Beijing 101 - Hair and Scalp Care Review

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Being blessed with thick tresses all my life, I always feel that hair loss will be the least of my hair concerns. So when I was approached by Beijing 101 - The experts in solving/reducing hair loss issues, as well as other hair/scalp-related problems faced by their clients for the past three decades... I was skeptical HOW I can benefit from their hair treatments as I did not feel that I was losing 'too many hair' in my opinion.

Nevertheless, I gave it a go as I was curious about my scalp type and condition, and it would be an eye opener to do the hair and scalp analysis, just like how I always see in their advertisements) as it would be the first time to see my hair and scalp in such a microscopic view. Most importantly, given my recent discovery of those few strands of premature greying hair, as shared in my previous post, I know I needed to do something about it and seek the help from professionals, which in this case, is none other than Beijing 101!


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With a total of seven outlets conveniently located around Singapore, my treatment was done at Beijing 101's Tiong Bahru Plaza branch. Upon arriving, I filled up my personal particulars and did a quick tour of their vicinity and check out their displays of the various "Home Care" products they have for sale. I did a quick look at the types of premium-grade Chinese herbs they use during the hair and scalp treatment sessions and its respective benefits, which seek to solve hair problems in an integrative and harmonious way, aligning with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices.


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Some of Beijing 101 'home care' product range
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CONSULTATION: Scalp Analysis

I was led into the consultation room, where my consultant, Mr Eken, did a thorough questionnaire to find out more about my lifestyle habits (such as sleeping time, fitness habits and food preference) and the hair concerns that I have, while I sipped on the cup of hot tea served to me.

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Eken then shared about Beijing 101's history, the awards and accreditation received - Such as results from the Nielsen Survey where 9 out of 10 had experienced visible hair growth results after receiving hair treatments from Beijing 101. He also showed me images of different types of scalp and hair issues.

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My eye-opener moment had arrived - Doing the hair and scalp analysis! Eken scanned through my head and pointed out some areas of my scalp which is more oily and with clogged pores. These issues seem unimportant now, but if left untreated, it can affect hair growth and may even lead to hair loss in future! Thankfully, I do not have a dandruff problem!


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He also said that I have to be careful of the hairline near my temples, and proceeded to ask if I always style my hair into a ponytail or bun, which I replied 'Yes' to him. But inside of me, I was like, "WHOA! You can even tell!??!". I basically like to tie my hair in these two ways, especially if I am home, as I like to keep my hair away from my face.


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Eken told me that my hair treatment session includes the following:
- Scalp Purification mask
- Herbal hair wash (Type of herbal shampoo and conditioner used is based on client's hair/scalp needs)
- Signature Meridian Herbal Treatment (4 different types of massage to choose from!).

On top of it, I would undergo a TCM consultation with their in-house certified TCM doctor. And to end it off, Eken will conduct another round of hair and scalp analysis. Yay to more eye-opener moments!


I did my hair treatment in the VIP room.
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It was like I am in my own private salon,
in complete privacy and tranquility! :)
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Warm towel and refreshments served
while I did my treatment
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Deep Cleansing Scalp Treatment: PuriScalp Mask


Applied onto my hair roots, followed by a quick massage,
and left on for about 20 minutes.

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This mask helps to:
- Balance the hair's pH level
- Cleanse hair bulbs
- Remove oil clogs and sebum
- Provides vital nutrients to hair follicles
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Enjoyed the nice minty sensation by
the Deep Cleansing Scalp Treatment
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Deep Cleansing Scalp Treatment: Herbal Hair Wash and Massage

After 20 minutes, the mask was washed off at my own private hair washing area. My hair therapist, Jessica, lathered my hair with the selected range of their in-house shampoo, followed by hair conditioner.

She used the shampoo and conditioner from the "Nourishing" range. FYI, the range that the hair therapist uses on your hair may differ from mine, as they will select based on one's head and scalp needs and concerns.

The 'Nourishing' range serves to:
- Restore hair vitality
- Enhances hair texture and density.


Any hair wash is NEVER complete without a satisfying acu-point head massage. And my hair therapist nailed it. Boy, I felt so relaxed and refreshed after that! I was led back to my treatment seat where my hair was towel-dried and then blown-dry.


Head Massage during Beijing 101's Herbal Wash
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 PuriScalp Mask Treatment: Award-Winning Hair Tonic

A vial of Beijing 101's award-winning herbal hair tonic was carefully and thoroughly applied to my hair roots around my scalp. There are various types of hair tonic to treat different types of hair and scalp concerns, but generally the hair tonic aids to kill bacteria, strengthen hair roots, increase melanin production, nourishes hair follicles and promotes blood circulation.

Hair Tonic Application
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Beijing 101 Signature Meridian Herbal Treatment: Overall Well-Being

Beijing 101's signature Meridian Herbal Treatment, is a head massage consisting of 4 different types (Overall well-being, Tension, Stress and Sleeping Disorder) that one can select from. I chose the Overall Well-being Treatment as the massage techniques seem to be part of each of the above 4 types, so I gave that a shot.


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The Meridian Herbal Treatment aids to:
- Promote hair growth and stronger hair
- Prevent hair loss and greying
- Relieves headaches, head tensions and migraines
- Improve sleep quality, alleviates insomnia
- Enhances memory
- Relieves fatigue

It was so relaxing...
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TCM Consultation: Better health, Better Hair/Scalp Conditions

It was a pleasure to know that Beijing 101 is not only committed to using TCM methods in their products and treatments, but also to help improve their clients' overall health. Hence, in-house Certified TCM physicians provide consultations and advise on the health conditions.

My TCM physician did a pulse diagnosis and said that my 肠胃 (digestive system) is not good, which I am very much aware of. She asked questions pertaining to my health and habits, and gave much-appreciated advice. I also shared with her my premature greying hair concerns (albeit those few strands but it is startling!).

She told me that hair conditions reflect on:
(1) The health of one's internal organs like lungs, kidney, blood, stomach and liver
(2) Lifestyle such as insufficient sleep, stress and poor dietary habits. 

She promptly advised me to to have a diet rich in Zinc, Copper, Vitamin A and B, and of course, to have more sleep, haha!


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POST-TREATMENT CONSULTATION: Scalp Analysis

To healthier and stronger hair!
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To cleaner and healthier scalp!
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 Scalp Analysis scan done to provide
a 'Before-and-After' comparison.
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I was simply amazed with the vast
improvements of my scalp condition!
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In the image below, it showed two out of three zones where the scanner captured microscopic shots of my scalp. In Scan #1, the clogged pores were miraculously removed from my hair follicles! Whereas in Scan #2, you can see in the After-picture that my scalp is no longer "glistening" with oil! What an improvement!


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WOW!! All the 'findings' we had in the earlier scan were solved
in one treatment by Beijing 101!

I cannot imagine the great extent of my hair and scalp getting
healthier and  if I have more treatment sessions! That will be fabulous!



(As fabulous as Blackpink's Lisa)


If having healthier hair and scalp, while having incredible-looking hair for that classic *hair flick* is your kind of thing, Beijing 101 is offering a customised Scalp Renewal Treatment with Infrared Treatment for one person at a great deal of S$28 (Usual: S$420).
To grab this offer, call 6-5588-101 and quote "Feliza Ong".
Or simply click on this LINK to make your purchase now.


Tips from Beijing 101 on how to dry your hair the right way! 
Watch the video below! :)



To end this blogpost by sharing a quote I saw online -
Invest in your hair, for it is the crown you never take off.
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'LIKE' and check out Beijing 101 Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/beijing101haircare.
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*Disclaimer: This is an advertorial post, but all opinions remain my own*

Balayage Hair Color at Salon De Choix

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A visit to Salon De Choix means bringing new life to my hair. I depend on the skilful hands and experience of my stylist, Chester, to have healthier and luscious-looking hair for the past few years. In my latest hair session at Salon De Choix, I got my hair colored, treated and trimmed.

This is my hair just before my session – 
Various shades of brown fill my crown.
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During my consultation session with Chester, we discussed to reduce the many shades of brown that are on my hair, while having the balayage effect nonetheless. He customised the hair dye color, adding a little of ash brown in it. Afterwhich, he and his assistant helped to apply the hair dye on my hair and left it to set in.

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Washing off the har dye, while on the
comfortable electronic massage chair.
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Before my hair treatment, Chester added an additional step so as to better improve my hair condition. The Shu Uemura Instant Replenisher Serum was massaged into my hair, followed by steaming for better absorption through the various hair layers. 

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Next, the Shu Uemura hair treatment cream for freshly-colored hair was applied onto my hair and left to get it fully absorbed.

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You can see the balayage effect of my hair color in this pic
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The treatment cream was then washed off. Chester did a quick trim of my hair ends and fringe, and the final step of the hair session is here – BLOW OUT!

This is the final result of my hair – Healthy and silky,
just the way I like and want it to be.
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 I love how Chester brilliantly reduced the number of
brown tones in my hair, just the way I want,
and just the way he said it would turn out to be!
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Thank you Salon De Choix and Chester for
giving me beautiful luscious locks as always.

If you are interested to make an appointment at Salon De Choix,
mention my name 'Feliza'  when you call to the salon 
and get 15% discount off your total bill~
(Not applicable for promotions)
CALL TO BOOK AN APPT: +65 68362959 


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Salon De Choix is located at: 
3 Killiney Road #01-06 
Winsland House 1
Singapore 239519

Why I May Have Hair Loss In Future

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Just like how important it is to start using anti-ageing skincare products while we are in our twenties, much emphasis to care for our overall health, hair and scalp is essential as well. This is all for the aim to age beautifully and with less/no health issues.



It is true only to a certain extent that frequent hair chemical procedures will lead to hair loss. In fact, it is the improper care, processes and unsuitable product usage that damages and weakens the hair, THUS leading to possible hair loss.




Thankfully, I have regular help and care despite the chemical treatments that I do regularly.
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With that being said, does it mean that my hair is not prone to hair loss? Well, actually yes, but it will be due to other factors caused by myself. Hence, I have only myself to blame, if I start to have a hair loss problem one day. And if that happens, I am very sure that I will feel less confident as I have been wearing my hair proudly, with full crowning glory all these years.

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With much guilt, let me share with you the six ‘Super-No-No’ things that I do but should not, which may result in a probable case of hair loss in future... And how to prevent and/reduce the chance of it happening.

6 REASONS WHY I MAY
HAVE HAIR LOSS IN FUTURE

1. Emotional Stress

One type of stress-related hair loss is the telogen effluvium, where emotional stress from relationships, family and jobs, may trigger a certain number of hair follicles into their ‘resting phase’, to stop growing, and to even fall out in greater number than usual as weeks and months pass. Luckily, this can be reversed by not being stressed, duh! One way to handle stress is to have better time management, and to spend more time in meditation and exercising. This reminds me that it is high time that I should take up yoga or some gym classes soon.

2. Insufficient Sleep


In today’s fast-paced society, sleep comes after work and you may not get that 8-hours sleep and you look like a walking zombie with heavy eyebags day in, day out. Less sleep means that your body’s immune system goes haywire and becomes weak. Your hair roots get weaker too, leading to hair loss, and eventually baldness! Go get that beauty rest now!

3. Unbalanced/Unhealthy Diet


If you are someone who goes by the motto “Live to Eat” just like me, be warned that your food habits may cause probable hair loss if there is a lack of PROTEINS, IRON and VITAMIN B in your diet. Afterall, ‘You are what you eat’. Start having a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean protein (fish, meat, eggs), “good” fats like avocado and nuts, and last of all - Consume less junk food and drinks as being low in nutritional value and high in calories, they contribute significantly to high sodium and low iron issues in your body that leads to hair loss. Go easy on your potato chips now, will you?

4. Hair Styling Habits

Never tried using a vacuum cleaner to get a ponytail but I do have a penchant to tie my hair into a bun or ponytail. This actually creates stress for the hair and may cause hair fall (traction alopecia). The best way is to let your hair loose, otherwise try doing a loose or low ponytail/bun/braids.


5. Use of Hair Styling Tools
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As much as I try to reduce the use of hair curlers and straighteners so as to not damage the hair shaft and hamper hair growth, I cannot help but to blowdry my hair every other day (which is a culprit of causing that as well). WHY? Firstly, I like how my hair looks neat and tidy when properly blown-dry and combed. Next, I have such thick tresses that it takes about two hours to have it fully air-dried and I do not have that much time to sit around and wait for that to happen. But high heat from the hair dryer can actually dry the scalp and remove natural oil from hair strands, resulting in dry and brittle hair. Hence, do not use a hair dryer on high heat and on dried hair, and try to use cool hair when blow-drying.


6. Swimming Without Wearing a Swimming Cap


Sometimes on my Instastories, you will see me swimming or in the jacuzzis. I may be wearing the most beautiful bikini ever, but one gear I am lacking is the swimming cap. Aesthetically, I rate it at 1, on a scale of 1 to 10. But on a practical note, I rate it as 10. Only mermaids can get away without wearing one, in my opinion. Other than keeping one’s hair off the face while swimming, its most important purpose is to keep chlorinated water out of the hair. Chlorine eliminates germs and bacteria in the swimming pools, and ‘excels’ in eating away the living hair follicle tissues which leaves hair weak and brittle.

If you find swimming cap unaesthetically-pleasing like me and will rather drown than to be spotted wearing one, the best solution would be to:
(1) Rinse your hair with non-chlorinated water before and after each pool session as it acts as a barrier between your tresses and the chlorinated water;
(2) Spray leave-in conditioner on the wet hair for added protection;
(3) Quickly shampoo your hair after you are done with swimming;
(4) Use deep conditioner and hair mask regularly to reduce chlorine damage.


I do not wish to divulge this piece of information, but I spotted a total of 3 grey hair strands in recent weeks, and wait… It’s happening despite being in my 20s??! My heart is breaking! Then I learnt from information found on a webpage that "premature hair greying may be due to an unclean scalp and an unbalanced diet of Vitamin B, Iron, Copper and Iodine". Now I am feeling more relieved!




So all I have to do from now on is to start cultivating good hair care habits and start concocting some of the natural herbal recipes found on the said webpage: http://www.beijing101hair.com/tips.php. Maybe it will help me, afterall all these tips are provided by Beijing 101 - A haircare professional firm with years of history and success stories. To reduce the chance of hair loss, I will start to care for my hair the natural and healthy way, as well as to care for my personal health and well-being as well. Join me on this journey too!




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