The best case scenario to get the most relaxing showering experience is to light your favourite scented candle, put on some soothing music and use the most sensorial bath products. Can’t afford the time and effort? You can still take some tension off by using the right hair products. We’re focusing on hair products because people tend to underestimate the feel-good factor you can achieve when your scalp is feeling light and refreshed, and your hair, smelling great.
1. L’Occitane Aromachologie Purifying Freshness Shampoo, $35 for 300ml – $49 for 500ml (bottle), $42 for the 500ml refill pack, from L’Occitane
This purifying shampoo has five essential oils — peppermint, thyme, grapefruit, cedarwood and lavender — so it smells heavenly and helps reduce stress and improve your mood. It also imparts a slight cooling sensation to your scalp while purifying it of product build-up and rebalancing sebum production.
2. Klorane Anti-Pollution Detox Shampoo with Aquatic Mint, $18.90 for 400ml, from Watsons
With a fragrance that combines notes of aquatic mint, lemon and tea accords, this smells like a refreshing mint candy. It also imparts a cooling sensation on the scalp, which makes it feel refreshed and light, while cleansing scalp of pollutants that cause premature scalp ageing and hair loss.
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3. Rene Furterer Complexe 5, $81 for 50ml, from Watsons
A pre-shampoo treatment that helps detoxify the scalp of impurities such as product build-up, this helps promote healthy hair and scalp. A blend of orange and lavender essential oils also soothe frazzled nerves and promote instant relaxation.
This K-beauty haircare brand is known for using medicinal herbs in its products, including Korean ginseng to promote healthy scalp and hair. So if you find herby scents soothing, you’ll like almost all the products from this range. Our pick for the one with the most relaxing scent is the deep cleansing variant, which has Korean mint ferment to purify the scalp and remove excess sebum, to leave a light and refreshing after-feel.
5. Three Scalp & Hair Cleansing Oil, $75 for 60ml, from Tangs Plaza
Like your facial cleansing oil, this is a pre-shampoo step that helps eliminate sebum and product build-up to prevent hair loss due to clogged hair follicles. There’s eucalyptus, orange peel, lavender, rose geranium and yuzu seed oils among others, that help encourage deep breathing and relaxation.
6. Sephora Collection Hair Cleansing Scrub – Peppermint, $16, from Sephora
Peppermint essential oil is known to alleviate anxiety and boost your mood. That’s why many of the products on this list has peppermint. This hair scrub is no different. It has peppermint extract which refreshes your senses in the shower while it detoxifies your scalp and hair of impurities. What’s great is that it’s a two-in-one hair scrub and shampoo, so you can use your conditioner or treatment mask straight after.
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7. Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub, $54 for 250g, from Sephora
What we love about this foaming probiotic scrub is that it can be used not only on your scalp, but your body too. It has menthyl lactate (a compound that combines menthol and lactic acid) which gives a cooling sensation to help you relax. The scent is more subtle and soothing, and does not have the strong mint scent like some of the other products on this list, so this is perfect for people who are not into minty scents.