The ultimate Shiny Hair kit. We asked Takamichi about the best practice for shiny hair and created a kit following his advice....
Follow the guide!
Cleansing: Start with double shampooing using the size of a coin each time. (The biggest mistake we all make, according to Takamichi, is using too much shampoo). The first wash removes excess dirt and grime, and the second is deep cleaning. Rub the shampoo in your hand and run them through your hair. There won't be too many suds in the first wash. The second shampoo will allow you to go more in detail, in contact with the roots, and create a real lather. Washing every two or three days is optimal for most hair types. If you wash every day, use less shampoo or just wet hair and use conditioner.
Conditioning: Getting shiny hair comes down to the moment of application of the conditioner and getting in tune with your hair. Those with fine hair may not want to use it at all, while others may only want to apply it to the ends or put it everywhere for particularly dry or coarse hair. If you have really thick hair, don't be afraid to put on a lot. But here is the best salon tip to replicate at home: after the shampoo, be sure to wring the hair well with a towel (and not just between your hands) to remove all the excess water. The conditioner will penetrate much more deeply, and its action will immediately increase tenfold. For extra shiny hair, rinse with cold water.
Drying: It is better to dry your hair with a hair dryer than to let it air dry. The reason is that the hair swells under the effect of humidity and is 17 times more sensitive than when it is dry. Start to dry it with a microfiber towel, then blowdry at low temperature.
And never, ever go to bed with wet hair!
The kit includes:
1x TAKAMICHI Shampoo ICHI.1
Nourishing and hydrating shampoo with camellia seed oil. Pressed from the flower's seeds native to Ōshima Island, camellia oil is a powerful natural workhorse brimming with skin-boosting antioxidants and fatty acids Omega-3, 6, and 9. It strengthens locks, provides a lustrous shine, and hydrates without weighing hair down.
12 Fl oz - 355 ml
1x TAKAMICHI Conditioner ICHI.1
To protect and strengthen hair and scalp. Because sage has anti-inflammatory, purifying, and calming properties, it's especially well-suited for sensitive and irritated scalps. Sage also inhibits the overproduction of sebum and thus complements camellia oil beautifully. Together, these two ingredients leave all types of hair and scalp healthy and balanced. 1
2 Fl oz - 355 ml
And choose between 1x AQUIS Rapid Hair Wrap Pink or 1x Aquid Hair Towel Grey
A hair-drying tool engineered to strengthen hair while it dries. Functional design covers every routine from air-drying to plopping to full towel coverage—without the damage, frizz, or bulky towel you're used to.
This super-light and comfortable hair towel reduces hair drying time by 50 percent, making hair healthier-looking with vibrant color.
Designed with AQUITEX® technology—made from ultrafine fibers split into strands thinner than silk, this hair tool won't grab hair cuticles like a regular bath towel.
Top: bergamot, neroli, petitgrain
Middle: aquatic, orange flower, pepper
Base: cedarwood, musky, ambery
After 20 years of working with his clients, understanding their needs, and naturally touching their hair, Takamichi wanted to help them clear through the clutter and simplify their regimens. It took him four years to develop his line of well-crafted, everyday essentials. Featuring wildcrafted extracts created by ultrasound extraction – which yields purer and more potent benefits than steam distillation.
Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl
Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Sea Salt (Maris
Sal), Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.
Not used in the formula as such but naturally present in the
essential oils used in the formula: Hexyl Cinnamal, d-Limonene,
Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Farnesol.
Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis
(Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis
(Sweet Almond) Oil, Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate,
Fragrance (Parfum) Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citric Acid, Ceteareth-20,
Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate
Not used in the formula as such but naturally present in the essential oils used
in the formula: Hexyl Cinnamal, d-Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral,
Known by New Yorkers who value individualistic, precise cuts and styling, Takamichi Saeki and the team at Takamichi HAIR have a top-performance salon showcasing the ultimate expression of Takamichi's style and vision. Takamichi opened his eponymous salon in 1999, located at 68 East 1st Street, on the corner of 1st Avenue. With a growing, loyal following, Takamichi moved the salon in 2005 to a loft at 35 Great Jones Street. In Fall 2011, Takamichi moved to 263 Bowery, 2nd floor, a modern, luxurious space designed by architect Sandra van Rolleghem and featuring a mural by Barcelona-born acclaimed artist Santi Moix.
Takamichi Saeki began his creative career as the Assistant Director of the ISE Cultural Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Soho that supports artists and scholars whose work promotes Japanese aesthetics and culture. In 1991, Takamichi opened his gallery, Salon de Fleurs, partnering with a friend. It was this experience with understanding form and composition that helped to define Takamichi as a hairstylist. He began this second career at Siren, the Nolita salon that developed a cult following in the 1990s when Andre Balazs and John Cale were regulars.
With his line of products, Takamichi's goal is simple. After 20 years of working with his clients, understanding their needs, and naturally touching their hair, he wanted to help them clear through the clutter and simplify their regimens. His products are timeless, well-crafted, everyday essentials that not only ensure
good grooming now – but for years to come.