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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Get that 'Just stepped out of the salon' hair at home

By Andrea Claire · August 24, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

image credits: Katherine Ahn / photographer, Andrea Claire / hair & makeup, model: Fernanda Campelo / Diva Models Singapore

The key to beautiful hair is a compilation of healthy choices.

Diet: You are what you eat, and so is your hair. [insert cliche but true healthy food list, drink water, blah blah blah]


If you can read this blog then you probably are thinking 'um... I've been shampooing for years now, but thanks Andrea. *eye roll*  I think I've mastered the lather, rinse, repeat'

Well - hold the phone on the eye roll Ladies and Metrosexuals!

Now it's: lather... wait for it... rinse! The new thoughts are extra washes just add to stripping the hair and scalp of the natural oils so allow the shampoo to sit for about 30 seconds, massage if you like which aids in lifting pomades, sprays, pollutants etc then rinse. Kinda makes sense when you think about it.

*Choose a shampoo geared to your hair type.

If you have:

Fine hair use volumizing ala PhytoRhum

Coloured hair use colour protecting ala L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect

Damaged hair use protein enriched ala Pantene Color Preserve Smooth

Curly hair use hydrating/ anti-frizz ala Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

Swimmers or over-users of hair product - build up removing shampoos ala Philip B Peppermint and Avocado 


Yes Virginia, everyone needs a conditioner.

 A light cream rinse ala Aveda's Rosemary Mint for shorter virgin hair and very fine hair.

Colour maintenance conditioners ala Marc Anthony Brilliant Color tend to help with colour fading issues and have UV protection in them. Generally found in shampoo/conditioner pairs and worth reaping the added benefits.

Protein conditioners ala Aveda Damage Remedy are for rebuilding the bonds of fried hair - don't mistake damaged hair with thirsty hair. Dry hair is not the same as damaged hair. You can have dry hair without the damage but if your hair is damaged generally you will need both a moisturizing conditioner and a protein conditioner. If you have coloured your hair with every trend of the season, chemically straightened and curled it with tongs then you need hair help and a beauty intervention.

Moisturizing conditioners ala Fekkai Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner are formulated to replenish thirsty hair.

*Always comb through conditioners with a wide tooth shower comb prior to rinsing out. This evenly distributes the conditioner throughout your hair.

The latest in towel-drying? Don't. Grab an old t-shirt and wrap your shower-soaked hair until it is damp. Roughing up the cuticle occurs when you aggressively towel dry your hair creating breakage and flyaways.


*If you want your hair to do ANYTHING you have to use product. This is not a choice, this is a must-do.

Styling lotions ala Aveda Confixor are great for a light hold with little to zero stickiness.

Have a choppy cropped cut? I love spray waxes ala Sally Hershberger Genius Spray Wax. Spray wax has a movable hold so you get a fun chunky effect but it's not stiff.

Pomades for me are a little too 90s so I rarely use them. They are the 'Dad' hair product like what moms are to jeans... I prefer to use hair powder ala Schwarzkopf Dust it for styling men's hair with a controlled messy texture.

Thermal Protectants ala TRESemme Heat Protectant Spray are a MUST when using heated styling tools as they guard against heat and friction to keep your hair shiny and incredibly soft. Truth: I used this on the model's hair, image above.

Hairsprays come in working sprays, flexible/medium holds and fixing sprays. Essentially freeze your hair in shape with a fixing spray ala Redken Forceful 23  all others are lighter holds. I LOVE this one as the lid locks in my kit therefore no leaking hairsprays draining on my tools.

*Honestly, the product list can go on and on... have a hair type or texture you need guidance on with products or styling? Leave your question below. 

image credits: Katherine Ahn / photographer, Andrea Claire / hair & makeup, model: Tiffany / Diva Models Singapore

Spray shines ala Philip B Shin Shine are a great finish for galas, red carpet and bridal or if you are starring in a hair ad otherwise don't bother wasting your moolah. You can add shine by simply utilizing your ceramic round brushes and cooling button on your blow-dryer. Aim your blow-dryer up your hair shaft for volume and down the hair-shaft for smoothing and shine. Check out here for some more blow-drying tips.

*NEVER brush curly hair unless it's prior to a shower as a pre-shampoo detangling and then I recommend the Tangle Teezer! Awesome brush for everyone!

Frustrated with your curly hair? Don't rebond it - embrace it! Check out my favourite curly hair divas at My Deva Curl who know all there is about combating frizz!


Have a happy hair day!

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