Ah, frizz and thinning tresses, the two biggest buzzkills of the wig world. Need help? Here’s a terrific trio of #DieDieMustBuy hair heroes to add to your arsenal:
L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Night Essence, $16.90
Best for thinning tresses in dire need of TLC, this is a really creamy bodybuilding balm with the consistency of agar jelly courtesy of ceramides, that cosmetics superhero said to prevent pimples, ward off wrinkles and reduce rashes all at once.
Those very same nourishing properties are put to good use in this night hair mask, conditioning hair cuticles for beyond beautiful bounce and body, at least in my experience.
Here’s a personal tip: Try using this ostensibly overnight treatment as a quick and dirty volumiser for day. Simply scrunch into damp hair and work it into the roots, mussing it up to create hold for an extra lifted effect. Once you’re done, consider warming up another drop of serum between your palms and lightly skimming the salve across the surface for surpassingly silky strands.
Boom! Bouncy, more voluminous hair virtually instantly. Oh yeah, one entirely welcome beauty bonus: I love the ephemeral floral fragrance that’s just noticeable enough to keep my locks feeling fresh and flirty.
Shiseido Professional Hair Care Luminogenic Caviar Essence, $52
Scouting for an oil-free ointment that soothes without suffocating your strands in Singapore’s clammy climes? Presenting Shiseido Professional’s Hair Care Luminogenic Caviar Essence for your purchasing consideration, please.
Concocted for coloured coifs, a cursory scan of the ingredients label yields active agents like hydrating hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and yeast extracts, all of which are encapsulated for peak potency – and an oddly addictive user experience. I love the tiny sputtering sensation of crushing the capsules in the palm of my hands; sort of like the beauty equivalent of bursting bubble wrap.
Minor quibble: Points will have to be docked for the extra minute expended in making sure all the tiny “caviar” capsules have been cracked before smoothing the salve into your hair.
That “problem”, if you can call it that, is easily circumvented if you do as I do and dispense a drop of this essence into conditioner to create an richly reparative rinse-off mask. Sploosh out a generous glob of your conditioner of choice into a baking bowl, drizzle in this essence, then churn by hand into a beautifying hair butter.
Toni & Guy Shine Gloss Serum, $22.90
This serum lends my locks a souped up shine that’s well nigh salon-grade in sheen. I’ve found that you’ll do well to use this on post-shower, towelled off hair as a heat-protective shield for a trendy “wet” look.
To apply, warm up the product in your palms, then work it in from the tips, massaging all the way to the mid-shaft. Because more of the glistening golden goodness is deposited at the ends, your hair remains “wet” longer.
Next, blow-dry with a diffuser until your head is almost but not quite bone-dry. Grab a comb with moderately girthed teeth and run it through your tresses, separating the strands into inch-length sections. When you’re done, ditch the comb and use your fingers to muss up the ends, twisting and twirling at random.
Voila, wet-look hair achievement level unlocked with the aid of just one product.
“Hairs” hoping these serums will get you out of a hairy situation. Jiayou!