I know many people have been (im)patiently waiting for my review on Ryeo shampoos. I have no excuses for that – I’ve just been procrastinating, so bring on the rotten eggs to pelt me with. I’ll just wash ’em right out with my Ryeo shampoo and whip ma hair back and forth. Heh. I have been faithfully using this since 2012. They are daebak max!
Now based on the compilation of my internet research and Korean translating skills, here are the various types of Ryeo Shampoos and what type of hair they suit.
- Green (청아모 건성 ChungAhMo Geon Sung) : For dry hair. The revamped version calls it the 청아 두피딥클렌징 ChungAh Deep Cleansing Line.
- Blue (청아모 지성 ChungAhMo Ji Sung): For oily hair , Dandruff care
- Purple (자양윤모 JaYangYunMo): Anti Hair-loss and premium . This product line is stated as one of their bestsellers.
- Black (진생보 GinsengBo): Intensive nourishment and premium. It’s been repackaged as this luxe-looking line.
- Brown (흑운모 Heeuk Woon Mo) : Anti Hair-loss , Hair root care
- Red (함빛모 Ham Bit Mo): Damaged hair The entire product line
There’s also other lines but not as commonly found/used – or they could be a repackaged version of the above ones that I couldn’t find on the official website.
- Brown (약령원 YangNyeongWon): Nutritional, made up of traditional herbal formula to nourish your scalps for healthy hair. Also stated on their site as one of their bestsellers.
- Baby pink (자생화초 생기영양 JaSaengHwaCho SaengGinYoungYang – for vitality): Natural herbs and flowers – has a very floral fragrance without the usual hint of herbs. The entire product line.
- Lilac (자생화초 윤기보습 JaSaengHwaCho YoonGiBoSeub – for shine ): Natural herbs and flowers – has a very floral fragrance without the usual hint of herbs. The entire product line.
- Tangerine (흑운 뿌리볼륨 HeekWoon BBooRi Volume ): For flat hair in need of root lifting. The entire product line.
If you know how to read Korean, you can find out what type of Ryeo you’re suitable for here. Simply answer a few questions about your haircare/ hair worries and voila!
First up, the most popular – Lady in Red HamBitMo
Next up, one of their bestsellers and my dad’s favourite because it minimises hairfall for my old man- the JaYangYoonMo in purple
Here’s another one that seems to have been discontinued/repackaged – formerly known as ChungAhMo for Oily hair, it’s now the Deep Cleansing range Cheong-Ah range.
This black packaging is the GinsengBo (also spelled JinsaengBo) range, and I’ve finished the shampoo for this, so I only have the conditioner left.
It has a really, really strong smell of ginseng – the kind that’ll fill the entire interior of a lift or cab the moment you get in, so not recommended for those who don’t like ginseng scents. It does make your hair really healthy though.
Anyway, I’ve been using HamBitMo (in red) for years – the shampoo, conditioner, Water Essence) . The scent is herbal, but not overwhelmingly so. The first time I tried it, my hairfall was immediately reduced by half. I kid you not. The evidence comes in the following (laundry-airing) forms:
- Drainage pipe cover after the shower: My mom abhors it whenever there’s hair stuck there, so she forces me to pick it up everyday after my shower. I used to have to pick up quite a bunch, so I was really happy and surprised when the amount of hair caught in the cover.
- My bedroom floor: My dad also abhors it whenever there’s dirt on the floor – I swear we could eat off our floors cos my dad’s so anal-retentive about it. I used to have to pick up countless strands of hair off the floor just so he would stop nagging me to cut my hair short so that he “doesn’t have to mop and sweep so often”. But wooo mama, ever since I changed to this shampoo, he’s stopped all nagging. Yay!
My hair is pretty healthy and has got good shine as well, although I’m sure some of it can be credited to some treatments. I do have an oily scalp though – so I have to wash my hair everyday with this. I might venture to using some other Ryeo shampoo this time round when I go to Korea though.
I’m guessing they formulated the following two ranges to cater to those who don’t like the strong herbal/ginseng scents.
I bought this one the last time I went to Korea. It’s rather lightweight and I guess it does add some shine, but somehow, my hair doesn’t feel as strong as it does with the red (Hambit) version.It smells really nice and fragrant.
All of them leave my hair healthy and doesn’t weigh it down or look flat. I wish I could recommend specifically what suits your scalp, but I think you’ll really have to give it a trial and error. Me? I just go with what scent appeals to me the most. The usual suspects (red, black, blue, green, brown) have herbal scents, but differ slightly, while the lilac and pink ones have very fragrant floral scents.