THE FRIC­TION FIGHT­ERS

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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.

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