Tuesday, December 9, 2014 :: Scalp Atelier With Keratase Densifique At Salon Vim


This is a post which took me 1 entire year to prepare - religiously sticking to the routine and tracking the results. Unlike the usual reviews, this review is actually a program prepared by Gary and John at Salon Vim for me to target my hair loss and hair growth. Last month in November officially marked ONE year of the treatment program and here I am documenting the process and results. I am the living testimonial to the effectiveness of this product and I have been spreading the good word about it through the very visible new hair growth on used-to-be bald patches on my crown and forehead. 

I find this a holy grail of all hair loss products because this indeed worked for me and what used to be a bald spot which ate at my confidence and self-esteem at events and there is no way I can hide the baldness (unlike in photos where there is always photoshop). It is now a furry overgrowth of soft hair. 

To heck with all other hair loss programs which I was always persuaded ferociously to purchase (but am smart enough not to). Densifique actually worked and you need not blow a five figure sum to reduce hair loss and increase hair growth. YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF with the help of a good hair salon and stylist (who do not try to up-sell you things or products which will do no use to you and your scalp). My stylist is none other than John, therefore I can safely tell you that you are in good hands in his care like it was for me

Hair loss can be due to many many factors not limited to just stress, chemically-treated hair, poor diet, pregnancy, amongst others. 

At a point of time, I was seriously considering going for a hair implant because the baldness was getting worse by the months (probably due to work stress) and the amount of hair I dropped everyday in the bath is so much it can clog up the pipe. Yes it was extremely bad. If you had been one of John's customers, he would probably have shared my story with you because the hair loss I suffered daily shocked him too. Somewhere in this site many entries back, I have also mentioned before my photographers, Melvin and Fiona from Multifolds and Smittenpixels respectively have to digitally edit every single one of my photos for vgystore.com because the baldness shows up in full glory in the pictures and it is...shocking to see that bald spot on the head and definitely not aesthetically pleasing in photos. 

Which was why Gary and John advised me to try out this treatment program. This is NOT an advertorial, I am not paid for this nor am I sponsored to speak about it. 

John who attended to my hair for 12 whole months which is the entire duration of this treatment did so in his capacity as a trained Keratase hair therapist and I was not required to speak about this because it is (1) not a paid nor sponsored post and (2) I got on this program only because John convinced me to that it will definitely work and I just have to place my trust in him for 12 months. 






Within just 1 week of using Densifique every night after bath, hair loss was DRASTICALLY reduced. Since then, John started introducing this product to his customers who were experiencing hair loss because he genuinely believe in it too having seen the results on me.



By the second month, I started to feel sharp new grown hairs on my scalp when I gently ran my fingers through my scalp. John who observed my scalp every night began to see (1) hair growing from used-to-be-dead follicles. Additionally, (2) the thickness of hair in each follicle has thicken and blacken with more than 1 strand of hair in each follicle. 

By the fourth month, I can see hair growth on my forehead (what!!!??) and just above my temples (where the bald spots are). My happiness for hair growth was short-lived as the new grown hairs (now visible, heavy and very short) were in the way during photoshoots haha. This is how we all live our life, don't we? We complain when we want something. And when we have it, we start complaining there is too much of it. Yikes!

I shall let the photos do the talking because photos can never lie and I have two photographers (who used to heavily photoshopped my bald spots and have been with me since my bald days) who can vouch for my words here!

These photo were taken 2.5 years back.




It got worse with each passing month.



My hair line was receding and my forehead especially was beginning to recede with the hair line getting lesser hair by the months due to hair loss. 



This baldness happened at both sides of my forehead and on my forehead. So altogether, my hair line was receding and it was....pretty awful :( 




AFTER TREATMENT

Look at the short hairs at my forehead which got into the way of my shoots and this time round, my photographer did not have to "ADD IN" hairs, they had to remove them to make it look more aesthetically pleasing for VGY fashion spread. It was also at this shoot when Fiona from Smittenpixels who was my photographer for the shoot asked me "Are you growing hair Tricia??? Omg they are at your forehead! It kept getting into the way can you please try to brush them aside?

IT BECAME A HAPPY PROBLEM! 



As the hair grew longer and longer...






With hair pulled back into a pony, the receding hair line which SHOULD BE very obvious with this kind of style did not posed as a problem to me because the bald spots at the sides and on my forehead were already covered with hair growth. Yup slowly but surely :)



And even more photos which shows the obvious hair growth. By this time, the hair have grown out so much it got my friends asking how in the world did my bald spots and receding hair line seemed to suddenly have so much hair. The baby hairs from all over the crown of my head was also starting to grow out by then and it was all over the place which made me look very messy....80% of the time..with the baby hairs looking like flyaways. 





WHAT IS THIS TREATMENT ALL ABOUT AND HOW DOES IT WORK? 





It is called the Scalp Atelier Treatment Program at Salon Vim with Keratase Densifique

(Disclaimer: Please note these photos were not taken at the start but 8-9 months into the treatment but for reference and explanation sake, I am using these recent photos as no photos were taken at the start of the scalp analysis. As mentioned, it is not a sponsored post nor an advertorial so I did not take any photos from the very start. It was only 6 months into it that I started receiving many enquiries about my sudden hair growth that spurred me to take photos for the sake of a possible blog post after the treatment is over.)

I started off with a scalp analysis at Salon Vim with John, who is a Keratase-trained hair therapist. In fact, he was the one who got me started on this program after he finished attending the courses for this treatment program, together with a handful of Salon Vim therapists. He was SOLD at the course and insisted I try out on this so...I became the first customer who took a leap of faith and tried this treatment out.



John analysed my scalp periodically to show me the improvements over the months! My treatment program was structured along the way depending on the condition of my scalp. 

(As I mentioned in the disclaimer, this was taken 8-9 months into the treatment and look at the growth of hair which completely covered up the bald spot. In addition, my baby hairs which sprouted on my receding forehead line is much longer than in all the photos seen above.)


Thereafter, I was given periodic scalp treatments (which was included in my package) according to what my scalp requires from the analysis. This program address both short and long term issues. In my case, my short term issue is oily scalp which is why I require periodic trips to Salon Vim with John to treat my scalp. By treating my scalp first, it allowed my scalp to be in the optimum condition to receive the home care Densifique treatment which I will explain more below. 

The long term issue I was faced with was hair loss and inactive hair follicles. As with MOST people, the derma papilla on my scalp is in a "sleeping" mode and instead of 3 strands of hair in a healthy follicle, I only have 1 thin strand of hair. In addition to that, the distance of one hair follicle was very far away from another follicle - which resulted in very thin hair. So fret not if you have very little hair! In fact, all my family members have very little hair and both John and I initially thought it must be hereditary in my case but this is not true! Even if it is a hereditary problem, stem cells technology MAY BE ABLE to treat you just like it did for me! I never stop being amazed by this fact and have been spreading the word about this treatment program to many. 



Every trip made to Salon Vim for treatment on my scalp always had me leaving with a refreshed, clean and light scalp. The crux of targeting my short term problems which is an oily scalp is to ensure  my follicles are in the optimum condition to receive the Densifique treatment and not hinder the growth process. Granted you can simply buy off the shelf but it makes a huge difference with a treatment targeted at your short term issues which can encompass a large variety of problems such as flaky, sensitive scalp, dandruff, dry, irritated scalp - most of which are common problems faced by most Singaporeans because of our weather. If I have not gone for the scalp analysis and have periodic scalp treatment with John, I could still be facing extreme hair loss and will not see results as quickly as I should be. 



If you realised from the photos above in the earlier part of this post, my parting was on the right. Did you also remember I mentioned I had hair loss on both sides of my forehead? But look at the hair growth when I part my hair to the left instead.. The hair growth is similar to the growth on the right side of my forehead. 




Back to the treatment, here comes the second part of this treatment program. I was put on home care using Keratase Densifique. It is a breakthrough hair loss product containing a patented product known as STEMOXYDINE which is a molecule that works on stem cells to increase the density of the hair. I applied this daily every night after bath all over my scalp but most importantly on 3 key areas - both sides of my forehead and the receding line on my forehead. Over the course of 12 months, I finished using 3 boxes of Densifique (each containing 30 vials) and 1 box of Amenexil (containing 30 vials), in addition with periodic scalp treatments. 



So that is about it!

With results now, I have been getting lazy and no longer apply my 4th box of Densifique religiously BUT I do not see any reliance on this product as the "regrown" hair did not fall off when Densifique is not used. I can be really lazy and go up to 7 days without using it but I used to be very conscientious because the results were very encouraging haha. I guess I can partly attribute this non-reliance to the scalp treatments at Salon Vim thanks to my dearest John. I cannot imagine myself still suffering from hair loss and oily scalp. It would defeat all my efforts to apply Densifique every night when hair loss > hair growth. 

There you go! I am finally done with this longgggg blog post! My hair is now thicker than ever and I hope this can be an inspiration to girls out there who also suffer from self-esteem issues because of balding hair like I used to! :) 



The Scalp Atelier Treatment Program with Keratase Densifique is only available at Salon Vim, located at 313 Somerset, #04-05. You can make an appointment and speak to my hair stylist, John Tham, about this if you wish to know more. Rest assured you can go for a non-obligatory consultation first and John is one hair stylist who will NOT BE PUSHY NOR HARDSELL you any products. You can go have a free consultation with him first where he can analyse your scalp and determine if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 :: Travel Made Different #SSBD


Many times, what makes one holiday trip more memorable than another are the special moments that occur out of the ordinary. You could have visited this place for the 10th time but if something unique and unexpected happens then, that’s where great travel stories stem from!

In fact, it doesn't matter where your travels have taken you because I am pretty  sure each one of us has our fair share of travel stories to tell. It could be as wild as taking a spontaneous bungee jump trip in Australia to having exotic street food in Istanbul or even watching a ladyboy show in Thailand (wooo I like that and cannot forget that experience!). Perhaps it's just the simple joy of stumbling upon the perfect hipster joint in Seoul!

I’ve been blessed to have had my fair share of travel experiences and of course, I’ve had some pretty memorable moments on these trips! Traveling to see the world, different cultures and cities has really taught me a lot and brought me many memories that will forever be embedded in my mind.




Like this one above; the pure joy on our faces having reached and found the highly raved Jonah’s Milkshake in Boracay, after having walked from one end of the beach to the extreme end on the burning sand under the scorching sun! If it were available in Singapore, we would have just….rode a buggy to another end of the beach haha. The strenuous walk made the first sip of the Jonah’s Milkshake extremely satisfying. Imagine finally finding the joint with toasted faces, sweat and sand stuck to the body then being able to sip the most delicious and creamy milkshake we ever laid our hands on in that heat. Ahhhh pure bliss~ It’s these simple delights that made my trip a same same but different one!

 


Here’s another unforgettable experience. First time trying out the poisonous and deadly puffer fish in Japan which may cause death if its not prepared properly by a trained master. Gulp. The things we do for great-tasting and exotic food!


          
Lastly, here’s a shot from my VGY photoshoot on Nami Island. It was no ordinary photoshoot though! I know you can’t tell from the picture but the weather was at freezing 8 degrees! (Well, freezing for just chiffon.) I had to maintain a relaxed face when I was actually shivering inside! But alas, it was a great experience to remember and I would definitely do it again if I had to.



Simply put, I love seeing Instagram-worthy shots of unforgettable travel experiences posted by people from all over the world! And I will always take time to visualize and relish the experience written in the caption of every IG post.

How about you? Do you have any special moments that made your travels memorable and different? If you do, you could possible win yourself a $100 shopping voucher just by sharing it!

The Travel Made Different team from NTUC Income is running another contest and this time, it’s called – Same Same But Different (#SSBD). They’re on the look out for people to share their #SSBD travel stories that made their travels unique and memorable. To make things even more exciting, there are $4000 worth of shopping vouchers to be won! I will also be personally selecting a winner from all your entries soon so share them with me now!

All you need to do:
1.     Follow @TravelMadeDifferent on Instagram
2.     Instagram of photo/video of your ‘Same Same But Different’ travel experience 
(similar to what I’ve done above)
3.     Pair it with an awesome caption to explain why it was a #SSBD moment for you
4.     Hashtag: #TravelMadeDifferent #SSBD #<country>

Go on! Share your special moments and get rewarded for sharing!

*Contest ends 31st December
*Make sure your Instagram account is set to public viewing

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 :: SK-II Launch Event & #ChangeDestiny Garden Party


It was such an honour to be able to grace the SK-II Change Destiny launch event where I was able to have an exclusive meet-and-greet session with the famous Korean actress, Lee Yeon Hee, snap a photo with her and take the front row seats at the SK-II fashion show. Blessings did not end there as I was bestowed with another rare opportunity to be able to do a one-on-one consultation and shopping with the very knowledgeable SK-II beauty trainer, Louis, where we proceeded to have an intimate craft session. The best part was….I got to select ANY products I want for my loved ones! More on that below!





The event was kickstarted by a beautiful lyrical dance to the soulful and touching song “Run by Jasmine Thompson”.



The SK-II fashion show presented by our local designers. I am hopelessly in love with these 3 gorgeous outfits from the entire show! Which is your favourite!?





But really, nothing beats the ethereal dress with a spin of Grecian inspired softness to it worn by Lee Yeon Hee.



The launch event also see us witnessing the unveiling of the limited edition SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.



My favourite festive gift set is definitely the one in red! It's the perfect color to match SK-II and also the Christmas theme! And it has such beautiful floral designs on the bottles this year! Designed by the renowned Taiwanese digital artist Po Chih Huang, the 2013 winner of the prestigous Taipei Arts Awards Grand Prize, I just adore the bottle even more :*) 

The SK-II Change Destiny Garden Party especially organized for the three of us started with a shopping session with Louis Chua, SK-II’s beauty trainer who is so knowledgeable. In the short span of 30 minutes, I learnt so much about skincare from him as compared with ALL the beauty workshops I have attended so far.  The explanation he had for all my difficult questions about the mysteries of our skin are all elaborate and filled with depth of understanding behind the science of skin. One word for Louis, WOW.




The Cellumination Essence EX is by far my favourite product from SK-II next to the Facial Treatment Essence. Raved about this product to my fellow bloggers and they quickly took a bottle of this too! ;)












Also, we learned that from Louis that our skin’s future is ours to control! SK-II seeks to inspire young women to take control of their life and control the destiny of their own skin, therefore they came up with a Change Destiny campaign. With SK-II products, plus consultations from SK-ll skin care professionals, you can look forward to better skin quality at your 40s, 50s!

With the informative and educational session with Louis completed, we moved on to shopping for products and gift wrapping them! Here’s a shot with all the products we picked for our loved ones to be gift wrapped! These are my little red boxes of happiness haha. I got really excited seeing all these products in front of me and I am sure my family receiving these gifts will be too! ;)






I spent some time doing something for my dearest John because it was our anniversary on 10 October. We have a unique get-together date on the 10th October 2010 so….I wanted to make it doubly special by gifting him some skincare products since he always snoops around my skincare corner back at home! So there! And I managed to write a little card for him as well! Hehe I hope you like it, John! ;)







Thank you SK-II for this wonderful opportunity for an intimate, informative and fun craft session! I definitely had fun and I am sure this year’s Xmas exchange will get even more luxurious with my boxes filled with SK-II products, whoooop! Looking forward to see the faces lit up in joy when they unwrap my gifts! ;)
Also, if you want to get one of SK-II’s beautiful festive gift sets, these are the prices for your convenience! They are so affordable and worth every penny!

SK-II Pitera Essence Set                                                        S$99.00
SK-II Miracle in a Bottle                                                         S$233.00
SK-II Best Essential Set                                                           S$398.00
SK-II Revival Deluxe Set                                                         S$452.00
SK-II Aura Glow Set                                                                S$532.00
SK-II Men Essentials Set                                                         S$322.00
SK-II Colours Collection                                                         S$69.00*

* Exclusive price available with any purchase

To find out more about #ChangeDestiny, visit: http://www.sk-ii.com.sg/en/whats-new/in-the-spotlight/Skin-Destiny.aspx


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