These hair-conditioning products will earn their place on your shelf by doing double duty (or more!). Rahua Voluminous Conditioner, $54.
We’re always keen to try products that promise to keep our hair voluminous in spite of the humidity, and Rahua Voluminous Conditioner is no letdown. Green tea and lemongrass work to create body by removing excess oil from the scalp and hair while quinoa helps hydrate tresses. Use this as a regular conditioner or as a styling cream for soft and bouncy locks.
Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, US$64 (SS$92).
Housed in a blackand- gold ombre bottle, this lightweight moisturising oil has a multitude of uses. Work it into towel-dried hair as a leave-in conditioner or apply a few drops on styled hair to add sheen. If your hair needs some tender loving care, apply the oil evenly throughout your mane and leave it on for 15 minutes before shampooing.
L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color 10 In 1 Perfecting Multipurpose Spray, $27.80.
Specifically formulated for colour-treated hair, this multi-purpose spray can be used on either damp or dry hair. The mist does everything: it tackles frizz and reportedly prevents split ends, hair breakage and heat damage. We love that the non-greasy formula doesn’t weigh hair down or leave a sticky residue. Locks are left soft, shiny and manageable.
A FACIAL FOR THE SCALP
No, we’re not asking you to slather skincare on your tresses. We’re just saying, apply the concept to your hair and scalp; go for treatments that use haircare formulated with herbs commonly used in skincare. To make it easier on you, we’ve even checked out one such treatment: the Hair Fall Preventive Treatment ($59) at TK Trichokare.
Targeting hair woes related to hair loss – for instance, a greasy scalp (which leads to clogged follicles, thus inhibiting the hair’s natural growth cycle) – this treatment uses products with herbs such as hydrating aloe vera, and jojoba and burdock extracts. The latter two are said to rebalance the scalp’s pH levels and counter dandruff respectively.
The session kicks off with a scalp analysis to determine the problem behind your hair loss (it could be anything from stress to an unhealthy diet), after which a treatment is customised to your hair’s needs. Mine included a scalp exfoliation to remove dandruff and excess sebum so my hair could better absorb the products applied after, as well as herbal tonics and serums to pamper my thinning tresses.
Though I couldn’t see any significant difference after my session – I’ve been told it usually takes 10 to 15 sessions for visible results – my hair felt less greasy and looked fuller over the next two days. – Carina Koh, beauty writer
TK Trichokare is at #02-12 Orchard Gateway (tel: 6338-8680).