Images: Nicky clutching an empty bottle of her favourite shampoo.
This conversation is coming my way very soon: Him: ‘Babe, did you get your haircut again this month?’ Me: ‘Er, no. Why?’ Him: ‘Oh, because there’s another charge for a hairdresser on our credit card statement for $104.’ Me: ‘Um…’ Him: ‘What’s that all about?’ Me: ‘Um…’
Let me try to explain my expensive and embarrassing shampoo addiction in the hope that I can mount some kind of defence when my husband discovers just how much I’ve been spending on washing my hair.
It began 18 months ago. I was invited to experience a Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremony. It was 50-minutes of pure heaven, complete with Japanese tea ceremony, hair brushing and shiatsu head massage all by a trained hair master.
And yes, I’m aware of how ridiculous that sounds.
But what I did take home with me that day, along with incredibly soft hair, was the brand’s Moisture Velvet shampoo, $47, and conditioner, $57. After I had gone through those bottles, I paid the biggest compliment a beauty editor can ever give, I paid for more. And then more, and somehow in amongst the litter of empty bottles I had become completely addicted to only ever using this one type of shampoo.
You see, I have the kind of brittle, dry hair from years of bleaching that can go for days without washing. Before finding my Mecca, I could wash it just once a week without it turning greasy.
That’s just how dry it was, but once I started using Shu Uemura’s shampoo and conditioner my previously unmanageable hair suddenly started behaving. It was soft, and shiny, glossy even. Which is something any blonde-haired woman can tell you only happens when the hair gods and certain planets align (i.e. never).
After decades of searching, I had found THE ONE. The product that could give me the elusive hair commercial type of shine. I thought that kind of weightless shine was an urban hair myth.