K-Pop Locks: The Ultimate Korean Hair Care Guide

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As you may know by now, I’m a huge fan of Korean beauty and what it has to offer – I even wrote a comprehensive 10-step Korean skincare guide a while ago. Although the Koreans are known for their perfect porcelain skin, rigorous haircare is also one of the many heavily implemented beauty practices of the country’s women.

It’s common that many Asians, not just Koreans, don’t experience gray hairs until their far later years in life. Some would say in Western culture that our reason for premature gray hair is stress, but it’s widely known that many Asian countries like Korea and Japan have adopted a “do-or-die” educational mentality as well as life-consuming careers far worse than what the American culture deals with. It’s also been reported on numerous studies that Korea and Japan face extremely high student suicide rates due to the pressure of scholastic success. How’s that for stress?

With such a stressful and success-oriented culture, it’s hard to imagine many Asian people don’t struggle with dying their gray roots the way even the younger Western generation is beginning to do. Stress aside, there has to be some sort of explanation as to how they maintain their vibrant locks for centuries, right?

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They maintain their hair like they do their luxury goods

Just like their skin, they believe in nourishing it rather than abusing it. Regular scalp massages and bedtime hair masks are just a few of the many steps of the Korean haircare regimen. They may use heat-styling and hair dye just like we do, but they take plenty of extra measures to undo or prevent damage.

Their lifestyles are far healthier

Gray hairs are often not a sign of premature aging, but are usually an indicator of health problems. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and many other illnesses may halt or inhibit the production of melanin, causing a lack of color within incoming hair. Koreans tend to have a more disciplined diet and live generally active lifestyles. It is frowned upon in Asian culture to be overweight, so healthy lifestyle habits are adopted by force of habit and upbringing.

They eat fermented foods

Kimchi, dongchimi, kkakdugi – a lot of banchan (side dishes) that Koreans eat are very high in vitamins and minerals that keep the hair, skin and nails healthy. Packed with probiotics, Korean meals have plenty of nutrients that aid in cell regeneration and fight against free-radicals. Eating these foods are a daily practice that adds up over the years.

The 10-Step Korean Hair Care Regimen

Ever since I adopted the Korean hair care regimen, my hair’s health and strength have significantly improved. Just months ago, my hair was brittle with infinite amounts of split ends due to keratin in all my products. After discovering Korean hair care I quickly traded my expensive salon shampoo, conditioner, and serum for several Korean hair products.

Some may wonder: why make such an expensive investment? I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for hair care, just like skin care. The expensive salon shampoos and conditioners I used seemed to damage my hair with sulfates and protein buildup and my scalp was suffering, so I needed to focus on taking care of my scalp and strands separately. Korean hair care is centered around the belief that scalp and hair need two separate formulations, and this was the biggest reason why my hair improved.

10 products may seem extremely unaffordable, but many of these products are only around between $10-20, and combining them may reap better results than a simple and overpriced trio of shampoo, conditioner, and a serum.

Of course, you may not need every single one of these products, and I currently only use 2/3 of them. If rebuilding your hair’s health is a goal for you, continue reading and decide what suits you best.

RELATED POST – Forever Young: The 10-Step Korean Skincare Guide

Step 1: Scalp Treatment (1x a week)

The basis of Korean hair care: scalp treatments! The beginning of each hair starts at the follicle right at the scalp. Korean beauty experts say that by keeping the scalp clean, healthy and exfoliated, we can allow for healthier hair to grow in. Enter the scalp scaler! Scalers are salicylic acid-based pre-treatments that exfoliate the scalp to remove and debris, dead skin cells, and oil build-up.

My favorite scalp scaler: I used to use Missha’s Procure Jin Mo Scaler and Innisfree’s Green Tea Scalp Scaler, but Missha’s was discontinued and Innisfree’s is becoming hard to find (I am suspicious it was discontinued). I saw Esthetic House CP-1 Scalp Scaler on Amazon and tried it out – I was not disappointed! I would say this product wells just as well if not better than the previous exfoliating treatments I’ve used.
How to use: Once every week or two weeks, use a scalp scaler before shampooing on dry hair. Using the tip of the scaler bottle, divide hair into sections and squeeze product into scalp in a checkerboard fashion. After applying, rub thoroughly into the scalp for full coverage and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off and shampoo as normal.

Other notable scalp scalers:

Step 2: Shampoo and Scalp Massage

My favorite shampoo and conditioner: Ryo‘s anti-hair loss formula is amazing – although I don’t experience hair loss enough to need such a specific formulation, this combo makes my hair super soft. Most American drugstore shampoos have so many stripping ingredients that can dry out hair, but this one gives just the perfect amount of hydration. Don’t forget the matching conditioner!

Other notable shampoo and conditioners:

Scalp Massage

Of course, we all know that technically the first step to hair care is shampooing. But by adapting the scalp care principle, we need to cleanse the scalp thoroughly. Integrating the use of a scalp brush during shampoo sessions gives a lot of benefits: it maximizes lather, promotes blood circulation and stimulation, and provides a thorough cleanse of all remaining dead skin cells and debris. I personally use Tsubaki’s Scalp Brush since it came with a previous shampoo and conditioner set I purchased, but there are plenty of other scalp brushes available that serve the same purpose.

Shampoo Scalp Massage Brush: $2.91 on Amazon

High-rated scalp brush: This $4 unbranded scalp massage is an extremely popular choice on Amazon with hundreds of customer reviews.
How to use: Using hands, rub shampoo all over your hair, and then use the brush and massage your scalp. The brush will lather up your shampoo and give you an extra thorough cleanse!

Other notable scalp brushes:

Step 3: Condition

I’m really not a fan of 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner products because they’re drying and lead to tangles and split ends. If you’re currently using a conditioner and it isn’t working for you, try leaving it on longer. The point of a conditioner isn’t just to quickly detangle your hair, it’s to … condition it. Applying it like shampoo and rinsing it out simply will not do.

My favorite conditioner: I definitely suggest pairing your conditioner with the same brand and formulation of your shampoo, because these manufacturers design their shampoos and conditioners to work together with similar ingredients. 

Conditioning tips:

  • Apply your conditioner and let it sit in your hair while you do other things like washing your face or shaving. This allows more time for the conditioner to work its magic.
  • Avoid wetting your hair while the condition is in. I keep a hair clip in the shower and clip my hair up while conditioning.
  • Avoid applying conditioner on the scalp. The scalp’s pH level is 5.5, whereas the hair shaft is 3.7. When using different products that have different pH levels, you can dry out one or the other.

Other notable shampoo and conditioners:

Step 4: Deep Condition / Hair Mask (1x a week)

Some people like to conditioner and then follow up with a hair mask afterward, but I prefer to use a hair mask in its place. Hair masks, or “packs” as they’re known by in Korea, are an ultra-dose of nutrition and powerful ingredients blended into one. Just like conditioning, I leave this on my hair while I shave and wash my face.

My favorite deep conditioning treatment: Skinfood’s Argan Oil Silk Hair Mask is a godsend! I’ve forked over so much cash on so many hair masks – Keune, Aquage, Biolage, you name it – This $15 bottle is the best thing I’ve ever used. It’s one of those products where you can feel the results after the first use. This treatment leaves my frizzy hair extremely soft and gives it a punch of moisture.
How to use: After shampooing, squeeze excess water out of hair and apply the treatment. Let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. Instead of your regular conditioner, use this in its place once a week. Bonus: Using a deep conditioning treatment every so often will help stop the vicious cycle of running out of conditioner before your shampoo!

Other notable hair masks:

Step 5: Vinegar Rinse (1x a week)

With both hair and skin, it’s important to strive for the correct pH level. Normal pH levels on the scalp and skin are slightly acidic between 4.5 and 5.5. The skin has an “acid mantle,” which is a thin film of acid that helps seal out bacteria (aka sebum! Natural moisture!). Dry and itchy scalps often mean that your scalp’s pH is too alkaline and has a weak acid mantle – this can cause acne, eczema, and dandruff. If you have a dry and itchy scalp or suffer from dandruff, a vinegar rinse can help!

Apple cider vinegar has a pH level of about 3, which is on the acidic side. By diluting it with water you can bring it down to around 4, and use it as a rinse. By bringing down your hair’s acidity levels, your cuticles can seal properly instead of unevenly, resulting in split ends. Your itchy scalp will also thank you!

Even if you don’t have dandruff, a routine vinegar rinse can help bring down the alkalinity of your hair and scalp that may have been caused by styling products. A single vinegar rinse will give noticeable results right out of the shower… I actually just did one before writing this and my scalp and hair both feel amazing.

My favorite vinegar rinse: I use Esthetic House CP-1 Raspberry Vinegar Rinse on the days where I’m going out and need a vinegar treatment but don’t want to smell like vinegar. Otherwise, a cost-effective solution is to mix apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts and put it in a pump or spray bottle. You can use distilled white vinegar, but it is about 2.5-3 on the pH scale and therefore needs to be diluted more.
How to use: Apply vinegar on the scalp and all-over hair after conditioning. Rinse out thoroughly!
Side note: It can be tough to get the vinegar smell completely out of your hair. You can do this step after shampooing and before conditioning. However, I strongly recommend doing a vinegar rinse last because water normally has a pH level of about 7-8. By rinsing it out, conditioning, and rinsing with water again, you’d be going backward.

Other notable vinegar rinses:

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Step 6: Scalp Mask/Scrub (1x every two weeks)

My favorite scalp mask: NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub is my go-to for the summer weather where oily scalp constantly makes me itch (and even winter when my scalp is dry). My scalp is very sensitive to buildup, but this scalp scrub alleviates the itchiness by exfoliation. Plus, it contains probiotics to rebalance your scalp pH!
How to use: After shampooing, squeeze excess water out of hair and apply product to roots, gently massaging. Rinse off completely.

Other notable scalp masks:

Step 7: Scalp Tonic

After washing your face with a cleanser, you should use a toner and then moisturize, right? With hair, a scalp tonic is the equivalent of a toner and a great way for you to prep your scalp for the next few steps.

My favorite scalp tonic: Design Essentials Scalp & Skin Care Detoxifying Tonic is quite cooling to dry skin post-shower, especially if you’re the type that takes hot showers – which, by the way, you should refrain from doing if you don’t want to dry your hair and skin out.
How to use: After your shower, dry hair with a towel, making sure not to rub your hair together as this encourages frizziness (squeeze and pat dry). Simply spray the tonic into the scalp and leave on.

Other notable scalp tonics:

Step 8: Scalp Essence or Serum

Similar to the Korean skincare regimen, applying an essence or serum to the scalp is similar to an ingredient-packed serum for the face. Depending on your needs, a lightweight essence or leave-in fluid may help for oily scalps and a serum may be better for a dry scalp in need of hydration. Some who have normal scalps may choose not to use a scalp essence or serum and stick to a tonic.

My favorite scalp essence: LA’DOR Silk-Ring Hair Essence is perfect for those with extremely dry scalps. My scalp tends to get irritated, especially during the summer when sweat and product buildup can’t get thoroughly cleansed from my scalp. By the time my scalp is clean it’s then dry and irritated, but this essence helps re-hydrate it.
How to use: Using the nozzle, point directly at the scalp and spread a thin layer across the scalp in a checkerboard fashion. Rub into scalp to cover any missing areas.

Other notable scalp essences & serums:

Step 9: Hair Essence or Serum

The Korean market formulates different essences and serums for the hair and scalp – again, this is due to the difference in pH levels between both. Just like skin serums, hair serums are designed to deliver a large amount of active ingredients to the hair, while an essence acts like a moisturizing agent that hydrates hair.

Some may use both an essence and serum while others may only use one or the other – it simply depends on your needs. I use a serum for to continuously treat my hair with nurturing ingredients and follow up with an essence to lock-in moisture.

My favorite leave-in fluid: Etude House Silk Scarf Hologram Hair Serum softens my hair, and unlike most hair serums it absorbs so well into my strands. It isn’t labeled as an essence, but I consider it as such because it’s so lightweight and doesn’t feel oily.

Other notable serums and essences:

Optional Step 10: Overnight Treatment

I love using Tonymoly’s Haeyo Zayo Hair Sleeping Pack after a day at the pool to help buffer the blow of chlorine damage. After showering, I towel-dry my hair, apply my tonics, serums, and essences, apply a small amount like I would a leave-in conditioner and then let it dry. Some people feel this is too heavy for their hair, so applying a minimal amount of product or wearing it overnight with a shower cap and then rinsing off in the morning may work better.

RELATED POST – Forever Young: The 10-Step Korean Skincare Guide

Where to Buy

While I love getting most of my products from Amazon, Korean hair care is still relatively new to Amazon, so it’s not surprising if products aren’t available. Luckily, eBay has a huge market of K-beauty sellers that have been selling for many years. One of my favorite trusted Korean beauty eBay shops is RoseRoseShop.

*Note: All prices and stock are subject to change.

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    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 7:15 pm

      I LOVE the scalp masks and treatments more than anything in the Korean hair care regimen! My scalp feels so healthy afterward, like it can breathe again.

  1. Megan
    / 8:34 pm

    I try and try to find cruelty free Korean brands and it’s so limited. We really do have better options in the west!

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 10:05 pm

      I agree, it is tough to get something that’s cruelty-free, vegan, organic, etc. altogether because of international regulations. Products sold in China require animal testing, which I don’t really understand because it’s such an antiquated way to test products. And most Korean products are sold in China too… You are right, we do have more cruelty-free options in America, but then there is also the issue of having more synthetic chemicals in our products here compared to Asian products. :(

      • thekbeautygirl
        / 4:39 pm

        Actually, according to multiple articles concerning cruelty on korean products, many articles say that as of 2018, all korean cosmetic companies will now be cruelty free. Hope this helps :)

  2. / 3:30 am

    What a wonderful post. I must commend your efforts to come up with these tips.

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 11:13 am

      Thank you so much for reading!

  3. / 4:31 pm

    I enjoyed of every word that written by brliant mind thanks alot of all this tips I will start to do some of them with what I have in my country♥♥♥

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 6:36 pm

      Hi Heba, glad to know this post helped you! <3

  4. / 11:52 pm

    I just tried a hair essence tester today and it literally feels like I’ve just walked out of the hair dressers. I found your post trying to learn more about the korean hair care.

    I’m so happy that you’ve compiled this easy to follow list! Thank you so much! My new glossy locks will love you! x

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 12:18 pm

      Hi Kylie! Aren’t essences the best!? I can’t survive without them!

      You are absolutely most welcome! Thank you for reading <3

  5. / 11:20 am

    Can’t wait to try these new tips, i have mixed curly hair and it doesn’t take to most american products well. This sounds promising. Great post.

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 12:09 pm

      Let me know how it works for your mixed hair!!

  6. Tara
    / 6:57 am

    Thank you so much for this list. It’s really helping me get a foot in the door into Korean products. I am interested in getting your scaler and I currently have a Korean shampoo (aromatica) with scaler in it. Do you think its better to separate scaler and shampoo? And would it be ok to use a scaler plus a shampoo with scaler?

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 9:15 am

      Hey Tara! I’m not sure how much percentage of the exfoliating properties is in your shampoo, but a separate scaler should be used once every so often (every few weeks or every month). It could be that it’s got a low percentage since shampoo is meant to be used often, but combining both could probably dry out your scalp. I would say try it and use the separate scaler once a month and see how your scalp reacts!

  7. LU
    / 2:11 pm


    May I ask if you’ve solution to hairfall problem? Please kindly advise if any of those you’ve mentioned will reduce hairfall or promotes hair growth

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 2:40 pm

      Hey Lu, how often do you brush your hair? I find that brushing from scalp to ends more often helps reduce fallout. Also, using the scalp scaler will help a ton.

  8. Stefanie
    / 9:24 pm

    Hello! I’m a little late to this article, but it’s fantastic! If I may just ask a quick question. When I use the skinfood avocado leave in fluid, do I still use conditioner? Thank you so much!

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 9:21 am

      Hey there! It’s a leave-in smoothing product you use outside of the shower and you need just a tiny pump of it. You would still use conditioner in the shower.

  9. Katrina
    / 1:29 pm

    Oh my goodness this article is a blessing. There are no others this in depth. I wouldn’t consider my hair damaged or overly dry since I’ve never dyed my hair and I don’t use heat tools (except a hair dryer). Can I still use these products? I notice the Ryo shampoo you suggested is labeled “Damaged Care.” As are some others. Thank you!

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 5:41 pm

      You certainly can! The damaged hair products typically focus on rebuilding hair shafts that have grown brittle or dry regardless of chemical treatment or not (I have virgin hair and it’s still damaged from dryness and not being diligent about getting trims!). They should still work wonderfully on you!

      • Annalisa
        / 4:26 pm

        If my hair gets oily quickly would you not recommend the Ryo shampoo?

        • The Baller on a Budget
          / 9:28 am

          Hi Annalisa, I highly suggest that if your scalp gets oily to reduce your shampoo/conditioning days to just a few days a week and using dry shampoo in-between. Just like the skin on our face, if you cleanse it too much with a stripping cleanser it can encourage the skin to produce more sebum in order to rehydrate. The same goes for your scalp.

          You can check out this blog post for the science behind this: https://www.theballeronabudget.com/2017/01/01/battling-oily-skin/

  10. Yu
    / 2:44 am

    You are the Goddess! Thank you so much! I found more than I could expect!

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 12:10 pm

      Glad this helps, Yu!

  11. Cynthia
    / 6:46 am

    Wow, Aileen! This article is so well written. You not only go through the steps of the routine, but you also list your fav products and where we can find them.

    I just have 2 questions.
    1. How often do you follow this routine?
    2. How do you maintain your hair during the week?
    3. Do you recommend this routine for people with this type of hair?

    I experiences hair loss 5-10 years ago, so I’m left with dry, thin, fine hair. I’ve been trying to improve it. But oils that nourish my hair leave my roots too greasy and thin-looking, and volumizing products don’t moisturize my hair well enough. :-(

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 3:21 pm

      I wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner every other day and do a moisturizing mask in place of regular conditioner once every week. When I use a lot of hair products like hairspray or styling products I will wash it with shampoo, mask and then an ACV rinse or aloe vera gel depending on how much product is left on the strands. I use the scalp scaler once every 2-3 weeks.

      I definitely think dry hair can be helped with this regimen, and the scaler may help with your hair loss. I would say if you are worried about getting greasy roots, try to apply a hair essence only on the hair shafts and ends.

      If your roots get greasy, you should also try reducing how often you use shampoo and conditioner. There is a transitional period, but in about 2-4 weeks your scalp will stop secreting so much oil – it only does that because it’s compensating for how dry it is after you shampoo it :) hope that helps!

  12. / 11:06 pm

    Thank you for such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using Anti Scaling Scalp Shampoo from long for my hairs and its really effective.It will improve your hairs for sure so try it once people because it helps boost Scaling Scalp Shampoo while protecting distressed hair from environmental influences.

  13. Alija
    / 9:41 am

    Hi, I have a dandruff prone hair and a lot of split ends on my ends. So I have combination hair (oily/greasy scalp and dry ends with tons of split ends). What products would you recommend?

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 11:00 am

      Hi Alija! I’d definitely recommend the scalp scaler and vinegar rinse for your scalp as this will help to exfoliate, detox, and rebalance pH levels, in turn reducing dandruff and greasiness. I’d also recommend to get a trim once every 1-2 months to cut off the split ends and then apply a hair essence on your tips to prevent future splitting.

  14. Nabin
    / 7:42 am

    I am 17 and suffering a great hair loss will these products help me .

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 1:27 pm

      I can’t say confidently if this will help with hair loss since I don’t know what’s causing your hair loss, but I have read that exfoliating the scalp encourages hair growth!

  15. Hayley
    / 10:39 am

    I have dry scalp, greasy/oily roots and damage ends which many are split and my scalp has dandruff issues too, what products do you recommend?

  16. Theresa
    / 9:02 pm

    Excellent and informative article! What a blessing to have connected with this online article. K Beauty for the hair has made the difference with using the exact product my severely damaged hair needed.

    I recently had the Japanese hair straightening treatment and K Beauty products are making a lovely difference in smooth and shiny hair! I have never received so many positive remarks from my co workers on my hair:) Thanks so much for all the detailed information you provided, it’s a Godsend!

  17. Katherine
    / 1:24 am

    hi! my hair type is also almost like yours, my scalp is prone to buildup and i have dandruff. my scalp is oily yet after shampooing its becomes dry and my hair is dry! my hair has low porosity so only certain oils can penetrate the strands. what would u recommend me because im currently trying to get rid of my dandruff while combating dry hair andi want my hair to grow longer
    (my hair was rebonded in dec 2017) thank you very much

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 12:48 pm

      Hi Katherine, I’d say if dandruff is your worry, definitely add the scalp scaler as well as the vinegar rinse into your current routine. Dandruff is caused by pH imbalance that causes the dryness and flakiness, so the scaler will help exfoliate. The vinegar rinse will rebalance your pH.

  18. / 12:17 am

    This is very interesting! Do you use the Etude House’s Silk Scarf Hair Treatment in the entire hair or just in the tips? Thank you ☺️

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 12:42 pm

      Hi Marta, I use the Silk Scarf Hair Treatment just like a conditioner and let it sit!

  19. Lauren
    / 7:11 pm

    Can this full routine be done with color treated hair? I do not want to strip my hair of the color or alter the color. I get my hair colored once every 10-12 weeks. Thanks!

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 12:41 pm

      Hi Lauren, I think the scalp scaler, shampoo and conditioner should be safe for you, but the vinegar rinse, I’m not so sure. You can try doing a hair mask of 100% aloe vera gel and it does the same job of rebalancing the pH just like ACV does. Hope that helps!

  20. Cecilia
    / 9:07 pm

    Hi Aileen,

    I loved this article! It was so informative! Would you possibly know where the Holika Holika Vinegar Rinse could be bought? I’ve done a thorough search online and can’t seem to find it :(

    Thanks either way!

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 7:51 pm

      It might be discontinued :( The Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar is great too!

  21. Joanna
    / 9:26 pm

    Hi! I’m a bit late but I’m so glad I found this article! I was just wondering if you had to condense this 10-step routine, what would be your most important, remaining steps?

    Thank you so much for providing such an informative and detailed article for everyone!

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 10:22 am

      Definitely shampoo, conditioner, scalp scaler and a hair essence/serum!

  22. Annalisa
    / 3:25 pm


    Your article is super helpful. Have you used any of the Ryoe shampoo/conditioners before besides the red one? I’m afraid to use it because it seems like it will be too strong.

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 9:33 am

      All the Ryoe products are quite gentle, if not more so than traditional Western/American shampoos due to their herbal and non-stripping/abrasive formulas. I don’t think you would have an issue with any of their shampoo/conditioners being too “strong.”

  23. Ai Ling
    / 10:54 am

    Hello! I really appreciate your tips and I’m really eager to try them out. But I’d like to know if those steps labelled as 1x per week needs to be done all at once or do I have to use them on different days so that there won’t be too much products on my hair at a time?

    Thank you in advance! 😊

  24. / 10:17 am

    Thank you. I believe if I do these things not only my hair issues but a lot of issues will be taken care of. Keep up the good work. Sharing the post with my friends now.

  25. / 10:56 pm

    Very nice and creative blog. Really very helpful platform..

  26. Kippy
    / 1:00 am

    Hello !

    I have very thick and wavy hair. I experience some frizz and minor oil on my scalp (I wash my hair every other day). Which set of shampoo and conditioner would you reccomend?

    I’d like to try the Ryoe Volume set but I’d like your opinion first. :-)

    Thank you for such an amazing guide !

    • The Baller on a Budget
      / 1:05 pm

      The Ryoe Volume is a safe pick – try it! As for having minor scalp oil, this is normal and everyone secretes oil. Have you tried washing your hair with shampoo every other day? Similar to overwashing the skin with soap, overwashing the scalp with shampoo will dry it out and cause it to produce more sebum in an attempt to moisturize itself. It’ll take a few weeks to adjust, but it’ll regulate itself – and you wind up using less product as a result :)

  27. / 8:16 am

    It’s good to know that you need to nourish and care for hair like it’s a luxury item in order for it to look polished and healthy. My daughter has been looking for a way to make her hair more visually appealing. I’ll pass this information along to her for her consideration.

  28. / 8:48 pm

    Hi, I really found your article helpful. I want to know how often do I need to deep condition. I wear crochet styles to keep from manipulation of my hair. So I wear the styles fir about s month at a time, then I deep condition and for the style again for another month. But I moisturize daily( very dry scalp) with As I am. Do I need to condition more often?

  29. Rita
    / 5:04 am

    Hi, great article!
    Do you have any suggestions for dry shampoos?

  30. Cheyenne
    / 5:03 pm

    I know about the 10step skincare routine I shop at http://www.ohklife.us.com they are suitable for vegans and cruelty-free but no haircare… that’s when I looked up Korean hair care routines I’m so glad I found this thank you for making it!

  31. Tanvi Tigga
    / 10:30 am

    It is a very helpful blog for the fans of Korean products.

  32. Tanvi Tigga
    / 10:31 am

    It is a very helpful blog for the fans of Korean products Thank you for posting this page.

  33. Asmita
    / 3:47 pm

    I know you wrote this article three years ago but I want to compliment you for your dedication! I mean, you provided us with alternatives and even updated your blog when products were discontinued! A huge thank you! I wish I’d seen this blog earlier, I’ve randomly used Korean hair care products and it really did wonders for me. I love how you pointed out the different steps like a skin care routine. Will use this as my guide =)

  34. Amber
    / 6:46 am

    This is an amazing guide!! I understand all of the steps involved now and I am very excited to start a routine. I have lost a lot of hair and I hope by using these products I will grow hair again. Since this was posted years ago do you have any updates or recommendations???

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