June 20, 2016

Damage-care and colour-preserving shampoos and conditioners probably line your bathroom shelf, alongside a whole range of hair serums and masks for every conceivable purpose – all just so you can get one step closer to flowing locks of the shampoo commercial variety.

But we’ve learnt that more often that not, we forget about a very important part of hair health: the scalp. A healthy scalp actually has quite a significant impact on the state of your hair, a prime example of which is that a greasy scalp can weigh down the hair, and make it look limp and lifeless.

What we’re trying to tell you here is, it’s important to set aside time to care for your scalp, if you want your hair to stay healthy in the long-term. Scalp care is a part of the beauty world that isn’t often covered (since everyone’s usually obsessed with just their hair), so we don’t blame you if you don’t know where to start when it comes to giving your scalp the care that it deserves – we’ll make it easy for you by just telling you to go straight for Salon Vim’s Texture Balancing Instant Rejuvenating Scalp Treatment.

The homegrown salon is already known for their impressive Texture Control treatment for anti-frizz, and this one launched awhile back is basically skincare for the scalp, using fullerene and marine placenta to target signs of ageing in the scalp. When we tried this out at Salon Vim’s 313@Somerset branch, the treatment started with one of the salon’s directors, Sue, running a diagnostic camera over our scalp to get a good look at its current state.

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And what turned up on the camera screen were clear signs of oil-clogged follicles. Nasty. This was what was causing an oily and itchy scalp and limp hair, and all in all, when magnified so many times by the scalp camera, it just made us want to have our scalp cleaned out, ASAP.

The Texture Balancing menu of scalp treatments includes the Revitalising for dry scalps; the Anti-Aging for stressed-out scalp that might be sensitive or even prone to skin conditions like eczema; and the Clarifying, targeting oiliness and itchiness. We were prescribed the Clarifying treatment, which used a concoction of persimmon, pearl barley and lemongrass to clear out all the gunk and grease, which works together with the fullerene, a chemical compound that has powerful anti-oxidants, and the marine placenta, which is chock-full of amino acids to boost skin hydration and elasticity.

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About an hour and a real soothing hair wash and head massage later, it was time to put the camera to our scalps again, and oh, wow. Look at how it’s all clear and grease-free now, and check out how all those follicles look so clean! And it wasn’t just for that day – in the following weeks, our scalp didn’t itch nor feel greasy even on the most humid of days, and it sure was nice to know we weren’t walking around with our follicles stuffed full of gunk.



Texture Balancing Instant Rejuvenating Scalp Treatment, $95 for the first trial (U.P. $125). Available at Salon Vim, located at #04-28 313@Somerset, #02-01 B Wisma Atria, and 235 Victoria St. Purchase it on the Salon Vim e-store at salonvim.sg

Main image: Stella McCartney for Adidas, courtesy Aveda.