Distressed tresses? Hair seems to be the top beauty concern for expats who move to Singapore. Here, four EL readers try to fix their mane problems with products by ASP Kitoko.
For softer, smoother, more manageable hair
I have very dry hair which is prone to breakage, frizz and split ends. I usually wash my hair every other day with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner, and then use a leave-in product to help keep it soft, smooth and under control.
I had tried several hair oils, so I was very keen to try ASP Kitoko Oil Treatment ($76). The first time I used it, I only applied a few drops (as per the instructions), but I find that I actually need to use more in order to get real results. Once I increased the amount, my hair became much smoother, softer and shinier.
After two or three uses, my hair started to feel a lot more nourished and easier to control and style. The product is less greasy and more lightweight than a lot of the oils I’ve tried, so the result is more natural. It smells gorgeous, too, probably because it contains argan oil. The scent also lasts on my hair even after I’ve been out and about all day.
Since I’m getting married soon, I’ve been looking for a product to give my hair some extra nourishment, shine and control – and this oil definitely fits the bill. I would recommend it to people with very dry hair who are battling to control their frizz and dryness in the Singapore climate without using anything too heavy or greasy.
Elle Georgiou, UK, relationship manager
To control frizz
I have dry, naturally curly hair that does not respond well to the Singapore climate, leading me to use a ton of hair product in an attempt to stop the frizz. Ideally, I look for products that control frizz while leaving my hair soft and natural looking – I don’t want crunchy curls!
At first, when I used the ASP Kitoko Nutri-Restore Active Masque ($45) together with my usual hair products, my hair felt weighed down. I realised I didn’t need as much of my other products after using this mask. The next time I used it, I followed with less styling product and ended up with great frizz-free curls. The smell is lovely after rinsing, and the oil is easy to use, too. The only downside for me is the packaging: I tend to use too much when hair products come in jars rather than bottles.
I would highly recommend this for people with dry hair that may be prone to frizz. I don’t think it would be a good product for someone with thin hair, because it can weigh your hair down.
This will now be a part of my beauty routine and I’m looking forward to trying other products in the range.
Melissa Smith, US, stay-at-home mum
To condition hair
My hair is long, fine and flyaway, and my scalp can be dry – especially in this heat. I look for effective products that don’t leave a sticky residue on my hair, or ones that I don’t want to wash straight out. In this hot climate, I look more for conditioning products.
Using it after conditioning my naturally straight hair, I felt the ASP Kitoko Sun Defence UV Protect Spray ($40) tamed the frizz and felt good, but was quite drying. This is to be expected, as it’s a salt spray – especially if you apply too much of it. It’s best to use the product sparingly. It delivers results, but I feel it may be more suitable for curly hair. It has a nice tropical scent.
I would recommend this product to someone with curly hair, or someone who wanted a tousled hairstyle for an evening out, more than for someone with super-straight hair like mine. I would buy this product, but not for everyday use; I like my hair to feel conditioned and soft.
Wendy Forde, UK, business development manager
For fine and damaged hair
I’m constantly trying to keep my fine hair from getting dry and damaged, so I’m always on the lookout for shampoos that will clean thoroughly but not leave my hair vulnerable.
I tried ASP Kitoko Nutri-Restore Cleanser ($32) as it claims to be for “fragile, damaged or chemically-treated hair”. It contains several unusual ingredients: African plant extracts, hibiscus, fire tulips, smectic clay, and the biggest mystery, “Electron Acceptor Technology”. I wasn’t sure if using it would clean my hair or prepare it for particle physics experiments at CERN, but went ahead and tried it anyway.
The scent was pleasant – mildly floral and herbal – and the shampoo surprisingly lathered into a rich foam. The big test came upon rinsing it out. It rinsed out easily and left my hair feeling soft and truly clean, but not stripped. My sensitive scalp also felt good.
It turns out that Electron Acceptor Technology is Kitoko’s blend of antioxidants to reduce free radical damage to hair, prevent breakage and keep hair strong and manageable. This cleanser is a good choice for me as its blend of nature and science seems to be well balanced. It is also mild enough to use every day.
I like the fact that it’s sulphate-free. I’m glad I wasn’t frightened off by the high-tech-sounding ingredients and gave it a try.
Francine Martindale-Sharp, Canada, internet entrepreneur
All these products can be found at Organic Hair Professional outlets.
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