Flat Hair Days Are Gone - By Aylna Neo

Flat Hair Days Are Gone - By Aylna Neo
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Having wavy and heavy hair is a burden. Although I have very thick and voluminous hair, my crown area always looks flat because my hair is too heavy. To counter that issue, I always use dry shampoo or tease my crown area to make it look more poofy. This month, I’ve tried 4 different volumising shampoos to test out which one works best for heavy and wavy hair like mine!


PERCY & REED Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Shampoo


First impression of this shampoo is that, it doesn’t foam much. Even after mixing it with water, the consistency of the shampoo is light and very little bubbles appear. I myself have tried PERCY & REED conditioner before, and it was amazing. It is lightweight as well, and it gave my hair a soft bouncy look. I had high hopes for this shampoo since their conditioner managed to give the volumising look that I wanted. After all, this shampoo contains vitamin B5 which helps with hair loss so I wouldn’t be too sad if it doesn’t volumise my hair, at least it would be beneficial for my hair condition.

Pros: Light and airy hair after used. Suitable for light coloured hair people too. Smells like shampoos that salon uses, very luxurious fragrance.

Cons: Does not lather well. Require to use the conditioner as well for the best results. Doesn’t foam much like other shampoos.

Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars | Retailing at $32 (250ml)

OUAI Volume Shampoo



One of the highly raved shampoo on the internet goes to OUAI. Awarded as the Best Shampoo for Fine Hair by Harper’s Bazaar in 2017 makes me even more excited to try this shampoo. This product is made for fine, flat or limp hair. I have very flat hair at my crown area and this shampoo does make my crown area seems slightly less flat and more bouncy. This body-building cleanser is infused with OUAI’s Unique Smart Technology Complex™ to replenish moisture and lift strands, leaving hair looking fuller than ever.

Pros: Works very well on fine hair, many people raved about it being more bouncy. Personally, I feel that it kind of works as well, but maybe because my hair is quite thick so I don’t feel that there’s a huge difference. However, it does cleanse my scalp and not leaving any buildup. And it definitely makes my hair shines and easier to manage.

Cons: Works better on fine hair. Asian hair types are usually coarse, hence the effect of the shampoo might work or might not work for everyone.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $42 (300ml)

NaturVital Sensitive Revitalizing Ginseng Shampoo


The NaturVital Sensitive Revitalizing Ginseng Shampoo is suitable for sensitive scalp especially those who colour their hair often. This plant-based shampoo infused with ginkgo extracts and ginseng are natural ways in helping thin and fine hair to grow stronger and fuller. Awarded by Singapore Women’s Weekly Hair Awards 2015 - Best shampoo for Fine Hair. It is formulated with high skin tolerance (hypoallergenic) and provides the most natural care for your hair without damaging the scalp.

Pros: All natural ingredients makes it a peace of mind for consumers. The shampoo is of a thick consistency and lathers well with water. My scalp felt very refreshed and clean after using it. Suitable for all hair types especially damaged hair, given that there are many properties and active ingredients that help with damaged hair. 

Cons: Does not help with volumising hair. But hair does feel healthier. If your hair is damaged from bleaching and harsh chemicals which causes thinning, this product will help to strengthen your hair to make it fuller (hence more voluminous looking hair).

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $23 (300ml)

Beijing 101 Nourishing Shampoo


I think I found THE ONE. Asian hair type is one of the most difficult hair types to conquer. Having coarse and untamed hair makes it difficult to have airy and soft looking hair. Beijing 101 specialise in asian hair, especially hair fall treatment. When I received this product, I know I’m in good hands. Specially formulated with traditional Chinese herbs like Dang Gui, Long Dan Cao and He Shou Wu, it provides essential nutrients and antioxidant effects to the scalp for optimum hair health.

Pros: Suitable for all hair types. Cleanse scalp and hair effectively from dirt and oil. Smooth and manageable hair after few wash. Promotes darker, full and healthier hair.

Cons: I feel that my hair became thicker. Maybe for those with thin, fine hair, its good news. But for me, it makes my hair heavier and not airy and bouncy. Overall, still a very good shampoo for coarse hair people like me! So if you have thin and fine hair, try this shampoo out! It might help with volumising your hair!

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars | Retailing at $32.24 (250ml)

Which shampoo would you like to try out?


This marks the last post I’ll be doing for Sample Store’s monthly review. I would like to thank those of you who have been reading and following my monthly journey with Sample Store. It’s a bittersweet goodbye but it will never be the end. I will definitely be back for more content in near future, but for now, do let us know which shampoo you would like to try and cast your vote! Till next time!

Signing off,
Aylna