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Brittle, dull-looking and thinning hair is caused by both external and internal conditions, such as pollution, sun exposure, hormone changes and stress. Improve your head's health and promote better hair growth with these haircare steps.
STEP 1: PRIME YOUR SCALP WITH A RUBDOWN
One of the results of hormonal imbalance and stress is poor blood circulation in the scalp, which means the hair isn’t getting a rich source of nutrients from which to grow. Massaging your scalp as you shampoo helps to improve circulation. Using Medavita LCH+ Anagen Fase Shampoo – which contains stimulating herbs cinnamon, ginger and turmeric – helps to improve blood flow in the scalp. $30, Tel: 6278-8456 for retailers
STEP 2: TREAT YOUR SCALP WITH A TONER
Unlike a regular conditioner, which must not come into contact with your scalp, a toner such as Redken Intra Force Toner lets you untangle and nourish your hair as your treat your scalp and restore its natural pH level. Use after shampooing, comb through to untangle hair, then rinse off completely. $38, Cappello Loft, #03-24 The Centrepoint, Tel: 6838-0780
STEP 3: STRENGTHEN YOUR SCALP’S DEFENCES
Pollution, sun exposure, blow drying and colouring can weaken your scalp’s immunity, causing it to shed strands prematurely. Beef up your scalp’s defences with a leave-in serum. The Kerastase Capital Force Anti-Hair Loss Roller contains nourishing amino acids and menthol for a refreshing feeling. Convenient to apply on affected areas by using its rolling ball. $42 w/o GST, Salon 360, #B2-40 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Tel: 6688-7666
STEP 4: FORTIFY YOUR STRANDS
Ageing and a sensitive scalp prone to irritation can weaken your hair, making it brittle and looking dull. Using a tonic such as the Lab Series Root Power Restorative Hair Tonic supplies nutrients to nourish the scalp and maintains the look by minimising the amount of hair lost each day due to breakage. It promotes healthier looking hair and gives an immediate cooling and refreshing sensation when applied onto the scalp. $52, www.labseries.com.sg
STEP 5: PROTECT FROM STYLING STRESS
Using a hair dryer to dry and style your hair can help you achieve your desired look faster, but it causes stress to your hair, making it dry and brittle in the long run. Before blow drying, use a conditioning spray to prep your hair. The KMS Freeshape Quick Blow Dry conditions your hair, protects it from heat and helps it to dry twice as fast, thereby reducing the time you need to use the hair dryer. Less exposure to heat means less damage to your hair. $38, KMS California Customer Service Hotline: 6835-1551
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