Perming your hair strips your strands of essential moisture, so aftercare is vital if you want your gorgeous new curls to last. You’ll need products that can perform quality damage control, as well as keep or even enhance your curls and waves so that you can enjoy them for a longer period of time.
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From conditioners to hair masks and styling creams, here are 15 hair products to help your perm better withstand the test of time:
Nourish your hair with a moisturising yet lightweight conditioner like this one from Tsubaki’s new botanical range. It’s formulated with beauty ingredients like royal jelly, soy protein and camellia oil to strengthen strands and tackle tangles, preventing your perm from turning into a frizzy mess. Available at Watsons, Welcia-BHG, Don Don Donki and selected Fairprice hyper/supermarkets.
Expert Tip: Condition your hair before shampooing, as it moisturises your hair better and primes your hair for better shampoo distribution.
Curls looking a bit limp? Breathe new life into them with this styling gel that helps to hydrate and accentuate curls, giving them more bounce and texture without looking crunchy. Available at selected salons.
Formulated with hydrating avocado oil, this leave-in cream works to define your curls and strengthen it against the elements that cause them to become frizzy. It’s also vegan and doesn’t contain silicones, sulphates, parabens or synthetic colour. Available at Sephora.
If your curls need a bit of styling, try this mousse texture foam that helps hold your curls in place without drying them out. Start with a small amount and work through your hair from roots to ends if you have short hair, or mid-lengths to ends if you have longer hair. Available at Sephora.
Look out for shampoos that are specifically made for chemically treated hair. This formula works to repair very damaged, sensitised locks which helps rehabilitate your post-perm hair. Available at selected salons.
Apply this hair mask every two weeks to keep your curls well moisturised and shiny. It contains an advanced renewing complex to replenish hydration and prevent breakage. Available exclusively at Guardian stores.
This weightless leave-in treatment is rich in superfood proteins like green pea and jojoba seed oil to repair split ends and and strengthen your hair. Check out more leave-in treatments here. Available at Blow+Bar salons.
Define your curls with this styling creme that’s infused with wheat protein and organic aloe to lock in your perm. Available at TANGS Orchard.
Repel humidity, tame frizz and maintain your perm’s manageability with this serum that also works as a heat protectant. Available at Watsons and Guardian stores.
Includes a Curl shampoo, Curl conditioner and a soft mousse to purify, hydrate and enhance your waves for a more voluminous, bouncy ‘do. Available at Sephora.
This styling cream helps tame rebellious strands for smooth, flexible curls. Available at Sephora.
This conditioner is enriched with Keratin and Hyaloveil to help your hair regain suppleness, so your curls will always feel soft to the touch. Available at selected salons, like Chez Vous Hair Salon.
Want effortlessly sexy beach waves? This lightweight formula helps keep your curls in check, which giving you that perfectly tousled look. Available at Lazada.sg.
Text: Elizabeth Liew / Main image: Stocksnap
The natural instinct for anyone trying to achieve curls is to steer clear from using a conditioner as it’ll straighten out your mane. We’re here to tell you that that’s a myth, and not using a conditioner daily will cause dry strands and frizzy hair – something we definitely do not want. In fact, when the ends of your hair are dry, they’re more prone to breakage which makes it harder for you to curl them.
Our conditioner pick is the Ryo Damage Care Conditioner, 400ml, $16.90 from Guardian. It’s infused with antioxidants and aloe vera for smooth tresses, which will make curling your hair fuss-free and eas
Maintaining a smooth mane doesn’t just stop there. Hair oils are also an important step in any haircare routine to prevent split ends or hair breakage. This way, you’ll not only have a natural shine to your hair but your curls can also be retained for a longer period.
Text: Elizabeth Liew, Additional Reporting: Nadine Chua/Herworld / Main image: Stocksnap