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The amount of minerals such as calcium and magnesium in tap water determines how “hard” or “soft” it is. The higher the amount of minerals, the “harder” the water is. In Singapore, the “hardness” of tap water ranges between 25mg/litre (soft) and 145mg/litre (hard). The problem with washing your hair with “hard” water is that the calcium tends to seep into your strands, especially porous, damaged ones, making them less elastic and more prone to breakage. It also alters the texture of your hair, making it more coarse and less bouncy.

A salon treatment, Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Salon Solutions, is said to remove calcium build-up in hair and replace it with reparative agents. The treatment starts off with a double cleanse to strip hair of calcium ions and other impurities. This is followed by a hair-softening treatment, after which your hair will be coated with cream-based reparative agents. These supposedly fill in the “holes” in hair strands left by the removed calcium ions and are said to repair damage on the surface layer of hair.

To finish off the treatment, a hair mask is applied – choose from a volumising one, a moisturising one or a smoothing one. I chose the last, which tames frizzy and unruly hair. Th is final step is said to lock in the products used throughout the treatment. Once the mask was washed off , my hair felt softer and looked incredibly glossy. Call 6739-8639 for salon listings.

This story was first published in HerWorld Magazine June 2014.

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