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Review: Scalp Treatment at Bee Choo Origin Ladies
By Denise Chua | May 21, 2019
The Bee Choo Experience!
About Bee Choo Origin Ladies
Bee Choo Origin was founded by Madam Cheah Bee Chew in Year 2000. Since then, they have expanded to have outlets all over Asia. Recently, they also opened Bee Choo Origin Ladies, a ladies only outlet. Currently, they only have one ladies outlet (at 5 Pahang Street).
Operating under Madam Cheah's mantra of “sincerity before profits“, both Bee Choo Origin and Bee Choo Origin Ladies strive to provide effective hair loss herbal treatments at reasonable mass market prices.
Unlike their major competitors, Bee Choo Origin does not sell you expensive hair packages worth thousands. All their outlets have a pay-per-visit system. Depending on hair length, each a la carte herbal hair loss treatment costs only S$34 to S$64 at Bee Choo Origin and S$41 to S$69 Nett at Bee Choo Origin Ladies. And that's the not the promotional price, it's the original price!
About The Herbal Treatment
I had 3 scalp treatments at Bee Choo Origin Ladies. Each treatment lasted 1.5 to 2 hours excluding waiting time. Unfortunately, I had to wait (even with an appointment) because I went during peak hours (Peak Hours: Weekdays 5pm to 7pm, Weekends 9am to 1pm).
Step 0: Complimentary Scalp Analysis
Typically, a complimentary advanced microscopic scalp analysis will be done on your first visit unless it is a weekend (to minimize waiting time for other customers). Their Korean scalp analysis device is able to magnify up to 300x what we can see with our naked eyes. This enlarged scalp inspection is done to ascertain customer's current hair condition so that they can give suitable product recommendations and adjust some small aspects of the treatment accordingly.
Above are my before and after scalp analysis scans. The second scan shows less redness and more bright spots, indicating a healthier and cleaner scalp. There is even baby hair growth! I don't think that a mere 1.5 hours treatment resulted in a hair growth immediately so it is probably because the two screen shots are of different areas of my scalp. But there were definitely more bright spots on my scalp scan post-treatment.
Step 1: Ginger Tonic Plus Head Massage
To begin, ginger hair tonic was massaged into my scalp. The ginger tonic supposedly opens my hair follicles to prepare for better absorption of nutrients from Bee Choo's herbal paste. This is also when a short but shiok head and shoulder massage comes in.
Step 2: Olive Oil
Next, 100% pure virgin olive oil was applied onto my hair ends to restore split ends and reduce dryness.
Step 3: Herbal Paste
Now for the most important step- application of Bee Choo's specially formulated Herbal Treatment Paste. The preservative-free and additives-free herbal paste is freshly made daily using traditional Chinese herbs like Chuan Xiong, Ginseng, Dang Gui, He Shou Wu and Ling Zhi.
The herbal paste was applied onto my entire scalp and hair. Fortunately, it has a pleasant smell that is not overpowering and is cooling upon application. And it has shown amazing results in treating hair loss.
Personally, I noticed a lot of baby hair growing after the 2nd Bee Choo treatment (my treatments were spaced 1 month apart). However, before starting these treatments I already noticed some hair regrowth because of a hair loss serum I was using. It is hard to say how much results are due to the serum and Bee Choo's treatments respectively. But somehow both of them worked to improve my hair growth.
Apart from hair loss, Bee Choo's herbal paste is supposed to help repair damaged hair by leaving a protective layer on each strand of hair. The same paste can also improve itchy/oily scalp and unclog hair pores to reduce dandruff.
The natural copper dye in the paste can even cover white/grey hair from the roots in the treatment process. Above shows the result on my white hairs after just 1 treatment! White hairs all covered!
For those who are worried about unnecessary highlights due to this treatment, you can request for a herbal paste that has no dye effect. But to achieve this, I suppose different ingredients will be used. I do wonder if the two different herb paste will yield varying results. But I wouldn't know because I will always choose the one with dye effect!
Step 4: Hair and Scalp Steaming
After applying the paste, I got a 45 mins hair and scalp steaming, during which I browsed my social media feed using their Free WiFi. This steaming process is supposed to open up my scalp pores to remove impurities and to aid absorption of the herbal ingredients into the scalp. While steaming, the herbal paste gave off a faint sweet smelling scent. Very pleasant and spa-like.
Step 5: Wash and Blow
The last step is to wash off the herbal paste and blow dry. Warm water is used for oily scalp and room temperature water is used for dry scalp. Cold water will be used for eczema sufferers. At Bee Choo Ladies, they only partially blow dry your hair. This is done to maximize the absorption of nutrients for the next few hours after treatment.
What I Like and Dislike About Bee Choo Origin Ladies
Basically, I am mighty pleased with my treatments at Bee Choo Origin Ladies. As a nursing mum who can only get away from my baby for a maximum of 3 hours at a time, it is amazing that I can use a mere 2 hours (excluding transport time) to enjoy a head/shoulder massage, get my white hairs covered and treat my post-natal hair loss. My hair also looked healthier after the treatments.
I also like that the price is super affordable! Another plus at Bee Choo Origin Ladies are the little niceties like online booking system, complimentary hot tea, free WiFi and see-through hairdressing cape for customers to use their mobile devices from underneath the cape. I am not sure if these niceties are available at Bee Choo Origin. In fact, I heard that over at Bee Choo Origin outlets, there are no massage and blow dry services. If you have been there, comment below and let me know if this is true.
On the flip side, I wish that Bee Choo Origin Ladies have more outlets so that I don't have to travel so far for this treatment (I live in the West). Although Bee Choo Origin have outlets in the West, they are not ladies only and service may differ.
In addition, I have one small "problem" with Bee Choo; their treatment leaves a residue herbal smell post treatment, which lasts for 2 days. Personally I don't mind the smell itself. But as a mummy to a young baby, I prefer not to have strong smells on myself.
Another complaint I have is that while the herbal paste is all natural without chemicals, additives or preservatives, the shampoo used to wash off the herbal paste does contain parabens as a preservative. (Paraben is something I have chosen to avoid in all the products that I use.)
Will I Return to Bee Choo Origin Ladies as a Paid Customer?
So will I go back to Bee Choo Origin Ladies for another treatment on my own? Maybe. Considering the results, price and the fact that the shampoo will be washed off, I will probably let the paraben part slide. But I might try out Bee Choo Origin instead of Bee Choo Origin Ladies since it is nearer to me.
Disclaimer: The author was provided 3 free scalp treatments by Bee Choo Origin Ladies in exchange for her honest opinion. No other compensation was provided.
Bee Choo Origin Ladies
Nicoll Highway, Bugis, Lavender, Jalan Besar
Mon to Fri: 10am to 7pm (last appointment at 7pm)
Sat/Sun/PH: 9am to 4.30pm (last appointment at 4.30pm)
Complimentary Scalp Scan on 1st visit, Complimentary Hot Tea, In-house toilet, Free WiFi, Complimentary Hair Massage