Time to set the record straight: Head & Shoulders is more than your regular go-to anti-dandruff hair care brand. True, Head & Shoulders always delivers when it comes to promoting a healthy scalp. But do all anti-dandruff products actually aggravate your strands to lacklustre dryness?




Many people have a misconception that Head & Shoulders may also be too strong or that using it makes the hair dry. We’re here to debunk that with Head & Shoulders’ Supreme Series — which consists of an ultra-nourishing shampoo and (the first-of-its-kind) conditioner to bless your crowning glory with much-needed softness and vibrancy. The key ingredient in the products? Argan oil. Packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil is known for its hydrating benefits for the hair, skin and nails.

Did we also mention that it smells divine like a slice of fruity heaven with a sweet concoction of strawberries, pineapples, winter pears and more? This is one anti-dandruff duo that we’ll be happy to grace our manes with. Ahead, four Clozette readers share their Head & Shoulders experience: They use Head & Shoulders. What about you?


Kersie Koh, 44, Entrepreneur




“I first noticed I had dandruff around the time when I was travelling a lot for work. I tried Head & Shoulders and it really helped my dandruff issue. But more than that, I love that it's not overly scented, it refreshes my scalp, and it is gentle enough for daily use. Even after my dandruff issue stopped, Head & Shoulders continued to be one of my staples.

I was really curious about the new Supreme Series and started using it. I’m surprised at how soft my hair feels after using the Shampoo & Conditioner.”



Audrey Ang, 24, Media Executive




“Head & Shoulders has been one of my go-to hair care brands since I was a teenager. I had dandruff then, but as I got older, I stopped having dandruff issues but still continue to use Head & Shoulders to this day.

The thing is, it really isn’t as harsh as what everyone thinks about anti-dandruff hair care. My hair actually looks healthier and feels softer after using Head & Shoulders.”



Lim Junying, 28, Merchandiser




“Because I lead a very active lifestyle, I frequently need to wash my hair for hygiene reasons. Sweat that isn’t washed off after exercising can leave my scalp sensitive and itchy and my strands dry and dull-looking.

I started using Head & Shoulders simply because it‘s convenient, accessible and reasonably priced. Plus it provides relief! My scalp feels great after a good lather, and it hardly leaves my strands tangled or uncomfortable. I also appreciate that it doesn’t build up heaviness in my hair. My hair definitely feels softer and more manageable!”



Mikhael Motus, 29, Visual Content Designer



“To me, Head & Shoulders is not just another anti-dandruff hair care brand. I’ve been using the brand for a while now, simply because it not only keeps my scalp dandruff-free, it also keeps my hair soft and smooth.

I may not be new to the brand but I am definitely impressed with the new Head & Shoulders Supreme Smooth variant. I like the creamy texture that is complemented with a unique aroma. I also like the results after a blow-dry. My hair looks glossy and feels soft and moisturised."


Head & Shoulders Supreme Series is now available at retail stores in Singapore and Malaysia.


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Oh, hey, Friday! The week has breezed by. But we're still at it; we're still on the lookout for the freshest and hottest pieces of news in fashion and beauty. And we did come across some fun ones. Here are some things you have to know today.


CHANEL and Pharrell


The collaboration between musician Pharrell and fashion powerhouse CHANEL continues. This time, they have created a limited edition pair of sneakers. There are only 500 pairs of the sneakers available, and they're not easy to snag. You can purchase them, but they are only to be availed of via a random draw. They retail for USD1,160. 

Alexa for charity



Alexa Chung has created a bag in partnership with American Express. All the proceeds from sales of the small patterned tote will go to Sara Bande Foundation.


Kylie Christmas



The Keeping Up With the Kardashian star has released her holiday collection. If you're keen to get it, better hurry. We know how easy Kylie's offerings go out of stock.


Holo-day


Jouer Cosmetics wants you to have a happy holo-day. They're releasing a holographic lip topper called Funfetti right in time for Christmas festivities.


(Cover photo from: @showmeyourstripes)



Get a dose of what you may have missed earlier this week here.

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For a beauty enthusiast, I’m quite the sceptic. When a product gets a lot of buzz, my first reaction is “wow,” followed immediately by “this must be a gimmick” — until of course, I get to actually try it and prove that it’s either a wonderful product that I misjudged or something I shouldn’t have wasted time and skin space on.

Today is one of the days where I tell you if something that first came across to me as gimmicky proved me wrong or not. When I got the Foreo Luna Mini 2 in the mail, I had mixed emotions. Of course, I was excited. I’ve read so many good reviews about the brand and the product. But I was also sceptical (as you would have already expected). First, because I wasn’t completely sold on the idea that I needed more than my hands to clean my face thoroughly. Second, because I wasn’t sure whether the performance of the gadget — assuming it would perform well — warrants its price. There was only one way to find out, and so I gave it a whirl.




Packaging, size, and colour


The Foreo Luna Mini 2 is shaped like a shell. It’s small, as the “mini” in its name suggests. I was sent the one in fuchsia, which is quite eye-catching. Just like the other iterations of the product line, the Luna Mini 2 is made of silicone, which is easy to clean and store. Unlike brushes, silicone is also said to be less prone to harbouring bacteria.

It has “bristles” that vary in size according to different zones. The zone with finer bristles is for general cleansing. The one situated right on top of it is for precision cleansing, and the one at the back, which has thicker bristles, is for deep cleansing. The gadget works with T-Sonic pulsations that are said to help in unclogging pores and removing dirt and oil from the skin.

Usage and claims


You use the gadget the same way you would your hands. After turning it on, you can choose the intensity of the pulsations. Place it in the area you want to clean and gently rub your skin using circular motions for 15 seconds. The gadget will pause to tell you to move to a different area. After a minute or so, you’re done with cleansing. Using the gadget twice a day is said to be good for deeply cleansing the face and can result in softer and smoother skin.


(Left: The front of the product showing the precise and general cleansing zones; Right: The back portion, which has the deep cleansing zone)


Result


I’ve been using the Foreo Luna Mini 2 for a month now, and here’s what I can say about the experience. Biases aside, this gadget works surprisingly well. I have to be honest and tell you that I didn’t want to like it. But I did, and I’ve been using it constantly since I first tried it. Right after my first use, I felt my face softer and smoother. That was not enough to draw a conclusion, of course, so I had to test it longer. A few days after I started using it, my husband and a colleague mentioned that my skin looked glowing.

Although I can’t vouch for its effectivity in terms of keeping the skin clear and free of blemish, I can say that after a month's use, my face is softer and more supple than it used to be. I also observed that my toner and moisturiser are more easily absorbed by my skin now. My visible pores are not as visible anymore either.

As someone who doesn't believe hypes right away, I can say that this changed my mind about cleansing gadgets in general. Contrary to my previous belief that my hands are the best tools for anything beauty-related (cleansing, slathering and applying), gadgets and tools really make a difference.

Would I implore you to buy one right away, though? It depends. Do you have the budget for it? (The Foreo Luna Mini 2 retails for around PHP7300.) Go ahead and give it a try. It’s a worthy investment considering it’ll last you a pretty long time with proper use and care. However, if you don’t have the money for this kind of tool, there are alternatives in the market, although I can’t guarantee that they would work similarly. And as always, do consider that what may work for others may not work for you.



Learn more about Foreo cleansing gadgets here.

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