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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. Nature’s Gate products (biggest selection I’ve 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.

Comments

  • strangerstranger Posts: 3Registered Users
    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.


    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.
  • r4nd0mr4nd0m Posts: 14Registered Users
    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...
  • PomegranateCurlPomegranateCurl Posts: 212Registered Users
    r4nd0m wrote: »
    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!
  • PomegranateCurlPomegranateCurl Posts: 212Registered Users
    stranger wrote: »
    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
  • strangerstranger Posts: 3Registered Users
    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.
  • strangerstranger Posts: 3Registered Users
    [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 :'(
  • PomegranateCurlPomegranateCurl Posts: 212Registered Users
    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.
  • r4nd0mr4nd0m Posts: 14Registered Users
    r4nd0m wrote: »
    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?
  • HongKongCurlyHongKongCurly Posts: 3Registered Users
    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!:?
  • barak4tbarak4t Posts: 1Registered Users
    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
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    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).
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    Oh yeah, there's also Aveyou which does ship internationally. I don't believe either Aveyou nor iherb carry CHS though. :/
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • CepenneyCepenney Posts: 9Registered Users
    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-qen-q Posts: 16Registered Users
    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.
  • RsaRsa Posts: 2Registered Users
    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?
  • RsaRsa Posts: 2Registered Users
    Also this question may be far fetched, but any salon that uses sulfate free and silicone free products?
  • NeemsayaNeemsaya Posts: 2Registered Users
    en-q wrote: »
    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-qen-q Posts: 16Registered Users
    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-qen-q Posts: 16Registered Users
    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)
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    As far as hairdressers, try Joey at Icon (100 AM by Tanjong Pagar). She's not a curly hair specialist but she is knowledgeable about hair and understands spring factor. Just let her know you like to wear your hair curly and point out the spring or any special concerns (like if the pattern is curlier on some areas of the head than others etc). Don't know if she's ever done a dry cut but who knows, she might be open to it.
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • gigercurlsgigercurls Posts: 1Registered Users
    Anyone have a good stylist in Singapore? I have 2c curls and I got given bangs (a fringe) that are a hot mess and need a bit to delicate scissor work. Please let me know any recommendations!

    Thanks :)
  • hxtc2hxtc2 Posts: 1Registered Users
    Hi curlies! I was lurking around this forum in search of a good hairstylist and decided to go with focus hair salon as recommended by some over here and in other reviews. I'm happy to report my cut by Marcus was brilliant! He really does know what he's doing. Planning to go back and get some highlights in to enhance the whole look of the curls. Just to note I have 2c curls. Highly recommended! x
  • cblgncblgn Posts: 1Registered Users
    I walked around the city yesterday and I'm sad to report that most of the products mentioned here cannot be found on those places anymore.

    - No V05 in Beaute Springs Bugis: The staff even had ?_? expressions on their faces
    Update: Found on ABC Bargain Center Bugis. Grabbed the last bottle of Kiwi Lime Squeeze conditioner. I am still shocked that the price is just 1.95 SGD!

    - No Nature's Gate on Guardian: City Hall and many other branches I've been to, including the big one in Takashimaya
    Update: Found on Fairprice Finest Marine Parade at their Organics section. It did not really appeal to me for some reason...

    - No Tresemme Naturals ANYWHERE: I was so desperate that everytime I go to a supermarket, I check for the Tresemme shelves
    Still not able to find one unfortunately...

    Bought Aussie Moist conditioner from a Carouseller. Still hoping I can find Tresemme Naturals here but for now, these will do.
  • NeemsayaNeemsaya Posts: 2Registered Users
    Hi lovelies,

    Here is an update as a fellow 2C curly head.

    I have discovered the wonders of the Petal Fresh organics brand, and have stocked up on it. It used to be sold in Guardians and Watsons, but soon after I bought my first bottle and went back for more, they had already pulled it off the shelves. From what I have been able to glean, PFO changed the packaging of their shampoo and conditioner line and you can still get it from iherb.com. I love this brand; the shampoo instantly makes my hair soft even though it foams up, and the conditioner gives a lot of slip. Before I managed to find the brand again at John Little during a clearance sale, I used Avalon Organics and Jason Naturals. Frankly, my hair was horrible (dry, rough to touch, frizzy frizzy). From the first wash of PFO when i found it again, I could instantly feel the difference as my hair was so much softer. I have not seen PFO being mentioned on forums, but ladies seriously keep an eye out or just order from iherb. You won't regret it!

    My hair gets dry and rough by the end of the day, no matter how much I condition in the shower. I used to desperately rake my coarse and dry hair through with avocado oil and LUSH's R&B to soften it but it stopped working so well after a while (until I found PFO again). I have realised the wonders of leave-in conditioner. I still keep some of my Nubian Heritage conditioner before iherb discontinued selling it, and using it in my hair after my wash has really helped with dry ends.

    It's really important to keep the moisture in your hair, and don't be afraid of using as many products as needed. Focus on the roots then just smooth it around your crown and front (but not too near the scalp unless the product does not leave it looking greasy). I used to keep it to one styling serum because I was afraid of product buildup, but my 2c hair seriously drinks up moisture (especially cream products) and because it is highly porous, loses that moisture really fast as well. Many of the youtube videos I watched have taught me that a good styling product is worth its value in gold, and why not just use as many as you can (within reason depending on your porosity) to help with your curls? Singapore's weather is one of the worst weathers for curly hair, I swear. Our hair needs all the help it can get.

    Other than that, for anybody who has dry itchy scalp and/or dandruff, don't waste your hard-earned money and time on dandruff shampoos. I use a Apple Cider Vinegar rinse (1/3 vinegar, 2/3 water) all over my hair and massaged into my scalp before I shampoo about every other time I wash my hair. I do it in this order because the smell does actually stay, and your shower will still smell like vinegar after you're done. Shampooing the rinse away will at least help better with the smell, and my hair is almost always soft and shiny, NOT ITCHY and my scalp does not feel like it's crawling any more. I realised that my scalp is not as flaky either, and does not get unnaturally oily that fast (I can go up to 3-4 days without washing my hair, which is not good because of bacteria and sweat build-up on my oily scalp).

    However please note that sebum in your hair that is what's making your greasy is actually really good for both your scalp and hair ph balance. If you always have a really oily scalp at the end of the day, try leaving it unwashed for as long as you can bear it so that the sebum can do its job. The problem should not be drastic afterwards when you continue your normal hair washing routine.

    Scalp health is equally important so don't tie your hair so tight too often, and try to keep looser hairstyles if you have to.

    The Products I currently use are:
    - Apple cider vinegar rinse
    - Petal Fresh Organics Nourishing shampoo
    - Petal Fresh Organics tea tree conditioner
    - Nubian Heritage conditioner (as leave-in)
    - Serum I bought from my hairdresser (her own line) [Silicone is a major ingredient]
    - L'oreal play ball curl candy styling cream [Silicone is a major ingredient]
    - Avocado oil (Sometimes at night when I sleep for light moisture. I use this as a night-time moisturiser as well.)
    - LUSH R&B hair moisturiser (at night before I sleep/when I need moisture)
    Note: Ask for samples of LUSH's hair products! Sg's LUSH stores do in fact give out free samples if you ask them and are genuinely interested in trying them. Don't be afraid to try them out. R&B is amazing, and you will see a difference! For curly haired people like us, R&B is best used on dry hair despite what the store assistants may tell you.

    I sleep with my hair in a loose bun (I tie my hair in a half-way ponytail that I don't pull through the hair-tie all the way) so that I don't sleep on my curls and flatten them. Don't sleep with your hair wet, as your hair is fragile and if you put any stock in traditional chinese medicine, my TCM Doctor told me that the reason I have bad water retention in my shoulders is because I let water stay on my scalp for too long when I air-dry or sleep with my hair wet.

    Ok, this is all the tips I have learned until this point. I hope this helps out all of us desperate SEAsian curlies <3
  • Subha123Subha123 Posts: 1Registered Users
    Luckily found this Singapore thread, which is of great usefull
    I am in singapore like all of you mentioned earlier , Couldnt find much of products like Tressemme, Suave naturals , Shea products


    Any one please let me know if Tressemme naturals are available in singapore ?

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