Friday Favorites: Hair Things

I haven't had much success in the hair care department. My last triumph was the green Pantene circa 2002 (?) that made my hair really shiny in a week. And then they decided to reformulate it into a crazy pimple-inducing sludge. It took months for my scalp to recover from the scars, and I haven't touched a Pantene product since. 

Shortly after college I got myself into a vicious hair cycle. It started with a rebond. I have very fine hair, so immediately post treatment my hair would cling desperately to my scalp like its life depended on it (and it just occurred to me that, well, it actually does).  So I would swear - swear! - to grow it out and never straighten my hair again. Six months to one year later (I get pretty good rebonds so I don't get that nasty demarcation where the treated hair ended and the untouched hair begins), and my hair would regain a bit of volume, but not without a lot of attitude. So, I would iron it into submission. A month later, my hair would be fried, split ends start to emerge, and knots and tangles and things would start to form spontaneously. So, rebond. Yay.

But now, I am happy to report that it's been almost two years since my last rebonding treatment, and I have zero plans of getting one in the near future. All thanks to these:

L'oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo
I'm not usually very particular with shampoos (as long as it's not Pantene!), but ever since I moved to Singapore I have developed a nasty case of dandruff. Not the type that falls of in tiny white flakes, but the type that forms huge scabs, which I then scratch off. Very unsightly. I have tried countless brands from Nizoral to Phyto but none really helped.
And then I got a Brazilian Keratin treatment and was advised to find a shampoo that did not contain sulfates and sodium chloride. Now there are tons of sulfate-free shampoos out in the market today. But sodium chloride-free? Very few. You'd be surprised. Even baby shampoos have sodium chloride. This particular one by L'oreal is supposed to be for colour-treated hair, but, well, I didn't really have much of a choice (plus, it was also on sale teehee). It took two bottles, but now my scalp is scab-free! Now all I have to do is wait for it to go on sale again and hoard.

Cream Silk Conditioner
I love love love Cream Silk conditioners! Cheap but effective. Why they're not available in Singapore, I'll never know. I always have to stock up on these every time I go home. My favorite is actually the blue one, but the pink one is not bad so I just alternate between them.

Kerastase Ciment Thermique
First of all, I've never been a fan of hair treatments. Heat-activated treatments? No way is that going to work. But clearance bins have a way of making you try things. That and a very positive score in MakeupAlley. Let me put it this way - I've been ironing my hair straight almost everyday for more than two months now,  and my hair is still looking very healthy. Not only healthy. Obedient. And shiny. And happy. Pleased is an understatement. Bonus: it smells awesome too! If you heat-blast your hair like I do, you have to get this. If you end up not liking it then just send it my way haha :p

I realize I might be giving the impression that my hair is now long and flowing and shampoo-commercial ready. It's not. But I've had very stubborn hair my entire life, and this is the best it's ever been. Worth a try, if you're in a haircare slump. ^^

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