Kao Essential Nuance Airy Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Product Description

Essential Nuance Airy Shampoo & Conditioner cures damaged hair, facilitating different hair style.
High concentrated honey and milk protein:

  • Deep-repair natural ingredients nourishes from the core to the surface, maintaining healthy hair.
  • Ultra Shine Essence restores smoothness and radiance.
  • For hair damaged by dyeing, perm and hair dryer.
  • For hair losing elasticity and vitality.
  • Hydrating Wild Rose Essence forms a protective film, leaving hair smooth.
  • Floral and fruity aroma.


The Essential shampoos and conditioners have had a package overhaul since the last time that I purchased it! It reminds me a bit of a clam shell at the top. The amount is still the same as it was previously – 200mL. This is significantly smaller than most shampoos that retail in our big box stores. A bigger size is also made at 500mL and refills at 380mL.

I first bought this because my hair was super fried. My hair had been dyed and my ends were suffering from it. I used this once a week and my hair felt soft again and I kind of stopped using it. When I decided to ombre my hair it undid everything. It felt thin and crunchy whenever I ran my hand through my hair. It also smelled like hair dye, but that was was to be expected, I suppose. Since I had dark hair and I went really blond on my ends, my hair really suffered.

To fix this, I decided to use Essential everyday. Actually, during the first week after the ombre I was using a purple shampoo to tone it. It was a bit too yellow and I wanted to make it more ashy. I used Essential the week after. Usually I like to shampoo my hair, rinse it, and then apply conditioner and leave it while I wash my body. This gives my hair time to absorb all the good stuff as opposed to rinsing it right after applying.

I do want to mention that Kao Essential has two lines: Rich Premier and Nuance Airy. Although both lines are supposed to help with damaged hair, Rich Premier is aimed towards straightening, untangling, thicker hair, etc. Nuance Airy is meant for soft, bouncy hair, adding volume, etc. My hair is naturally really straight so I usually go for products that add volume instead.

Nuance Airy has a nice, sweet scent. I didn’t expect it to smell the way it does. I think it’s a pleasant smell, but other people might not be fond of it if they are sensitive to products with heavy scents. I can smell it when, say, I turn my head and my hair moves and I like that trailing scent it gives off haha!

So the most important thing about this product – does it work? It definitely worked for me. After just a week of using it daily, my hair became really soft again. What I like about the product is that you can see immediate results. You really don’t need a lot of product and as soon as you rinse off the shampoo you can already feel a difference. My hair instantly feels thicker and voluminous! Pairing it with the conditioner my hair feels super soft. I can’t stop running my hand through my hair LOL. And the scent of it while I’m taking a hot shower makes me feel more relaxed haha!

Even after stopping for a bit after using it for a week straight, I can still see that the results were lingering. It’s not one of those products where you only see results if you use it all the time. I like using this for a couple days and then stopping. Mostly it’s because I’m scared that the product might accumulate in my hair. It hasn’t, but I usually like to use other ones in between just in case.

I would recommend this product to anyone that is desperately looking for a product to help with their damaged/coloured hair. Even if you’re just looking for one that’ll give you some volume, I think this will help make your hair feel thicker.


2 thoughts on “Kao Essential Nuance Airy Shampoo & Conditioner Review”

  1. :D did you order this too part of your haul or u just grab it from our lovely local T&T? been meaning to try out some asian branded shampoo and conditioners

    1. I ordered it as part of our last haul. Do they sell this brand at T&T? I think I see Shiseido’s tsubaki shampoo, but I’m not sure about T&T. To be honest I haven’t really paid attention.

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