Venturing Into THREE Scalp & Hair Treatment

So, if you haven’t read the story, I suggest you do that first. The post will explain a little bit about my condition and the struggle I’m in.

When I was in Japan not too long ago (see the skincare I brought with me), I made it a mission to find different hair products that might help me. I bought several items from one of my favorite Japanese brands, THREE. I went to the flagship store in Tokyo where I knew I’d get the full experience. The sales lady who served me was extremely kind. She tried to help me as much as she can despite the language barrier. She knew I was a foreigner and she offered me an iPad with THREE catalog in English for me to look at. That definitely saved time rather than me trying to search via my small-screened iPhone.

So I took her kind gesture by asking her several questions, using my best ability to convey. I scratched my head endlessly; an effort to show her that my scalp is itchy. She noted it and from there forward she can give her opinion whether the particular product I pointed out might suit me or not. Keyword: gesture. Those years in drama classes finally paid off.

I’ve been using these products ever since I got back to Jakarta (around 6 weeks now) and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

Let’s start with the first one.


THREE Scalp & Hair Cleansing Oil AC.

Cleansing oil for the scalp? You read that right. When I think of it, it makes sense. Scalp is considered skin with pores. A cleansing oil will help to remove the excess sebum that blocked the pores, prepping the skin for the next cleansing step, in this case, a shampoo. So essentially, I’m doing a double cleansing for the scalp. YES, PLEASE.

There are two types of cleansing oil that THREE offers. One from the AC line, the other is Balancing line. I picked the AC one after reading the catalog that this particular line is targeted more for the health of the scalp, while Balancing is more for damaged hair. Since my main focus is the scalp, AC it is.

The cleansing oil has a blend of essential oils, including Eucalyptus radiata and Tea Tree. They’re both usually handy to purify the skin and improving circulation. Can I just get on about how much I adore the scent! It’s an instant love at first whiff. Herbal and very spa-like. Texture wise, it looks like a regular cleansing oil. The consistency is not too viscous.

Just like with any cleansing oil, I use it on dry hair, dividing it into sections (just as directed in the little booklet inside the box and catalog). Massage it gently, making sure I get the whole scalp covered. I concentrated on the hot spots. I left it for a few minutes, enjoy the scent before going into the shower and get the hair rinsed with the shampoo. When touched with water, it doesn’t turn milky or anything like that. It washes off just as easy though.

For starters, the sales lady advised to use it everyday for one week then once-a-week afterwards. I wash my hair every other day, so I did this for 2 weeks and decided to lessen the frequency. Reason why is it really does its job very well and my scalp feels so much better already. Less blemishes. I don’t want to over-cleanse it, so to speak. Nowadays, I use it at maximum twice a week. This way I won’t run out of the cleansing oil too fast as well.


THREE Scalp & Hair Reinforcing Shampoo.

Initially, I was going to get the shampoo from the AC line as well. But it was out stock and the sales lady said (to my understanding) that the product is being discontinued and replaced by the new series (Refining and Reinforcing line) – I can’t know for sure. Anyway, I settled for the Reinforcing Shampoo as the product description seems to be more fitting. Something along the line of preventing hair loss, flat hair and creating a healthy scalp environment.

Now the catch is, I don’t know whether this shampoo is sulfate-free or not. I tried to translate these particular ingredients into Japanese and I couldn’t find them printed on the box. I emailed the brand for confirmation but haven’t got any response yet. However, THREE is one of the “cleaner” brands in Japan, proud themselves in using natural and certified organic ingredients in their products.

That being said, this shampoo definitely doesn’t strip my scalp like other shampoos I used previously. Of course some of the natural oils still get washed off; we can’t just choose to remove the dirt without having some moisture sacrificed. But the level of “stripped” here is far, far less. I don’t end up scratching my head the very same day after I wash my hair.

I use a little bit less than a pump and it’s surprisingly more than enough to cover the entire head. It foams up nicely but not overwhelming like others. I usually just do one wash and that’s it. There’s also a slight cooling sensation on the scalp, which I’m guessing comes from Eucalyptus radiata oil. And that distinguishable herbal, spa-like scent charges up the mood during my shower time. It feels so good.


THREE Scalp & Hair Reinforcing Tonic Water.

I don’t know whether it was the-spur-of-a-moment thing, I decided to get the Tonic Water as well. I never use a one before. Finding the right shampoo is hard enough and I didn’t think it’s wise to get into other products while one issue hasn’t been solved yet. But the idea of nourishing the scalp sounds like it’s the perfect way to complete the treatment, or shall I say, the regime.

Plus, hello, I was in Japan and this is not available yet in Jakarta.

I didn’t start using the Tonic Water after 2 weeks going in with the “double cleansing” routine as I want to see the results of those two products first. Once I saw it’s doing okay, it’s a go sign for me. I use this after shampoo, towel dried hair. Shake the bottle first. I sectioned the hair and spritz it directly to the scalp. Again, I concentrated on the hot spots. Then massage the scalp gently and really work it in. There’s that familiar cooling yet warming sensation when I do this. I believe the massage improves the blood circulation, helping the product to penetrate better. Let it absorb then I can either let the hair air-dry or use a help of a hair dryer if I’m going to style my hair. The spa-like scent continues throughout this treatment. I just lo-lo-love.

I personally feel adding the Tonic Water does exactly what I pictured in my mind. It adds vitamins and nutrition back into the scalp after cleansing. The skincare logic applies just as well to the scalp.


After doing this set of treatment for one month, I notice a huge improvement in my scalp. First off, I don’t scratch my head as much, which could only mean that the treatment has lessened the itch and inflammations. As for the blemishes, they didn’t disappear in one night. The process is gradual with some still showed up. But, the newer blemishes cleared and dried up a lot faster.

What I have learned so far is to create beautiful hair, it starts with a healthy scalp. I have less fall outs and less breakage. I’m very happy with how things are now. It’s a far cry from what I had to endured previously for months. It feels beyond great that I don’t need to deal with flake offs and blood on my fingers every time I decided to relieve an itch.

I have a theory that my scalp might’ve been dehydrated and therefore it got oily fast. Usually, my hair became limp a day after shampoo. And there’s that greasy feeling that made me uneasy and just want to wash it off. With this routine, I can see my hair didn’t do that. By any means, the hair doesn’t look as good as day one, but it doesn’t look flat either. I can still style it and make it through the second day.

Unfortunately, THREE Scalp & Hair products aren’t available yet in Jakarta. *zonk* But I’m not too concerned as there’s always a way to get them again when I need to.


  1. Liat ini jadi inget kebodohan aku yg menganggap kamu cuci rambut pake THREE make up cleansing oil xD
    Review nya as always selalu detailed dan tempting Tik :-D


  2. Kulit kepalaku gampang gatal dan sering muncul those tiny red bumps. Pakai shampoo dari resep dokter, kondisi kulit kepala jadi lebih baik tapi rambutnya jadi kering banget. akhirnya coba shampoo Three yg line AC, kondisi kulit kepala jadi lebih baik daripada pakai shampoo drugstore atau dari merk organik lokal tapi kalo dibandingkan kondisi kulit kepala lebih baik pakai yang dokter sih.
    Tapi, aku merasa shampoo Three ini bikin rambutku jauh terlihat lebih sehat dibanding shampoo-shampoo yang pernah aku pakai, ga flat sama sekali.. jadi sekarang aku selalu pakai ini. Setelah baca review ini aku jadi tertarik banget sama cleansing oilnya, pengen tau kalo dikombinasi dengan shampoonya kira-kira hasilnya lebih wow gak ya..

    Dan, aku pernah email Three tanya tentang ingredients juga ga dibalas.. tapi sekarang halaman ingredients di web nya ada versi bahasa inggris sih

    well, commentnya jadi panjang banget
    Makasih reviewnya ya Tika


    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for sharing your experience! Aku masi penasaran sama Shampoo AC nya. Sayang waktu itu gak sempat mampir ke counter yang lain. Maybe someday I’ll try it.

      Yes, they list the ingredients in English on their website, but it’s not as complete as the one printed on the box. Makanya aku email, tapi belum dibalas.

      If you decide to try the cleansing oil, please do let me know how you like it ya :)


  3. Ugh I think we have the same issue! I have dermatitis sebborhoic, so my hair scalp is constantly annoying. Pantene is the worst. Ketoconazole shampoo (can be purchased in pharmacies) helps a lot. Now I’m using TBS rainforest line. With occasional ketoconazole oil (can also be purchased in pharmacies). Will try to get my hands on these!


    1. Wow good on you on having your condition diagnosed! Thanks for the heads up on Ketoconazole shampoo.

      I’ve heard good things about TBS Rainforest line. I actually recommend them to friends who are avoiding SLS/SLES in their shampoo even though I never try the products myself. It’s easy to find, that’s for sure.


  4. Hi Kae!

    Did you ever get a reply from THREE about whether or not the shampoo has SLS? I’m also trying to find out :)

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Nayoung,

      No, I haven’t. But I will try to contact them again. I wish I have a Japanese friend to translate these for me :p

      I’m pretty sure the shampoo doesn’t have SLS though. It feels very different than other (SLS) shampoos I’ve tried.

      Would you mind email the brand as well? I figure if a few of us asking the same thing, they’re bound to answer it sooner than later :D


  5. Hi Kak,

    Aku punya masalah rambut yang sama, kulit kepala gatal, merah2 (meskipun ga sampai benjol), rambut gampang lepek dan kulit kepala mengelupas.

    Sampai aku baca post ini, jadi pengen coba produknya. Kebetulan, minggu lalu orang tua aku ke Jepang, dan ternyata dapat, jodoh kali ya. Meskipun agak kaget, cleansing oil buat rambut 500rb sendiri. :(

    Awalnya, salesnya bilang pakai 3x seminggu saja, trus aku baca disini kakak direkomendasikan setiap hari seminggu pertama, agak bingung juga sih. Tapi akhirnya aku coba tiap hari dulu (sempat bolong sehari). Aku beli yang Cleansing Oil Refining, dapat sample shampoo & conditioner.

    So far, setelah 4 hari pakai, terutama yang di area bermasalah, masih terasa gatal2 sih, apa memang begitu ya? Masih proses mungkin..
    Tapi yang jelas sih, rambut jadi ga gampang lepek. Aku juga “hobi” keramas tiap hari, karena kalo udah gatal dan kulit kepala mengelupas, langsung oily kulit kepalanya.

    Semoga nanti progressnya akan semakin baik ya. Terima kasih udah sharing tentang produk ini. *ternyata aku ga sendiri*
    Sorry for the long comment :)


    1. Hi Nina,

      Walaupun direkomendasikan untuk pakai everyday for one week, I didn’t do it that way. As I wrote above, I wash my hair every other day and so I used it every time I wash my hair for two weeks time.

      Sebisa mungkin jangan keramas tiap hari ya, yang ada kulit kepalamu makin kering nantinya. Just like the skin, over-cleansing is not a good thing.

      Btw, kamu beli yang Cleansing Oil Refining Ini treatment oil kan, semacam leave-in treatment and not a cleansing oil from what I read, atau kamu salah tulis aja? The Refining line itself is for damaged hair from coloring and such. The Reinforcing line is catered more for the health of the scalp.


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