijn haar is op zich wel al redelijk gezond, no splitt ends for me :)

  13. Shue uemura ist sold in switzerland? where???
    omg, i never saw it.
    my hair is one bad mess, i need something!

  14. Wowie, ik wist niet dat Shu Uemura ook aan haarproducten
    deden! Die shampoo wil ik (vanwege de fles)! En die mask
    lijk me super fijn werken! Xx

  15. I didn’t know this brand but the packages caught my attention, really nice!
    Have a nice week!

  16. Ik heb het niet nodig i.v.m mijn dreadlocks maar anders had je me wederom wéér overtuigd ;) Jij bent toch wel echt de review queen hoor! XX

  17. Goeie review! Ik kende het product nog niet.

  18. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Shu products, even the makeup….eeeeeeek! I’ve only heard good things about the brand. Too bad they’re expensive:(

  19. Lucky girl! I’d love to try some of the Shu Uemura hair products. The only problem I have with my hair is that it falls, it has always been the case, but it always freaks me out. I guess, I have to try something for hair strength.

  20. wow, I love this. the packages are nice and the packaging itself is gorgeous. me wants :O

  21. I’ve heard great things about the Shu hair lines, but man, they’re pricey here! And only available online.

  22. I won der what the effect would be on dry hair? My hair is thin and always in need if moisture so I use macadamia nut oil.

  23. Ooooooh sa donne envie ! ^^

  24. Great review! I’ve never tried Shu Uemura Hair Products!

  25. I haven’t tried this brand yet, but thanks to your review, I will def give it a try! :)

    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog! Let’s stay in touch! <3


  26. Dat lijken mij goede producten:

  27. I’m a big fan of Shu Uemura so I’m not surprised that their hair products are amazing too. Sounds like you hair will be back to great condition in no time.

  28. Ik heb écht niks dan positiefs te zeggen over de haarproducten van Shu Uemura. Gebruik momenteel zelf hun New Cleansing Oil Shampoo en de Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-In-Cream en die zijn allebei héérlijk!

  29. I would love to try this brand!
    Mafalda ❤

  30. Thanks for another informative and fantastic post.

  31. I think good hair products are so important!
    and even for for who has long hair!

  32. I can relate– my hair is thin, fine, stick-straight and prone to dryness, especially since I was put on steroids.

  33. Je n’ai jamais vu cette gamme en France !

  34. Lijken mij allemaal heerlijke producten! Ik doe denk ik niet zo heel veel om mijn haar in goede conditie te houden. Ik gebruik namelijk alleen één in de week een haarmasker naast de shampoo en als mijn haar nog nat is na het wassen doe ik wat serum in de puntjes.

  35. This sounds like a really nice product! I have thick hair, but my hair is so dry and brittle!

  36. I had no idea they ventured into hair care. I’d love to try the hair mask they’re usually worth splurging on and this one looks divine

  37. looks awesome :) shu uemura is so expensive here in my country though! My hair is so damaged from all the bleaching,so far ive been using schwarzkopf keratin moisture range and their sulfate free shampoo and its been doing wonders for my hair <3

  38. Ik ben super benieuwd naar de producten van Shu Uemura. Hopelijk kom ik er eens aan toe het te proberen.

  39. Wow, alleen al voor de vormgeving zou ik deze flessen uitzoeken. Op het moment ben ik fan van macadamia olie.

  40. This product really made me curious! Wanna try it out now :)

  41. so pricey unfortunately! I love the idea behind the products though. have heard amazing things about this company so really cant wait to try some. thanks for sharing your review! xx. gigi.

  42. So I must say I love the shu uemura curler and the eye creamshadow. I already love the stylish packaging of the hair range. The smell must be stunning! I would try it but the price is really a stopper :)
    Have a lovely day …mimi

  43. We definitely have the exact same hair! Oily, limp, flat, thin! I’ve never had a split end though and shine is not a problem, either! Is it too much to ask for voluminous, shiny hair?! ;)

  44. Do these product have silicon’s in it? I tried shu uemura products, but looks like silicons actually do more damage for my hair than good.

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