Hot showers are therapeutic but they can damage hair. Cleanse your tresses with warm water, which opens up hair cuticles and pores on the scalp for easier removal of impurities, making way for better absorption of subsequent products. Cold water should then be used to rinse out conditioner, which helps to seal and lock all the goodness in.
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BEST HAIR REPAIR TREATMENT
Cinderella Treatment, from $300+, LeeKaJa
Delivering the silky smoothness of a keratin treatment with the volume of a good blowout, this busts frizz and repairs damage in the most natural way with all-organic ingredients, leaving hair eff ortlessly bouncy. It’s a wash-mask-dryﬂat iron-and-repeat process, perfect for those with frizzy, brittle and chemically damaged (including bleached) hair. Its fortifying and cuticlere-sealing effects last up to three months.
BEST HAIR RETEXTURISING TREATMENT
Tokio Inkarami Treatment, $180, COVO Japanese Hair
Dryness is a key cause of many hair concerns, including dullness, brittleness and breakage. Enter the Japanese-developed Tokio Inkarami, a super moisturising treatment that boasts six types of keratins to repair damaged hair structures and revive silkiness and elasticity. The ritualistic experience features several rounds of hair masking with steaming and nano misting, which ensure the deepest penetration of reparative nutrients and keratin to strengthen from within.
BEST ANTI-AGEING HAIR TREATMENT
Revitascalp, $214, SW1
A hair “facial” you can do during lunch time, this boosts scalp health with targeted blasts of nutrients like vitamins, amino acids and minoxidil that support and stimulate hair growth—in quantity and density. This also helps prevent miniaturisation, the process of weakening, depleting hair follicles caused by a male steroid hormone, which explains why many men frequent the clinic too.
BEST THINNING HAIR SCALP TREATMENT
Miracle Stem Cell Solution, $296.98, PHS Hairscience
Formulated by Korean trichologists and dermatologists, this scalp solution targets ﬁve conditions including greying, hair loss and thinning. A scalp-prepping and follicle-balancing concoction is massaged in before a micro-jet spray improves circulation and delivers an elixir packed with anti-inﬂammatories, growth factors and cell-signalling proteins to stimulate regeneration. A hyperbaric Oxy Infusion ensures deeper penetration of these ingredients for a truly revitalising treat.
BEST ANTI-HAIR FALL SCALP TREATMENT
Adenovital Head Spa Scalp, $140, Walking On Sunshine
Zooming in on the root of hair growth problems, this seeks to ﬁrst repair and restore a healthy scalp environment with Shiseido Professional’s range of Adenovital elixirs. These support regeneration with Adenosine, an ingredient with remarkable effects on the dermal hair papilla. Further activated with deft massage techniques and heat that promote deeper penetration of products, this hits the refresh button for the scalp—a rejuvenating boost from the inside out.
BEST TREATMENT FOR DRY SCALP
Collagen Deep Moisturising Mask, $188, Luxescalp
Just like skin, dryness can lead to irritation, sagging and a decrease in self-regenerative capabilities. This three-step solution seeks to thoroughly replenish dry scalps with a mask that rebalances optimum pH levels and deeply moisturises to improve health and elasticity. A single session will improve scalp suppleness— thanks to a cocktail of hydrolysed collagen, amino acids, proteins and royal jelly—which in turn reverse any dullness or damage, ensuring a healthier environment for hair growth.
BEST TREATMENT FOR OILY SCALP
Dead Sea Masque Hair Treatment, $200+, Topp Care Hair Solutions
An oily scalp is where clogged pores abound, and this mud masque promises instant deep cleansing effects with long-lasting beneﬁts. Made with black mud, this detoxifying masque gently exfoliates and draws out oil build-up, toxins and impurities embedded deep within the hair follicles, making way for a high dose of minerals, oxygen and vital nutrients to be replenished, and to normalise cell function and regneration. This treatment also comes with an acupressure-point scalp massage to promote blood circulation in the scalp.
BEST PURIFYING SCALP TREATMENT
VE Protein Treatment, $350, Jonsson Protein Healthy
This seeks to restore the optimal environment for hair growth and health with three protein essences: Soy to stimulate the hair follicle growth cycle; milk to repair and fortify the immune system and overall matrix of the hair, including receding hair lines; and silk which is rich in serine to balance the pH and moisture levels of the scalp. This cleanses and detoxiﬁes the scalp, creating a healthy environment for hair growth, and restores the natural softness and shine of your mane.
BEST TREATMENT FOR SENSITIVE SCALP
Nioxin SOS S+, $148, PH Lab
Sebum, product build-up, thermal styling and stress are common causes of a sensitive scalp, and this SOS remedy provides swift— and sweet—relief with a deep cleanse and gentle scalp exfoliation that draws out all this accumulated residue in under two hours. This in turn provides a clean, balanced environment for hair growth, while the reparative ingredients of the Nioxin System of scalp therapy products relieve tightness or inﬂammation, as a head massage eases any remaining tension away.
BEST OVERALL HAIR & SCALP TREATMENT
Physia Essential Oil Scalp Therapy, $288, Picasso Hair Studio
This is one of the few treatments that you’ll ﬁnd customised concoctions for combination scalp types, with a deft therapist who caters to diverse needs, be it dry, sensitised patches or an oily scalp plagued with hair loss. Between each deep but gentle cleansing process, including microjets that sweep away clogging impurities and deliver a potent dose of nutrients from ampoules selected for your concerns, you’ll get to see how your scalp condition improves at each stage through a handheld device. Massages that extend to the shoulders are a real treat too.
BEST IN-A-FLASH TREATMENT
Brazilian Blowout, from $120, Blow+Bar
An express version of the Hollywood favourite, this infuses hair with a potent dose of amino acids that are 60 times smaller than keratin proteins, strengthening and sealing the cuticle to completely eliminate frizz. A popular option to lock in colour, tame and deﬁne curls or simply to achieve enviably sleek and silky locks, this pampering wash and blow boasts results that last up to four weeks.
BEST CUT FOR MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR
Director’s Haircut, $105, Prep Luxe
The mark of a good haircut, and stylist, is achieving a ﬁnal look that ﬂatters without you feeling pressured to try anything too far out— you’ll ﬁnd both here. Expect a warm consultation on what is the best cut, layer and shape for your hair length, especially if you intend to grow it out even longer, and tips on how to care for and style your locks.
BEST CUT FOR SHORT HAIR
Haircut, from $70, Chez Vous
There are fewer styling options for short hair, so the cut is crucial. The salon’s skilled hairstylists will assess your hair texture and movement before snipping it into the perfect shape for your head and face, so that even after washing it at home, the cut will fall back into the exact style you left the salon ever-soconﬁdently with.
BEST NATURAL COLOURING SERVICE
Tiramisu Brown Collection, $399+, Chez Vous
Made in Singapore and universally ﬂattering, the salon’s Tiramisu Brown collection of hair dyes is customisable in multiple ways—from the tonal variations, should you want them cool, warm or neutral; to the gradation, be it highlights, balayage with lightener, or a full head of rich, brown tresses. Formulated to work swiftly yet safely on dark Asian hair, this will give even the ﬂattest of locks movement and texture.
BEST BOLD COLOURING SERVICE
Creative Colour Service, from $299, Chez Vous: Hideaway
From rose gold to rainbow, the shade range here is courtesy of social media hairdressing icon, Guy Tang, and his colour series, Mydentity. Not only can these products lighten hair more effectively, while minimising damage caused through bleaching, these work great on Asian hair types and can withstand high heat from styling so that dye jobs stay vibrant for longer. Once you have your new kaleidoscopic locks, snap selﬁes in any of the salon’s seven Instagrammable zones.
BEST NATURAL WAVES
Korean Perm with Magic/Digital Setting, $690, LeeKaJa
If you’ve always wanted bombshell tresses but constantly seek a low maintenance ’do, this combination service is for you. Think a surprisingly voluminous rebonding treatment for the top half of hair and a setting C-curl perm towards the ends, for bouncy, frizz-free K-pop star locks. This also provides a contouring effect around the jawline, with soft, face-framing curls.
Mi Wonder Curls, from $228, Mi The Salon
On top of getting photo-ready waves, this doubles up as a frizz-busting, restorative treatment that seeks to not only add volume and deﬁ nition, but also reseal cuticles and boost shine. Plus, this new-age perm is customisable —you can go the traditional route with a pretty S-curl or do mermaid-like tousled curls from the root, a major K-pop hair trend.
BEST STRAIGHTENING TREATMENT
Vim Magic Straight, from $228, Salon Vim
This boasts 80 percent protein and 20 percent chemicals while ordinary rebonding offers the opposite. What you get are silky, straight tresses with bounce and shine, thanks to its protein-rich house formula of aqua collagen, cell membrane composition and almond oil. Hair bonds are renewed and reconstructed for a much gentler, but no less beautiful, result.
Ashley & Co. Blowout, from $45, PREP Luxe
Everyone loves a good blowout and this is one that’s just as luxurious as it is guilt-free. Hair is thoroughly cleansed and moisturised without the nasties: All Ashley & Co. products are free of sulphates, parabens, mineral oils or synthetic fragrances—and they smell like a spa. The balancing shampoo and conditioner comprise pro vitamin B5, essential oils and a cocktail of crushed mint, lemongrass and blackcurrant buds. You’ll leave the salon with soft and clean hair that feels light, with restored lustre.
MOST RELAXING HAIR TREATMENT
Miracle Oil Spa Therapy, from $321.43, PHS Hairscience
Think of this as a spa indulgence for your scalp and hair—where gentle puriﬁcation meets deep conditioning to soothe, smoothen and restore ﬂow to locks and your senses. You will be treated to a scalp cleanse to rebalance and alleviate any discomfort and stress, before a relaxing massage enhances the absorption of a specially formulated treatment cream rich with replenishing keratins and nutrients. The result sees repaired strands with restored strength and shine, and a more peaceful state of mind.
BY DANA KOH. ADDITIONAL REPORTING: WEI NING LIEU