Highlighting the multi-use oil that moisturizes and rebalances locks.
Written By Jayme Cyk
Considered the crown jewel among Japanese brand Shu Uemura’s beloved haircare products, this nourishing elixir has had Hollywood hairstylists in its thrall since it launched in 2009. Its extraordinary hydrating power—the main draw for stylists and customers alike—comes from an infusion of camellia oil, which Japanese geishas historically employed to smooth and enhance their hair’s natural beauty. But the essence’s multitasking benefits don’t stop at moisturizing—it can also be used as a styling aid or act as a pre-shampoo treatment on dry hair for an extra hit of shine. “I’m a huge fan of this oil because it’s lightweight and gives hair a touchably soft, smooth, frizz-free finish,” says hairstylist Adir Abergel. “It also offers protection from heat styling.” 
ON SET: Proven to invigorate dry hair after multiple bouts with the stylist’s blow-dryer and curling iron. 
ON THE RED CARPET: Adds a silky, sleek finish to a simple ponytail.

ON THE VANITY: Tames frizz and flyaways so your mane always appears polished.
“I love using this product on damp hair before blow-drying to defrizz and add shine. I also use it when I want a very high-gloss look to a slicked-back hairstyle. I apply to the hair after I finish styling for a wet-yet-polished effect.”—Cervando Maldonado, hairstylist
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