Review: How Bee Choo Origins helped my itchy scalp

Monday, May 20, 2019

DID YOU KNOW?

Our hair are actually dead skin cells? When I was very young, I remembered my dad always ticking mom off for wasting money on her dead cells. I didn't quite understand till I was much older. I thought dad was simply being rude. But truth is, the hair is alive within the scalp but once it reaches the skin surface, they are not alive anymore. So to ensure that your skin cell can age and come out to the surface beautifully, regular maintenance for a healthy scalp is necessary. 

It is considered healthy if one loses 50-100 strands a day but anything more could indicate a deficiency in mineral, stress and many more. Post-partum hair loss can be quite a bitch too. While it is said to be normal and temporary, the usual hair growth cycle is between 6-12 months and that's kindof long to tolerate if you ask me!

I had been relatively lucky with regards to my crowning glory. As you can see, my head is rather voluminous. I didn't get much of a hair loss after giving birth and things are still looking pretty alright. However, I do have a problem -- ITCHY SCALP! During my younger days, I was in fact, shy to wear black as it would look like I had snow on it. I had dry flaky scalp. So much so it looks like dandruff. Eczema, excessive secretion of oil and head lice are also common causes of an itchy scalp. Just last year, I was hit by the lice! Yup, after all these years! I caught it from Big K who probably got it from school. I thought after that episode, things would be better but nope, the itch persisted though I wash my hair everyday.

Apparently, stress and humidity can also be causes. Those aren't really within my control. I tried various methods but they didn't seem to alleviate things, so I finally decided to give scalp treatment a try. It wasn't quite the first to-go solution for me because I was afraid of being pressured into purchasing a package. Such tactic is a common place these days especially if they have state-of-the-art machines. But I am happy to report that after 4 treatments, the staff did no push me into taking up any packages. In fact, from my understanding, they hardly run promotions on packages. They happened to have one while I was there and it was very reasonable. 11 sessions for the price of 10 ($480). Alternatively, you can pay as you use and per session is only $48! Love how affordable it is!

When I was first introduced to Bee Choo Origin, I found it utterly familiar. Then, when I looked through their 7 locations, I realised I passed by one outlet rather frequently! The herbal smell often invaded my nostrils whenever I walked past and their racks of towels hanging out by their shop was a testament to how good business is. Yes, in fact, whether was it day or evening, the place seemed to be brimming with people. 

So here's my experience.....

I entered the shop and stopped in my tracks. It was filled with a room of old ladies. Momentarily, I was disturbed. Ok, I know I've just crossed a very big milestone but putting me with a bunch of grey-haired women and men with receding hairline did hit me in the face. Reality is, if you don't start young, you may have serious issues and by then, it may take a longer time to cure, if it's even curable! The receptionist was very reassuring though, telling me that a child as young as 3 year old can do the treatment and she had indeed handled such a case before! In fact, because there aren't any chemicals, it is also safe for pregnant women. 





They started by scanning my scalp. I was half expecting a reddish scalp filled with dried flaky skin. Phew! What I saw was quite the contrary. My pores did look a little clouded by an accumulation of oil but other than that, I was told that I had very healthy hair! A good pore situation would be that one pore will have three strands of hair. I'm proud to announce that several, if not all my pores have three strands! Many newborn hair could also be seen. 




Step 1: The first step of the treatment was the application of ginger hair tonic on the scalp. This step prepares your scalp for the next few processes and better absorption of nutrients from the herbal cream. Next, 100% pure virgin olive oil is applied onto hair ends to prevent and ease out split ends while improving condition of the hair. Then comes the highlight -- The application of their specially formulated herbal treatment cream. Their herbs are apparently boiled for 3 hours so you can imagine all that goodness going into your scalp. I must warn you however, that if it is your first experience with TCM, you are probably going to cringe your nose a little. I personally love the smell of dang gui and ling zhi. It feels really luxurious to have them on my scalp. Bee Choo Origin makes use of premium herbs in their herbal cream. Their signature herbal cream are freshly brewed with all natural herbs and ingredients. They include:

Ginseng
This has anti-aging properties and helps in new hair cell regeneration

Ling Zhi
Reduces itchiness and risk of infection

He Shou Wu
Slows down grey hair reproduction and helps restore hair pigmentation. I have taken them orally before as a soup and did not quite like the taste so having them on my scalp is such a welcome alternative. 

Chuan Xiong
Strengthens hair follicles, resistant to breakage

Dang Gui
Regulates scalp immunity
Next, the head is steamed for 45minutes. This step helps to open up your scalp pores to remove impurities and aid in absorption of the herbal ingredients into the scalp. 

Their cream is effective in solving hair loss, itchy scalp, oily scalp, dandruff, white/grey hair and post-pregnancy hair loss. 



Step 2: After all that herbal goodness is applied onto my head, a 45 minutes steaming process takes place. This helps to open up the scalp pores to remove impurities and aid in absorption of the herbal ingredients into the scalp. The steamer really gives it a nostalgic feel.


Step 3: Lastly, the herbal cream will be washed off and hair partially blown dry. I really enjoyed the wash which was accompanied by a short head massage. After the treatment, you hair will still smell of herbs and this will probably last for approximately 2-3 days. The people around me did not complain about the smell so I guess it was alright. My hair colour changed too. Because I have bleached hair, the herbs infused into my hair and changed its hue. It gave it a shinier shade and the overall effect made my hair look healthier! Some friends even thought I had dyed my hair. The colour will likely to stain your towel slightly after one wash.  One thing to note: Do not swim right after treatment! Your scalp may also be slightly itchy after treatment. The consultant explained that this is due to the blood circulation after the scalp has been infused with the goodness from the herbs. The irritation should go away shortly.


My "new" hair colour under natural light. Looks pretty good right?

See! 3 strands per pore! So clear!


After 4 sessions, my pores indeed were unclogged. the residues have been effectively removed and the PH level has been rebalanced. No more itchy scalp! Yay!


It is pretty amazing how this local brand has grew. The founder started out in 2000 providing herbal haircare treatments for a handful of customers experiencing scalp issues. Word began to spread and today, they have set foot in more than 12 countries! Wow! Madam Cheah Bee Chew even published a book to say it all!



With such expensive herbs used, one would expect them to charge exorbitantly. But nooooo, they are only charging between $34 (for men's short hair) to $70 for below the waist. As a guide, my length is approximately $40. The fact that the place is teeming with aunties and uncles, goes to show that it’s effective yet affordable.  Love such pricings which doesn't burn a hole in the pocket. Their array of products are also very affordable. 


photo credit: https://www.beechoohair.com/products

I personally bought hair serum crystal concentrate to try. It is essentially a beauty fluid with adds shine and silkiness to your tresses without getting it too oily. Enriched with Vitamin E and linseed extract, this bottle of goodness strengthens and increases your hair elasticity. I bought it primarily for Big K whose hair is terribly damaged because of swimming. Her hair is often in a tangled mess but I realised after a few applications, this serum did help to make it more soft and manageable. The best part, it's retailing at only $27!



Want a head of beautiful hair? Let your hair grow in a nutrient-filled environment by contacting them at 
Tel: 67423033
Operating Hours: 
Mon - Fri: 830am to 7pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 8am to 430pm


Review: Find a coach for your child with CoachRadar

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Happy children = happy mommy

Some of you might know that the husband was quite an athlete when he was younger. He played soccer, swam (i forced him to join the inter-class competition), conquered crazy stunts on the roller blade and did table tennis competitively. He was quite a monkey according to his mom. Perhaps that was why he picks up sports easily even to date. I wasn't too shabby either. During those good old school days, I participated in volleyball, badminton, swimming, bowling and tennis. I was Jack. Trying out everything but never could master anything. I was terrible at balancing. I put the blame on my parents who bought me a bike, but never once taught me how to ride or brought it down for me to try. Now with kids, I really hope they'd be like their father and inherit his agility and not my horrid sense of balance. To start off, Big K was said to be a tad slow in her gross motor skills when she was in N1. Being a first-time mom, I didn't know what milestones she was suppose to hit and blindly believed our N1 teacher. So even though we brought her to the playground daily, we still enrolled her for gym class. Fast forward 7 years, I have this to tell you new mommies: Believe in your child! They will get there eventually! 

So I nudged the hubs to guide her in table tennis. Sadly, he might have been the captain of his team back in University days, but he can't even coach his own daughter. He just didn't have the patience. I knew I needed help. Yet, I was clueless as to who to engage as a coach. I certainly did not want some quack training my child. By a stroke of fate, Coachradar was introduced to me. CoachRadar was founded with a mission to promote holistic upbringing in children. Their founders, who are a pair of lawyer and banker turned entrepreneurs duo, firmly believe that sports is pivotal in the success they found in the careers. Indeed, studies have shown that exercise increases blood flow to the brain hence creating more connection between the nerves, leading to better concentration, memory, creativity and better problem-solving skills. In summary, playing sports helps the brain to grow better.

With such a background, I knew i could trust the coaches who were under them. CoachRadar is somewhat like a tuition agency which has a host of professionals for you to choose from. In this case, a coach for the sport you are interested in learning. Yes! They do not only have table tennis, but an array of others like badminton, basketball, swimming and many more. They have an extensive network of coaches and you can choose one base on ratings, location and price. Still not convinced that they do not enlist quacks? Well, they choose to partner only those who are experienced and certified. The coaches are required to submit their identity documentation and proof of their certifications during the application process. They also carry out rigorous search within the public domains to verify their information. With this, I felt much more assured. In fact, a quick check with people in the table tennis scene led us to confirm that the coach we were connected with, is indeed a qualified one in Singapore. But do you know what's the best part? This is a FREE platform! Yes, they do not charge any admin fee or commission! All prices shown are the rates of the coaches. You pay the coaches of course.


How does  it work? 




You may browse through the selection of coaches and read through their credentials as well as reviews. Once you've decided, all you need to do is to request a booking with the coach of your choice with a preferred lesson type and schedule. Upon confirmation, you'll receive each other's contact information to ask further questions of request scheduling changes. Yup, it is that simple! 





So how did Big K perform?
She gave table tennis a try at age 5. She hated it. She couldn't reach the table and hence was frustrated and tired. We had to stop. Now that she is taller, She could hit with more ease and I was pleasantly surprised that even though she hadn't played for a long while, her touch was still there. Papa bear said that she had ball sense. Coach Toby also commented that she had potential. Indeed, within a mere 4 lesson, she was able to better her forehand, learn backhand and how to serve a ball! Not first class smashes but good enough for me! I was pretty impressed. That made her more confident even though she still tells me how she dislikes the heat. The girl needs to step out of her comfort zone and Learn! Sorry hun, Mummy doesn't want to breed a greenhouse-child. 









So how did Small K perform?
Small K is academically 5yo this year. Theoretically, this is the right age to start him off this sport. Hence, we let him have a go as well. However, this boy preferred to be a ball boy more than anything else! *face palm. Papa bear, however, said this was actually a skill too. OK! If you say so! Small K was extremely not focused and more interested in chasing the ball than hitting the ball, but Coach Toby was so patient in guiding him. So much so, I was a little embarrassed. Coach Toby was well-versed on how to coach children. Firstly, he suggested that our session be a 1hour instead of a 2hours session. Initially, I thought a 2hour would be good as the child could hit many balls and have sufficient practice. But nope, you could see their stamina dwindling after 45mins of play. So, Coach Toby was correct! He also attempted to speak to my children at their level. He squatted and ensured that the eye level was the same! Most importantly, he kept encouraging Small K, telling him it's perfectly fine not to hit the ball. On our second lesson, Small K was a whole lot better. So, did he have potential like the sister? hmmm...I can't really tell yet. He seems far better at running though! Perhaps I should get him a coach for track and field! 




Over and above, I think this platform is really great if you wish to get a coach to guide your child in whichever sport your child likes or simply testing out waters to see if things work out. You never know, he may just be the next Joseph Schooling. Head over to CoachRadar today to connect your kids with trusted sports coaches in Singapore and groom a well-balanced child! #balanceforsuccess


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