For smoother and healthier locks, try switching up your haircare regime with a new product or two. Here we review some of the best shampoos for hair loss and blonde hair, hair sprays and mists, as well as hydrating hair masks!
Bema Hair Loss Organic Bio Shampoo, $30
“Don’t let the simple packaging fool you – this product really works! I’ve had a problem with hair loss since giving birth to my daughter, and it only worsened with time. I’ve tried all sorts of products, including expensive ones that promise big results, only to be disappointed. Nothing seemed to work.
Within the first week of using this shampoo, I could see results. I washed my hair every other day, massaging it into my scalp for around five minutes each time. I followed it up with my usual conditioner.
After the first couple of days, I noticed my hair getting stronger and shinier. Plus, I could see some baby hair sprouting, and it seems like I’m now losing less hair in the shower too! It’s been a great experience for me and I highly recommend the shampoo to anyone with hair loss. However, do note that the shampoo is not as foamy as ordinary shampoos. It’s dermatologically tested, formulated without harmful ingredients like parabens, and tested against metals; so, if you’re looking for a safe product to use, this is a wonderful option. It’s affordable, too!”
– Susan Knudsen-Pickles
Oribe Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray, $110
Available at selected hair salons like Chez Vous
“I love a bit of lift in the roots, but powdery dry shampoo products often make it look oily or stiff and unnatural. This scalp and hair spray is very light and smells refreshing. It feels pleasantly tingly as you spray it through the roots. You can use after every wash, and it’s safe to use with keratin-treated or blonde hair. I normally leave my hair to dry naturally and the spray has definitely created some volume after I fluff up my hair with my fingers. The lift is more noticeable when I blow-dry my hair.
I have been using it for a month now, and there is no itchy buildup on the scalp like I normally have with other products. While I haven’t seen new hair growth yet, I’m very happy add it to my hair washing routine as it gives a natural looking lift at the roots without looking heavy or leaving behind product.”
– Danielle Rossetti
K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Leave-in Molecular Repair Hair Mask, $120
“Whether it’s swimming pools or salon bleach, my hair is a constant victim of chemical abuse. Since it’s frequently dry, coarse and tangled, I recently cut off a dramatic four inches and turned to healthier habits and intensive hair mask treatment for a reset.
K18 Biomimetic Hairscience came recommended as an at-home regime promising salon-standard results. The products aim to strengthen and improve elasticity while reversing damage from chemical services and thermal styling. The leave-in hair mask goes a long way; one pump applied to shampooed (strictly no conditioner!) and toweldried hair is enough to cover my roots to tips. One month in, and it’s peculiar to think I haven’t touched my regular conditioner – and yet my hair feels thicker and stronger!”
– Leanda Rathmell
Hoyu Cielo Designing Colour (Premium Ash), $17.90
“My mother started going grey when she was 35 years old, and I think I inherited that from her. I have been colouring my roots since I turned 40 years old every month – yes every month!
My hair colour is originally dark brown so I thought the ash tone would be suitable for me. It’s very easy to use as there are English instructions on the box, and the bottle came with a great application tip that really helped to distribute the colour right down to the roots. I have shoulder length hair so one bottle was enough for me. I started with my roots and gradually coloured the rest of the hair. It took about 15 minutes to distribute it all.
After leaving it in for 20 minutes, I rinsed it out. I was pleasantly surprised that my hair did not become stiff when the colour was washed out. It was soft and the smell was pleasant as well. I added the conditioner treatment and let it sit for a couple of minutes. The colour is a little darker than I had expected, but I did know that it will never turn out the same as the lady in the packaging!
Marc Anthony Hydra Lock range, from $17.90
“I’ve been using the Hydra Lock Moisture Recharge Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Hydra Lock Instant Moisture Recharge Hair Mist for the past two weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed them. As someone with naturally frizzy hair, I love that the shampoo adds moisture to my hair while still being a lightweight formula. I pair this with the scent-free conditioner for maximum moisture.
The hair spray is by far the best one I’ve tried. The mist is super fine and works instantly without getting messy. Most importantly, it helps to tame my frizz! The range is also affordable, which is another plus.”
– Benjamin Mah
Oasis: Seven, $28
“This nifty little number from local vegan beauty brand Oasis contains seven organic plant-based oils like avocado, broccoli and jojoba to nourish dry tresses and tame frizz. Combined with an aromatherapy mix of organic essential oils, the hair serum smells absolutely lovely. I find myself looking forward to using it every night as part of my bedtime routine, as the natural rosemary and eucalyptus scents never fail to put me in a calming mood!
Two drops is the perfect amount for my mid-length hair; anything more feels a tad too oily for my liking. I only use this at night as I don’t like using oils in the day when it’s hot, and I’ve been waking up to smoother and sleeker locks. It can also be used as a pre-shampoo hair mask before showering. A little goes a long way, so I think it’s a value-for-money purchase!”
– Anthia Chng
Phyto RE30 Grey Hair Treatment Repigmenting Technology, $100
“This dual-action, at-home hair spray treatment promises to bring colour back to your hair while preventing greys from forming. It’s formulated with plant-based ingredients like purple tulip extract to restore hair strength, and doesn’t contain any colouring agents.
I’ve been using it for two weeks so far. It’s easy to use; I apply eight sprays to my scalp at night after washing my hair and leave it in without washing. The scent is pleasant and the formula fast-absorbing, which is great for the Singapore weather. The only thing is that I need to use it for a long period of time (at least three months) before seeing results.”
– Kua Bee Lee
Ryo Hair Loss Care Shampoo (Normal to Dry), $19.90
“Formulated with Korean ginseng and medicinal herbs to boost scalp and hair health, this gentle shampoo is also free of animal-derived ingredients, mineral oils and synthetic colourants. I love the subtle scent of ginseng, which feels exceptionally refreshing and invigorating after a long day. Plus point: my husband loves using it too, so we don’t have to buy a different shampoo!
My scalp feels thoroughly cleansed after using it, but I think it works better when I follow up with the Beautiful Aging Hair Loss Care Scalp & Hair Pack ($33) after washing out the shampoo. My hair feels a little dry so the hair pack, which contains seven types of proteins, helps to nourish and hydrate.”
– Anthia Chng
Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo for Beautiful Color, $66
Available at selected hair salons like Chez Vous
“I’m a big fan of blonde shampoos. Having constantly highlighted hair means I normally get that brassy look after a few weeks, or even sooner if I’ve been in the sun and pool a lot. I love that this shampoo is sulphate- and paraben-free (vegan and cruelty-free too), which makes it great for coloured and keratin-treated hair.
It contains the right amount of violet to bring my hair back to its original shade in between hairdresser visits, and only a small amount is needed for it to work its magic. The packaging is beautiful and it helps that the range is colour-coded, too.”
– Jacqui Young
Jonsson Protein Pro-Hair Shampoo 702, $40
Available at Jonsson Protein stores
“I got the Jonsson Protein Pro-Hair Shampoo 702 for normal hair as part of a free trial offer and I love it. It’s so soft on your hair and makes blow-drying easier too, with less frizz. It’s only available at their outlets, but definitely worth seeking out. If you’ve got thinning hair, their package deal is great. It works out to around $36 for a session of steaming, treatment and a fab blow-dry!
It’s cheaper than a normal blow-dry at most salons, and I saw little sprouts of new hair after just three sessions.”
– Rebecca Bisset
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