Why Are Hair Tonics Important?
Hair tonics allows us to obtain the thick, lustrous, and shiny head of hair we always wanted. Stress, overexposure to UV rays, and hormonal imbalance wreak havoc on our scalps. The next time you’re in the MRT, or in a public place, you’ll see that hair and scalp problems are common in Singapore. Hair loss, in particular, is one of the most confidence-eroding hair issues. Aging also decreases the cellular turnover of our scalp cells. This means the hair bulbs in our scalp regenerate at a delayed rate. As a result, our hair regrows slower and thinner. To kick-start the process, it is important to deliver nutrients so hair growth can be restored for fuller, dense locks.
Because hair treatments at specialist salons do not come cheap, we have come up with a list of top five hair tonics that won’t break your bank. Combined with a suitable and regular hair care regimen, these hair tonics could save your crowning glory.
Exfoliate, cleanse, balance and protect your scalp
- Great scent
- Contains fruit and plant essences
- Lightweight serum
- Helps balance sebum levels
- Protects against environmental aggressors to protect hair root and scalp
Who doesn’t like a serum that leaves your scalp smelling great, feeling soothed and nourished all day?
Introducing the Aveda Pramasana Protective Scalp Concentrate – a 3-part system that works to exfoliate, cleanse, balance and protect your scalp. Pramasana derives from Aveda’s Ayurvedic heritage. “Prada” in Sanskrit means strong foundation and “Asana” in Sanskrit means posture or taking a stand. This serum targets the root of hair problems such as hair loss, and is formulated to clear the scalp of debris that clogs up hair follicles and obstructs hair growth.
It is a post-shampoo, leave-in treatment that penetrates the surface layers of the scalp to boost scalp circulation, nourish and help preserve and balance the scalp’s natural protective barrier, while helping to protect the scalp from external aggressors such as pollution and free radicals.
Your scalp and hair will also smell great with Aveda’s invigorating pure-fume™ aroma with grapefruit, neroli, cypress and other pure flower and plant essences.
This scalp concentrate is formulated with the highest level of Aveda’s exclusive blend of ingredients that helps to maintain a clean and healthy scalp foundation. The blend contains seaweed extract that controls and balances sebum levels on the scalp; lactobacillus, a patended fermed that helps preserve the scalp’s natural protective barrier, and tamanu oil, a known antioxidant that protects the scalps from environmental aggressors. With these ingredients, your scalp feels nourished, soothed and comfortable all day.
If you want more pronounced results, we recommend using this serum after washing your hair with Aveno’s Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser.
The Aveda Pramasana Scalp Concentrate serum costs S$75 for a 75ml bottle. You can order it on Shopee.
Medicinal herbal nutrition that targets hair loss
- Award-winning quasi-drug hair loss product
- KFDA and FDA approved
- Contains over 33% pure medicinal Korean herbs
- Prevents hair loss, reduces scalp itch and dandruff
- Reduces white hair
This award-winning scalp essence is the No.1 hair loss treatment in South Korea and has also taken Singapore by storm. It is approved by the KFDA in Korea and has been clinically proven to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth in three to six months. It’s also suitable for both men and women. Apart from its obvious benefits of preventing hair loss by delivering medicinal herbal nutrition deep into the scalp to strengthen hair follicles, reviewers have been raving about how this product is mild and therepeutice, and leave their hair soft and smooth.
Its main substances include L-menthol, salicylic acid, and D-panthenol, extracts of gamcho (Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fischer), dangui (Angelica gigas Nakai), changpo (Acorus calamus Linne), and cheongung (Cnidium). These traditional Oriental herbal ingredients are boiled directly in the traditional Oriental way.
You can rest assured knowing that only herbal concentrates made from highly concentrated raw materials are used. This product has also completed body test certification and the three-scalp application test. It also underwent the human body sensitive skin stimulation test.
For best results, reviewers have recommended pairing Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair-loss together with the Vitalizing Shampoo.
First, cleanse your scalp with the Vitalizing Shampoo. Next, shake the Vitalizing Scalp Pack for Hair-loss vigorously to mix the content well, and apply an appropriate amount evenly to the scalp, and massage with finger tips to enhance absorption.
The Daeng Gi Mei Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair-loss retails on Shoppee for S$47.80 for 145ml
Fight off the early signs of hair loss
- No harsh chemicals
- Non-greasy formula
- Nourishes and strengthens scalp and hair
- Paraben and silicon-free
- Safe for vegans and against animal testing
NaturVital Hair Loss Tonic treatment is the ideal treatment to stave off the signs of premature ageing like weakened or thinning hair. This tonic targets hair loss and nourishes the scalp, toning and strengthening hair during its growth phase. We recommend that the moment you notice increased hair loss, that you give this tonic a try.
This intensive scalp tonic moisturises the scalp for supple skin while delivering botanical extracts. Thanks to a Phytoactive Complex derived from germinating Wheat germ and Soya bean and boosted by Ginseng and Hops extracts, this tonic provides the hair bulb with the energy and nutrients needed to strengthen and tone hair in its growth phase. Caffeine works to boost microcirculation in the scalp.
Reviewers said that the great thing about this tonic is it doesn’t leave a greasy residue, and leaves hair silky and manageable.
Massaging the scalp after the tonic has been applied will help to boost microcirculation for optimal efficacy.
It is advisable to use NaturVital Anti-Hair Loss Treatment three times a week for a duration of six weeks. This formula helps to regulate hair loss and encourage new growth. Independent controlled tests show that hair loss decresed by 83% and hair regrowth increased by 34% over a twelve week period.
What we like about this product is the more affordable price tag, and the fact that it contains zero colourants, is paraben and silicon-free. NaturVital is also against animal testing and is vegan-friendly.
To use, just apply to tonic directly over the scalp using the applicator tip. Massage in with your fingertips for a few minutes. Do not rinse and style your hair as usual.
For its affordable price tag alone, we rate this product 4 stars.
The NaturVital Anti-Ahri Loss Treatment Essence retails on Shopee for S$15 for a 60ml bottle.
Expert scalp care serum
- Fortifying scalp and hair serum
- Light and non-greasy formula
- Nourishing complex of vitamins, minerals and natural ingredients
- Works to protect natural colour, soothe discomfort and purify the scalp
- Energizing fragrance
If you are bothered by frizzy and lacklustre hair, Sisley’s Revitalizing Fortifying Serum Improves and maintains hair and scalp health. It is a nourishing serum that contains highly concentrated plant extracts, vitamins, proteins and minerals for stronger tresses and soothed skin.
As one of the priciest hair serums in the market, we thought we’d list its ingredients for you. The science of plants at the heart of this formula includes Fortifying Vitalizing Complex (Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E Acetate, and Pro-vitamin B5) and Arginine which improves hair vitality. Rice protein encourages bulb regeneration; Vitamin peptide improves hair density; Einkorn Wheat extract promotes strength and resistance from the root; Linseed extract protects the hair’s natural color; Natural Origin Alpha- Bisabolol: soothes while Sage extract work to protect your hair’s natural colour, soothes discomfort and purifies the scalp.
Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for the Scalp features a fresh fragrance that energizes and renews. The light, non-greasy formula is ideal for scalp massages. You can apply as little or as much as needed. For a more intense treatment, try a few drops every few days.
The Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for the scalp slows hair loss, speeds up hair bulb regeneration for denser hair growth. It immediately soothes inflammations on the scalp and provides the hair with volume and tone. With each application, the hair becomes shinier, more radiant with vitality.
To use, apply 3 pipettes, section by section, to dry or damp hair on the scalp, in particular on the areas of loss. Massage with fingertips. Use as an intensive treatment every 2 days for a month then twice a week for 2 months for maintenance. In case of contact with eyes, rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Reviewers gave this product a top rating, but due to its heavy price tag, we think that a 3.5 star rating is best.
Best solution to your hair thinning concerns
- Developed with cutting-edge bioscience technology
- New and improved anti-hair loss scalp essence
- Lightweight essence
- Rinse-free leave-in treatment
- Create ideal environment for healthier and denser hair growth
Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring home the professional hair pampering services that you experience in a salon? With Shiseido’s Hair Care Adenovital Advanced Scalp Essence, you can continue building strength in your hair in the comfort of your home!
Ideal for those with a tendency to hair loss, kickstart sluggish cellular activity in the hair bulbs with this improved energizing scalp essence. Lightweight and refreshing, this rinse-free leave-in treatment recharges hair bulbs to optimise their regeneration. At the same time, it nourishes the scalp, creating the ideal environment for healthier and denser hair growth. It consolidates strands, reduces greying, and hair appears fuller and stronger in no time.
One reviewer who gave this product a 4.9 rating calls this product her saviour, having suffered from postpartum hair loss used this product said she grew back baby hair within a month.
Based on state-of-the-art bioscience, ADENOVITAL focuses on the six mechanisms within the hair root that causes hair loss. Backed by Shiseido’s proprietary technology and ingredients, ADENOVITAL conditions the scalp environment to promote luxurious volume.
Adenosine is a biogenic agent which works directly on the hair papilla, producing “growth factors” that are essential to promoting the growth of healthy hair.
P Stimulator is a moisturizing ingredient derived from apricot that moisturizes the scalp while creating a healthy scalp environment to support the growth of beautiful hair. Come August 2020, the formula will improve with the introduction of AP Stimulator, a new formulation, also extracted from Apricots, and is designed to activate resting hair cells, resulting in new hair growth.
Ononis Extract is a repairing ingredient which repairs the hair cuticle to make hair more resistant to damage.
AG Complex II is a moisturizing ingredient that moisturizes and improves the condition of the scalp. It made made from Ashitaba Extract, Lingzhi Extract, Japanese Pepper Extract and Dipropylene glycol.
Apart from positive reviews of its efficacy, this scalp essence boasts of a bright, invigorating scent of sweet natural fruits that have grown strong under the sun’s life-giving power with a hint of aromatic green. We give it a 4 star rating.
The Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Adenovital Advanced Scalp Essence retails on Qoo10 for S$111.50.
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Written by: Karen Tan
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