THE FRICTION FIGHTERS
Using the right products – like gentle shampoos and a protein conditioning treatment – can prevent breakage and even temporarily mend damage, according to a new report in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment. Stylers that hydrate and infuse hair with vitamins, botanicals and keratin make a big difference, too. Here’s your anti-breakage kit.
1 Apply the sulphate-free L’Oreal Paris Ever Strong Break Proof Lotion (US$18.99 or $26.50, www. amazon.com) to damp hair. It contains goji extract to help repair hair, and adds moisture to make it easier to detangle. 2 After the shower, apply Percy & Reed Wonder Treatment Oil+ ($48, Sephora) all over strands for a soft and shinier effect. 3 Carol’s Daughter Rhassoul Clay Softening Hair Mask (US$14 or $19.50, www.amazon.com) has Moroccan clay, aloe and cactus flower to counteract brittleness and dullness. Leave it on wet hair for at least five minutes every week. 4 Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm ($44, www.lazada. sg) contains super-strengtheners, like keratin and silk, to improve elasticity, yet is lightweight enough to apply to dry hair. 5 Amino acids in Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Liquid Strength Treatment With Protein (prices vary, www.ebay.com) connect to hairs’ cuticles to restore them. 6 Limit over-washing and frequent heat styling (major hair stressors) with Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo ($30, www. qoo10.sg), which soaks up oil and deposits keratin. 7 The ceramide in L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Everpure Repair & Defend Shampoo ($15.90, leading pharmacies) mends damaged fibres and seals split ends.