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!
Stress, ageing and pollution can all contribute to hair loss, along with other factors. But fret not! You can boost your growth with natural hair products that are safe and healthy for most hair types. We try four of them here.
Acca Kappa Protection Oval Brush Beechwood Looped Nylon, $56
I never thought that I needed the Acca Kappa Protection Brush until I used it! I was amazed at how it managed to comb out knots in my long hair without causing hair breakage, even when I use it on damp hair after a shower. That’s a huge win as my previous brush would get stuck and if I tugged at it too hard, strands of hair would break.
Right from the first day of usage, I noticed a significant reduction in hair fall. This is great as my hair isn’t voluminous and I’ve been worried about losing hair.
My favourite part is the gentle massaging sensation on my scalp as I brush my tresses. It’s so soothing that I give my hair a few extra brushes just to enjoy this for longer.
The brush is made with good quality materials and lightweight enough to bring along for travel. I don’t see myself using another brush after this!
– Patricea Chow
Bee Choo Origin Essence Vitamins, $58
This product contains an intensive concentrate with walnut seed, grape and arugula leaf extract. It comes in six vials of 10ml. You put it on after washing, and then towel your hair dry, styling it as normal. It’s got an okay smell, but it’s quite strong.
I used one vial a week for six weeks and was really impressed; I think there are more baby hairs now, and definitely a difference in the thickness of my hair too – I’m not sure how that works!
– Rebecca Bisset
Sendo Densifying Shampoo, $20
I love products with natural ingredients and this one has over 90 percent natural content so you don’t get that strong chemical fragrance that’s in most shampoos. This is really mild, yet you don’t need much to work a good lather. I really like the cooling sensation as you massage your scalp, most likely coming from the organic mint extract. The densifying range is meant to strengthen your hair, and I am finding less hair fall when using this product. It also seems to help tame my frizzy hair so this is a winner for me!
– Anna Tserlingas
Oribe Hair Alchemy Fortifying Treatment Serum, $90
If you colour your hair and it’s dry like mine, I think you might like this Oribe treatment serum. It’s a fast-absorbing, strengthening serum that prevents breakage, hydrates and increases hair elasticity to restore weak, fragile and brittle hair. Just a small amount will do every time you wash your hair – and it works for coloured and keratin-treated hair too (which I have). For best results, blow-drying your hair after application will give you the “I am worth it!” effect. If you’re into straightening your hair, this also works as a protector as it protects strands at temperatures up to 230 degrees Celsius.
For me, it was not as sticky as other hair serums and it’s also a leave-in treatment – no washing off, which is perfect for people on the go like me! It also gives UV protection to the hair. The bottle is 175ml, which should last you for more than a month. Enjoy!
– Susan Knudsen-Pickles
BEMA Bio Hair Loss Lotion, 10 x 10ml, $75
I’ve been using this lotion for a month now. It contains natural ingredients such as rosemary, moringa and Indian kino tree to provide nourishment and reduce hair fall. The product comes in small transparent packets, making it really convenient to use the right amount each time. The recommended amount is two to three packets per week, and I wasn’t too consistent with it in the beginning. Still, I’m now seeing a bit of progress, with baby hairs appearing more. The product is also easy to apply. You just massage it into your scalp after washing your hair with shampoo, and you don’t rinse it off after! I probably need more observation for further results, but it seems to be working for now.
– Yimin Huang
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 towel dried 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)
“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
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