It’s time for my Ryeo/Ryoe Shampoo review – a Korean brand that is quite new on the American market.
It has 6 different types of products, each for a certain hair type/problem.
So is this brand better than American ones? From what I heard – the shampoos are really natural, compared to ours.
Well, it’s time to take a closer look at these Ryeo shampoos.
Note: This review is based on my personal opinion about these shampoos.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Ryeo Herbal Shampoo from Amore Pacific
Sizes: There are 2 forms – 13.5 oz and 16.9 oz.
Best Actual Price: Around $15 per bottle
Cheapest Place To Buy Them: Probably Amazon. You can also get them from Ebay, but it’s not as safe.
Designed For: There are 6 versions – and each is meant for a different problem.
So they cover everything, from hair loss to dandruff and oily hair.
My Rating: 8 out of 10
Worth Buying?: Pretty much:
- really cheap
- more natural than American shampoos
Now – they’re not the best shampoos I tried. But they have enough positive reviews to convince me.
Anyway – if you’re looking for a good hair loss/growth remedy, here’s my top recommendation.
What I Liked About Them
- Most ingredients are natural or herbal extracts
- There are 6 different versions
- All of them lather pretty well
- Really cheap (around $15 for 16 oz)
- You can also get the conditioner for a better deal (around $25 for both)
What I Didn’t Like About Them
- The one I used (red version) only did its job about 50%
- Ingredients and the whole label are only written in Korean
- So there’s no English info about how to apply it, etc.
- Pretty strong herbal smell in some
- Very liquid texture (but it foams really well)
- Mixed results and reviews
#1. Ingredients (9.50 out of 10)
Each of the Ryeo shampoos contains an impressive amount of natural ingredients.
In fact – that’s what makes the different from American products.
However – the 6 shampoos contain very similar ingredients, despite being made for different hair problems.
So let’s analyze the most important ingredients from these Ryeo shampoos.
Note: The ingredients are only listed in Korean, there’s no label in English. So I can’t take each shampoo separately and analyze its ingredients.
1. Red Ginseng – that’s actually Korean ginseng:
- promotes hair growth
- can help hair loss (especially the male pattern)
- repairs damaged hair ends
2. Camellia Oil – is great for hydration:
- moisturizes dry or brittle hair
- smooths hair ends
3. Ohmae Extract – soothes and calms down irritated scalp.
4. Other Ingredients – this includes green tea, Biota seeds, soybeans, other types of ginseng.
Conclusion: The ingredient look very promising:
- very natural
- totally different of other brands
I don’t know any western product with so many herbs and extracts. But for this reason, I can’t really tell how effective Ryeo products are.
#2. Texture & Smell (8 out of 10)
At this chapter, I can’t really say I loved these shampoos.
1. Texture – they have a different consistency than regular shampoos:
- pretty liquid
- transparent color
- very light overall
Basically – all 6 versions look more like hair oils (except the fact they’re not greasy). They’re not as thick as western shampoos.
I don’t know if that’s how all Korean shampoos are.
But at first, it may be harder to apply them. However, all lather surprisingly well for such liquid shampoos.
2. Smell – none of the 6 versions impressed me too much:
- it depends a lot on the type of shampoo
- most have a fresh/herbal smell
- the red version has a very strong scent, in my opinion
Basically – the smell of all 6 is okay, but not amazing. I would say it’s just tolerable.
Conclusion: The texture of all 6 shampoos is a bit too liquid and transparent. But all of them foam pretty well.
The smell is mostly herbal – not great, but not terrible either.
#3. How They Work (8 out of 10)
To be honest – I have only tried one Ryeo shampoo for a while (the red one).
1. Red Version – Here’s what I can tell about how it works:
- Nourishes the hair really well.
- My hair ends were much silkier and smoother than before.
- You need to use it about 4-5 times to see a bigger change.
- In terms of hair loss – it didn’t help me a lot.
- My hair was still falling out pretty massively (probably because the cause was internal).
So I personally liked the red Ryeo – but just in terms of nourishing.
When it comes to hair loss, I couldn’t see a big difference. So I would probably not recommend it for that.
2. Other Versions – Even though I haven’t tried the others, I checked out other opinions.
So here’s what people say:
- They decrease hair loss for some – but for others, they are useless
- The green one doesn’t reduce sebum secretion
- However, it decreases dandruff
- The brown version increases volume – but only in the first day
Now – these are just some of the reviews I read.
But overall – opinions are mixed about these Ryeo shampoos. That’s why it’s hard for me to make a clear opinion.
#4. How To Apply It (9.50 out of 10)
Just like most products, all 6 Ryeo shampoos are super easy to apply.
But there’s one problem:
- the label is only in Korean
- so you can’t understand the instructions
Now – I don’t think it’s really hard to apply a shampoo without checking the label.
But it could provide useful info – like how long to let it sit, how much to apply, etc.
Anyway – apply it just like any other shampoo:
- Add it in your hair and massage with fingers
- Rinse carefully.
As I said – all 6 shampoos are very liquid and you might think you need a larger quantity.
But that’s just an impression – because they lather very well. So don’t worry too much – these shampoos are as easy to use as any others.
#5. Sizes (8 out of 10)
Now – on out market, you can only find these shampoos in 2 forms:
- 13.5 oz (400 ml)
- 16.9 oz (500 ml)
I haven’t checked their official website because it’s in Korean and I can’t understand a thing.
But they might have some other sizes besides these 2.
So the only downside I can see here is that there’s no larger bottle – like 20 or 25 oz.
Many shampoos also have a larger size – and the overall price is much better. So that’s the only thing I would change about Ryeo shampoo’s sizing.
#6. Price (10 out of 10)
Honestly – Ryeo has one of the best prices I’ve seen in shampoos lately:
- a bottle costs around $15 (depending on the version)
- it has at least 13.5 oz
- on Amazon, they have special offers with shampoo + conditioner for about $25
Regarding the conditioner – you can’t really find it alone on Amazon, from what I’ve seen.
But in my opinion – the pack of shampoo + conditioner is a pretty good deal overall.
Plus – I don’t think these shampoos could be cheaper than that.
So if you don’t want to pay a lot for a high quantity – Ryeo is one of the best choices.
Now that you know the main things about Ryeo shampoos – it’s time to take a quick look at each version.
What it can offer, how it helps, why it’s better that others, etc.
1. Red Shampoo For Damaged Hair + Hair Loss
- It’s based on natural proteins, red ginseng and Hambit extract.
- It’s meant to strengthen follicles and hair roots.
- Can also prevent split ends – as long as you use a good styling tool
- The Hambit extract is responsible for smoothing the hair
- It’s recommended to use it with the red conditioner and treatment – for a faster effect
2. Green Shampoo For Oily Hair + Dandruff
- Designed to control sebum secretion and cleanse the hair deeply.
- From what I read, it helps greasy hair on the long term.
- Besides dandruff, you can also use it for itching or psoriasis (it calms down the irritation).
- Also comes together with the conditioner – but in this case, it’s not a must using them together.
- I couldn’t find a lot about the ingredients.
3. Purple Shampoo For Sensitive Scalp + Hair Loss
- Best for hair loss caused by stress, scalp irritations or nutrition problems.
- Really calms down irritations.
- It’s based on Korean ginseng, green tea and licorice.
- From what I read, it also increases hair shine.
- This seems to be the 3rd generation of purple shampoos (so they have an improved formula).
4. Brown Shampoo For Volume And Strengthening
- Works great for silky or thin hair that has no volume.
- Based on Biotite, ginseng and a complex of aminoacids.
- The formula manages to lift up hair roots – so that’s how it adds extra volume.
- There’s also a brown conditioner – but it’s the shampoo that makes most of the job.
5. Black Shampoo Against Hair Aging
- It’s more of a revitalizing product – doesn’t treat a certain problem.
- Works best for either dry or normal scalp.
- Improves your hair’s general health and strength.
- Compared to the other versions, it doesn’t work as fast (more of a long term product).
6. White Shampoo For Oily Scalp
- It’s best for hair that is really greasy (helps with prevention).
- Doesn’t dry out the hair at all.
- Contains 5 types of ginseng and Ohmae extract.
- Also calms down irritated scalp.
#7. Final Conclusions
Here’s how I would sum up these Ryeo shampoos.
1. Extremely Natural – compared to American products, these shampoos seem totally different:
- most ingredients are herbal or natural extracts
- each shampoo has a herbal smell
- they also have a different texture (more liquid)
Now – I can’t tell if they’re organic or not, since the label is only in Korean.
But they surely have more natural ingredients than our shampoos.
2. Really Cheap – paying around $15 for 16 oz is great, in my opinion.
That’s what makes Ryeo shampoos some of the cheapest ones I reviewed recently.
3. May Work Or Not – obviously, results are mixed:
- they worked great for some people
- while for others, they didn’t have any results
- in my case, the red shampoo helped nourishing the hair – but it didn’t stop my hair loss
So I can’t tell if if these shampoos are going to work for you – it really depends.
But I don’t think you’re losing too much trying them out.
My Verdict – Are Ryeo Shampoos Worth It?
Short answer: Pretty much.
Now – they’re not the best shampoos I tried. But considering the price – I think they’re worth the money:
- mostly have natural ingredients
- a high quantity for the money
- different texture than American shampoos
Plus – they come in at least 6 different versions. So you can choose the one that fits your hair best:
- Damaged hair that falls out
- Greasy hair with dandruff
- Sensitive scalp with hair loss
- Thin hair without volume
- Oily scalp
So overall – I do recommend these Ryeo shampoos.
Though they’re not the shampoos I constantly use, they’re surely a great deal for someone with a small budget who want a quality product.