Singapore ’s humidity makes us want to scream the f-word. No, not that one! Frizz, our number one hair woe, is a constant problem – particularly when you first arrive on the island. Thankfully, after a few years of trial and error, we’ve found what works, and the expert tips and products that give you results!
Turn up the volume
Thinning hair can be a real blow to your confidence, as JACQUI YOUNG knows well. Thankfully, she discovered a solution in the form of Hairdreams technology.
“My problem is all-round hair loss, and not just from the scalp, as my hair tends to break with continual daily straightening. This leaves it thin and very weak, making it hard to manage, as it has a lot of frizz at the sides with the merest hint of humidity.
Hairdreams nano-bond hair creations have honestly been the answer to my prayers. Gone are the hours of sitting in a chair; these beauties only took around an hour to put in.
The system is a revolution to hair extensions. By means of Laserbeamer nano-technology, five strands of top-quality human hair at a time are attached to very small strips of your own hair. If cared for properly, they can be worn for up to six months: you brush your hair with a special Hairdreams brush, and you use their own brand of shampoo and conditioner. All the products are sulphate-free, and are gentle both on my extensions and on my own hair, leaving it soft and glossy.”
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Banish the brass and become beautifully blonde! AMANDA BROAD visits Salon Kream in Holland Village for highlights.
“Being blonde in Singapore is challenging. For the best results, you need develop a great working relationship and a long-term plan with a hairdresser you trust. I have found this with Liz at Salon Kream, who boasts more than 12 years of experience highlighting hair in Singapore.
Salon Kream uses Goldwell, a renowned hair colouring and haircare brand. To lift my brassy colour, Liz used two colours to highlight my hair in an alternating pattern, while customising it where necessary. She focused primarily on the roots of my hair, leaving the drier ends well alone, making sure that there’s enough space for lowlights at my next visit, if I needed a change.
The nourishing use of Olaplex at every stage of the highlighting process gave my hair strength to withstand the bleaching process, making it much softer and more manageable and less prone to frizz after the session. Also included in the treatment was a divine head massage – one of the best I’ve experienced!”
Psst… The stylist in charge of Amanda’s hair is Phyllis Hidajat. Look for her if you wish to do something similar!
Keep it fresh
Getting a fresh hair colour is one thing, and keeping it looking bright is another. DOMINIC SEOW of Visage The Salongives us his top do’s and don’ts to help maintain and extend the life of your colour.
… wash your hair the day after it’s coloured. It takes up to 72 hours for the colour to be sealed into the cuticles, which is essential if you want it to last. Afterwards, cut down on the number of times a week you wash your hair; consider using a dry shampoo in between.
… swim or get your hair wet in chlorinated water, for at least seven to ten days. Chlorine strips your colour, and if it’s blonde it can even go green! Be sure to coat your hair with conditioner before swimming, or wear a swim cap.
… use a shampoo that contains sulphates. Along with dirt and grime, sulphates can also strip the colour from your hair, fading it faster than necessary.
…use a shampoo meant specifically for coloured hair, and don’t forget to condition it afterwards. This will help maintain your colour and reduce frizz, and the conditioner will repair the damage.
… use a treatment mask to deep-condition your hair once a week, and keep it on for at least 15 minutes before you rinse it out. This will help to nourish the hair and then close the cuticles for a healthier, shinier mane.
… use heat-protectant when styling. If you blow-dry or heatstyle your hair after every wash, make sure to protect it with a lotion or some oil to minimise any further damage.
ELLIE SAKRZEWSKI, co-founder of The Big Blow salon, gives us her top tips for more manageable hair.
- When you blow-dry your hair, make sure to get all of the moisture out. Any leftover dampness will only attract more moisture to the hair, causing frizziness.
- I recommend using an anti-humectant styling product, like the Moroccan Oil Smoothing Lotion or Smooth Again by Kevin Murphy. These types of products keep the cuticle of the hair smooth, and lock in moisture without drawing more of it to the hair.
- To make a blow-out last longer, dry your hair after you take a shower. Even if you don’t get your hair wet, there will still be dampness in the air which can make it more prone to frizz.
- Make sure you use treatments regularly, and keep your hair in the best condition possible. Dry, split ends will only add to the problem.
- Blow-dry your hair in only one direction. Also, make sure to use a nozzle, so as to concentrate the heat on the cuticle – that’s how you achieve that smooth finish.
- Refresh your hair with anti-humidity sprays between washes.
- After washing your hair, drench it with cold water. As daunting as it may seem, this helps to seal the cuticle, preventing the appearance of frizz after drying.
- Before you dry your hair, wrap it in a microfibre towel or in a T-shirt for a few minutes, to absorb the bulk of the moisture. Finer fibres don’t stress your hair as much as a regular towel does.
Smooth and Silky
Unruly locks are a huge bug bear for most of us, and protein and keratin treatments can be a godsend. AMANDA BROAD reviews one of the latest.
Where you went:
Trimmings Salon & Spa at Loewen Gardens.
Name of treatment:
The Silk Protein Treatment. What it is: It’s a keratin hair treatment containing six different proteins, designed to strengthen the hair, make it smoother and reduce frizz.
- Cleanse with deep cleansing shampoo. This includes a lovely head massage.
- Application 1 – Prepare the hair to receive the protein treatment. A solution is sprayed on generously from roots to ends, and rubbed through to open up the hair shaft. I’m then hooked up to the steamer for three minutes.
- Application 2 – Infuse the hair with strengthening silk proteins. Ray uses a paint brush, focusing mainly on the roots, but also extending the product to the ends.
- Application 3 – Apply an intensive anti frizz treatment.
- The treatment is rinsed off, then my hair is blow-dried and flat-ironed.
- Application 4 – Infuse hair with antioxidants to add shine.
- My hair is rinsed one last time, then styled as desired.