Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - HAIR AWARDS -

Re­verse your rou­tine. It may seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive but con­di­tion­ing be­fore you sham­poo can lead to sleeker, more well-hy­drated hair. This game-changing method helps pre­vent hair’s pro­tec­tive layer from get­ting stripped off dur­ing wash­ing. Also con­sider pre-sham­poo treat­ments, which are de­signed to nour­ish hair cu­ti­cles and prime locks for the sham­poo that fol­lows.

Min­imise heat dam­age. Heat is a ma­jor hair killer, so use a hairdr yer or flat iron with ad­justable heat set­tings to pre­vent fr ying your strands. And al­ways ap­ply a heat pro­tec­tant first, comb­ing it through your hair to dis­trib­ute the for­mula evenly. For ul­ti­mate smooth­ness, point the hairdr yer noz­zle down­wards in the di­rec­tion of your hair shaft.

Feed your hair with the right pro­teins. Hair is pri­mar­ily made of ker­atin, a type of protein which gets de­pleted over time due to harsh chem­i­cal treat­ments, poor main­te­nance habits and pol­lu­tion. Pump up your diet with salmon and eggs, and ap­ply a nu­tri­ent-packed mask at least once a week to nour­ish and re­pair your hair from within.

Mois­turise your mane with nat­u­ral oils. Choose prod­ucts that con­tain in­gre­di­ents like co­conut or olive oil, as these help smooth hair cu­ti­cles for that glossy look sans grease. Massage a drop or two into the ends to com­bat split ends, and if you have oily hair, opt for lighter oils like ar­gan or jo­joba that are sim­i­lar to your scalp’s nat­u­ral se­bum.

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