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20 Best Products For A Stimulating Hair Care Routine At Home

No need to pull or tear your hair over the fact that you're missing out on all those hair appointments during this prolonged circuit-breaker because things are stressful enough. Instead, we show you all the potions to have to solve your hair woes – from dried and frizzy tresses to oily scalps – with the products and treatments you can use at home.

Let’s be honest: many of us tend to neglect our tresses and place more importance on perfecting our skincare ritual. That situation might be exacerbated since we’re unable to book our hair appointments and treatments thanks to the circuit-breaker. As we wait for the day we can give our locks the TLC they deserve at the salon, here are some products to manage them in the meantime while you’re at home.

For Dry, Frizzy & Damaged Hair: Sisley Regenerating Hair Care Mask With Botanical Oils, $122, www.robinsons.com.sg
This is powered by four botanical oils that are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals to strengthen and rebuild hair structure that has been weakened and damaged overtime by constant sun exposure and the excessive use of styling products and tools. It also has a creamy texture that soothes irritation and hydrate both scalp and hair thanks to shea, macadamia and hazelnut oils. For Dry, Frizzy & Damaged Hair: Shiseido Professional Sublimic Wonder Shield, $56, www.shunjimatsuo.com.sg
Consider this your all-in-one hair treatment for days when your tresses just aren’t cooperating. It is a lightweight essence mist that works to treat and nourish tresses to achieve fresh, soft and hydrated locks, comparable to the kind you get with a hair treatment at the salon. Additionally, it is formulated with a combination of technologies that help reduce frizz, maintain a healthy scalp, prolong the longevity of hair colour, and ensure tresses are well hydrated. For Dry, Frizzy & Damaged Hair: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil, $46, www.sephora.sg
Apart from nourishing locks with a slew of different hydrating emollients, this also contains a Ceramide Technology that works to treat split ends and reinforce hair cuticles to prevent – and protect – it from further damage. It also has lightweight oil consistency that does not feel too greasy after application. For Dry, Frizzy & Damaged Hair: Drunk Elephant Cocomino Marula Cream Conditioner, $35, www.sephora.sg
A conditioner that hydrates both scalp and hair, this is formulated with a cocktail of non-fragrant plant oils such as baobab and kalahari seed that promise to detangle knots, hydrate dried ends and tame frizz. The formula has a pH level of 3.6, which is compatible with that of the scalp to ensure that it is gentle enough and won’t disrupt or aggravate the scalp’s delicate acid mantle. A blend of amino acids and proteins are also infused to strengthen and improve manageability.  For Dry, Frizzy & Damaged Hair: Mise-en-Scene Perfect Serum (Original), $15.90, www.watsons.com.sg
This is enriched with seven different kinds of essential oils (argan, camelia, marula, olive, jojoba, coconut and apricot) that are meant to repair dry and damaged hair. It does so by strengthening locks to prevent breakage and improve its vulnerability to harmful chemical substances, detangles and tames frizz and knots, and intensely hydrates for softer, silkier hair. For Hair Loss: Sisley Revatilizing Fortifying Serum For The Scalp, $250, www.robinsons.com.sg
Ideal for those who are experiencing hair loss, this serum contains plant-based extracts, vitamins, minerals and proteins to encourage stronger and fuller hair growth. On top of promoting hair growth, this also slows down greying hair and features a weightless, non-greasy formula so it feels comfortable once applied.   For Hair Loss: Dr GL Solution Hair (Anti-Hairloss), $168, www.drgl.com
This is perfect for those who want to treat damaged hair while protecting it from further thinning out. It prevents hair loss with the use of peptides that boosts microcirculation in the scalp to keep it healthy and thus, deterring hair fall. Further, it stimulates hair growth by nourishing hair follicles and removing damaged proteins and unwanted build-up that prevent hair from growing. For Hair Loss: PHS Hairscience FEM Thickening Shampoo, $54, www.phshairscience.com
As a shampoo, this cleanses off dirt and grime from hair while retaining essential moisture for lustrous locks. But apart from that, this also contains a slew of botanicals, plant extracts and amino acids to strengthen the scalp and improve its ability to protect itself from further damage that aggravates hair loss. For Hair Loss: Kerastase Densifique Hair Density, Quality and Fullness Activator Program, $343 for a box of 30, www.sephora.sg
This treatment comes with 30 ampoules to be used daily for one month and is targeted at those experiencing thinning hair. Its key ingredient, a patented technology known as Stemoxydine, creates an optimal environment for stem cells in the scalp to thrive in. When this happens, dormant cells are reawakened and strengthened, improving their efficacy. A blend of vitamins then nourishes and supplement these cells to boost follicle activity. For Hair Loss: Ryo Beautiful Aging Care Ampoule, $99 for a set of eight, www.guardian.com.sg
An intense two-month program that aims to treat both scalp and hair for a denser and fuller mane, this is meant to offer similar results comparable to that of in-salon treatments. Korean ginseng is known to boost immunity in our bodies once consumed – and it does the same when formulated in haircare products by strengthening hair follicles and prevent breakage and improving brittle ends. Lingzhi mushroom, ginger and wilfordi root work together to target damaged scalps that cause hair to thin out and fall, while further promoting hair growth. For Oily & Greasy Scalp: Drunk Elephant T.L.C Happi Scalp Scrub, $52, www.sephora.sg
This combines plant cellulose exfoliating beads and gentle acids (both chemical and physical exfoliants) to remove dead skin cells and other buildups from the excessive use of styling products. It also contains six plant oils to further nourish and protect both scalp and hair. For Oily & Greasy Scalp: Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, $61, www.tangs.com
If incorporating an additional step in your hair care routine is too much of a trouble, opt for this shampoo that specifically targets oily scalps. It is formulated with a blend of herbal extracts like cinchona, ivy, lavender and yarrow, which help to cleanse, tighten scalp (scalp is basically skin with pores, and the bigger our pores, the more oil it produces) to control excess oil production. Plus, these herbal ingredients are great for soothing and calming irritation and itch in the scalp. Mild surfactants such as pro-vitamin B5 and panthenol moisturise and condition the hair. For Oily & Greasy Scalp: Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox, $62, www.sephora.sg
Just like your skin, your scalp, too, is filled with dead skin cells and other product build-up that has to be removed. When left untreated, this may cause itching, irritation and may even cause hair to severely thin out. This weekly scalp detox removes buildup and detoxifies while delivering nutrients to the hair follicle. For Oily & Greasy Scalp: Three Scalp & Hair Cleansing Oil, $75, www.tangs.com
The blend of oils formulated in this product do not clog pores. Instead, it helps to melt away excess sebum found in the scalp and removes unnecessary dirt and grime. With the combination of tea tree, eucalyptus radiata and other oils, expect a fragrant, relaxing scent that’ll calm the senses. For Oily & Greasy Scalp: Kristin Ess Scalp Detoxifying Bubble Mask, $27, www.sephora.sg
Use this before shampooing your hair to remove oil, build-up and dead surface skin cells for a healthier scalp. Plus, it provides UV and heat protection which is ideal for those who are constantly styling their hair. For Dull Hair: Drunk Elephant Wild Marula Tangle Spray, $35, www.sephora.sg
When our hair is constantly damaged by heated styling products, it loses its radiance and shine. This leave-in conditioning mist acts as a shield by strengthening hair shafts so that it will not be overly damaged from hair straighteners and curlers. Its blend of oils such as sacha inchi seed, marula and argan penetrate deep into the hair follicles to restore radiance for healthier-looking tresses. Plus, it helps to detangle unruly, messy locks too. For Dull Hair: Sachajuan Shine Serum, $38, www.sephora.sg
Suitable for all hair types (even those with fine hair), this weightless serum repairs damaged hair with its key ingredient panthenol. It boosts shine and luminosity to dull, lacklustre locks on top of treating messy, frizzy hair for smoother, silkier tresses. For Dull Hair: Clarins Invigorating Shine Hair Conditioner, $45, www.clarins.com.sg
Organic shea butter promises to provide long-lasting moisture to dry, damaged locks. When hair is nourished and filled with moisture, it looks fuller, feels smoother and gives off a gloss-like shine for more radiant, healthier-looking tresses. It also comes with the brand’s Eau Dynamisante fragrance, which consists of patchouli, white tea and ginseng essential oils for a refreshing and relaxing bath ritual. For Dull Hair: Phyto Phytocolor Shine Activating Care, $39, www.watsons.com.sg
Its key ingredient, yacon extract, treats and smooths out hair fibres to enhance the shine of coloured locks. It is also fortified with karanja oil, which protects tresses from harmful environmental aggressors that may further damage healthy hair, causing it to look lustreless. For Dull Hair: Kerastase Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil, $67, www.sephora.sg
Applied after a hair wash, this gives a sheen to dull tresses while delivering continuous hydration so hair stays moisturised throughout the day. A blend of camellia, argan, maize and pracaxi oils help to nurture and prevent further breakage of weakened hair.