A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be treated to one of the new Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremonies. It has taken me some time to come and write this review as I have been using the products at home and wanted to give a complete rundown of both the treatment and the at home products.
We are based in SA and the salon for the service was Boris the Cuttery in Norwood. This is a popular little salon and was buzzing with friendly staff and customers. Damien Rinaldo and Anne-Marie Garreffa are the owners of the salon and Damien has done the hair of some of the hottest celebs including Jen Hawkins, Megan Gale and Jessica Hart. I had never ventured down to Norwood to Boris The Cuttery before but would definitely go back.
Mark Rippon is the Australian Artistic Master for Shu Uemura hair in Australia, and worked his magic on my hair…I think I’m in love with this man (and so is my hair). He was visiting our lovely city for a short stay to share this new series of treatments, I had the full 50 minute Deep Ceremony which I will be discussing in this review but please note only the shorter ceremonies are available at Boris the Cuttery.
One word to describe the ceremony would be amazing. I’m not a girl who likes to go to a hairdresser but the prize for me is always the head massage. Imagine that scalp massage more intense and thorough and complemented by professional quality products and a hand massage while your masque is working. This is what I call heaven.
The first product Mark used on my hair was the Essential Drops. I feel a little embarrassed about the condition of my hair prior to the treatment but in hindsight that is how I know it was such a success. The drops were due to me having dry ends but an oily scalp, and the result was a cleaner more balanced scalp. I definitely learned a thing or two about my hair and how to care for it.
I need to emphasize once again the Shiatsu-inspired massage! From the first step of the ceremony I was extremely relaxed and there was not a single moment where I didn’t enjoy this experience. The process included products all handpicked and matched to my hair type including cleanser, masque and styling products. After the 50 minutes and a blowdry my hair was completely transformed. I did not truly recognise it, I walked in with an oily scalp and dry ends and walked out of Boris The Cuttery with bouncy, soft, light, clean hair – even the colour looked different. There was a candle burning and I was swept away to another world, all while sitting in a cosy Adelaide salon.
The beauty about these treatments is that you can use the exact same products at home. The Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Silk Bloom Restorative Conditioner and Satin Design make up my new hair washing routine and the Volume Maker is definitely worth checking out for a little va-va voom. It is all very well to use professional hair products – but when you are picking them off a shelf you don’t get the full benefit as you would with a professional expertly customising your routine for you.
Once again…AMAZING! An experience I will never forget and will be going back for more. Gift vouchers are available and I would choose this over your traditional massage gift as something extra special.
You can read more about the Shu Uemera Art of Hair Ceremonies here: http://www.shuuemuraartofhair.com/_en/_ww/ceremony.aspx
Boris the Cuttery is located at 118, The Parade, Norwood / 8331 1666
Ceremonies available, check your local participating salon for more details and pricing:
10’ CEREMONY MOMENT
SHIATSU INSPIRED SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER AND ESSENCE ABSOLUE
15’CLEANSING REVIVAL CEREMONY
ESSENTIAL SCALP DROPS, SHIATSU INSPIRED SHAMPOO,
CONDITIONER AND ESSENCE ABSOLUE
20’ SHADES REVIVING CEREMONY
SHIATSU INSPIRED SHAMPOO, COLOR LUSTRE AND ESSENCE ABSOLUE
50’ DEEP CEREMONY
ESSENTIAL SCALP DROPS, SHIATSU INSPIRED SHAMPOO, TREATMENT, ESSENCE ABSOLUE AND UPPER BODY MASSAGE