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PomegranateCurl 03-11-2013 09:22 AM

Singapore CG products
 
:wave: Hey there! I live in Singapore aka curly nightmare. High humidity, high dew points, few CG products, few other wavies/curlies and enthusiastic hairdressers wielding thinning shears around your head. But I'm here to help! ... maybe at least a little. These are some of the CG products I've found in SG, and where I've spotted them. I know you can order online blah blah but sometimes you need a product on the fly and shipping rates are angry9:


1. Sukin products (Spotted in Watsons at Ion, basement level by Muji)

2. Renew products (Spotted in Unity at 100AM, Medic at Tanjong Pagar)

3. Natureís Gate products (biggest selection Iíve seen at Guardian in City Hall, downstairs by Din Tai Fung)

4. Giovanni products (Sasa)

5. Giovanni + others, assorted, decent selection (Brown Rice Paradise @ Tanglin Mall)

6. The Body Shop - I think they have a sulfate/cone-free haircare line

7. Burt's Bees - Sephora (Ion)


Please feel free to add or correct.

stranger 03-28-2013 10:46 AM

Hello PomegranateCurl,

What a pleasant surprise. I was beginning to think I was the only person interested in the CG method in Singapore. I would just like to add a few things to your list. Many of the items listed below are not CG, but many curlies love them.

1) Avalon Organics
- Available at Mustafa & Watsons.

2) V05
-Available at Beauty Springs (Bugis). I came across this yesterday and I couldn't believe my eyes. V05 is finally available in Singapore! I bought the Tea Therapy Calming conditioner. Love it

3) Tigi
-Available at Mustafa and some salons.

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I'm selling my Avalon Organics Olive and Grape seed conditioner, and Aubrey Organics GBP conditioner. I'm sensitive to protein so those 2 didn't work so well for me. If anyone from Singapore wants to buy them, feel free to contact me.

r4nd0m 03-29-2013 11:36 PM

Hi :D Thanks for all the info, it really helps. I'm from Indonesia, though for the moment I'm residing in China (which doesn't change the fact of how hard it is to find CG products...). I'm currently using Kerastase Oleo Curl since I can't find any other shampoo meant for curl hairs. Got any recommendation for a replacement? Cause Kerastase could get a bit pricey at times...

PomegranateCurl 03-30-2013 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by r4nd0m (Post 2146682)
Hi :D Thanks for all the info, it really helps. I'm from Indonesia, though for the moment I'm residing in China (which doesn't change the fact of how hard it is to find CG products...). I'm currently using Kerastase Oleo Curl since I can't find any other shampoo meant for curl hairs. Got any recommendation for a replacement? Cause Kerastase could get a bit pricey at times...

I wish I can help but I have no idea what is available in China. I think in terms of shampoo, look for one with gentler surfactants like decyl glucoside or cocaminodopropyl betaine. That being said, I've used shampoos with these surfactants and I've still found the shampoos overall too drying on my hair (though they're less harsh than SLS or SLES). If you find that you buy a shampoo with those ingredients and it is still too harsh try adding coconut oil to your shampoo! I do 50/50 shampoo/coconut oil and I love it! Now I mostly co-wash but life happens (like Holi) and sometimes my hair needs a low-poo. You can also of course add coconut oil to a sulfate shampoo if that's all you can find. Olive oil works as well.

Stay away from silicones and get a good conditioner! :)

PS- I don't really believe any of the marketing of "curly shampoo" though I can't say anything about the specific one you're using. In general, the only thing that would make a shampoo curly-friendly would be that it is moisturizing and not-stripping... in which case it could be used by any hair type, even straight. So look for moisturizing products but don't necessarily believe "moisturizing" labels; always read the ingredients!

PomegranateCurl 03-30-2013 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by stranger (Post 2145784)
Hello PomegranateCurl,

What a pleasant surprise. I was beginning to think I was the only person interested in the CG method in Singapore. I would just like to add a few things to your list. Many of the items listed below are not CG, but many curlies love them.

1) Avalon Organics
- Available at Mustafa & Watsons.

Hey there! I do remember seeing AO at Mustafa. I'm so mad at Avalon Organics though! I bought a "super moisturizing" AO shampoo and condish in a hurry a few months ago and was sad to come home and find cones in the label upon closer inspection. Bah greenwashing I've been fooled! Anyway, they were expensive as is everything in Singapore and now they're just sitting on my counter unused.:sad11:

I feel the same way about the Organix brand... every other product has a cone in it. I've seen those around too, just don't remember where. Like damn, just don't call it Organic/x if you're going to use the cones!!! /rant

stranger 03-30-2013 09:36 AM

I never get any of my products from Singapore because every thing is expensive. It's ridiculous. I don't know if you've heard of iherb.com, but I usually get most of my stuff from there. They've got Kinky Curly products too. It's much cheaper. Do check it out. The shipping to Singapore is about 6 dollars by airmail, I think. Totally worth it.

stranger 03-30-2013 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by PomegranateCurl (Post 2146717)
[Now I mostly co-wash but life happens (like Holi) and sometimes my hair needs a low-poo.

Do you mean the festival Holi by any chance?

Oh, and where do you guys get your hair cut? I can't find a decent hairdresser. No one knows how to cut curly hair in SG :'(

PomegranateCurl 03-31-2013 08:32 AM

I think I'm going to do my first shipment soon from either iHerb or Curlmart. Is it cheaper to ship through iHerb? I haven't looked into either yet.

Yes, I do mean the festival Holi. My hair is now multi-colored and I'm pretty sure the dyes aren't CG-friendly. :)

I get my hair cut by Joey at Icon Matsuo Shinjo (sp?) at 100AM. She does a decent cut so I've done repeat cuts there but I'm 2a/2b... I don't know how she would handle 3's or 4's. They always blow dry my hair there straight and then add curl after cutting which aggravates me but I think next time I go I'm going to flat out refuse and bring my own shampoo/condish. Eh... not looking forward to be the weirdo but oh well.

Also before Joey I had the worst long hair haircut ever. I used to think it was almost impossible to mess up a basic "long layers" haircut but they've proved me wrong! I was a frizzball for months.

r4nd0m 04-01-2013 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PomegranateCurl (Post 2146717)
Quote:

Originally Posted by r4nd0m (Post 2146682)
Hi :D Thanks for all the info, it really helps. I'm from Indonesia, though for the moment I'm residing in China (which doesn't change the fact of how hard it is to find CG products...). I'm currently using Kerastase Oleo Curl since I can't find any other shampoo meant for curl hairs. Got any recommendation for a replacement? Cause Kerastase could get a bit pricey at times...

I wish I can help but I have no idea what is available in China. I think in terms of shampoo, look for one with gentler surfactants like decyl glucoside or cocaminodopropyl betaine. That being said, I've used shampoos with these surfactants and I've still found the shampoos overall too drying on my hair (though they're less harsh than SLS or SLES). If you find that you buy a shampoo with those ingredients and it is still too harsh try adding coconut oil to your shampoo! I do 50/50 shampoo/coconut oil and I love it! Now I mostly co-wash but life happens (like Holi) and sometimes my hair needs a low-poo. You can also of course add coconut oil to a sulfate shampoo if that's all you can find. Olive oil works as well.

Stay away from silicones and get a good conditioner! :)

PS- I don't really believe any of the marketing of "curly shampoo" though I can't say anything about the specific one you're using. In general, the only thing that would make a shampoo curly-friendly would be that it is moisturizing and not-stripping... in which case it could be used by any hair type, even straight. So look for moisturizing products but don't necessarily believe "moisturizing" labels; always read the ingredients!

'bout the products, since I'm in Guangzhou which is only 2 hours away from HK, there'll be no problems. Hong Kong got everything there :D sometimes at an even cheaper price than in Singapore. BTW, anyone tried Redken's Ringlet conditioner? I'm thinking of giving it a shot... Or are there any better recommendations?

HongKongCurly 10-23-2013 02:06 AM

Hello ladies,

I live in Hong Kong and have actually found it easier to find CG products here than in the uk.

As PomegranateCurl said Sasa has all the Giovanni range, Body Shop Rainsforest range is great, many supermarkets have the Tresemme naturals range as well.

Only thing left now is to find a decent hairdresser!:?

barak4t 08-09-2014 11:38 AM

hi quick question: do you guys order curlmart products to singapore? what's the shipping cost like? i've been dying to get a few products from curly hair solutions but i think the only way to order is through curlmart since CHS doesn't ship overseas :-( sigh having curly hair in singapore is such a pain

wavydaze 08-11-2014 07:17 PM

From my experience, Curlmart international shipping costs are pretty outrageous. iherb has much more reasonable shipping prices and a decent but much smaller selection of products. If you are determined you may look into the pricing of a shipping forwarding company (Curlmart sends to shipping company PO box, Shipping company then forwards package to your international address).

wavydaze 08-11-2014 07:20 PM

Oh yeah, there's also Aveyou which does ship internationally. I don't believe either Aveyou nor iherb carry CHS though. :/

Cepenney 08-12-2014 04:01 AM

I second the recommendation for iherb. I'd also say to try StrawberryNet - free shipping internationally and it comes pretty quickly. They don't have everything but they've got BRHG which I think would be great for Sing weather...

en-q 08-16-2014 08:37 AM

Ooh, so happy to finally see other curly heads from Singapore! :wav:

2nd the rec for VO5 conditioners, I found those stocked at CK dept store (at Chinatown and at FE Plaza). I used to clean out the shelves at Mustafa when they were stocking Schwarzkopf Supersoft Bio Pomegranate Smoothie Conditioner at about $3 a bottle but they stopped carrying this. :(

I'm fortunate enough to travel to the US for work once or twice a year so I generally stock up then.

I have a regular hairdresser I go to but she cuts my hair wet and honestly, I think for my 2b/2c hair that's perfectly fine. I have tried a Devacut on one of my US trips and I was a little underwhelmed with the results.

Rsa 09-09-2014 02:15 AM

Singapore!
 
Im so happy to have a Singapore thread! Lets keep this alive as its one of a kind. And im sure we all want as much info as possible. I found Ouidad products in Sephora and really liked them. The cleansing oil especially. There is also a cowash product however u havent tried it. But my search has otherwise been pretty disappointing

Is there any way to get the Deva curl products here?

Rsa 09-09-2014 02:19 AM

Also this question may be far fetched, but any salon that uses sulfate free and silicone free products?

Neemsaya 10-03-2014 08:22 PM

Hairstylist Info
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by en-q (Post 2294728)
Ooh, so happy to finally see other curly heads from Singapore! :wav:

2nd the rec for VO5 conditioners, I found those stocked at CK dept store (at Chinatown and at FE Plaza). I used to clean out the shelves at Mustafa when they were stocking Schwarzkopf Supersoft Bio Pomegranate Smoothie Conditioner at about $3 a bottle but they stopped carrying this. :(

I'm fortunate enough to travel to the US for work once or twice a year so I generally stock up then.

I have a regular hairdresser I go to but she cuts my hair wet and honestly, I think for my 2b/2c hair that's perfectly fine. I have tried a Devacut on one of my US trips and I was a little underwhelmed with the results.



Hi, en-q, could you share with me your hairdresser's info? I have long 2c hair and it's been such a pain finding a hairdresser. When I first started growing it out natural five years ago, I found a local independent hairdresser near Biopolis, but much as she tried she did not have much prior experience cutting curly hair as she doesn't have it herself. My hair cuts by her were decent but I had the feeling that something wasn't right.

After her I went to Marcus at Focus Hairdressing. He's good, but his attitude and customer service isn't. On my last visit, I asked for something different because he always just cuts the same low layered, high volume hairstyle without consulting me. He just lackadaisically cut a super short layer all around and left the lower layers long!!! I had a cowlick for months!! Skill is not enough if the attitude sucks, and I could see that he wasn't into doing the haircut. The good thing about him and his salon is that he has curly hair himself, so he definitely knows his hair. The salon staff knows to use curl-friendly products, and they don't hard-sell you. I was just very turned off by Marcus' unwillingness to be flexible and his lack of passion that led him to any how cut my hair.

Last month I tried out Jasmine who's at Sembawang shopping centre (can't remember the salon) who a friend's friend recommended for her 2a/2b wavy hair. Jasmine was clearly nervous about cutting my hair and it was very clear to me that she had never really cut curls before. She insisted on combing my curls out, which took 20 minutes, and cause a lot of breakage and split ends soon after. She's very nice and accomodating (she happily took a lot of my feedback), but her inexperience was a little painful.

Please help!!

en-q 10-04-2014 06:35 AM

I see Cindy at Zona Felice in Club Street. As I mentioned, she combs and cuts my hair wet... it still looks fine when I style it myself the next day.

However, she styles curly hair the same way all the local stylists do... by putting in some kind of curling cream then over-handling and trying to scrunch some curl in without any gel or leave in. I never like the end result so I usually will request her to style my hair straight.

That said, Cindy does a great job with cutting and color. She used to be a senior or director (can't recall which) at Kim Robinson when it was still Le Salon Bis at Ngee Ann City so definitely very experienced.

You can also try Alice Oh at Identity hairworks at Holiday Inn Parkview. I remember she styled my hair with my head tipped back over the back of the chair. I think the reason I didn't go back to her was that she was expensive but honestly, I don't recall now if she was more expensive than Cindy.

Neither salon uses CG friendly products so if you are particular, you will need to bring your own

en-q 10-11-2014 06:10 AM

Used SheaMoisture product to give away
 
I have a lightly used tub of SheaMoisture's Curling Gel Souffle to give away. I'd scooped out a small portion into a separate container for my own use so the original tub is perfectly clean.

I can't seem to make this product work for me, it's probably better for someone with thicker hair so hope someone else would get some use from it. The tub is almost completely full. Be warned... this gel seeps/leaks/attempts to escape so the exterior of the tub gets sticky.

Please leave me a PM, preference will be given to anyone who can meet me at a location/time that is convenient to me (Alexandra / Queenstown / Vivo city area Mon-Fri in the evening or Orchard Rd at my convenience)


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