10 Best Japanese Hair Products + Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to hair care, many professional hairstylists like me always look for the best Japanese hair products! And here, I am going to tell you exactly why.

Japanese women have had long black silky hair since ancient times. They use all-natural raw produce like rice, camellia seed oil, royal jelly, and honey to keep their hair strong and healthy. Today, Japanese hair care companies harness these ingredients using the most advanced technology to create the best Japanese hair products sold and used worldwide.

In this article, I will feature my top 10 Japanese hair products. Each item is evaluated based on its ingredients, formula, texture, and the results it provides after use. Every Japanese hair product on this list has one thing in common. They all help improve the overall hair structure and quality, leaving hair looking beautiful without styling.

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Best Japanese Hair Products List


Kracie Ichikami Grass Essence Japanese Hair Product

KRACIE Ichikami Japanese Grass Essence 100ml for Damaged hair

The Kracie Ichikami Grass Essence is one of my best Japanese hair products! It is a leave-in hair serum with a cream-like texture. Since I am often outside by the beach, I use the Kracie Ichikami Grass Essence to prevent my hair from drying too much. I also use it to tame my hair frizz and split ends. Over time, I noticed that Kracie Ichikami Grass Essence helped lessen my hair breakage and damage. 

I especially love its lightweight formula and non-greasy feel. Whenever I use the Kracie Ichikami Grass Essence, my hair feels softer, smoother, and shinier, even during summer.

Special Ingredients

The Kracie Ichikami Grass Essence contains rice extracts. These are rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that make hair long, strong, smooth, and silky. Rice is also rich in inositol, a substance scientifically proven to repair hair damage and breakage. 

Aside from rice, Kracie Ichikami Grass Essence also has jojoba seed oil, cherry leaf extract, camellia seeds extract, and barley extract. All these ingredients are known to improve hair quality and growth.

Pros

  • Potent ingredients
  • Lightweight 
  • Non-greasy feel
  • Delivers multiple hair benefits
  • Great user feedback

Cons

The Kracie Ichikami grass Essence comes only in small quantity (100 ml bottle). 


Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil

OSHIMATSUBAKI Japanese hair care oil, 100% Camellia Oil for Hair, Skin and Nails (2.03 FL. OZ /60mL) English Ver.

Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil is the #2 best Japanese hair product on my list. The hair care practices of the women in Izuoshima island inspired the makers of the Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil to create this all-natural and plant-based leave-in hair oil in 1927.

I use Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil after showering to help seal in hair moisture. Then I reapply it on my hair ends twice a day to keep my hair hydrated and shiny. Many use Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil on their scalp. This greatly helps because the Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil contains 100% camellia seed oil, a plant-based extract that treats dandruff and calms itching.

Special Ingredient

Like I said earlier, the Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil is 100% camellia seed oil. This ingredient is rich in proteins, glycerides, and vitamin E that helps fortify hair strands, and locks in hair moisture. Camellia seed oil is scientifically known to treat dandruff, soothe scalp itching, and repair hair breakage. Oshimatsubaki Japanese Hair Oil is silicone-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free. 

Pros

  • 100% all-natural and plant-based
  • Produced by a world-class and reputable company
  • High-quality ingredient
  • State-of-the-art manufacturing technology
  • Deliver amazing hair benefits
  • A few drops go a long way.
  • Top product rating with excellent reviews

Cons

There are no cons to this product.

OSHIMATSUBAKI Japanese hair care oil, 100%...
  • Camellia seed oil is a beauty product used in Japan since ancient times.


MyKirei By Kao Japanese Shampoo & Conditioner Set

Shampoo & Conditioner Set by MyKirei By Kao, Japanese Tsubaki & Rice Water for Hair, Sustainable Bottles, 10.1 Ounces Each

The #3 best Japanese hair product on my list is the MyKirei By Kao Shampoo & Conditioner Set. I love the lightweight and non-greasy formulas that gently cleanse and condition my hair. Unlike other shampoos and conditioners that leave my hair dry and brittle after washing, MyKirei By Kao Shampoo and Conditioner makes my hair soft, silky, smooth, and shiny. They also do not weigh my hair down.

Special Ingredients

The MyKirei By Kao Shampoo and Conditioner combine two of the most prominent Japanese hair care ingredients. These are Tsubaki extract (also known as the camellia seed oil) and rice water

The Tsubaki extract contains proteins, glycerides, and vitamin E. According to studies, these improve hair structure and seal hair moisture. It also treats dandruff, calms scalp irritation, and promotes overall scalp health. At the same time, research reveals that rice water is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that strengthen hair strands and repairs hair damage and breakage.

Pros

  • Authentic and effective Japanese ingredients
  • Lightweight and gentle formula
  • Perfect for all hair types
  • Vegan-friendly

Cons

The products contain sulfates. Those with susceptible scalp and skin may find this ingredient a little irritating. 

Shampoo & Conditioner Set by MyKirei By Kao,...
  • GENTLE, BALANCED FORMULA: Infused with moisturizing Japanese Tsubaki extract and rice water, MyKirei by Kao shampoo deeply nourishes and restores balance to all hair types.


Shiseido Fino Premium Japanese Hair Mask

Shiseido Fino Premium Touch Hair Mask, 8.11 Ounce

The #4 best Japanese hair product on my list is the Shiseido Fino Premium Hair Mask. It is a definite game-changer in my hair care. I like to use this once or twice a week for 5 minutes after I shampoo and condition my hair. The Shiseido Fino Premium Hair Mask provides a salon-like treatment at home. Instantly, I notice that my hair looks straighter and shinier. It also feels softer, smoother, and bouncier. My flyaways and split ends are also gone. I no longer need to pay for expensive hair treatment to get straight and silky hair.

Special Ingredients

According to the manufacturer, the Shiseido Fino Premium Hair Mask contains seven powerful hair ingredients: Royal Jelly Ex, Trehalose + Sorbitol, PCA, Squalane + Dimethicone, Glutamine, Phytosterol, and Lipidure Ex. I listed below the benefits that these ingredients provide according to studies: 

  • Royal jelly promotes better hair structure, growth, and color.
  • Trehalose + Sorbitol controls the hair moisture level.
  • PCA strengthens hair strands.
  • Squalane & Dimethicone adds shine.
  • Glutamine protects hair color.
  • Phytosterol repairs hair breakage and damage.

Pros

  • High-quality ingredients
  • Safe and effective hair damage treatment
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Great user reviews

Cons

There are no cons to this product. 

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Shiseido Fino Premium Touch Hair Mask, 8.11 Ounce
  • This Item is Made in BOTH JAPAN and TAIWAN


Ichikami Shampoo and Conditioner Japanese Hair Products

ICHIKAMI Soft Moisture (NEW2017!) Shampoo & conditioner Set (Orange

Another shampoo and conditioner set is on my best Japanese hair products list. I am glad that the Ichikami Shampoo and Conditioner are the new and improved versions of the old formula.

Since my scalp is susceptible to irritation, I cannot use products with harsh chemicals. Good thing that the Ichikami Shampoo and Conditioner are now sulfate-free. They do not make my scalp dry and itchy like the old versions. I find this new Ichikami Shampoo and Conditioner very soothing to my scalp and nourishing to my hair.

Another thing that I love is the cream-like texture and the citrus-flower scent. These features provide a pampering experience. Most importantly, my hair feels clean, fresh, light, and silky every after wash.

Special Ingredients

The Ichikami Shampoo and Conditioner Set contains native Japanese ingredients like rice extract, camellia seed oil, white tea flower extract, and sakura flower extract. Studies have shown that these ingredients have the following hair benefits: 

  • Rice extract is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, promoting better hair structure, growth, and quality. 
  • Camellia seed oil contains proteins, glycerides, and vitamin E that seals hair moisture. 
  • The tea flower extract stimulates blood circulation, promotes hair growth, and moisturizes the scalp and hair. 
  • Sakura flower extract contains high antioxidants that fight free radicals that cause hair damage. 

Pros

  • Perfect for all hair types
  • Authentic Japanese hair care ingredients
  • New and improved formula
  • Sulfate-free
  • Safe and gentle on scalp, hair, and skin
  • Citrus and floral scent
  • Amazing 5-star reviews 

Cons

There are no cons to these products. 


Shiseido Crystallizing Straight Japanese Hair Product 

Hair Rebonding Shiseido Professional Crystallizing Hair Straightener (H1) + Neutralizing Emulsion (2) for Resistant to Natural Hair

The #6 best Japanese hair product on my list is the Shiseido Crystallizing Straight. It is a permanent two-step system that consists of a hair straightener and a neutralizing emulsion. I have a touch of wavy hair that gets unruly when it dries. That is why I love permanent hair straightening solutions. The Shiseido Crystallizing Straight not only removes frizz and waves but also makes my hair straight, silky, and manageable hair for eight months. I save a lot of time daily since I do not need to blow dry or iron my hair to look sleek.

Directions for use

The Shiseido Crystallizing Straight is simple and easy to use. Just follow the instructions below. For safety, consult your professional hairstylist before using these products. 

Step A: Use the hair straightener

  1. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo.
  2. Towel dry your hair.
  3. Apply the hair straightener at least 2 cm from the roots to the ends. Keep the product away from the scalp to prevent irritation. 
  4. Leave the product for 10 to 20 minutes. The time varies depending on the texture of your hair. 
  5. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water. 
  6. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo to ensure that you remove all the product. 
  7. Towel dry and blow dry your way.
  8. Use a flat iron to complete. 

Step B: Use the neutralizing emulsion 

  1. Apply the neutralizing emulsion to your hair. 
  2. Leave it for 20 minutes.
  3. Comb your hair lightly during the waiting period. 
  4. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water. 
  5. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo to ensure that you remove all the product. 
  6. Towel dry and blow dry your hair.
  7. Use a flat iron to straighten your hair thoroughly. 
  8. Do not wash your hair for the next 48 to 72 hours. 

Pros

  • Safe and effective hair straightener
  • Lasts up to 8 months
  • Suitable for frizzy, wavy, and curly hair
  • A professional hair straightener
  • High-quality results
  • Great customer feedback

Cons

The directions for use are not detailed and thorough. That is why I added the steps I follow above as a guide. 

Hair Rebonding Shiseido Professional Crystallizing...
  • Brand-new condition in its original retail packaging; unused, unopened,undamaged, with sufficent shelf life


Milbon Plarmia Japanese Hair Serum Treatment

Plarmia Hairserum Oil M-4.1oz

The #7 best Japanese hair product on my list is the Milbon Plarmia Hair Serum Treatment. I find this professional-grade hair serum helpful with almost all of my hair issues. It provides moisture for dryness and tames frizziness, split ends, and flyaways. Some use Milbon Plarmia as an alternative for their hair conditioner.

Like other great Japanese hair serums, the Milbon Plarmia has a cream-like texture, lightweight formula, and a non-greasy feel. I always enjoy the softness, smoothness, and shine it provides to my hair every after use.

Special Ingredients

The Milbon Plarmia Hair Serum Treatment contains botanical extracts, emollient oils, and CMADK™ innovative technology. These ingredients reconstruct damaged hair proteins and provide moisture to hair strands. 

Benefits

The Milbon Plarmia Hair Serum Treatment repairs all types of hair damage including dryness, frizziness, brittleness, split ends, and breakage. This product nourishes and hydrates hair strands. It restores hair structure and quality, making hair soft, smooth and shiny. This hair serum treatment can be used as an alternative to hair conditioner. 

Pros 

  • Perfect for all hair types
  • Great for medium to coarse hair textures
  • Lightweight formula
  • Non-greasy feel
  • Excellent customer feedback

Cons

This product is a little bit pricey.

Plarmia Hairserum Oil M-4.1oz
  • Evening Primrose Oil (emollient/moisturizer), Carboxymethyl Disulfide Keratin, aka CMADK (intense repair), and Soybean (antioxidant)


Yanagiya Japanese Hair Growth Tonic

YANAGIYA Hair Medicated Hair Growth Tonic 240ml imported from Japan

The #8 best Japanese hair product on my list is the Yanagiya Hair Growth Tonic. I do not have any issues with hair loss, but I decided to include the Yanagiya Hair Growth Tonic because many of my previous clients suffered from this hair condition. 

Yanagiya has been an authentic and well-established Japanese brand since 1615. Their hair growth tonic contains natural Japanese plant essences. Scientific studies showed that the ingredients help stimulate scalp blood circulation, improve scalp conditions, prevent hair loss, repair hair damage, and promote growth. 

Apply and massage this product on dry scalp and hair twice or thrice daily. 

Special Ingredients

The Yanagiya Hair Growth Tonic contains traditional Japanese plant medicinal remedies that penetrate the scalp and hair to stop hair loss and promote growth. These are Swertia japonica, Ginseng, Sophora flavescens and Rabdosia japonica. 

Pros

  • Safe and effective plant-based formula
  • Manufactured by a well-established and authentic Japanese company since 1615
  • Fragrance-free
  • Excellent customer reviews 

Cons

There is not enough evidence to support that this product reverses hair loss. Results vary from person to person. According to the manufacturer, you may expect visible growth after using 2 to 3 bottles. 

YANAGIYA Hair Medicated Hair Growth Tonic 240ml...
  • With natural organic plants extract and refreshing sensation,


Spice Water Shining Straight Japanese Hair Product

Spice Water Shining Straight (6.76 oz) by Arimino

The #9 best Japanese hair product on my list is the Spice Water Shining Straight. Like I said earlier, my hair is a touch wavy. That is why I love instant hair straightening products. 

The Spice Water Shining Straight is water-based. It does not make my hair extra oily. I apply a pea-sized amount to my dry or damp hair, from mid-length to the ends. The Spice Water Shining Straight removes my hair frizz, controls my flyaways, and tames my split ends instantly. 

It is a great product to carry wherever you go. If you need touch-ups throughout the day, Spice Water Shining Straight can help you make your hair look straight, sleek, bouncy, and shiny. 

Special Ingredients

The Spice Water Shining Straight contains Ziziphus jujuba fruit extract, crataegus cuneata fruit extract, grapefruit extract, apple extract, orange extract, and lemon extract. 

Pros

  • Non-sticky
  • Non-greasy feel
  • Lightweight formula
  • Smells fresh
  • Recommended by professional hairstylists
  • Outstanding customer feedbacks

Cons

There are no cons to this product.

Spice Water Shining Straight (6.76 oz) by Arimino
  • Spice Water Shining Straight (6.76 oz)


& Honey Deep Moisture Japanese Hair Shampoo

& Honey (and Honey) Deep Moist Shampoo 1.0 440ml

The #10 best Japanese hair product on my list is the & Honey Deep Moisture Shampoo. I love this hair cleanser because it is rich in moisture. Whenever my hair gets super dry during summer, I use this product to replenish hydration to my thirsty strands. & Honey Deep Moisture Shampoo has 14% more moisture levels than other hydrating shampoos. It is also free from unwanted chemicals like sulfates, parabens, silicones, and mineral oil. That is why it is perfect for my sensitive skin and scalp.

I notice that this shampoo is very soothing to my dry and itchy scalp. Because it is nourishing, it heals hair breakage like frizz, split ends, and flyaways. I love how & Honey Deep Moisture Shampoo makes my hair feel clean, fresh, fragrant, smooth, silky, and soft after washing.

Special Ingredients

The & Honey Deep Moisture Shampoo contains royal jelly, honey, propolis, golden silk, argan oil, and hyaluronic acid. Studies have shown that these ingredients provide the following hair benefits: 

  • Royal jelly contains proteins, B vitamins, biotin, pantothenic acid, niacin, inositol, and folic acid. Aside from nourishing the scalp and hair, it also supports growth, promotes fuller hair volume, and prevents hair loss.
  • Honey and propolis seal moisture, repair breakage, restore structure and provide hair shine. 
  • Golden silk softens hair and boosts hair elasticity. 
  • Argan oil deeply moisturizes and repairs hair.
  • Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws moisture to the hair. It reduces dryness, frizziness, brittleness, flyaways, and split ends. 

Pros

  • All-natural ingredients
  • Free from sulfates, silicones, paraben, and mineral oil
  • Lathers well
  • Fresh scent
  • Excellent customer reviews

Cons

There are no cones for this product. 

& Honey (and Honey) Deep Moist Shampoo 1.0 440ml
  • Argan oil, honey, royal jelly, propolis, golden silk, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed silk and more


Japanese Hair Products Buying Guide

What is a Japanese hair product?

Simply put, Japanese hair products are hair cleansers, conditioners, serums, oils, masks, and straighteners that use authentic Japanese formulas and are made by Japanese companies.

How does a Japanese hair product work?

Japanese hair products are made of natural ingredients that resolve major hair problems to make hair healthy and look beautiful even without styling. These products repair all types of hair damage including dryness, frizziness, brittleness, split ends, flyaways and breakage. They are also formulated to restore hair structure, strengthen hair strands, improve hair growth, prevent hair loss, stimulate scalp circulation, remove dandruff and soothe itching.

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What is the Best Japanese Hair Product?

The overall best Japanese hair product is none other than the Shiseido Fino Premium Hair Mask. Everyone can include this hair mask in their hair care routine. 

The Shiseido Fino Premium Hair Mask provides salon-grade hair treatment at home. It helps removes hair dryness, frizziness, brittleness, and breakage. This hair mask leaves your hair soft, smooth, shiny, and manageable. 

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Shiseido Fino Premium Touch Hair Mask, 8.11 Ounce
  • This Item is Made in BOTH JAPAN and TAIWAN

Types of Japanese Hair Products 

There are different types of Japanese hair products available in the market today. Some of them are listed below. 

Shampoo and Conditioner

The best Japanese hair products always include shampoos and conditioners. Japanese hair cleansers and conditioners often have a safe and gentle formula. They use all-natural and traditional Japanese ingredients like rice extract, camellia seed oil extract, royal jelly, and honey. These ingredients repair, revitalize, nourish, strengthen, smoothen, soften and shine hair. They also improve scalp circulation, treat dandruff, and soothe itching. Japanese shampoos and conditioners are free from unwanted chemicals like sulfates, paraben, silicones, and mineral oils. 

Hair Mask

Hair masks are among the best Japanese hair products. Japanese hair masks combine ancient Japanese raw materials with today’s most advanced hair care ingredients and technology. These are salon-grade hair treatments that you can use in the comfort of your own home. They deeply penetrate and nourish hair from within. Hair masks leave your hair stronger, smoother, softer, and shinier for a more extended period. 

Leave-in Hair Oil

The best Japanese hair products can never be complete without leave-in hair oil and serums. Leave-in hair oil and serum keep Japanese and Asian women’s hair looking so smooth and silky. These products treat dryness, frizziness, brittleness, split ends, flyaways, and breakage. Leave-in hair oil and serum are so handy that you can apply and reapply them on your hair anywhere and anytime. And they instantly make your hair healthy and beautiful. 

Hair Straightener

Hair straighteners are always on the list of the best Japanese hair products. There are instant hair straighteners like the Spice Water Shining Straight. You can use these after washing, conditioning, and drying your hair. If you are always in a hurry like me, and you do not have time to style your hair, you can apply this type of hair straightener. 

There is also a permanent hair straightener like the Shiseido Crystallizing Straight. It takes time to apply, but it lasts for about eight months. This hair straightener is for you if you have very frizzy and unruly hair and want a total hair transformation.

Hair Growth Tonic

One of the most famous Japanese hair products is the hair growth tonic. This hair growth tonic is usually a concoction of plant essences that stimulate scalp circulation, boost hair growth, reverse hair thinning, and stop hair loss. The Yanagiya Hair Growth Tonic has been the best-selling brand since its establishment in 1615. 

Features to Look for in Japanese Hair Products 

When buying Japanese hair products, it is essential to check the following features. 

Product Type

The product type is the first thing to consider in looking for the best Japanese hair product. Make sure that you know what you need. I described the different product types in the section above. The product types include shampoos, conditioners, leave-in hair oil, hair masks, hair straighteners, and hair growth tonics. 

Product Indication

The next feature to check is the product indication. The product indication states whether the formula is for fine, straight, wavy, curly, or coily hair. It also indicates whether it treats hair breakage, repairs hair damage, improves hair growth, etc. Remember that even if the item claims to be the best Japanese hair product, if it is not suitable for you, it won’t work. 

Ingredients

Do not forget to read and evaluate all the ingredients. Make sure that you are not allergic to anything. Also, check the ingredient list. Please make sure that it matches your needs and preferences. Some would like their hair products to contain all-natural and plant-based ingredients. Others do not want chemicals like sulfates, parabens, and silicones in their Japanese hair products.  

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Common Questions About Best Japanese Hair Products

What oil do the Japanese use for hair?

The most common oil that the Japanese use for their hair is Tsubaki oil or Camellia seed oil. This plant-based oil is rich in Vitamin E, glycerides, and proteins. These nutrients improve hair structure, repair hair damage, and seal hair moisture.

What are the most common ingredients of Japanese hair products?

Most Japanese hair products contain ingredients used since ancient Japanese times. These include rice extract, camellia oil, royal jelly, and honey. All these ingredients are rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that strengthen hair from its core, repair all types of damage, and improve scalp health. They leave hair soft, smooth, silky, and shiny. 

What are the best Japanese shampoos?

When it comes to Japanese shampoo, these are my top picks:

  • Best shampoo overall: Ichikami Shampoo
  • Best shampoo for damaged hair: My Kirei by Kao Shampoo 
  • Best shampoo for dry hair: & Honey Deep Moisture Shampoo

Enjoy Your New Japanese Hair Products 

If you haven’t already, it is time to give the best Japanese hair products listed above a try! They contain natural ingredients used since ancient times. Each product has a gentle and safe formula that makes hair strong, healthy, and naturally beautiful. With these Japanese hair products, your hair can look silky and luscious on its own, even without styling. 

 

 

 

 

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