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.
In Part 2 of my Beijing 101 review, I hope to tackle the most frequently asked questions I received from readers & friends regarding my personal experience after going for a full-course anti-hairloss treatment at Beijing 101 Hair Consultants Singapore. This post will be quite long so if you need quick links, just click on your question below and you’ll be brought straight to my answers:
- Was there any hard-selling?
- How is the treatment/service like?
- Did you experience any results?
- How much did you pay for your treatment and what package did you take?
- Do you recommend Beijing 101 Hair Consultants?
Was there Hard-selling?
From experience, I got offered products and new packages every week or two but the hard selling tactics depended on my therapist for that week. I’d only met two who didn’t push me into buying anything but it’s probably because they didn’t speak English well and my Mandarin has always been hopeless.
My worst experience was with a therapist who tried selling me a hair growth serum worth SGD$600. Since I had already spent over SGD$5400, I wasn’t keen to spend more considering I still had 11 sessions left. But she was pushing me for 30 minutes straight that I just said I’ll have to ask my fiancé about it to get out of there. She even asked me to call him on the phone right there and then! Anyway, when I came back the next week for my next session, she bugged me for my decision so I told her I won’t buy the serum since it’s really beyond my budget. She was being pushy again and when I firmly said, “No”, she retorted with something like “So your boyfriend isn’t willing to spend $600 for you, ah?” She must have repeated that statement about 3 times out loud in front of other customers and therapists. I almost exploded.
I had my first 3 treatment sessions in peace but after that, I began to receive offers every 1 to 2 weeks from products that cost SGD$500+ to package upgrades that cost around SGD$2200+. The selling always happened when they brought me to the consultation room to check the improvement of my scalp.
The Therapists & the Treatment
The treatment always started with a warm cup of tea to drink and a scalp mask, followed by a relaxing rinse and an even more relaxing head massage while applying the tonic. The treatments and massage can be pampering and heavenly–when you’re in good and experienced hands. The problem was, at least in my case, I couldn’t get the same therapist for each of my scheduled session so the experience varied greatly from good to really bad. I had about two therapists who were quite inexperienced that I could feel their nails digging into my head during the massage. And if you’re getting the regular treatments that include hair tonics and serums, don’t expect to leave the treatment having bouncy salon hair. Be prepared to bear greasy-looking hair as the tonic and serums usually need to stay on your scalp for at least 2 hours before you can wash them off.
How Were the Results?
I mentioned in Part 1 of my Beijing 101 review that my main problem was oily scalp and dandruff. On my second treatment, I noticed that my scalp became less oily and for about 2 days after each session, my flaking wasn’t so bad. My hair loss, dandruff and oily scalp improved very slightly but I needed to go for treatments weekly to maintain it. I didn’t experience any noticeable hair growth during the course of my 20 treatments–my therapist said that it’s because I needed to upgrade to do another 24 treatments which would have caused me an additional SGD$2250. The Beijing 101 anti-dandruff shampoo prescribed to me by my consultant even made my dandruff worse whenever I used it.
If your case is just due to oily scalp and dandruff, I think Beijing 101 Hair Consultants might help you manage it a bit although, based on my experience, bear in mind that it won’t come cheap and that you have to maintain it. For my mild hair loss case, I spent over SGD$5500 and they still kept telling me to upgrade. But if your case is severe or is mostly due to internal problems like lack of nutrition & minerals, hormonal imbalance or any underlying medical condition, I doubt Beijing 101’s approach will work as I don’t see anything significantly holistic about their treatments.
Will I Ever go Back?
No. I cannot justify the price with the minimal and temporary results I’ve experienced and my bad encounters with some of their pushy therapists are just traumatizing. Besides, now that I’m turning au naturel when it comes to my skincare and haircare routine, I don’t think I’ll be comfortable using Beijing 101 products which contain ingredients I avoid like sulphates and parabens.
You can read Part 1 of my Beijing 101 review which details my first consultation with Beijing 101 Hair Consultants.
Note: My review is based on my experience with Beijing 101 Hair Consultants almost 2 years ago.