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Old 03-11-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
 
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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


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.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:46 AM   #2
 
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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.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:36 PM   #3
 
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Hi 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...
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:26 AM   #4
 
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Hi 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!
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:33 AM   #5
 
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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.

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
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:36 AM   #6
 
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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.
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[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 :'(
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:32 AM   #8
 
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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.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:31 PM   #9
 
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Hi 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 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?
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:06 AM   #10
 
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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!
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