Review – Kracie Ichikami Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner

And here we have another exercise in me not know what the crap I’m talking about: hair care reviews! Thanks for putting up with my self indulgence here.

I’ve been eyeing the Ichikami lines of hair products for I don’t know how long. I wanted to start out with one of their normal shampoo/conditioner pairs, and I had originally chosen the moisturizing line in the orange bottles. I changed my mind because my hair is very fine and gets weighed down extremely easily, so I switched to the volumizing/revitalizing line to make sure I didn’t end up with flat-looking hair.

Kracie Ichikami Conditioner Label

Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.

What is it?

The Kracie Ichikami Revitalizing Shampoo & Conditioner are lightweight hair cleansers made to moisturize and repair damage hair while retaining volume and lift. They should be used in the bath/shower, with shampoo lathered and rinsed, followed by conditioner massaged in and rinsed out.

  • Size: 480mL
  • Price: $20.35 CAD each, including shipping, from eBay
  • pH: both at ~5.5
  • Texture: Shampoo is a runny cream-gel with an off-white pearlescent sheen. Conditioner is a pale cream-colored lotion
  • Scent: Pomegranate and cherry blossom
  • Packaging: Large pink pump bottles
  • Longevity: ~8 months at <1 pump/day

ichikami volumizing shampoo 4

Ingredients and pH

Shampoo:

Water, TEA-Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Palm Kernelamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide Methyl MEA, Sodium Lauroyl Methylaminopropionate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamide MEA, Alcohol, Fragrance, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Citric Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-7, Rice Germ Oil, Rice Ferment Filtrate, Phytic Acid, Caramel, Inositol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Camellia Japonica (Camellia) Seed Oil, Dextrin, Methylparaben, Glycine Soja (Wild Soybean) Seed Extract, Prunus Yedoensis (Yoshino Cherry) Leaf Extract, Belamcanda Chinensis (Blackberry Lily) Root Extract, Propylparaben, Saccharomyces/Rice Bran Ferment Filtrate Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Vigna Angularis (Red Mung Bean) Seed Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Moutan Peony) Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Pericarp Extract, Sapindus Mukorossi (Indian Soapberry) Peel Extract.

Conditioner:

Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Fragrance, Paraffin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Behenyl PG Trimonium Chloride, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Bis-Isobutyl PEG-14/Amodimethicone Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Steartrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Caramel, Laureth-4, Citric Acid, Laureth-23, Lactic Acid, PEG-55 Stearate, Rice Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Rice Extract, Inositol, Camellia Japonica (Camellia) Seed Extract, Dextrin, Glycine Soja (Wild Soybean) Seed Extract, Prunus Yedoensis (Yoshino Cherry) Leaf Extract, Belamcanda Chinensis (Blackberry Lily) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Saccharomyces/Rice Bran Ferment Filtrate Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Moutan Peony) Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Pericarp Extract.

Shampoo CosDNA. Butylene glycol [1] flags for comedogenicity. Conditioner CosDNA. Stearyl alcohol [2], dimethicone [1], butylene glycol [1], laureth-4 [5], laureth-23 [3], and tocopherol [2] flag for comedogenicity. Stearyl alcohol [2], laureth-4 [4], and tocopherol [2] flag for irritation.

In both products, fragrance is extremely high up in the list. Take note if you are sensitive to any kind of fragrance. I’ll talk more about my experience with it below.

I pH-tested both products since they are both technically cleansing types. Both of them came out to around a 5.5, which is the ideal pH for skin function.

ichikami volumizing shampoo 6

Experience

I have to say that I am completely in love with using pump bottles in the shower. These bottles are huge and I’m so glad I don’t have to pick up and/or squeeze something to dispense anything. I’ve just parked them on the edge of my bathtub and they stay there. I think I want all my shower products to have pumps.

One thing that threw me off with the packaging is the colors of the respective shampoo/conditioner bottles. The saturated magenta bottle is the conditioner while the lighter, soft pink bottle is the shampoo. I don’t know if that’s a common thing with Japanese hair care, but it’s usually the other way around with Western products: the shampoo is the saturated color and the conditioner is the lighter, more pale color. That took a tiny bit of getting used to.

ichikami volumizing shampoo 5

The important thing to note about Ichikami shampoos and conditioners is that they are most definitely very fragranced. It’s not fragranced in the way that it will smack you in the face or choke you out, though. The scent just lingers for a very, very long time. The first time I used the conditioner, I was catching wafts of it for hours after I had gotten out of the shower, and my hair is a very short pixie cut. If you have longer hair, I can only imagine how much stronger it would be. I actually really enjoy the scent of this duo, though: it’s supposed to be pomegranate and cherry blossom, I think. It ends up smelling quite fresh and fruity. So I don’t personally mind the fragrance, and I got used to it very quickly. But if you are sensitive to fragrance, or even have doubts about how you might handle the scent, I think you should probably give these hair products a pass.

Kracie Ichikami Conditioner Swatch

Results

As I’ve noted many a time, my biggest concern with my hair is not losing volume. My strands are very fine and get weighed down, so any amount of product hanging around can have the tendency to make my hair look greasy. I’m happy to report I have experienced no negative effect from this shampoo/conditioner combo. Nothing has clung to my scalp or roots, and my hair is cleaned effectively without getting brittle or dry.

These haven’t been amazingly moisturizing for my scalp, which is pretty much what I expected since these are specifically not from the moisturizing line. I have some issues with scalp dryness and itchiness, as well as some pimple-like bumps that come and go (which I highly suspect are due to a demodex infestation, much like my facial rosacea bumps). The Ichikami Revitalizing shampoo and conditioner have done nothing to address any of that.

ichikami volumizing shampoo 2

Would I Repurchase?

I do really enjoy using this shampoo and conditioner. The pump bottles and fresh scent do a huge amount to bring joy to the experience of using them. They don’t address my scalp issues, but that’s just a net change of zero, and I wasn’t expecting them to help those issues anyway.

Right now I’m looking at more options for hair care than just shampoo/conditioner, so I won’t be looking to replace these at the moment. I’m thinking I’ll be repurchasing them for the time being until I feel compelled to try out some other hair cleansers some time next year.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s