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Hair Care

Hair care in Japan can be challenging. There is definitely not a lot available for natural hair, and unless you have thick, copious amounts of Asian hair, finding products that work is tough.

However, they do exist and they can be found. Below you can find shampoo, conditioner, styling products, and hair colour that is popular in Japan for a variety of hair types.
Select a category from the left or scroll down to see the whole lineup of the most popular hair care products, with descriptions in English.

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Men's Hair Products



Wax/Pomade


Gatsby Moving Rubber

Gatsby Moving Rubber


Spiky Edge (pink)

-For Very Short and Short hair. Volumizing wax for spiked styles.


Wild Shake (purple)

-For Short and Medium Short hair. Texturizing wax for tousled styles.


Loose Shuffle (orange)

-For Short, Medium Short, and Medium hair. Pomade for relaxed styling of wavy/curly hair.


Airize (green)

-For Medium Short and Medium hair. Volumizing pomade for light, texturized styles.


Cool Wet (blue)

-For Short, Medium Short, and Medium hair. Pomade for beachy, tousled styles.


Grunge Matte (grey)

-For Very Short, Short, and Medium Short hair. Volumizing pomade with a matte finish.



Gatsby Perfect hold

Gatsby Perfect hold

Gatsby Perfect Hold Wax Extra Hard

-For very short hair. Natural style, hard finish wax.


Gatsby Perfect Hold Wax Short Hard

- For short hair. Natural style, hard finish wax.


Uno Hybrid Hard

Uno Hybrid Hard

-Firm hold wax with a natural finish.



Uno Wet Effector

Uno Wet Effector Hybrid Hard

-Medium to Soft hold with a slick finish.



Uno Matte Effector

Uno Matte Effector

-Medium to Firm hold with a matte finish.



Lucido Hair Wax Super Hard

Lucido Hair Wax Super Hard

-Firm hold styling wax



Lucido Volume Powder Wax

Lucido Volume Powder Wax

-Strong hold volumizing wax with a soft-looking finish



Mousse


Gatsby Soft

Gatsby Styling Foam

Gatsby Soft

-Soft hold styling mousse for a natural, soft finish.


Gatsby Hard

-Firm hold styling mousse for a natural yet firm set.


Gatsby Super Hard

-Extra firm hold styling mousse for an all-day strong style.


Gatsby Wet & Hard

-Firm hold styling mousse for a beachy, slightly wet look.



Uno Super Hard Mousse

Uno Super Hard Mousse

-Firm hold styling mousse.



Lucido Hair Foam Super Hard

Lucido Hair Foam Super Hard

-Firm hold styling mousse.



Lucido Volume Powder Foam

Lucido Volume Powder Foam

-Firm hold volumizing mousse with a soft-looking finish.



Gel


Uno Super Hard Gel

Uno Super Hard Gel

-Firm hold styling gel.



Lucido Wax Jelly Super Hard

Lucido Wax Jelly Super Hard

-Firm hold styling gel.



Lucido Wax Jelly Super Volume Up

Lucido Wax Jelly Super Volume Up

-Volumizing styling gel



Lucido Hair Gel Super Hard

Lucido Hair Gel Super Hard

-Firm hold styling gel.



Lucido Water Gloss Hard

Lucido Water Gloss Hard

-Firm hold styling gel with a wet finish.



Hair Spray


Uno Super Hard Hair Spray

Uno Super Hard Hair Spray

-Firm hold hair spray



Lucido Hair Spray Super Hard

Lucido Hair Spray Super Hard

-Firm hold hair spray



Men’s Shampoo & Conditioner


Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner for removing built up styling products and oil


 
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lucidoconditioner

Lucido Medicated Scalp Care Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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Success Shampoo and Conditioner



 

Volumizing Shampoo for Fine, Thin, and Thinning Hair


 
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maroconditioner

Maro Volume Up Shampoo and Conditioner



Shampoo/Conditioner Combo


 
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Success 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner



Dandruff Control


 
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H&S (Head & Shoulders) Volume Up Series Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment

- For treatment of dandruff and itching. Volumizing products for fine, thin, and thinning hair


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H&S (Head & Shoulders) Scalp Ex Series Shampoo and Conditioner

- For treatment of dandruff and itching associated with very oily scalp


Men’s hair colour


 
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Liese Prettia Foam Colour

- Full range of colours that lighten your hair and then deposit colour. This colour is not designed to darken light hair. It is designed to lighten and colour darker hair.


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Gatsby Foam Colour

Full range of colours that lighten your hair and then deposit colour. This colour is not designed to darken light hair. It is designed to lighten and colour darker hair.


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Men’s Bigen

- This brand makes grey-cover natural hair colours in a range of browns and blacks.



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Salon de Pro

- This brand makes grey-cover natural hair colours in a range of browns and blacks.



Women's Hair Products



Aerosol ->Scented


Cape Soft

Cape Soft

Hold: Level 1


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Light hold hair spray.

Cape Natural

Cape Natural

Hold: Level 2


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Medium hold hair spray.

Cape Super Hard

Cape Super Hard

Hold level: 3


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Firm hold hair spray

Cape 3D Extra

Cape 3D Extra

Hold: Level 4


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Strong hold hair spray.

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VO5 Super Keep Extra Hard

2 scents available: Fresh Bouquet and Pearl Rose


Very Strong hold hair spray

Aerosol -> Unscented


Cape Natural Unscented

Cape Natural Unscented

Hold: Level 2


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Medium hold hair spray.

Cape Super Hard Unscented

Cape Super Hard Unscented

Hold level: 3


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Firm hold hair spray

Cape 3D Extra Unscented

Cape 3D Extra Unscented

Hold: Level 4


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Strong hold hair spray.

Non-aerosol hair sprays


Cape Keep Water Natural

Cape Keep Water Natural

Hold level: 2


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Medium hold pump hair spray.

Cape Keep Water Hard

Cape Keep Water Hard

Hold level: 3


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Firm hold pump hair spray.

Women’s Shampoo & Conditioner


Moisturizing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment for Dry, Brittle Hair


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asience_moisturerich_conditioner

Asience Moisture Rich Shampoo, Conditioner



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dove_moisturecare_cond

Dove Moisture Care Shampoo and Conditioner



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Essential Smooth Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner



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Essential Silky Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner



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Shiseido Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Moist Balance Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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Herbal Essences Touchable Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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herbalconditioner

Herbal Essences Touchable Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner



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Herbal Essences Green Garden Collection Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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ichikamimoothconditioner

Ichikami Smooth Care Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner



Damage Repair Shampoo for Chemical and Heat Damaged Hair


 
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Dove Damage Care Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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tsubaki_smoothdamagecare_cond

Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo and Conditioner



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tsubaki_smoothdamagecare_cond

Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Smooth Damage Care Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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modshair_hotcare_conditioner

Mod’s Hair Hot Care Shampoo and Conditioner



Volumizing Shampoo for Fine, Thin, and Thinning Hair


 
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asience_volumerich_conditioner

Asience Volume Rich Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment



 
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dove_volumecare_cond

Dove Volume Care Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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Essential Volume Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner



 
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Shiseido Tsubaki Volume Touch Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment



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ichikamifunwariconditioner

Ichikami Volume Care Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner



 

Curl/Wave Control Shampoo for Unruly and Difficult Hair


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dove_curlcare_cond

Dove Curl Care Shampoo and Conditioner



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herbal_touchablemoist_cond

Herbal Essences Touchable Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner



Dandruff Control


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handsuruouconditioner

H&S (Head & Shoulders) Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

 

- For treating itching and dandruff associated with dry scalp


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handssukkiriconditioner

H&S (Head & Shoulders) Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner

 

- For treating itching and dandruff associated with oil-congested scalp


Non-Silicone Shampoos & Conditioners


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Classic Herbal Essences (yellow) Shampoo and Conditioner

 

- For soft, full hair


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Classic Herbal Essences (pink) Shampoo and Conditioner

 

- For hydrated hair


Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner for removing built up styling products


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Mod’s Hair Aqua Clear Shampoo and Conditioner

 
 

Women’s hair colour


Liese Prettia Foam Colour

Liese Prettia Foam Colour


This product is designed to lighten and then deposit. It is made for dark hair. If you want to go from a darker colour to one of the colours on this list, simply use the product without buying bleach or peroxide separately.
*This product is not designed to deposit only and is not for use on hair that is lighter than the target colour.

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1. Jewel Peach 2. Pink Berry 3. Elegant Peach 4. Rose Tea Brown 5.Irish Brown 6. Cocoa Brown 7. Natural Mocha 8. Milk Tea Brown 9. Marshmallow Brown 10. Glossy Brown
11. Royal Brown 12. Dark Chocolat 13. Royal Chocolat 14. Milky Beige 15. French Beige 16. Candy Beige 17. Cool Ash 18. Natural Ash 19. British Ash


Liese Prettia Colour Return


This colour is deposit only and is designed to darken lighter hair. It comes in two colours: Natural brown and Natural Black. There is also a temporary Natural Black available.
*This product is designed to deposit only and is for use on hair that is lighter than the target colour.

Natural Brown hair colour

Natural Brown hair colour

Natural Black hair colour

Natural Black hair colour

Natural Brown hair colour

 Natural Black temporary hair colour

Cielo Hair Colour

Cielo Hair Colour


This brand provides a line of grey-cover hair colours. Most of their products are no-mix or mess-free mix. The following link provides English instructions and precautions on each product line, as well as a colour guide.
Colour guide: http://www.cielo.jp/global/en/index.html

Japanese source:http://www.cielo.jp/lineup/


Bigen Hair Colour

Bigen Hair Colour


This brand provides a line of grey-cover hair colours. Most of their products are no-mix or mess-free mix. The following link provides English instructions and precautions on each product line, as well as a colour guide.
Colour guide: http://www.bigen.jp/global/en/

Japanese source:http://www.bigen.jp/catalog/bigen_color.html

Bleach


Beauteen Base Up Bleach

Beauteen Base Up Bleach


This is a standard hair bleaching product.
The following link provides instructions, colour guide, and precautions in English.
Bleach guide: http://www.beauteen.jp/global/en/bleach/


Fresh Light Bleach

Fresh Light Bleach


This is a standard hair bleaching product.

Japanese source: http://schwarzkopf-henkel.jp/brand/freshlight/bleach

Fresh Light Bleach instruction

Unisex shampoo & Conditioner



Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner for removing built up styling products and oil


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merit_regular_conditioner

Merit Shampoo and Conditioner



Non-silicone


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merit_pyuanmoist_cond

Merit Pyuan Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

- Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for dry hair



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merit_pyuanrefresh_cond

Merit Pyuan Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner

- Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner hair



Shampoo/Conditioner Combo


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Merit 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner



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Merit 2-in-1 Mint Shampoo & Conditioner



Additive-free


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miyoshishampoo

Miyoshi Additive-free Soap Shampoo and Conditioner

- Shampoo contains only water and potassium soap base

- Conditioner contains only water, citric acid, and sodium citrate



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