There are tons of hair treatments in Singapore and it might be overwhelming to find the best one for you. Whether you have coloured hair, bleached hair, or permed hair, we all want the same things: a quick and easy hair treatment that is effective and cost-efficient. Is that too much to ask for?
Actually, it is. Treatments for damaged hair are usually time consuming, expensive or both. So if you're going to spend a pretty penny on one, you have to make sure it works.
One of Singapore's leading Japanese Hair Salons, Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon, is the first to launch the Science Aqua Hair Treatment. From what we've heard from early adopters, their customers are already loving it.
Keep reading to find out what makes Science Aqua Hair Treatment so special!
For those of you who are not sure how hair treatment works, here's a quick introduction.
Just in case you didn't know, hair looks dry and frizzy when essential amino acids and nutrients leak from your cuticle, resulting it to lose its cylindrical shape.
Cross-section of hair before treatment
The loss of shape makes split ends and frizz happen much more easily. To repair your hair, hair treatments typically contain lots of nutrients in an attempt to replenish those lost nutrients. Sounds logical right? The unfortunate truth is that only a very small percentage of the nutrients actually get pass the hair cuticles as these nutrient molecules tend to be too large for the hair to be absorbed. A large proportion is hence "wasted" as your hair isn't able to fully absorb those nutrients.
In comes Science Aqua Hair Treatment. The reason why it's called Science Aqua is because it uses alkaline water in the treatment. The purpose of the Alkaline water is to momentarily open the hair cuticles to help it absorb nutrients better.
Cross-section of hair after treatment
Look at the difference! Thanks to the alkaline water, nutrients can now flow into the cortex of the hair and fill it up and restore the shape to the beautiful cylindrical shape. Even though it is alkaline, it is the water's natural properties to return to pH 7 so you don't have to worry about your hair cuticles being damaged.
The above photos are what happens when you observe the hair at a microscopic level but what does it really look like in real life?
If you go for the treatment repeatedly, you will also see your hair condition improve over time.
Before vs 1x of Science Aqua Treatment vs 2x of Science Aqua Treatment
This new way of delivering hair treatments therefore makes this one of the most effective hair treatments available in Singapore today
To seal in the treatment and keep the hair smooth, some hair treatments require stylists to use a hair straightener at 180 degrees celsius and run it through the hair to close the hair cuticles.
Not Science Aqua. From what we understand, Science Aqua requires only heat at 40 to 50 degrees celsius to warm the hot plates and seal the treatment in. To further reduce damage, the straightening iron is wrapped with a shield to cover the hot plate, further reducing the heat and contact to your hair.
There are lots of treatments out there and one of the increasingly popular one is Keratin Treatment. Keratin Treatment works by wrapping a layer of Keratin around your hair and sealing it without actually strengthening your hair cortex. With the layer of Keratin, your hair will feel smooth and straight... until it fades off with each wash. The problem with Keratin is also that it is incompatible with other treatments such as perms and colours. As it seals off the entire hair cuticle, going for another service e.g. colour will strip off all the benefits of the keratin.
Hence, it is a relief to know that Science Aqua Hair Treatment is not a Keratin Treatment. While it means that fried hair can't be revived (the way keratin treatment can), you can go for perms / colours afterwards and your hair will still retain the smooth frizz-free texture.
Made purely from alkaline water and other natural ingredients, science aqua hair treatment will not include formaldehyde or produce formaldehyde fumes. This means that you don't have to deal with pungent smells that pierce through your nose (the way you would have to endure with Keratin Treatments). It also means that this is 100% safe for pregnant ladies and those of you with sensitive skin.
Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon launched Science Aqua Hair Treatment in Japan but it's not the only one. Many Japanese salons have been using this new treatment, making it a hit in Japan! Seeing how good the results in, the founder of Art Noise decided to bring this same treatment to us here in Singapore.
Is the Science Aqua as good as it looks? Our staff writer Agent CW heads to Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon to check it out.
Hi, I'm Agent C.W. Having tried bleaching, perming and colour, it's safe to say that my hair has been through a lot.
I bleached it blonde, DIY-ed my roots, got a balayage, went pink, purple, green, blue, grey, peach, and brown, plus I've permed my hair thrice.
Thanks to high-quality products used in salons however (I only bleached my own hair that one time), express treatments after every chemical service and regular use of rich masks at home, my hair isn't in the worst condition.
Of course, it's not in the best condition either.
It is slightly dry and not as strong as it used to be.
My biggest gripe is that my hair is now pretty weak and tangles easily. I can't really complain since my hair has basically been every colour of the rainbow for the past 4 years. Having grown out of the rainbow colour phase, I'm now keen to work more on returning my hair back to health.
That's why I was so excited when I heard about the new Science Aqua Hair Treatment from Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon @ Holland Village. I need a treatment that doesn't just make my hair look and feel smooth but truly strengthens it from within.
I made an appointment with Art Noise to give it a go immediately.
It was my first time in Art Noise and I must say that I really liked the cosy decor.
Located in a shophouse in Holland Village right across Wala Wala, Art Noise gives off a very chill vibe that totally fits the Holland Village area. I love how there are lots of natural light and personal space between each seat and the fact that the place just looks so quintessentially Japanese.
It was a weekday afternoon but the place was full... yep that's how popular Art Noise is!
The person who attended to me was Andrew, a gentle, meticulous junior stylist in Art Noise. He checked my hair texture and confidently shared that the Science Aqua Treatment would be able to help make my hair smooth and shiny again.
He escorted me to the wash basin where the wash process begins. Art Noise uses their inhouse shampoo. This is a nutrient-rich shampoo containing ingredients such as Betaine to help cleanse the hair thoroughly.
Andrew was very gentle with the head wash and he took the time to slowly massage my head. I really appreciated that because one of my biggest pet peeves is when stylists scrub and scratch my scalp too hard.
Sometimes it feels like they're rushing and it can even be painful, but I didn't have to deal with any of that this time.
Back to my seat, Andrew started drying my hair.
He was really patient and gentle as he dried super small sections of my hair bit by bit.
Andrew took longer than usual during the blowdrying process. At first, I assumed that it was because he is calm and meticulous but Andrew shared later on that the drying has to be particularly thorough. As he will be applying the alkaline water next, my hair has to be completely dry so that the pH level will not negatively affect my hair cuticles for too long. Interesting!
Once my hair was all dry, we could move on to the next step.
Now is when the magic begins.
Using a small bottle, Andrew soaked my hair with alkaline water.
Unique to the Science Aqua Hair Treatment, this step helps to momentarily open the hair cuticles to allow the treatment to penetrate my hair more deeply.
At my roots, Andrew used a spray bottle so that the alkaline water would not be directly applied to my scalp, reducing the risk of irritation.
No wonder I didn't feel any itching, tingling, or weird sensation on my scalp this time!
Just look at the level of detail the people here go through to take care of your hair!
Next, its time for the good stuff: the actual hair treatment.
Unlike other treatments that require some technique to apply (e.g. the Tokio Inkarami treatment requires stylists to tap individual sections of hair to promote absorption), all Andrew had to do is to apply the cream all over the hair.
This application process is made straightforward as the alkaline water in the previous step had my hair cuticles already open and ready to absorb the product.
Once my hair was fully saturated with the cream, we let it sit for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, I took out my kindle to start reading.
Andrew then brought out a straightening iron and put a protective layer over the metal plates. The protective layer minimizes contact of the metal plate with the hair and reduces the heat applied, although there was little of it since the iron was set to a really low heat setting to prevent damage to my hair.
He then ran the straightening iron over the treatment to help the treatment penetrate that much deeper.
Many salons use a straightening iron to lock in the treatment and I can normally feel the heat radiate around my ear, neck, and scalp, but this time I couldn't feel anything.
Finally, it was time for another hair wash or rather a hair bath.
Nope, this isn't just a fancy term for a hair wash. Andrew literallyhad to draw a bath in the sink, rinse my hair in it, and let my hair soak for a few minutes. This was to maximise absorption of nutrients from the treatment and shampoo.
He then drained the sink and proceeded to wash my hair as normal.
To finish the treatment, he applied yet a low-pH solution to close my hair cuticles.
After thoroughly drying my hair again, I was done.
All in all, the Science Aqua Hair Treatment took only about 1.5 hours - great particularly for those of us who always love to pack our schedules.
Ready to see how my hair turned out?
A quick reminder of how my hair looked before:
And now after:
Look at the difference! My previously dry hair now looks good enough for a hair flip!
I'm one of those who spare no effort in homecare for my hair. I use hair masks, serums, and repair products so often that I felt as if my hair was restored to the best condition possible (except for the dry dead split ends I'm just waiting to cut off)
But the Science Aqua Hair Treatment really surprised me.
My hair became much smoother, so much so that I could run my fingers through my hair without any tangles. Each hair strand also felt somewhat thicker, possibly because the treatment seems to really have filled up the cortex.
Most importantly though, my hair remains extremely light. Yes, my hair looks shiny and silky now.
However, my hair felt extremely light after the treatment. It was also much smoother as I could run my fingers through my hair without any tangles.
It was moderately shiny and silky, but it wasn't silky to the point where it feels like there is a waxy film over my hair. Some people like that unnatural smoothness but to me, it just feels heavy. Usually, that happens when the conditioner or hair mask is very thick so it leaves a layer over your hair which can make it look and feel smooth but it will wash off quickly and it can make your hair look oily. I like that this was just a natural smoothness.
It's not just important for the hair to look shiny after the treatment... the effects must last for it to be value-for-money!
It's been two weeks and I can happily tell you that my hair still looks and feels great!
Here's how it looks 2 weeks later:
The best part is that you don't have to do anything extra - just shampoo and condition it as per usual.
Left: My regular slightly messy style after washing, Right: A neater look after blowdrying
I go back and forth between the Art Noise shampoo and conditioner with my other shampoos depending on how my hair feels. The Art Noise products definitely feel richer, so it's great for people with dry and damaged hair!
What's our verdict?
Many treatments don't last beyond a few washes but the Science Aqua Hair Treatment really impresses with how the hair looks and feels even after 2 weeks. For those looking to perk up your hair and strengthen the hair from within, we think that this new treatment is definitely a go!
Plus, Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon is just so chill and the service here so good, we're confident that you'll have a good time here.
Keen to try the Science Aqua Hair Treatment?
We hear that it's available both at these salons: