REVIEW: Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Series (Shampoo + Scalp Nutrition Pack + Treatment + Nutrition Hair Pack)

Hello everyone!

How are you holding up with the circuit breaker (or lockdown, depending on where you are)? As a homebody, being cooped up at home never seemed like much of a big deal to me until I personally felt how warm and stuffy my living room (where I usually work from) would get in the afternoon for the first time since moving here – even with two pretty solid desk fans blowing in my face.

And one thing leads to another. Apart from the occasional musty odour of my sweat and small pustules popping out more frequently on my face, I also noticed an increase in my hair fall which, quite frankly, isn’t an entirely new to me. Normally when that happens, I would immediately book an appointment with my hairstylist to get my locks snipped. But with non-essential businesses being told to close during this period, this option is temporarily unavailable ūü§¶ūüŹĽ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹThe absence of professional help meant that I could only rely on over-the-counter hair products to slow down my balding process until the economy reopens. For that, I’m thankful that Daeng Gi Meo Ri (ŽĆēÍłįŽ®łŽ¶¨) had come to the rescue because picking the right products for my sensitive scalp would be a whole new issue in itself!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri

Daeng Gi Meo Ri

New to the brand? You’re not alone! Through some digging, I managed to find out a bit more about Daeng Gi Meo Ri. Based on unofficial reports, it has actually been around in the Singapore hair care market since 2014 and had even bagged some awards. I must been living under a rock!

Established in 1998, Daeng Gi Meo Ri is the first hair care brand in South Korea to incorporate traditional oriental herbal ingredients in their formula designed to maximise hair health through beneficial medicinal herbs extracted with traditional Korean fermentation process. It comes with specific ranges (Vitalizing, Energizing and Yellow Blossom) to cater to different scalp needs and conditions. In my case, I was recommended the Vitalizing range by its rep for its hair-loss prevention and hair growth capabilities.

My hair before using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time

My hair before using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time

Look how fried my hair is?!?! (P/S: hairstylist recommendations greatly appreciated!)

Look how fried my hair is?!?! (P/S: hairstylist recommendations greatly appreciated!)

By the way, Daeng Gi Meo Ri doesn’t gender-discriminate. It works well for the guys too ūüėČ

Vitalizing Shampoo

Their number-one selling shampoo (the last time I checked, it’s sold out on Watsons!) helps in cleansing the scalp and preventing hair tangles with moisture supply, which may in turn improve your hair condition in 3 to 6 months. I mean, just by the smell of it, you’d know it’s not some gimmicky shampoo that banks on the power of scent (looking at you, P&G brands). It has a very noticeable herbal smell (somewhat like a more pleasant version of luo han guo combined with chrysanthemum) which fortunately doesn’t mess with my nose.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo – ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Expected more lather than this, to be honest! But it was more foamy at subsequent washes somehow!

Expected more lather than this, to be honest! But it was more foamy at subsequent washes somehow!

The appearance of the product¬†funnily reminds me of malt extract as it has an incredibly thick consistency. Just one wash and I was already able to feel the cleanliness of my scalp which normally felt oily (and sticky?). There was also a vast difference in the texture of my hair. Can’t say I wasn’t impressed and surprised by the results at all! ūüėĪ

Vitalizing Treatment

Every shampoo has to have a conditioner accompaniment, so this is no exception. But rather than a conditioner, this is paired with a treatment (very common to see treatments in place of conditioners nowadays) which I presume is due to the incorporation of more potent ingredients that lead to more targeted results, rather than just giving hair the ultra-smooth effect. This scalp essence (as Daeng Gi Meo Ri calls it) claims to help in the prevention of hair loss by delivering medicinal herbal nutrition deep into the scalp to strengthen hair follicles.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment – ingredient list

Actual colour is slightly duller than this

Actual colour is slightly duller than this

Although it still has a herbal note to it, the treatment smells more inviting as compared to the shampoo, and it looks like a thick malted milk formulation (y’know, like Horlicks). This leaves my hair SO soft and silky smooth every time! ūüėć

Vitalizing Hair Cap

Missed going to professional hair salons to pamper your hair already? You cannot replicate that same experience at home but you can certainly achieve similar results with the help of this hair treatment cap. This easy-to-use self care for your hair contains additional fermented oriental herbal ingredients to supply nutrients to hair weakened from various elements (for instance, from chemical treatment including perms, dyes and stress from daily heat styling). Simply put, this is a more extravagant, one-time use version of the treatment for days you want to indulge in some serious TLC for your hair.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack. I realised the model on the packaging changes from time to time.. This one in particular looks like Taeyeon!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack. I realised the model on the packaging changes from time to time.. This one in particular looks like Taeyeon!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack – ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack - the size when opened out!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack – the size when opened out!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack - the serum in the hair cap. Don't sniff too closely - the smell stings!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack – the serum in the hair cap. Don’t sniff too closely – the smell stings!

My experience in trying hair caps from other brands was nothing short of a nightmare. I remembered struggling to keep my waist-length hair each time inside the hair cap which wasn’t very well secured by the weakly adhesive tape. However, this was not the case for Daeng Gi Meo Ri’s which had even included another layer of wood pulp-like material inside the cap to hold my hair captive. The adhesive tape isn’t sticky to the touch but it somehow clings onto the cap like absolute magic (even after stripping it off to readjust the cap)!

It's a perfect wrap!

It’s a perfect wrap!

Once all my hair had been tucked into the cap, I massaged my head to ensure even distribution of the serum around my hair. Then, came a pleasant surprise – a cooling sensation started creeping in to reinvigorate my scalp! After about 15 minutes, I removed the cap and rinsed the serum off my hair. As I ran through my hair with my fingers, I could already feel its softness and smoothness (the same happened to my toilet floor – I almost slipped!). All in all, the product was a lot better than I had expected!

Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss

An over-the-counter tonic approved by the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, this scalp pack not only promises hair growth and the reduction of hair loss, it also helps to reduce scalp itchiness.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss – ingredient list

Double security: even the bottle itself is sealed!

Double security: even the bottle itself is sealed!

Clear, runny solution

Clear, runny solution

Imagine trying to resist the temptation to scratch your scalp because you don’t want to give the impression that you have head lice. Yup, that’s me on most sweltering days, and products I had tried in hopes of alleviating the itch had been largely unsuccessful. These past failed attempts naturally led me to cast a doubtful light on this clear, runny tonic (doesn’t help that it also kinda smells like mouthwash ūü§£). But alas, I was wrong! (And I’ve never felt so happy to be proven wrong!)

It has been three days since using the tonic and the number of times my fingers reached for my scalp has visibly reduced. The cool weather might have a small part to play in this but my scalp has never felt this.. normal for a long time! Did I mention that this also gives a tingly sensation?

After cleansing the hair and blow-drying

After cleansing the hair and blow-drying

For the record, the tonic is applied daily after cleansing my scalp (with shampoo and treatment, duh!) and blow-drying my hair to increase its efficacy.

After using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time!

After using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time!

The morning after using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time! Hair looks less crazy!

The morning after using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time! Hair looks less crazy!

The initial results of using these Daeng Gi Meo Ri products were beyond satisfactory as I do see an improvement in my hair quality (e.g. less frizz, slightly more volume and a lot easier to manage) especially when I wake up. However, it’s still too early to say if they are effective in promoting hair growth. The prices are also on the high side for some drugstore hair care products and this makes me very hesistant to dispense a full pump of shampoo and treatment at every wash (which may do more harm than good as more strain might be put on my scalp due to the lack of lather). But I guess you could always wait to snag them at a lower price during one of the many Watsons sales.

What do you think of Daeng Gi Meo Ri products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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TK TrichoKare @ orchardgateway (credit: TK TrichoKare)

The hair is every woman’s crowning glory. ¬†Having enviable hair¬†plays an important role in a woman’s self-confidence and self-esteem because¬†it is¬†what defines our appearance. Not only does it speak volumes of our¬†age and style, but also our personality. Therefore, it is not unexpected that¬†millions of dollars would be spent on¬†hair care products and treatments each year¬†by women alone, just to keep their hair in tiptop shape. However,¬†these efforts could actually cause adverse effects to our hair, especially when done too frequently. Hair dyeing, for instance, is one of the¬†top culprits¬†of thinning of hair. This problem is so common, it doesn’t just happen to post-menopausal women anymore as¬†many youth today like myself are similarly affected.

Growing up, I’ve always had fine and sparse hair on my scalp that break off every time I wash my hair or try to detangle them with my fingers. No matter how careful¬†and gentle I am with¬†them, my hairbrush would still end up¬†laden with a chock-full of hair after every brush. It got worse since I had rebonded and coloured my hair (because vain) but¬†I have tried reducing my hair dye use from twice to once a year. Still, the problem persists. It’s so annoying. Sometimes I’d get envious of people who sport intricate hairstyles (e.g. fringe braiding) because I obviously don’t have enough hair to do it! Pfft. I’d probably lose more hair in the process.

Also, if you’ve read my other hair-related posts, you could probably recall my issue with bald spots as well. Although most of them have grown in, there are still visible patches if viewed from the top.

Enjoying my TrichoTea!

Enjoying my TrichoTea (I made that up)! Didn’t take a picture of my scalp pre-treatment that day because my parting was going to be different later on, so no point la. But here you can clearly see my scalp and my receding hairline. It just gets worse with age!

Perhaps this is a hereditary condition because the females in my household lose quite a bit of hair everyday too (though definitely not as substantial and alarming as I). But according to my trichologist, En En, from TK Trichokare, a healthy scalp is essential to having healthy hair. And in my case, my hair woes are largely due to my poor scalp health Рnot because of bad hygiene, but poor diet (too much spicy and fried food, as always) coupled with the use of unsuitable hair products, leading to clogged hair follicles and low hair density.

What is TK TrichoKare?

TK TrichoKare (pronounced as Try-ko-care) is the first ISO 9001 certified Trichological Centre that provides customized European Herbal Hair Remedies validated by certified Trichologists with products formulated by a professional herbalist.

TrichoKare is founded by a Trichologist. The holistic hair and scalp centre looks into all hair & scalp problems. It has been in 12 years of service since passing the conformity assessment of providing consistent standard of commitment to its product and service quality.

Other outlets are nex, Novena Square and The Clementi Mall.

Getting ready for a hair and scalp analysis (credit: TK TrichoKare)

Getting ready for a hair and scalp analysis. Look at my balding spot in the middle :\ (credit: TK TrichoKare)

Hair and scalp analysis

Hair and scalp analysis

Using a hair scope, she further analysed my scalp while images of it¬†flashed on the computer screen beside me. Don’t know why but it was so fascinating looking at my own scalp and that few strands of hair protruding from beneath it ūüėÜ

Images of my scalp

Images of my scalp (credit: TK TrichoKare)

Even without En En¬†telling me about my scalp condition, I was able¬†see how terrible it was just by looking at the screen! My scalp was red (a sign of sensitivity) and flaky (oil flakes apparently, not dandruff) and my abnormally thin hair scantily dispersed all over. Just look at the amount of space between two closest clusters of hair¬†– it’s so bare, ‘think HDB can build a flat there la.

But I was in utter¬†dismay. I knew my scalp was bad, but not that bad ūüėź

CLOSE UP: oil flakes (those white stuff) settled near the hair follicles. Oil flakes are formed when oil and dead skin cells accumulate under the scalp, causing a little blockage at the pore. The oil, being unable to pass through with ease, then clumps into flakes.

CLOSE UP: oil flakes (those white stuff) settled near the hair follicles. Oil flakes are formed when oil and dead skin cells accumulate under the scalp, causing a little blockage at the pore. The oil, being unable to pass through with ease, then clumps into flakes.

As you can see from above, the thickness of every strand of hair varied greatly. Known as miniaturisation of hair follicles, these hair¬†are crazily thinner than usual and are at risk of falling off (and have most likely fallen by now). I was also told that each pore is capable of¬†supporting more than 1 strand of healthily-thick hair but look at how pathetic mine is. Couldn’t even support 1 well, let alone 2. *sigh*

Hence, I was recommended the Scalp Rebalancing Treatment. There are other treatments available at TrichoKare too (such as the Hair Fall Preventive System¬†which fellow reviewer Xiaxue¬†had) but obviously, I was given the one that best suited my scalp condition. There are actually 3 segments to it – regulating, strengthening and densifying. As this was only a trial, I was only entitled to the first one. But boy oh boy, I still can’t wait to see what TrichoKare has in store for me!

Comfy seats at the treatment corner. Xiaxue was everywhere!

Comfy seats at the treatment corner. Xiaxue was everywhere!

I was then promptly ushered to one of the seats at the treatment area. My trichologist subsequently came over to massage some sort of serum all over scalp. It had a very  memorable scent Рcitrusy and tropical. She said it would leave a bit of a tingling sensation on my scalp. Fortunately I felt none of that!

Contains citrus essence and ginger oil

Contains citrus essence and ginger oil

1. Scalp treatment

1. Scalp treatment (application/massage + 15 min for it to settle completely)

My eyelids became really heavy. It was so difficult to stay awake…

Following that, I was brought to the wash room to shampoo away the oil. The room was dimly-lit to create a relaxing atmosphere, making it even more challenging for my eyes to stay open (I had to for awhile to take some pictures). Apart from shampooing, my hair was also given some protein treatment!

Wash basins

Wash basins

One more shot before I doze off hahaha

One more shot before I doze off hahaha

If you can still stay awake at this point, I salute you (credit: TK TrichoKare)

If you can still stay awake at this point, I salute you (credit: TK TrichoKare)

The professionalism of every¬†staff who attended to me was impressive! They’d¬†make¬†it¬†a point to keep me in the loop about whatever they were¬†going to do so that I’d know what to expect.¬†Throughout out hair washing session,¬†not a single speck of water or foam landed on my face too! I was glad because my makeup normally wouldn’t survive past the hair wash haha.

Once this step was completed, I was led back to my seat again to get my hair blow-dried!

But wait, another head masssage? Oh yeah!! (credit: TK TrichoKare)

But wait, another head masssage? Oh yeah!! (credit: TK TrichoKare)

Just wish I could stop time D:

Just wish I could stop time D:

Before she went on to dry my hair, she disappeared somewhere briefly to get me what looked like a neck rest! Placing it around the back of neck and then covered it with the blue towel, it felt so warm and comforting in the cold room, and had a very familiar herbal smell. It was the smell of the TrichoTea I had in the consultation room earlier! I was told it contained some essential oil.

Blowdry

Blow-dry

What followed next was something I had never experienced before! The centre assistant proceeded to move a futuristic-looking equipment over my head. What I saw in the mirror reminded me of Doctor Octopus in the Spider-Man 2 movie (hahaha). Called the infrared lamps, they help to improve circulation in the scalp. It was left on above my head for a few minutes and it felt warm but still quite bearable.

Infrared lamp

Infrared lamp

After the electrotherapy, En En¬†took over and applied some¬†tonic and moisturizer onto my hair. Unlike the¬†salons I had been to, the¬†“finishing touches”¬†didn’t reek of a repulsive chemical smell. *thumbs up*

Finally, I was sent back to the consultation room to have a final scalp scan. What I saw totally left me in awe. The results were truly unbelievable!

Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

Post scalp treatment images (credit: TK TrichoKare)

Post scalp treatment images (credit: TK TrichoKare)

CLOSE UP: Post scalp treatment image

CLOSE UP: Post scalp treatment image

My pores were VISIBLY dilated and free of clogged oil! Those disgusting oil flakes had also lessened!

A quick before-and-after comparison

A quick before-and-after comparison

GOSH. I honestly didn’t expect to see much results with just a single session. My trichologist had even advised¬†me beforehand to go for more treatments¬†because it wouldn’t be completely effective if I only did it once. But hey look, it did work! Or at least that was how I felt. Hahaha.

Of course, the treatment that I went underwent only dealt with my scalp. The subsequent treatments¬†will supposedly help tackle my hair loss problem. Nevertheless, I think this scalp treatment did help with my issue in one way or another because my hair REALLY doesn’t fall as much now.¬†On that night of treatment, I counted – only 3 strands fell! What sorcery is this I cannot.

Clean and greasy no more!

Clean and greasy no more!

Full frontal shot! Hair looks so much better and healthier

Full frontal shot! Hair looks so much better and healthier

At last, supple and healthy-looking hair, albeit only temporarily. I am really tempted to get their full scalp treatment package though! (sponsors, anyone? *grins*)

Thanks TrichoKare! (and yes, I'm really tanned!)

Thanks TrichoKare! (and yes, I’m really tanned!)

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