It can be a real challenge to find truly natural and chemical-free salons in Metro Manila. Hate to say it – but many salons, including upscale parlors, in the country use well-marketed products loaded with toxic ingredients.

But change is afoot in some parts of Manila.

Enter Hair Secrets – one of the pioneering hair clinics in the Philippines that prides itself in using only natural and organic hair products.

Jinnie Uy, co-owner of Hair Secrets, humbly started a small hair clinic in Ortigas in 2010 after a relentless search for natural solutions for her own allergies and hair issues.

 

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Jinnie Uy, co-founder of Hair Secrets – an Ortigas-based hair clinic

Hair Secrets prioritises your hair’s health unlike many other salons that focus solely on the aesthetics of your hair. What does that mean for clients? No icky chemicals harming your hair, no allergic reactions, or strong odors. That’s why Jinnie prefers to call her parlor a ‘hair clinic’ rather than merely a ‘hair salon.’

Jinnie believes that proper hair care requires a holistic approach, and that quick fixes are just that:  short, unsustainable, and possibly damaging. She added that our hair is just like our body which responds to how we treat it such as the quality of food we eat or the chemicals we put on it.

The following are best-sellers at Hair Secrets…

Hair Secrets Organic Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hair Secrets has developed its own in-house brand of pure shampoos and conditioners formulated by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors in Singapore. Initially, Hair Secrets shampoo & conditioner was for exclusive use in the salon, but due to popular demand, Jinnie has made these organic hair care products available to customers for 380 pesos for a 250ml bottle.

The conditioner pictured above contains certified antioxidant intellimune seed oil Complex and a blend of organic essential oil extracted from peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, ravintsara, cardamon, cinnamon, chamomile, lime, and red raspberry.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 100% Organic Hair and Scalp Treatment

The TCM Hair & Scalp Treatment is a paste made of a combination of herbs that functions individually: He Shou Wu (boosts hair growth and restores natural hair color), Ginseng (treats male patterned baldness, MPD), Angelika Root (balances hormones for better skin and hair change), and Lingzhi (improves blood circulation).

Hair Salon_Ready-made clay (combination of He Shou Wu Ginseng Angelika Root, Lingzhi) mixed with tap water
Ready-made clay (combination of He Shou Wu Ginseng Angelika Root, Lingzhi) mixed with tap water

According to Jinnie, these herbs, when combined, can effectively address various hair and scalp problems such as:

  • Hair Loss
  • Hair Thinning
  • Baldness
  • Oily Scalp
  • Dandruff

100% Organic Hair Dyes

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Unlike other salons that use hair dyes jam-packed with chemicals, Hair Secrets uses a gentle organic hair dye, Radico, imported from India

Radico organic hair dye is 100% plant-based, made from Ayurveda herbs such as henna, methi, amla, hibiscus, bhringraj, and coffee.

Price

100% Organic Hair Color costs 2,500 Php per session for short to shoulder-length hair. They also offer 3+1 package for 7,500 Php.

Gua sha Scalp Massage

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Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment to release unhealthy elements by creating ‘ sha ’ Hair Secrets uses a gua sha to scrape/massage your scalp while simultaneously spraying rice wine on your hair. Gua sha, which can be used on scalp and skin, is made of a carabao or buffalo horn  and helps stimulate blood flow among other benefits.

Treatment Duration

The whole treatment usually takes up to 45 minutes to one hour. Sessions can be done on a weekly or monthly basis, depends on the severity of the problem.

Price

TCM Hair & Scalp Treatment costs 1,750 Php per session. Currently, they are offering a 5+1 package that costs 8,750 Php. This includes five TCM Hair & Scalp Treatment sessions plus one free.

Visit Hair Secrets Organic Hair Clinic at Unit 222 Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Avenue corner Garnet St,  Pasig City.

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