Meet the Master Chef of Shampoo!

  • Holly Helt

When foreigners move to Japan a peculiar thing happens. No matter how much we fuss, nearly every day is a bad hair day. Silky smooth Japanese hair envy is almost a given when you move here.

So it came as a huge surprise that Hiromi Tsuchiya, my UK-trained, award-winning hairdresser, managed to tame my mane in less than a month and it keeps getting healthier! I naturally assumed it was her salon water or the type of coloring she used. But no…

You see, Hiromi is a master chef of shampoo! Why chef? Because the line she created is made with organic, locally grown “food”. 

By paying attention to the power of traditional Japanese grains, fruits and plants, including MATCHA, and abstaining from oil-related surfactants, silicon, synthetic fragrances, colorings, and preservatives, Hiromi was able to create haircare designed to put moisture and shine back into your hair to tame the frizzes, give vavoom to limp hair, and make curls work! The longer you use it, the healthier your hair becomes because it heals from the inside out. Most products today mask your hair with follicle-clogging chemicals for instant results that cause massive damage to your hair and scalp. 

Following the birth of her daughter, Hiromi searched in vain for a safe and gentle shampoo for her baby. None that she could find in the professional salon industry stood up to her scrutiny so she did what every mother would do, and made her own! After more than three years of experimenting with the formula and researching the power of food, she achieved the perfect recipe and KOKUU was born.

So what does haircare have to do with Chiki Tea?! Besides taming our manes with this incredible matcha haircare line, we want to help KOKUU reach folks in the west. You see, KOKUU is only available in Japan but the foreigners who have tried it, LOVE IT!  

Let your hair drink it up!!


Addendum Jan 2020 : Unfortunately we no longer stock this item in our online store, but please visit the links to the manufacturer's website and order directly.


About Holly Helt

Holly is American and grew up in Japan drinking Japanese tea from age-three. She has studied two methods of tea ceremony, Urasenke and the lesser-known Yabunouchi, which has a direct lineage to Sen-no Rikyu (known as the father of the tea ceremony) ; it's also the school of practice for samurai. In 2012 she founded Chiki Tea - an online retailer of Japanese green teas, all sourced directly from small farms in Japan. Splitting her time between Japan and her home in Texas, Holly strives to bring the best teas from Japan to as many people as she can find to share in her life's passion.

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