Say you’ve gotten a beautiful haircut and colour that complements your features. Or perhaps, you’ve gotten yourself some Beyoncé-esque curls. You feel like nothing can bring you down — until it’s a few weeks later and you noticed that your beautifully groomed head of hair is…well, no longer fabulous. We’re talking dry, unruly and frizzy.
Chemical processes such as bleaching, colouring and perming, while confidence-boosting, damage the hair and lead to dull, brittle hair. And if you do heat styling with a curler or straightener, you’re further exacerbating the problem. Don’t forget, UV rays from the sun and environmental pollution around us also harms hair health.
Fortunately, help isn’t far. Regardless of the condition of your mane, whether it has been bleached and coloured or is just frizzy and dull, read on for our picks to bring it back to its full, shining glory.
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1. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, S$49 from Sephora
The name says it all. This Briogeo hair mask has a cult following, thanks to its efficacy at replenishing hydration and shine. It does so through its proprietary NOVA Complex that delivers a blend of B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, collagen and algae extract. The mask doesn’t contain silicones, sulfates and parabens.
2. Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, S$44 from Sephora
Olaplex uses a patented technology to repair broken disulfide bonds in colour-treated, damaged hair to reduce breakage and restore hair health. So if you’re suffering from brittle hair as a result of bleaching and other processes, give Olaplex a shot.
3. Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque, US$72.87 (S$100.33) from Net-a-Porter
Made with a list of ingredients such as murumuru, mango seed butter and watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower extracts, this Oribe hair mask nourishes the hair, seals cuticles and repairs split ends. Plus, the botanical ingredients also ensure protection from stress and pollution.
4. Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque, S$47
This Aesop treatment is created for both the scalp and hair. As such, apply a generous amount throughout and let the blend of sweet almond, soybean, grapefruit seed, lavender and carrot oils nourish your hair from root to tip.
5. Lux Botanifique Balance Pure Mask, S$18.90 from Watsons
With Singapore’s hot and humid weather, you would be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t stricken with frizzy hair. This mask from Lux Botanifique uses a blend of herbal extracts including orchid, eucalyptus and green tea to tame unruly hair.
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6. Ryo Hair Loss Treatment, S$12.90 from Watsons
Employing Korean herbal wisdom, this Ryo treatment uses ginseng, red ginseng and houttuynia cordata extracts to combat hair loss. The mask is also said to cool and moisturise the scalp too, which is especially relaxing after a long hot day.
7. Kérastase Reflection Masque Chromatique Hair Mask, price available in store
This Kérastase hair mask contains vitamin E, rice bran and linseed oil and zinc gluconate for shiny, healthy-looking tresses. The treatment also contains UV filters to protect hair from sun damage.
8. Je l’aime Amino Repair Algae Hair Mask, S$22.90 from Watsons
Chemical processing can lead to the opening of hair cuticles, and that causes your strands to feel dry and brittle. This Je l’aime mask combats that by employing algae extract and 18 different types of amino acids.
9. Moist Diane Extra Smooth & Straight Hair Mask, S$18.90 from Watsons
Specifically created to treat coarse and frizzy hair, this Moist Diane hair mask contains organic argan, quinoa and baobab seed oils and cuticle keratin to smooth and repair damaged cuticles.
10. Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask with Temporary Coloring, S$70 from Sephora
Bleached blonde hair can quickly look brassy and lacklustre. To help you overcome that unflattering look, use this Christophe Robin hair mask. This purple coloured treatment nourishes and repairs your hair while removing the unwanted yellow tones. It is also available in five different shades to cater to different hair colours.
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