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Thursday 19 December 2019

My bleached hair care routine in Japan (updated)

Girl with bleached silver hair in front of shrine lanterns

Here’s an update on the post I made 3 years ago about caring for my bleached hair care in Japan. I wasn’t super adventurous and actually brought lots from the UK this time because I was worried about finding affordable Japanese equivalents, but I managed and here we are! 
(Also I am trying to be minimal and low maintenance but like I have 4 shampoos and they are all different and I use them all ok!?? ) So here are all the products I tried this year, along with mini reviews of how I got on with stuff. Also sorry, I have lost the photos I took of these products.... 

Essentials shampoo// Basic, does the job, not too drying. Also definitely makes your hair tangle less

Essentials 30 second mask// they seem to not sell the other essentials mask I used to use which is a huge shame as that one was super rich. This one is still a lifesaver though. It’s cheap enough that you can use tonnes and not feel too guilty :)

Essentials cc oil// heat protectant and light hair oil. Does the job and can't complain, although before this I had been using tresemme heat defence and also the ordinary’s argan oil which I much preferred the texture of tbh. 

Calatas sv shampoo// very greeny blue. Not a huge fan especially as it was pretty expensive- I'd try the pr (purple) one maaaybe but I'm overall a bit disappointed

Bleach smoky shampoo// bae. I had the Bleach silver shampoo with me too until it ran out. Yes you’re talking to someone who literally brought 3 different shampoos with them  to Japan with only 23 kgs of hold luggage .... priorities... if I think about it I definitely took nearly a kilo of shampoo... oops...

Toni and guy clarifying shampoo// brought a teeny bit with me for emergencies in a little travel bottle! (Ok, apparently I brought 4 shampoos with me...) 

Philip kingsley elasticiser// I got this as a present, and it's amazing. Love this stuff. Bleached hair pals, give it a try because it's a life saver if your hair is super damaged like mine. It restores a bit of the strength back and stops hair breaking off so much. 

Vivid high tone bleach// this is the best bleach I’ve tried in Japan, it comes in a box with enough to do your roots 1 1/2 times and you can get it in donki for about 1000 yen! V pleased with this:) 

Also if you have any Japanese product recommendations for bleached hair, especially if it’s a good hair mask, I’d looove to know!!
-Amy xoxo

Check out my uk bleached hair care routine too ✨✨


  1. Hi, fellow bleacher in Japan here, so far I’ve been getting it done at a salon but I’m not really happy with the results (or the cost) so looking into home bleaching. I know you’re currently not in Japan but can you remember if it was the ‘Vivid Whip High Bleach’ that you used? How does it compare to the Bleach London kit? Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura, I've tried a few bleach kits in Japan- I tried the Palty bleach and then Gatsby EX but I did eventually use the Vivid Whip High Bleach kit and that was the one I ended up using consistently last time I was in Japan as it's more cost effective I think. I had pretty good results and I kept repurchasing it but I do prefer the Bleach London because I don't think the vivid whip lifts as much in one go. I'm not sure you can get the Bleach London kit in Japan though (?) and the Vivid Whip one is pretty good all considered. I hope that helps! Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions :)

    2. Thanks so much! I ordered the rose toner and conditioner and the reincarnation mask from Bleach London after reading your blog and seeing how great your hair looked, and I absolutely love it, but they can’t send the bleach kits to Japan so I’ll try the Vivid Whip and hope for the best!

    3. Awwh I'm so glad you like the Bleach bits and best of luck with the Vivid Whip!


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