Thursday, September 03, 2015

Svenson Hair Centre Scalp Treatment & Hair Myths Busted!

Given our sunny weather all year round, a common problem that we face is an itchy scalp and if left ignored, this could eventually result in hair loss issues. The scalp is one of the unsung heroes of our body and I truly felt like I was in scalp saver heaven after meeting with Joni, the expert consultant at Svenson Hair Centre. 

 During the consultation, she carefully asked me about my daily habits and routine, answering all my questions patiently. She also debunked some hair myths and assessed my scalp condition through a scalp scan before recommending a suitable scalp treatment for me.

Did you know that in theory, we can lose up to 100 strands of hair a day? 

However, due to our lifestyle, stress, dietary habits and lack of sleep, most people are not as healthy as before, and our hair regrowth is slower. This means that if we lose even 30 strands of hair daily (and it's usually double that amount, through daily actions such as running your fingers through your hair), we cannot replace the hair as fast as before, leading to hair loss issues.

Myth No. 1 - Since our hair is made of protein, we need protein shampoo

Yes, our hair is made of amino acids - the simplest form of protein. That is why we need to eat food rich in protein such as meat, fish, cheese, tofu, beans and nuts, and vitamins such as Vitamin B, as that helps us to keep our hair healthy and strong. Our digestive system's absorption process must also be efficient in order for our hair to gain sufficient nutrients.

However, this does not mean that you should run out to buy the latest protein shampoo (one of the haircare product trends recently). There really isn't a point to protein shampoos because they are on your hair for only a minute of cleansing before you wash it off. The objective of using shampoo is to ensure that both our scalp and hair are clean. That is why we should apply two rounds of shampoos: the first for the scalp, and the second for moisturizing the hair.

P.S. I have been doing this ever since my Svenson consultation with the Svenson products that Joni recommended to me, and I do feel a significant difference in both my scalp and hair! If you are interested,  click here to read my previous post for more details on these products.

Myth No. 2 - Washing your hair daily strips it of moisture and nutrients

Another common myth is that hair should not be washed daily as it strips its moisture and nutrients. Joni shared this is because many off-the-shelf brands contain a lot of cleaning agents within their shampoos, and this makes it harsher for the hair and scalp. But professional haircare brands such as Svenson contain a good proportion of herbal or organic ingredients that are good for daily hair wash.

For someone who works long hours and has late night baths like me, it is also important to blow dry the scalp and hair before sleeping, as warm and damp environments encourage bacteria growth, and really bad for the scalp.

How do you tell if your scalp is unhealthy? 

Joni scanned my scalp prior to the treatment and here are some examples of what an unhealthy scalp looks like.

See the really thin reed of hair versus the thick black one? That's a sign of weak follicles, especially if you have a lot of really thin reeds.

If there is a hair pore but no hair in it, that's also indicative of a damaged scalp because it's not growing hair anymore!

With problem areas identified, Joni recommended the Pre-Scalp Detox Therapy Treatment, High Frequency Treatment, the OxyJet Treatment, and the Corrective Treatment.

We went off to the treatment room, and look at how lovely the corridors are! 

Step 1: Pre-Scalp Detox Therapy

My therapist was a lovely lady, Justina, who started off the session with a wonderful shoulder massage, before applying a cooling detox scalp mask that was minty and cleansing. The Pre-Scalp Detox Therapy really helped to clear the scalp, as our hair follicles are often clogged with sweat and waste particles and if not properly cleansed, is not only irritated and itchy, but could also trigger baldness. 
Shampoos normally only clean the surface of the scalp, but cannot penetrate deep within the hair follicles. This treatment not only deeply cleanses the accumulation of dirt, dust, dead skin, sweat, oil and bacteria. It also stabilizes bacteria multiplication and removes dead skin/ dandruff / accumulation of chemical products that we have from hair dyes, perms and styling products. This is recommended to be done once a month to aid in healthy scalp and hair (the detox is done from root to the tips of the hair!)

Step 2: High Frequency Treatment 

This treatment was really interesting because an infra-red treatment was utilized as part of the process, which rejuvenates the scalp condition for improved hair growth. The high frequency stimulates cell renewal and improves the product penetration,helping to eliminate toxins and acne-causing bacteria. The rapid oscillation can't be felt so you can thoroughly relax during the treatment, but what happens is that the high frequency current improves nourishment and blood circulation, stimulates glandular activity and the heat soothes the nervous system to significantly improve the overall effectiveness of the post-treatment hair growth formulas.

Step 3: OxyJet Treatment 

The Oxy DH Therapy has a Peeling Phase and an Infusion Phase, and is important in revitalizing the scalp and hair with 95% pure oxygen! Justina used a specially-designed handpiece that delivered the oxygen to precise areas across my scalp. This treatment is extremely important in infusing peptides and actives to boost cell regeneration and lymphatic circulation. It also helps the penetration and absorption of the proprietary DH Hair Concentrate Serum formulated by Svenson's trichologists, that was applied on both my scalp and hair. Containing a high concentration of copper peptides and plant actives such as Gingko Biloba, it eradicates receptor sites that block off blood supply, oxygen and nutrients, to slow down hair loss and accelerate hair growth, helping to maintain hair's elasticity, texture and density!

Step 4: Corrective Treatment

Ever since my Outward Bound camp (yes I know it's been many years!), my scalp has never been the same again due to the harsh conditions. The Corrective Treatment was especially helpful because it balances hair and scalp for healthier hair. For people experiencing oily and flaky scalp, it regulates, soothes and reduces irritated scalp even for dandruff. Importantly, it also relieves itchy, scaly and seborrheic scalp conditions such as psoriasis, with anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that effectively exfoliates decaying and dying epidermal cells, preventing bacterial proliferation. I was then given a head vibrator machine massage, and a beautiful blow-dry.

How was the treatment?

The treatment process lasted for 1.5 hours, and I must say that I was really impressed with the professionalism of the Svenson staff. I was the last customer left in the outlet because I went after work, but my consultation was a proper one (that even went up to 45 minutes with Joni carefully diagnosing my hair and scalp issues) before they started the treatment. They did not cut corners on the process, and Justina took care of every step of the treatment and even did a nice blow-dry of my hair. They could have rushed through it or showed signs of disinterest, but they instead showed true passion for their work.

Joni stayed right to the end - when I finally walked out with a refreshed lightness to my scalp and bouncy glossy hair - just to say goodbye and answer any final questions I had. Truly this was a great experience, and I'm definitely going back for more treatments as I can really tell the difference to my scalp quality. Thank you Svenson!

The prices for the treatments are as follows: Pre-Scalp Detox Therapy Treatment $80, High Frequency Treatment $40, OxyJet Treatment $90, and Corrective Treatment $90. 


Svenson Hair Centre


360 Orchard Road
International Building
Singapore 238869

 6737 8575


[This post was written by Isabelle, a permanent writer on Shopping Queen's Haven.]

About the writer Isabelle:
An MBTI personality profile that believes in making the world a better place (one starfish at a time), Isabelle is a communications professional who enjoys creating good memories for others, and balances realism with a healthy dose of joie de vivre and can-do positivity. 


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Pop-Up Cafe at Paragon

Have you visited Crabtree & Evelyn's first pop-up cafe at Paragon Shopping Centre Atrium? 

Having afternoon tea with scones or cookies in an English tearoom overlooking lush greenery may seem like an impossible dream on this sunny island, but Crabtree & Evelyn brought that dream to life right in the heart of town. 

Yes, from now till 3 Sep (tomorrow's the last day!), you can enjoy afternoon tea in a quintessentially English inspired garden any time from 10am to 10pm.

Think manicured lawns, box hedges and a royal garden swing where you can swing your troubles away as you sip on Crabtree & Evelyn's fine selection of tea blends and nibble on some scones or cookie -- the perfect haven for pure relaxation and indulgence.

 I had the pleasure of attending the media preview of Crabtree & Evelyn's pop-up cafe last week and the beautiful set up was such a lovely sight to behold. Despite being in a shopping mall, I was instantly transported to an English tearoom set against the backdrop of a stunning garden. It was as if time stood still in this sanctuary as the outside world rushed by.

Guests were also treated to a watercolour painting session, where we could each paint a tea cup design of our choice.

The last time I held a paintbrush was eons ago and while it took me some time to get the hang of it, I found it very enjoyable and even somewhat therapeutic.

I was away for a period of time and have been terribly busy since I returned to Singapore. Fortunately, this event also gave me an opportunity to catch up with Karen before we take off once again. 

Before long, it was time to put down our paintbrushes and indulge in Crabtree & Evelyn's Fine Food Collection. All of us were handsomely rewarded with scones, cookies and fine English tea. Oh, please pardon my amateurish painting in the background.

 At $10 per set, you too can enjoy biscuits with tea or preserve served with a scone and tea at this gorgeous English garden cafe. 

Getting away from the maddening Orchard Road crowd for a moment of peace and serenity is now made possible at Crabtree & Evelyn's pop-up cafe. It closes its doors to the public tomorrow (3rd September), so go on, head on down for some pampering today!  

Crabtree & Evelyn Pop-up Cafe

 Paragon Shopping Centre Atrium Level 1
290 Orchard Road
Singapore 238859

Opening Hours
10am - 10pm (28 Aug - 3 Sep)


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Get Rakuten Cashback and Promo Codes with Shopback

Online shopping is so popular these days that it has become part and parcel of our lives. I buy everything that I want online without having to step out of the front door, and I love unwrapping the items when they arrive at my doorstep. I always feel like a kid in a candy store and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels such inexplicable joy.

And the joy only gets magnified when you snag a good deal through promo codes online. Promo codes aside, did you know that you could also get cashback when you shop online via websites like Shopback? I first read about Shopback when it was featured on Yahoo and Cosmopolitan previously and it is true that you can get the latest fashion deals and offers here.

Shopback teams up with your favourite online retailers such as Zalora, Rakuten, Taobao and Asos so that you can get cashback credited to your account simply by shopping. 

Yes, real hard cash and not store credits.

Here's how it works:

 Take Singapore-based Japanese retailer Rakuten for example. Did you know that you will receive 5% cashback when you make a purchase at Rakuten via Shopback? With Shopback, you can get the best Rakuten cashback and promo codes.

 I have been eyeing these Japanese snacks/gift sets on Rakuten and with the 5% cashback, I see no reason why I should hesitate any longer.  If you are a fan of Japanese snacks, you would probably know that most of these popular snacks are exclusive to Japan and hard to come by in Singapore.

Now, Rakuten is just one of the many online retailers that Shopback has tied up with. You can even get cashback when you shop on Taobao and find out more about the latest Groupon deals and promo codes from Shopback.They have been featured in both Cosmopolitan and Yahoo previously 

The next time you decide to go online shopping, remember to check out Shopback too for the best cashback deals. Finally, we don't have to wait for the next sale to start shopping!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fashion: Styling The Vest (Minimalist Look)

Vests are my favourite outerwear as they make layering possible in our humid climate. Cardigans and jackets may be stylish but are best reserved for the cinemas, official work meetings or freezing lecture theatres, unless of course you think sweating buckets can help you to lose weight.

How do you style a vest? There are many ways to style it as it is very versatile and goes well with shorts, skirts, pants and even dresses. In fact, adding interest to a casual outfit has never been easier with a trusty vest. 

I picked up this long flowy white vest from Topshop when I was shopping in London and to tell you the truth, I have been working this vest really hard as it hasn't had time to sit in my wardrobe for more than a couple of days. I am convinced that it is a worthwhile wardrobe investment and today, I'll show you two ways to style this wardrobe workhorse.

Styling the Vest with Jeans/Pants

 With so many errands to run on a daily basis, my preferred ensemble these days comprises a comfy tank top and jeans paired with sneakers. The tank top and jeans combination is a full-proof combo but it can get a tad boring. Throw on a vest to shake things up a little and watch as your outfit transforms right before your eyes!

Tank top from Mphosis
Jeans from Frame Denim (Shopbop)
Vest from Topshop
Shoes from Adidas
Bag from Givenchy

Styling The Vest with Dresses

If you prefer a dressier look, try styling the vest with a dress (pun unintended). I like my white vest with classic black dresses as it instantly jazzes up the otherwise plain outfit.

These photos were taken when I was down with a bad flu in Copenhagen. I looked pale as a sheet but the warmth of the sun and the dose of white put some colour back in my cheeks. I would have looked far worse if I was clad in an all-black dress without my white vest.

Dress from Acne Studios
Vest from Topshop
Sunglasses from Marc by Marc Jacobs

Now, I am sure it is not hard to see why vests are fast becoming my wardrobe staples.The key to styling vests is to pair them up with simple, basic everyday pieces. I have been falling back on sleeveless dresses and tank tops but vests complement long sleeve tops and sweaters too. 

I promise this wouldn't be the last time that you'll see of my vests in this space as I'm about to experience autumn and winter in a foreign land this year. More updates on that in time to come, but meanwhile, have a great week ahead!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fashion: 10 instances of Kpop Stars' Cardigan Obsession

Love it or hate it, the preppy hipster look is a major trend and cardigans play an important role in completing this look.

Thanks to the rise of modern British aesthetics, and the revival of the preppy look first popularised in the early 1900s, cardigans are receiving new-found appreciation among the younger demographic, and particularly among the boys. Yes, for the first time ever, I will be sharing some looks that the boys can relate to. After all, fashion is not only for the fairer sex, and I am secretly hoping that my hubby will be able to pick up a tip or two from this post too (oops, looks like that it’s no longer a secret)!

For the ladies, cardigans used to be regarded as boring granny clothes. But with the explosion of prints and cuts these days, cardigans are anything but boring. Just take a cue from the K-pop artists who are unafraid to experiment with the wildest prints and designs. Sure, there are hits and misses, but they have definitely made the humble old cardigan come alive again.

You could break all the rules and wear cardigans the K-pop way, but first let's review the good, the bad, and the ugly.

1. Donghae

Super Junior's baby-faced looker Donghae looks impossibly adorable in this collegiate outfit, complete with a bow-tie and geek glasses.

2. Nichkhun

Speaking of baby-face, here's another one who does not seem to age. 2PM's Nichkhun does college cool for South Korean fashion label Basic House with boat shoes, stripes and a bright cardigan.

3. Kyuhyun

Taking a leaf from his hyung's book, Super Junior's Kyuhyun does the bow-tie and cardigan look too, this time with a mustard-coloured cardigan that brightens up the talk show he is co-hosting.

4. Park Bom

2NE1's four-dimensional (code word for kooky) powerhouse singer, Park Bom, looks right at home in her ice-cream printed cotton cardigan. I am sure that you would agree that this cardigan is as whimsical as her personality.

5. Shinee

Shinee looks ready for the eggnog and log cakes in this colour-coordinated getup that involves scarves, beanies and, yes, cardigans.

6. Shinee

Boy, they sure are fond of cardigans in a multitude of colours and prints.

7. Minho

Here's another instance of Shinee - this time just the "visual" of the group, Minho - showing some love for the cardigan. Unfortunately, he looks like a rejected Christmas tree or a child's failed art project.

8. G-Dragon

Dubbed South Korea's most stylish dresser, Big Bang's leader G-Dragon manages to pull off a punk look even with a muted grey cashmere cardigan from Thom Browne.

9. Jessica

Girls Generation's Jessica does mixed prints right with a slouchy knit cardigan and printed dress. Those brown ankle booties complete the laidback vibe of the outfit.

10. Tiffany

Like her fellow member, Girls Generations' Tiffany rocks a printed cardi. The bright scarlet print on her oversized cardigan makes for a majestic airport entrance. Plus, it totally goes with her hair.

Well, I did warn you there were hits and misses (I'm still scarred by Minho's awful cardigan), but at least they're not afraid to give it a try! 

Now, which look is your favourite?


Monday, August 17, 2015

Beauty: Beautiful.Me - eShopping Club for your favourite beauty brands

Have you heard of Beautiful.Me?  

Home to 300 top brands in the beauty, body and baby industry at prices that are way below retail, Beautiful.Me is the new kid on the block that is set to revolutionize your shopping experience.

SKII, Avene, 3CE, Laneige, L'Oreal, NYX, OPI and the list goes on - you name it, they have it, at much lower prices and delivered right to your doorstep. 

Doesn't that sound amazing?

No more shopping bags and no more waiting for the next big sale before going shopping!

How is Beautiful.Me different from other e-retailers? How will I benefit from it?

Incredible cost savings, that's what you'll stand to gain. Plus, you get paid to shop too! In other words, we can finally have our cake and eat it.

Beautiful.Me is a members-only online shopping portal that offers all your favourite brands at special members' prices that start much lower. The concept is similar to that of Costco and Walmart's Sam Club in the US, where members get huge cost savings when they shop for groceries. 

With Beautiful.Me, you get to enjoy cost savings when you shop for your favourite beauty, body and baby products simply by joining as a member.   

Here are some other perks that you'll enjoy:

  • Reward points with every purchase, which you can redeem for free samples, product trials and gifts. No minimum purchase is required!

  • Exclusive Flash Deals, Group Buys and Daily Deals to help you to save even more

  • Unlock cash rebates and rewards when you share your purchases on social media, write a review or refer friends!

 Beautiful.Me adopts a "profit-less" pricing model, meaning to say that only a small markup is applied to the products sold.  By cutting out retail inefficiencies such as rental cost and related expenses, the cost savings are passed on to consumers like you and me! 

Membership Fees
To cover basic expenses, it charges an annual membership fee of S$49, which is backed by a 200% Satisfaction Guarantee. 

What does that mean?

If you don't save more than double the amount paid for your membership, Beautiful.Me will refund you the difference at the end of the year! Isn't that good news? You have nothing to lose really.

Free 6-Month Membership at Beautiful.Me (If you sign up now!!)
And I have even better news for you! From now till 26 August, before its official launch, click here to sign up and you'll enjoy free membership at Beautiful.Me for 6 months!

It doesn't just stop here. You can automatically extend your membership to 12 months for free (and early access) by recommending 5 friends to sign up. 

Oh and remember I mentioned that you'll get paid as well? When you refer 10 friends, you'll be rewarded with a share of up to S$800,000 in cash rebates! The more friends you refer, the more rewards you unlock!

Good things ought to be shared, especially when excellent deals and massive discounts are in the picture. I have already referred some of my friends (you know who you are) so that we can all start saving together. 

You can start saving too by signing up at Beautiful.Me today. Let's lend a helping hand to one another (and our pockets) in our quest for beauty!


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