Hair Tonic 101: What is a Hair Tonic and Why You Need One ASAP

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The idea of waking up to a clump of hair on your pillow might seem like a terrifying nightmare, but the unfortunately reality is that hair fall is a common problem that can occur at any unsuspecting time. Now, meet the hair tonic — your new lifesaver. Be it luscious locks or a healthy scalp, you can count on this miracle worker to work its magic on your hair and scalp! Ahead, Beauty Insider gives you the lowdown of the know-hows of using a hair tonic to restore your hair to its former glory. Even the hot and humid climate in Singapore will be no match for your gorgeous tresses.

What is a Hair Tonic?

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Like a at-home DIY hair treatment, hair tonics work to nourish you scalp and hair to ensure your crowning glory is kept healthy and well-maintained. In the past, these bad boys were used as hair styling tools before the surge of styling gels and mousse came into play. Now, the market is flooded with a slew of hair tonics that come with a multitude of benefits from moisturising to styling. So whether you are looking to add a little extra oomph to your hair or resolve your thinning hair woes, there is sure to be a hair tonic that will save your scalp and hair.

How to Use a Hair Tonic?

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The best part about using a hair tonic is that it is completely fuss-free! All you have to do is to pour a few drops of product onto your palms before rubbing your hands together. Then, apply the hair tonic onto the crown of your head and massage the product into the scalp to stimulate blood circulation. You can also apply a few drops of hair tonic onto your hair to moisturise any frizzy ends. Check out this in-depth guide on how to use a hair tonic here.

Who Should Use a Hair Tonic?


The good news? Anyone can use a hair tonic —  given that you do not have any serious allergies! As long as you are on the hunt for a glossier and healthier coiffure, you should consider adding a hair tonic to your beauty arsenal.

What’s more, if you have struggled with a greasy scalp or an extra parched scalp, a hair tonic might just be the answer to resolving your scalp concerns!

Benefits of Hair Tonic

Helps to Repair Damaged Hair


The pursuit for smooth tresses is one that is seemingly never-ending, especially if you are one who is in a constant battle with frizz. If you are one such beauty aficionado who needs to get rid of frizzy split ends, a hair tonic is the answer to your prayers. Thanks to its moisturising powers, hair tonics help to replenish any loss moisture into the hair and fix brittle follicles. Plus, they work to strengthen your hair’s ability to retain moisture, resulting in stronger and healthier hair in the long run.

Protects Your Scalp from Dandruff


If you have always been one who has struggled with dandruff, your dry scalp is to blame. With that, a hair tonic might just be your new best friend in keeping your scalp affairs in check.

These bad boys can do wonders in lubricating even the driest of scalps, giving your scalp the moisture it needs to banish any dandruff for good!

Pro tip: Apply a hair tonic right after you blow-dry your hair. The heat from the blowdryer will open up the pores in your scalp, which enhances product penetration into the scalp.

It is Great for Styling Your Hair Too!


Hair tonics have cemented their place as the go-to hair styling tool in the ’60s and it is not going out of style anytime soon. The oils in hair tonics have been touted for its ability to hold the hair in place, which allows you to shape and style your hair with ease! After massaging the hair tonic into your scalp, you can dab a tiny drop of product onto your hair before lathering your mane with hair tonic. Avoid using too much as it can leave your hair looking more greasy instead of glossy.

What is the Difference between a Hair Oil and Hair Tonic?


Just like hair tonics, it comes as no surprise that hair oils have infiltrated our beauty arsenals.

However, a hair tonic and hair oil are often confused with each other —  and we can’t blame you. After all, they both work to nourish the hair. So what is the difference exactly?

First things first, hair oils are primarily used as a moisturising treatment to repair any frizz. While hair oils work to nourish and moisturise your mane, hair tonics work to not only moisturise your hair, but also promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp. Plus, hair tonics also boast other benefits which include controlling hair loss, which a hair oil cannot do.

Best Hair Tonics in Singapore

NaturVital Hair Loss Tonic Treatment

Hair loss is no match for this hair tonic. Touted as the ideal treatment catered to fight hair loss, this hair tonic Ginseng extract in this hair tonic works to stimulate hair growth, while Pro Vitamin B5 rebuilds and repairs damaged hair follicles. With this hair tonic treatment, expect silky and manageable hair in an instant.

Here is what we love about this product:

  • Non-greasy finish
  • Repairs and strengthens the hair
  • Leaves the hair with a glossy finish

For the best results, apply three times a week over a period of six weeks. After that, apply once a week to maintain your scalp health.

Price: $15, Watsons

SMiB InnaBi Coral Calcium Scalp Essence

SMiB’s InnaBi Scalp Essence is formulated with a high concentration of effective coral calcium. It does not only work incredibly well in reducing hair loss but it also quickly eases and calms your itchy and irritated scalp. Not only that, for maximum effect of this Scalp Essence in aiding hair loss, but it is also best when used together with the SMiB Plasma Scalp Massager.

This is because a healthier scalp will then aid in the regeneration of your hair, making it much oily, healthy and shiny. What’s more is that you would definitely appreciate the added ingredients that are infused in this essence such as high-grade Coral Calcium, Panthenol, Menthol as well as Salicylic Acid. Combat hair loss with this effective and affordable scalp essence today!

Price: $39.90

Where to buy: SMiB Singapore

Shiseido Adenovital Scalp Essence

For the beauty junkie who frequents the higher-end hair salons , this scalp essence might be a familiar name to you. Hailed as a professional-grade hair tonic, this hair tonic features adenosine as its key ingredient, which promotes thicker hair growth. What’s more, this scalp essence contains a blend of ingredients including Japanese Pepper and Hops extract to keep hair thinning and dandruff at bay.

Here is what we love about this product:

  • Controls excess sebum production without stripping away the natural moisture
  • Controls hair fall
  • Moisturising properties

The best part? This hair tonic comes with a cooling sensation, making it ideal for Singapore’s hot and humid climate. Talk about relaxing!

$112, Lazada

Yanagiya Hair Tonic

All-natural hair products are having their moment and this Yanagiya Hair Tonic is one that has cemented its place as one of the most sought-after natural hair tonics. Formulated with a unique blend of botanical extracts including Ginseng, Swertia Japonica, Sophora Flavescens and Rabdosia Japonica, this tonic works to control hair loss by penetrating deeply into the roots. On top of that, this hair tonic enhances hair growth to maintain a full head of hair on your crowning glory.

Here is what we love about this product:

  • Relieves scalp itching
  • Strengthens hair follicles
  • Effective in preventing hair thinning

For the best results, apply this hair tonic to your scalp two to three times daily.

$19.90, Lazada

Aveda Volumizing Tonic

If your limp hair is in need of an emergency resuscitation, the Aveda Volumizing Tonic is here to the rescue. Infused with organic aloe and wheat amino acids, one pump of this hair tonic will repair any frizzy ends while adding a touch of shine to your locks.

Here is what we love about this product:

  • Relieves scalp itching
  • Adds volume
  • Improves glossiness

We recommend blow-drying your hair before massaging this hair tonic into your scalp to further enhance the volume!

$50, Zalora

Kaminomoto Higher Strength Hair Tonic Silver

With Hinoki extract as this hair tonic’s star ingredient, this hair tonic helps prevent premature hair loss. A potent blend of thyme extract and other botanical extracts also work to rejuvenate the hypodermic cells in the scalp to maintain a healthy crowning glory.

Here is what we love about this product:

  • Reduces dandruff
  • Controls hair loss
  • Eliminates dandruff

Thanks to its non-sticky formula, you do not have to worry about leaving any oil slicks onto your hair. Plus, it opens with top notes of green floral fragrance to envelope your hair with a refreshing scent!

$21.75, Watsons