Let’s talk hair for a min. When I first started really getting into Asian Beauty I knew there was of course a hair care market and it’s also less western friendly. Not a ton of translations on packaging, much harder to find in stores, and less reviews except for most of the big hair brands.
I want to introduce you to two of them. Ryo, who is owned by AMOREPACIFIC and La’Dor a very affordable and potent brand.
Let’s start with Ryo (sometimes written Ryoe they’ve simplified the name and dropped the e) This is where I started with my AB hair journey. Being from AMOREPACIFIC, the leader in Korean cosmetics I felt pretty safe starting here. Not to mention many of their shampoos have won awards and gone through multiple revisions. Also I’ve tried many products from both Amore and also their other brands like Sulwhasoo, Laneige, and Happy Bath (YA THE BEER SOAP) and always been impressed.
Ryo is a unique brand because it takes both Hanbang (traditional Korean medicine) and infuses it with high performance, innovative Korean cosmetic R&D.
I started with: Ryo JaYangYunMo Anti-Aging Loss Shampoo for normal to dry hair. Why? Well it sounded heaven sent that’s why. I suffer from mild keratosis pilaris on my forehead. It could also be on my scalp (like my sister) or I could also just have a super dry flakey scalp, but I’ve never made it to see a derm to find out for sure. But as long as I have this shampoo I don’t think I need too.
What started my AB hair product search was my scalp. I’ve dealt with my finicky scalp since as long as I’ve been washing my own hair and I’ve tried just about every shampoo on the market for it. Most made my scalp worse, (especially those god awful shampoo bars from LUSH. Whoever thought putting pH unbalanced sulfates into a bar and marketing them towards ‘all hair types’ needs to be fired.) I was looking for a shampoo that contained BHAs. But also didn’t want something stripping but also want something that actually washed my hair. Funny enough this guy matched all that criteria.
What I love about it: BHAs exfoliate! If you’ve read my Pore post you should be pretty familiar with BHAs. Quickly, they’re a hydroxy Acid that helps both regulate sebum production and also exfoliates the inside and out of pores. It’s very hard finding a shampoo in the western market with BHAs and you most likely won’t find one inside a store. It’s a lathering shampoo (my thick hair and problem scalp don’t mix well with co-washes and other surfactant free shampoos.) however it’s still perfectly pH balanced to 5.5. Right where our scalp should be. It’s also infused with oodles of Hanbang to really just knock your socks off. Ginger and green tea help protect and nourish while skullcap, licorice, and biota seed strengthen hair from the root. There’s also some soothing Hanbang ingredients to provide immediate relief too! Coix and Wilfordi root soothe and cool the scalp. (You can really feel this great sensation if you’ve been itching or just extra dry)
(see all those lil bits of herbal goodness in there?!)
I love the smell. It does smell like the produce section of your local Asian market however, something about making your entire apartment smell like such is soo satisfying and it lathers beautifully.
As far as the anti aging benefits go, personally I don’t see much but I also won’t! I have a crazy amount of thick hair however, on my partner who has pretty thin hair I’ve noticed over the past few months it getting increasingly thicker. Slowly but surely but it’s pretty amazing stuff and have no doubt I’ll be thanking it when I’m 60 and have a full head of hair still (like can we rly pray this happens)
Since I rambled about Ryo for so long I’m trying to make this about LADOR short and sweet. Just like the brand. Free of chemical ingredients, artificial colors, parabens, and alcohol and formulations are very simple. Wrap it up with it’s crazy good price tag, it’s really one worth talking about.
LADOR Hydro LPP Treatment is a win for me. The first product I tried from them and I’m glad I started with it. This treatment is pH balanced to 4.5 and includes ingredients like keratin and collagen to help strengthen hair from the core. I’ve also been mixing it with my Pravana ChromaSilk Vivids in Silver and making a silver conditioner rinse to keep my blonde nice a cool, it’s been keeping my hair strong through the more frequent color deposits especially during such a cold fall. It does have a bit of an ‘old lady smell’ to it but their other products definitely have a much more enjoyable scent to them. My only complaint is my hair still needs ‘something else’ afterwards. It’s just not quite moisturizing enough to just hop out and blow dry.
As for the Damage Protector Acid Shampoo.. I can’t say it was my favorite, but it wasn’t the worst. Seeing it’s pH being so acidic at 4.5 I figured this would feel about the same as my Ryo shampoo which is sulfate free but pH 5.5. It felt unfortunately like a regular shampoo which no slip whatsoever. I do however like the scent but I don’t think I’ll be finishing this one.
So that’s my taste of AB haircare for you guys. I’ll have more to come, especially once I find a conditioner I really like in this realm.