Just as the health of a plant is dependent on that of its roots, hair growth is affected in part by the health of hair follicles.

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Just as the health of a plant is dependent on that of its roots, hair growth is affected in part by the health of hair follicles. Factors such as stress, hormonal imbalance and the use of certain haircare products could also negatively impact your mane. If you are troubled by thinning locks, consider TK Trichokare’s Hair Fall Preventive System ($605.62 for 120min), a threestage customisable treatment that offers comprehensive care for your hair and scalp, so bouncy, lush locks are within easy reach.

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As in the case with cleansed facial skin, a clean and balanced scalp is better able to absorb the active ingredients in subsequent products. With this in mind, the treatment kicks off with a customised mask that targets individual hair and scalp concerns, followed by a revitalising shampoo to rid the scalp of impurities – such as dirt and dandruff – and excess sebum.


At this stage, a customised hair tonic is complemented by an invigorating head massage. The latter not only works to lower stress levels and improve blood circulation, but is even said to encourage optimal cell function in hair follicles for stronger, healthier-looking locks.


The final stage involves the application of a cocktail of serums or hair tonics and a 15-minute session under the Infrared Light Therapy machine. This helps balance your scalp and protect hair from damage-causing free radicals.

Call 6338-8680 for salon listings.

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Protect your crowning glory

It’s normal for us to lose anything from 80 to 100 strands of hair a day, but if you notice more hair fall than that (or scary clumps of hair clogging the drain in your shower), it’s time to pay a trichologist a visit.

For a detailed diagnosis, head to hair and scalp care specialist Svenson. To get to the root of your hair loss problem, samples of your hair will be taken and then air-fiown to a lab in Italy. A series of treatments will then be recommended based on the diagnosis – hair loss could attributed to a host of factors, including micro inflammation (ie scalp irritation the naked eye can’t see), a lack of nutrients and even a predisposed genetic condition.

These treatments – which include the use of haircare formulated with various botanical extracts, mesotherapy, and light, oxygen and radio-frequency therapies – work towards a cleaner and more balanced scalp, which is needed for healthy hair.

Svenson is now offering customers a week’s worth of unlimited customised scalp treatments for $150. This promotion ends August 2016, so don’t miss out. Terms and conditions apply.

Call 1800-7378-575 for listings.

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More bang for your buck

Walking out of the salon rocking a new ‘do you’re completely in love with doesn’t always come cheap, but Image Hair Salon looks set to change things with its newly opened outlet in a heartland location. In line with its locale, the salon offers services that are reportedly priced 20 to 30 percent lower than those at mall salons. A haircut here, for instance, costs just $25 (wash not included), while a digital perm starts from $120. And in case you’re wondering, no, it doesn’t skimp on quality products despite the lower pricing. The salon also offers massages, such as the relaxing Chinese Style Massage (from $45 for 40min) and the invigorating Sport Massage ($75 for 60min).

Need even more incentive to pay it a visit? The salon is now offering a complimentary Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Smooth treatment (worth $70) with every chemical service, so your hair is in tip-top condition post-chemical processing. This promotion ends Sept 30, 2016.

Image Hair Salon is at Block 204, Bedok North Street 1, #01-409 (tel: 6443-2360).

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Clinic Plus Revitalizing Scalp Tonic, $78.
Daeng Gi Meo Ri Clinic Plus Revitalizing Scalp Tonic, $78.


We trust the South Koreans with our skin, so why not our hair? And for that, we turn to South Korean haircare brand Daeng Gi Meo Ri, which harnesses the power of traditional Korean herbs to keep your crowning glory in excellent shape. Its premium Clinic Plus range, for instance, works towards a clean and healthy scalp, which is the bedrock of healthy hair. We like the range’s Revitalizing Scalp Tonic ($78), which comes in a convenient spray bottle. Formulated with extracts of Siberian chrysanthemum, asiaticum (a plant native to Jeju Island) and seven types of ginseng, it not only rids the scalp of follicle-clogging impurities and excess sebum, but is also said to improve microcirculation, fortify the scalp and protect hair from aggressors. You can use it on its own – simply spray it directly on the scalp and massage it in for 30 seconds or more – or with the brand's Clinic Plus Scalp Care Microneedle ($49), a micro-needling tool meant to stimulate microcirculation and “open up” the pores on the scalp so the tonic can be better absorbed.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri products are available at Watsons.

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