Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing and Shampoo

My feelings towards Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa products is like riding a roller coaster. I had high hopes once I saw they appear in numerous Japanese and Chinese magazines. Having a head spa at home, how great is that? Then I was kind of disappointed the first week I start using it. They seem to be no difference than any other Japanese hair products. Maybe too good to be true. Now it’s been more than a month I gradually grew to like it. There’s never been a product as weird as this.

As many of you already knew, Shiseido’s Tsubaki was one of the best selling hair care products in Japan. The red line was mainly for shining and the white line was for damage care. Just recently Shiseido launched a new Head Spa line in gold bottle. The gold line focuses on a healthy scalp to produce healthy shiny hair.

Being called Tsubaki (Camellia in Japanese) Head Spa, needly to say there’s still tsubaki oil in it like the red and white line. But what really sets Head Spa line apart from the other two is that there’re also 21 kinds of essential oils added.

*Marigold, Rose, Cinnamon, Geranium, Mango, Honey, Olibanum, Litchi, Patchouli, Tangerine, Orange flower, Muguet, Laurel leaf, Cognac oil, Vetiver, Musk, Cedar wood, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Bergamot, Vanilla

Besides the regular shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask, a new product Extra Cleansing is introduced into the line. Since I still have a half bottle of conditioner left, I decide to try the extra cleansing and shampoo first.

The extra cleansing is in a transparent orange-y gold bottle. It may seem small but 280ml will last you a while because it’s supposed to be a once a week deal.

Not only tsubaki and 21 essential oils, Rosemary and Angelica Keiskei are also added to thoroughly get rid of wastes such as excess sebum and residue hair products from the scalp. I use it to replace my shampoo once a week. It does give me the cooling spa like sensation once I leave it on for a while. And my hair is squeaky clean after I rinse it off.

I was doubting it’d be too harsh for my hair but not really. It feels clean but it also has natural moisturizing ingredients which make my hair soft and smooth. I really don’t have a problem with this especially I condition every time I wash my hair.

Maybe one little drawback is its consistency. My hand always have a problem holding it. Sounds weird. Since it’s too liquid-y I had to pour little on my palm, work it on half of my hair then do again for the other half. And I only have medium length hair so if you have long hair, you’re going to need a lot of it.

Now moving on to the shampoo. Ginger and Sage are added for gentle and effective cleansing.

When I first tried it, I wasn’t really impressed. It seems similar to other shampoos I used only with the same scent the extra cleansing has. However after using it for a while, I feel like my scalp is really strengthened and my hair gets softer and shinier. Sadly it doesn’t have the same cooling effect like the extra cleansing though.

The extra cleansing is pretty light and water-y whereas the shampoo is thicker and has a golden shimmery color.

Overall, they are great hair care products. I’m looking forward to try the massage spa mask once I finish off my current one. I would say it works best for normal to oily hair type. But hey these are the products you and your husband/boyfriend can both use. The scent is more neutral and has that healthy clean feel. He can’t make an excuse saying it smells too girly. As a matter of fact I like it better than the red and white line.

On a side note, the CF looks very interesting as it features six popular Japanese actresses/singers. Each of the segments was filmed at a “power spot” in South Africa and America expressing the beauty of nature and their hairs. The models are Yukie Nakama, Yuko Takeuchi, Ryoko Hirosue, Yu Aoi, Kyoka Suzuki, and Mizuki Arisa.

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20 Responses to Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing and Shampoo

  1. Georgina August 31, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    thank you for the intensive review babe, im planning on trying this line after i finish my current tsubaki (damage care) 🙂

  2. Jenny August 31, 2010 at 6:39 AM

    thanks for the review! it seems like shiseido actually put some thought into these hair care products unlike many other brands you can find at a drugstore which has little to no effectiveness 🙁

  3. Lulu August 31, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    what a nice review! i have never seen the gold line yet, maybe i just didn’t pay attention, every time i’m browsing the shampoo/skincare aisle i get overwelmed with all the japanese characters i have to guess to figure out what they are hahaha. i am using the white hair mask from the line right now, so far i like it.

  4. ~Lisa August 31, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    How interesting!!
    I’ve heard a lot about Tsubaki as well!

  5. Ahleessa August 31, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Thanks for the review! It sounds really good. Do you think Asian brands are better than Americans when it comes to shampoo & conditioner?

  6. Nic nic September 1, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    I’m glad this works for you.. I find tsubaki shampoos too itchy to use!! but then ive only used thewhite and red version :p we use a seaweed shampoo (1000ml, huge bottle) and i love it 😀

  7. Pink Orchids September 1, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    I’ve never used this brand shampoo, only make up line. Thanks for the great review!

  8. Blair September 1, 2010 at 4:19 AM

    Thank you for the through review, there aren’t many reviews out there yet for the Head Spa series, since it is so new and everything =D

    FL, where did you get your set from?

  9. Dina (XYYan) September 1, 2010 at 6:43 AM

    I’ve seen great reviews for Tsubaki hair products, maybe I should try it one day :D. Thanks for the reviews!

  10. Shanghainese Dumpling September 1, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Hi FL I’m new to your blog 🙂 thanks for the detailed review, I love Tsubaki but usually use the White range, I would look into these and give them a try 🙂 followed…

  11. anya September 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    hey girl!

    that looks like such a great product! you did a really good review. do u know were i can order it online?


    • Laura September 3, 2010 at 8:35 AM

      Hi Anya! Where are you from? Cause I have a loot of pages that works on USA… (because I’m searching for this products for buying them online but I’m from Spain…)
      So, tell me something if you want 🙂


  12. Summer swirl September 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    This looks & sounds like a greeatt product 🙂 thanks for the honest review 🙂

    feel free to check out my blog @
    if you have time <3 'xo

  13. Cheryl September 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    hi there! great review of this product. and thank you for the follow back hun!

  14. reene September 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    I’ve tried the Shiseido Tsubaki.. white set. I really liked it, so I’ll try Head Spa one of these days when my current set is finished. 😀 Thank you for the review!

    And I took your suggestion about my blog, thanks! I was going to before, but having no followers made me a little sad.. haha.

  15. Cherry September 1, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Wow, great to know, because i have oily hair and I am trying to find good oil-control hail products^0^

  16. Laura September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Thanks for the reviwew!! I didn’t know them because I’m Spanish!!

    I have a very big problem with oily hair, and I have proved all the products.

    So, I have to prove it!!



  17. Laura September 3, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Hi jun can you tell me, if you know, if the shiseido tsubaki line is buyed at China or only at Japan?
    It’s because I want to buy the products and I have to buy them on Ebay because there is no shop to Spain… and I don’t want any imitation, you know 😉

    Thanks a lot!


  18. Emily January 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I really dont know if I should buy both the shampoo and the conditioner because its really expensive for me to affford them. The asian supermarket near my house sells a pump bottle for $15.99. Does the conditioner by itself work good ? The results I want is shiny,soft and bouncy hair but at the same time my strands of hair are seperated. I really dont know which one to buy? Should I buy the gold line or the red line ? Can I just buy the conditioner and still get good results ?

    • admin January 2, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      I saw those value sets at my market before, I think the price is worth trying. If you’re looking for shiny bouncy hair, then go for the red line. The gold line is more for healthy scalp as far as I know. You can definitely try the conditioner alone with your current shampoo, it should still give you some good results. Hope this answers your question.


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