Hello, I'm Agent M, a Mom of two young ladies. When my kids were still small, I quit my job to take better care of them. Now that both of them are living their own lives, I have a lot more time on my hands.
This got me reapplying for jobs and fixing what I didn't have time to fix before: my hair.
Nope, I don't mean hair colour or haircut; I'm too old to be concerned about things like that.
Ever since I entered menopause, I've been experiencing hair loss problems ie. hair started falling in clumps, resulting in obvious "lobangs" in my hair!
Very scary right?
This made me go online and read about what I can do... I eventually came across Follicle Salon on Beauty Undercover. It looked very professional, so I went for my first appointment.
There was no hardselling and results appear pretty good. Hence, I decided to sign on a package.
This is the result after a few months.
On a microscopic level, this was how it looks like.
As you can see, Mesotherapy was REALLY effective. Within 3-4 months, the lobangs were mostly eliminated as hair began regrowing again.
It was really amazing to me!
Even though prices are on the high side, I'm happy to know that it actually works so whatever money I spent was well worth it.
Not sure if its the greed in me, I started thinking about other treatments after my hair loss problem was mostly solved.
As you can see on the photo on the right, I have LOTS of white hair. I have SO MANY white hair that I literally have to colour my hair once every 1.5-2 weeks to make sure that I don't look too old.
This is how fast my white hair grows; i coloured my hair 2 weeks ago and a lot of the white hair is already growing out now!
When my hair loss problem was mostly solved in Feb 2018, I started asking my therapist Amelia what I can do about my white hair to slow down its growth. I only expected her to tell me perhaps some dietary tips that could possibly help. Instead, Amelia shared with me about the newest treatment that Follicle has brought in: Grey Hair Defy. This scalp treatment uses a combination of Cytokines treatment and radiofrequency to signal scalp cells to turn greying hair black. This works only on grey hair which still has residual melanin production components; it is too late for white hair as it no longer contains such melanin production components. I was intrigued. Could this new treatment turn some of my greying hair black again... or at least slow down the greying process?
Seeing how interested I was, Amelia asked if I would like to give Grey Hair Defy a try. Follicle Salon was looking for models to test out this highly raved treatment from Korea and I definitely fit the bill. Excited about this opportunity, I agreed to go try out Grey Hair Defy, the new hair darkening scalp program from Follicle!
As I had to work on weekdays, I arranged my appointment on weekend mornings.
As usual, I'll sit by the reception area and fill in the necessary details before getting scanned and diagnosed by Amelia, by scalp therapist.
This pretty lady here is Amelia. She always patiently listens to my concerns and explains in detail what I can expect from each treatment.
After going through the checklist, she did a scan with the scalp scanner.
As I just came back from a holiday, my scalp was a little reddish and sensitive from the lack of care in the few weeks prior.
A deeper look into the scalp and you'll see quite a number of white hairs. Most of them are already transparent, completely white, devoid of any colour although there are still a number that was greying.
Amelia explained that the treatment can help slow down the greying process for grey hairs although it would not be able to turn completely transparent hair black.
Once consultation is over, it is time to start the treatment.
Unlike mesotherapy, Grey Hair Defy is done not in a room but in the main salon area (because that's where the machines are located). To give some measure of privacy, Amelia pulled the curtains to create a partition.
She began by spraying a special scalp lotion to clarify and disinfect the scalp.
My hair was carefully sectioned so that the scalp lotion was applied thoroughly around the scalp.
I DIY colour my hair very frequently so you don't see that my greying hair is not too obvious. But take a look at the section of hair Amelia just lifted up here... can you see the number of white / grey hair I have?
After application, Amelia began to massage the scaling lotion into the scalp.
She doesn't just massage the top of the hair; Amelia ensures that every inch of the scalp absorbed the scalp lotion well.
I enjoy this part of the treatment very much as the massage felt very relaxing.
Next, she applied yet another clarifying scalp lotion to open the scalp pores and clear my scalp from its gunk.
Amelia applied this thicker lotion and massaged it directly onto the scalp.
Once she was done, ozone gas is miniaturized into nanomist and applied to the scalp via the machine shown. This nanomist improves absorption of the clarifying lotion while ensuring that the scalp is moisturized at the same time.
After about 15 minutes, it was time to go for a hair wash.
Amelia used their inhouse Grey Hair Defy shampoo for the hair wash. Apparently the shampoo not only cleans the hair and scalp well, it contains various ingredients and amino acids that reduce sebum production and rebalances the scalp.
Amelia mentions that it is crucial for hair to be completely dry at this point to avoid any complications from water dissociation during the radiofrequency treatment. Hence, she took the time to blow my hair dry.
All the above steps were simply preparing the scalp for the highlight of the treatment: application of the cytokines Grey Hair Defy solution and radiofrequency; the scalp has to be properly and thoroughly cleansed before the precious cytokines and protein treatment can penetrate deep into the scalp.
Now comes the exciting stuff. Amelia mentions that Follicle is the first to bring in this Radiofrequency machine in Asia.
Apparently, it uses medical-grade RF hair technology to pass a small amount of electrical current to the scalp. As our body can conduct current, any resistance encountered by the energy will cause heat to be produced at the site of maximum resistance, creating tiny wounds in the deeper layers of the scalp. The outer layer of the scalp may turn slightly reddish but is largely unaffected.
The tiny wounds are important because they allow for increased blood circulation as well as accelerated absorption of the cytokines Grey Hair Defy solution.
Some of you may ask, is this painful?
Maybe I'm not the best person to ask because my pain tolerance is very high. When I'm go for mesotherapy, I ask for the deepest needle possible. (If I'm paying so much for it, I might as well tolerate the pain and make sure it works, right?)
So just to give you an indication of how painful it can be, mesotherapy is about 6-8 out of 10 for me. For radiofrequency (this treatment), the pain level is just 2-4 out of 10 when Amelia uses the highest level of RF possible at the sensitive areas. I could barely feel anything for most of my head... it was only at the sensitive areas where I could feel the "ant bite" sensation.
Definitely much more comfortable compared to mesotherapy!
Amelia then followed up with a magnetic pulse machine. This treatment uses magnetic pulses to target areas which have experienced hair loss. What it does is that it activates dormant hair follicles to encourage growth of new hair via these magnetic pulses. These pulses are emitted at a low frequency so that they reach the follicles without damaging the tissues surrounding them.
Amelia very carefully apply the pulses on areas which I previously had bald spots for a longer period of time.
Now that the wounds are created, its time to apply the Grey Hair Defy.
The Grey Hair Defy is a concentrated hair serum made up of cytokines and other proteins. It is the result of 20 years of research by Korean scientists who came up with this patented formulation that has been scientifically proven to increase hair growth and turn grey hair black.
It's fascinating to me how this small bottle of solution could be so powerful.
Amelia used a needle to remove the solution from the bottle and insert it into a vaporiser.
Amelia then carefully sprays the ultra expensive Grey Hair Defy onto the scalp, with special attention to areas with greying hair and previous "lobangs"
The solution is then massaged into the scalp once again.
The final step involves Cold Laser. Amelia provided me with glasses to protect my eyes. She then moved the Red cold laser over my head.
There is no sensation from this treatment but it is meant to enhance the penetration of the grey hair defy solution as well.
At the end of the session, Amelia brought me over to the diagnosis area to relook at my scalp.
WIthin one session, my scalp became a lot clearer and less red.
However, I would probably have to go for a few more sessions before I can see any impact on hair darkening.
3 sessions later, here's how my scalp scans look.
As you can see, I still had white hairs but
Even comparing with the 3rd and 4th session, I feel very encouraged to know that the hair growing out is getting stronger as well.
I had an incredible journey with Follicle Salon over the past 6 months. Although painful and expensive, Mesotherapy did its job and helped me achieve significant hair growth on my bald spots after 4 months or so.
I was therefore very excited to try the new treatment that Follicle Salon has brought in. Grey Hair Defy didn't disappoint. Within 3 sessions in less than a month, I could see a visible increase in hair growth in the bald spots. Although it is tough to see if my hair turned dark, I however felt that the "whitening" of my hair seems to be slowing down. I usually colour my hair every 2 weeks but now it takes about 3-4 weeks before it became obvious.
I'm keen to go for more sessions before I can give a definite conclusion. However, I'm very happy with the results thus far!
Thanks once again Amelia for your constant care! I enjoyed every treatment with you!
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