UPDATE: On March 13, 2012, I was invited by Beijing 101 to try their treatments again. If you want to read my experience, you can read my latest Beijing 101 Review.
About two years ago, I noticed that I was losing more hair than usual and my dandruff was getting worse. It had only been a few months after I first settled in Singapore so I was clueless–I didn’t know where to go or what to do to prevent myself from losing more hair. Worse, I was panicking. So when I saw Beijing 101 Hair Consultant’s promotion on the newspaper, I thought I finally found a way out of my hair loss nightmare. But I was wrong.
Why Beijing 101?
I did a lot of online research. Although almost all the reviews for the most prominent Singapore-based hair loss treatment centers I could find were a mixture of so-so good, bad and worse, I was so desperate that I didn’t try looking for perfect solutions. In the end, I just decided to go for Beijing 101 and skip the hassle of hopping from one center to another and probably get pushed into signing a package against my will. If you want to skip reading my experience during my first consultation, you can proceed to Part 2 of my Beijing 101 review which talks about the results and the total costs.
I asked my Hubby to accompany me so he can save me in case some harsh hard-selling occurred. Before going to the consultation room, I was asked to fill up a questionnaire that basically asked me about my lifestyle–stress levels, prevailing health conditions, diet and sleeping patterns.
During the actual consultation, my consultant briefly looked through the info sheet I signed earlier. She asked me a few questions before scanning my scalp with their machine. She didn’t check my pulse or performed any basic Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis on me to my disappointment. She explained to me that my scalp was oily and my follicles were clogged with oil and dandruff, preventing new hair from growing. The scan also showed that I was only growing one strand per follicle when the healthy number is 2-3. Since promotional prices for Beijing 101 are quite attractive, I asked her if my case was suitable for their promotional treatments. She said that my case needed a more intense combination of treatments. Upon hearing that, I knew I was in for a price shock later on.
My therapist, who was more comfortable speaking in Mandarin which meant that everything had to be translated to me by Hubby, said that I needed a series of detoxifying scalp masks (at least 10) to balance my scalp. Alongside the mask treatments would be the application and massage of herbal hair serums (x24) to fortify my baby hairs. She quoted me a price of SGD$4,950. My jaw, along with a few spare coins in my pocket, dropped to the ground.
The amount really gave me and my Hubby a shock ’cause the promotional price they advertised on the paper was only SGD$388 for 10 herbal scalp treatments. We asked if we could try a cheaper package first. She prepared another treatment plan, tapped on her calculator for a while, then said I could try the SGD$1,250 package but she won’t be able to promise me results as my case needed a more intensive program. She added that if I took the cheaper package and decided to continue the full treatment later on, she won’t be able to offer me the promotional price of SGD$4,950 anymore.
I told her I’ll mull over it as it’s not a cheap amount. Before leaving the room, Hubby asked her, “If my wife won’t go for the treatment, do you think there’s a chance she’ll lose all her hair soon?”
With a crackle in her throat, my consultant said, “Yes.”
Please read Part 2 of my Beijing 101 Review.
Note: My review is based on my experience with Beijing 101 Hair Consultants almost 1 1/2 years ago.