The relationship a woman has with her hair is personal, changing, and meaningful. For many of us, hair goes beyond physicality. It is a large part of our identity and affects our self-esteem on a psychological and emotional level.
According to the findings published by Annals of Dermatology in 2017, pattern hair loss affects 73 per cent of the Asian population. When it comes to hair loss and hair thinning, considerations like genetics, hormones, stress, diet, and sleep patterns are all contributing factors. It can be a distressing time of transition, more so with the ongoing social stigma.
That’s why we’ve curated the best hair growth products that tend to your concerns. From anti-hair loss serums to multivitamins that fortify hair strength, here are 17 hair growth products to try.
Renowned French hair care expert Phyto, which has been a driving force of botanical hair care for 50 years, just launched a new anti-hair loss formula after extensive research. The new Phytonovathrix Global Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is made with 99 per cent plant-based ingredients and contains Celery Seed Extract which helps boost the production of a protein in your hair. This, in turn, claims to encourage the active phase of your hair’s growth cycle (also known as the anagen phase).
For best results, use it together with the gentle Phyotonovathrix Fortifying Energizing Shampoo which is formulated with hair-revitalising ingredients like gurana, horsetail, and red algae extracts. Available at Watsons.
This targeted hair treatment from the US works to boost the thickness of hair strands that are losing density. Launched in Singapore in June 2019, it’s part of a day-to-night 3D IntensiveCare range that also includes a hair mask, booster serum, and night treatment. After washing and towelling, apply the Diaboost directly to the hair roots and massage for about one minute before blow-drying. Available at Nioxin Advanced Care Boutiques and on Lazada.
If your hair and scalp tend to get oily and sticky, it could lead to blocked hair follicles which prevents your hair from growing properly. Refresh your scalp with this targeted treatment from the South Korean brand which harnesses the powers of Korean ginseng root extracts and a proprietary solution to fight warning signs of hair loss such as limp hair and widening hair parting. It leaves behind a fragrant ginseng scent too!
Massage into your scalp for a couple of minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Available at Guardian, Shopee, Lazada, and Qoo10.
This proprietary formula from homegrown skin and hair specialist DrGL combines powerful growth factors, peptides, and key vitamins to nourish your hair from root to tip. It is the result of intensive research and development in cell regeneration that’s the key to reversing hair loss. Available at DrGL online, DrHair at TANGS at Tang Plaza, and Sephora.
Featuring an upgraded formula that uses organic argan oil (aka “liquid gold”), this antioxidant-packed conditioner is designed for ageing hair and scalps and contains no sulphates, silicones and parabens. It delivers a boost of moisture and vitalising keratin to strengthen individual strands so they don’t break so easily and leaves behind an aromatic sakura fragrance. Available at Watsons, Tokyu Hands, BHG, Welcia-BHG, Don Don Donki and Fairprice.
Vegan and 98 per cent naturally derived, this volumising shampoo is fortified with stimulating ingredients like ginger, ginseng, and biotin that encourage hair growth. Formulated with vitamin B5 and maltodextrin, every strand is thickened to enhance volume. Available at Sephora.
This luxurious and sulphate-free shampoo by the renowned Italian hairstylist works to prolong the growing phase of your hair’s life cycle, and is rich in natural camellia, ginseng and guarana extracts for stronger tresses. Available at Net-a-Porter.
This gentle formula features a patented strengthening technology and volumising polymers, to infuse limp and fine tresses with essential protein from deep within. Available at selected Cold Storage, Watsons, and Guardian stores.
This daily hair and scalp tonic encourages the growth of new hair by stimulating hair follicles and thickening hair shafts to give you a more full-bodied mane. Available on Amazon and The Sloane Clinic outlets.
This supplement helps extend the growth cycle of your hair and replenish vital nutrients directly to the follicle to encourage the growth of healthy hair. Available at Prive and Lazada.
Feed your hair with this multi-vitamin that contains essential nutrients like zinc, selenium and biotin to support the growth of healthy locks. Available at Guardian.
Pump up the volume of your blowouts by applying this lightweight styling foam to your hair after showering. Available at leading personal care stores, and Zalora.
Boost the density of thinning hair with this stimulating formula that also works to repair and revive damaged hair. Available at PHS Hairscience outlets, and Shopee.
Gently massage this revitalising serum into your scalp – it contains a potent blend of multi clinically-proven ingredients that helps to boost hair growth and fortify the scalp from external aggressors. Available at Zalora.
Rejuvenate your scalp with this intensive treatment that helps your scalp better absorb essential active ingredients. This product stimulates the production of type one and type three collagens, two of the most important collagens that help firm up the skin, to keep your scalp healthy. Leave this on overnight for best results. Available here.
If you are already suffering from hair loss concerns, this potent remedy is packed with natural ingredients like ginseng, dongquai and seaweed extracts to boost blood circulation, thus stimulating hair growth. Available at Venus Beauty, Shopee and other authorised retailers.
Text: Elizabeth Liew, Additional reporting: Farisia Thang
This post was published on July 25, 2018, and updated on May 6, 2020.