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Your hair is one of the first things someone notices when they look at you. Yet, we have to agree that we haven’t been spending as much time caring for it as we should! (Just compare it to the amount of time and effort you care for your skin. Guilty?)

While we may not be committed to a comprehensive hair care routine and monthly hair spa, it doesn’t mean we can’t try to resolve our everyday hair woes. Here are seven common hair problems that we’re sure you’re familiar with at one point or another, and the best tools and products you can use to tackle them. You can say goodbye to bad hair days from now!

1. Tangled and frizzy hair

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In humid weather, it’s common for hair to get frizzy easily. Nobody wants their hair to look untamed and what’s worst, be full of knots at the same time. Tangled hair happens all the time, and one of the main reasons is because it lacks moisture.

The solution?

Is your hair tangled and frizzy because of dryness? If so, having a hair oil or serum at your work desk will certainly help.

Simply pour out a small amount and warm the product up between your palms. Then, gentle smooth it in a downward motion on the ends of your hair. Your hair should feel hydrated and tame after this.

Then, detangle the kinks and smooth out the frizz!

Hair Oil Serum For Frizzy Hair

Try: (L-R) Original & Mineral Logic Shine Serum (SGD58), Sephora Collection All In One Nourishing Oil (SGD17), and Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil (SGD48).

If you still find your hair in an unruly mess, it’s time to bring out the big guns. By that, we mean a hairbrush that’s designed specifically for de-tangling. These hairbrushes may not be very cheap, but they are designed specifically to straighten out the knots in your hair. Best part? It won’t hurt at all when you do so!

Detangler For Hair

Try: Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hairbrush (SGD35)

2. Flat and oily hair

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There’s no yuckier feeling than having limp and oily hair. Have you ever experienced your hair clumping up together and making your fringe look sparse and separated?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Flat and oily hair stems from having an oily scalp and that could be due to genes or the climate that one is living in.

The solution?

For a quick fix, use a dry shampoo to instantly look refreshed. Simply spray it on your hair to absorb excess sebum. A dry shampoo is also a great product to use to achieve instant volume.

Dry Shampoo For Oily Hair

Try: Hask Charcoal Dry Shampoo (SGD19.90), Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo (SGD26), and IGK Direct Flight Dry Shampoo (SGD43)

3. Ponytail dents


Love tying your hair but hate having a ponytail dent after you take out your hair-tie? Or how about your hair being puffed up after taking out your hairclip?

The solution?

If you only need to get your hair out of the way for a while, use hair-ties that don’t leave marks on your hair and Velcro patches instead of hair clips! Cheap and practical, these life-savers are bound to keep your hair looking straight and smooth.

Of course, we wouldn’t recommend you heading out to a big event in these, though!

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Try: Magic Fringe Velcro (SGD1 for pack of 2) and No crease hair ties.

4. Baby/Stray hairs


Some call them baby hairs, some others call them flyaway hair. Either way nobody wants it to stick out. These pesky baby hairs may be hard to control and might even ruin your perfectly styled hairdo that you took hours to complete.

The solution?

Using gel to tame these strands may be tricky as baby hair is usually fine. To deal with it, go for a more precise application with the Matomage Hair Styling Stick. Easy to use, the stick also contains ingredients to keep hair manageable.

Try: Matomage Hair Styling Stick (SGD9.90), available at selected Watsons stores, and department stores like Yue Hwa, Welcia-BHG, Tokyu Hands, Don Don Donki, Metro Singapore; and e-commerce platforms like Shopee, Lazada, Redmart, and its official e-commerce platform Qoo10.

5. Having your hair smell like food after a meal

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Food is always amazing but having your hair smell like your meal after you walk out of the restaurant? Not so amazing. Some food smells (Korean BBQ and Mookatas) linger on your hair far longer than others.

If you’re rushing off after lunch to a meeting, you’d know that the stench is one of the peskiest problems you’d want to avoid..

The solution?

A scented hair mist! Just a spritz will have you smelling great and what’s more – most hair mists are compact and travel-friendly, so you can keep it at your desk or in your bag for on-the-go spraying.

Hair Perfumes

Try: (L-R) Hask Revive & Refresh Hair Fragrance Mist (SGD16.90), Innisfree Camellia Hair Mist (SGD15) available at Innisfree stores, and Balmain Paris Hair Couture (USD41.92)