So this post is dedicated to the Dorra Slimming (Singapore). Here’s my review based on my experience with Dorra at Takashimaya outlet.
A while ago, I saw a steal deal on Deal.com.sg saying Dorra is giving away FREE voucher to try their 90-minute slimming treatment to celebrate their 1st Anniversary Launch in Singapore. Although I have no issue with my current body, but since it was FREE, I was like: Why not? Yes, blame me and my kiasu-ness.
This is how the voucher looks like: 100% off Dorra’s 1st Anniversary Launch in Singapore – FREE One Session of 90-Min Tummy, Hip or Thigh Slimming Treatment (Receive a $100 Treatment Voucher Upon Redemption)
Key things to note from the title:
1.100% off the treatment, that means FREE, $0
2. 90-min tummy, hip or thigh slimming treatment – meaning the duration i will have to sit through the treatment is 90 mins.
3. $100 treatment voucher upon redemption – meaning i will get a $100 voucher when i redeem this FREE voucher.
Now, let’s read the T&C:
– 90-min treatment includes consultation and treatment – Not a 90-min purely treatment huh? Okay, this is fine cos I didn’t really expect much from a free lunch
– $100 Treatment voucher is only redeemable after consultation and slimming treatment – meaning after i sit through 90 minutes of consultation and treatment, i will get a $100 treatment voucher.
Okay, so that’s all about the paper. Everyone told me i’m gonna experience the hard-selling thing so i’m kinda prepared of what i would need to go though.
So now, this is the real deal.
I came to Dorra on one of the Saturdays. The salon was empty (because it was still early in the morning i think) and was greeted by 2 girls. I told them i have an appointment with Agnes (who called me and booked me an appointment) and i was told to wait at the sofa. I was later ushered to a closed room for form filling of my personal particulars. Vicki was introduced to me and she took me to another room for weigh and height measuring. We then came back to the first room.
She started asking me questions regarding my lifestyle, my sizes, eating pattern and work schedule etc. Understand this is her job to get to know my personal lifestyle to give me an appropriate advice, however the way she asked me was literally annoying and disturbing.
V: Wah, you’re so fair. Are you a Singaporean?
M: No, Vietnamese?
V: Vietnanese ah? But you’re so fair?
V: I thought you’re Chinese?
First, she cannot pronounce Vietnamese properly. What’s with VIETNANese???!
Second, how should i understand her assumption about my nationality and my skin tone? Vietnamese must be dark or only Chinese can be fair? That’s slightly offended me.
V: What time you have breakfast?
M: 8 or 9AM, when i come to office
V: What time you have lunch?
M: From 12-2PM
V: What time you have dinner?
M: About 8-9PM
V: Wah, very late dinner
M: That’s when i knock off from work
V: You work until so late? It’s shopping time le
First, from the breakfast time, she could have already known I start work from 8-9, that means i will end work at around 6-7. Given the fact that we are working in Singapore, the most-stressful workplace in the world, it’s not uncommon to OT for 1 or 2 extra hours. However, never mind that because I have already explained to her "that’s when i knock off from work". Why does she have to stress that it’s "shopping time"? Does she have low EQ or what? If people can get out of work early an spend every evenings shopping, they won’t have any tummy or fatty problem that they have to go to Dorra slimming yea? And it was purely annoying when she acts as if i was the only person in this Singapore who works until that hour. Let me tell you my dear, I have to thank goodness that i end work at 7 everyday okay. If I told you i used to work from 10 – 10, sometimes 1, 2AM everyday, will your eyeballs burst?
V: What’s your bottom size?
M: Well, i’m not sure. Mostly L, but i guess it depends on the brand. I wear S and M for some other brands as well. (Example: I’m wearing S for Cotton On, M for Esprit and L for Fox)
V: But what size you wear?
V: What’s your top size?
M: Depends on the brand too. I do wear size S, L, XL as well.
M: I really cannot tell you one definite size that I wear cos obviously i wear what it fits me and different brands come out with different measurements.
V: So you wear L when you want to be comfortable?
*Is she like an idiot?
M: *i just want to end this conversation. YEA!
Okay, here’s my take. Asking for the size is only for reference i think. Everyone knows clothing sizes are not standard. Similarly like shoes size, there are different measurements between US, UK, Asia and EU. When I buy a top or a bottom, sizes doesn’t matter to me that much since if I’m buying from a shop, I can try on to see if it fits. If i’m buying online, I will look at specific measurements. So why does a size should be of my concern? And as a consultant, you should be able to guess from my body. I’m not saying you have to assume but you can Guess and confirm with me.
V: What do you want to do treatment on
M: My thighs
*Need to ask meh?
M: Well, I think they can be smaller
V: When did you start having big thighs?
*Thinking, all awhile i’m like this. Never get fatter or smaller…
M: Since young, when I was born
V: Like 2 years ago?
*What the fuck? Does she mean i was only born 2 years ago?
M: No, since i was born
V: 5 years ago?
*I was fully persuaded i’m talking to an idiot so gave up
5. She explained to me about the fat molecules, all elements in my body then she asked me.
V: What do you think the heaviest?
V: What do you think the lightest?
*my answer didn’t match her script lol
V: You like soupie right, you always take fish soup
M: That’s right
V: What do you usually see on top of the fish soup?
M: Fish and water *Duh?!
V: Oh no, i mean … what about Chicken soup?
M: Chicken and soup?
V: Erm… do you see the fat bubbles floating? *Now, enforcing an answer LOL
V: So that’s the fat the lightest.
Okay, excuse me. What kind of fat are you talking about now. If it’s the bubble fat, I agree it’s light and floats on top of the soup. However, bear in mind, the yellow chicken fat that you can always find under the chicken skin or within the muscles it not floating on the surface. Yea?
What are you trying to sell to me?
And the rest of the consultation was just purely a torture. She lectured me and whenever i replied to something that’s not written in her script, she ignored my answer and went on and on with her presentation. I don’t need to be in this line or to go to other slimming centre to conclude that Vicki is an inexperienced consultation. There was not much she could help me with but annoying me with her inconsiderate tones.
She then asked me to take off my clothes for her to take pictures. I was super hesitant but she promised no-face and the pictures are only used for treatment purpose, i agreed. She printed out my pictures and explained to me that ALL MY CELLS ARE ALREADY SPOILT, that’s why i have cellulite and fats. She urged me: YOU’RE ONLY 24 AND YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN LIKE THIS. IT’S VERY DANGEROUS YOU KNOW DA DA DA DA. Can I just slap you? My bones are not wrapped by my skins and i know i have fats here and there. Is that happening with everyone else who is working and have little exercising? Why do you make it like it’s already the end of the world while i have some fats on my waist? Like seriously. And who are you to say my cells are already spoiled? Doctor – no. Dermatologist – no. Nutritionist – no. You are just simple a girl working in a beauty salon with no medical background and although you might have, I doubt it’s professionally-verified. So again, who are you to tell my my cells are spoilt? Try to bullshit others maybe?
The consultation was 60 minutes and i was both annoyed and sleepy. I couldn’t bother to hold myself together to listen to all her craps. There was countless time i felt like standing up and just walked out.
Finally, she talked to me about the package and it’s only 30 mins. *Yawn, disappointed, what’s new?. Now that she said the treatment contains only the hammer machine thing and whatever shit. Forgive me because i was one-legged in my dream already so i can’t remember what she was telling me then. And she said: give us a chance to apply the booster on you, you will see the immediate effect etc and etc. Basically the booster is like $300 and each treatment is from $250-350. She said i need 3 treatments, so it’s about 1k-2k. (Ok, you do the maths yea). Although i was half-day dreaming, i know what i was going and kept saying No all the way till i was ushered to the treatment room.
The moment i lied down, Vicki immediately asked me: So what, what are you thinking?
I thought she was just asking what was on my head, i replied: Nothing
V: Then why don’t you want to buy the package
M: I’ll think about it (*i still have a little courtesy left for her)
V: What do you need to think about?
M: I’ll consider if it’s worth my money da da da da (*try to bullshit)
V: It’s very effective you try first and you’ll know
M: I try means i have to fork out the money already right? That’s why i need to think about.
V: What do you need to think about? (DUH??!)
M: Vicki, it’s very simple and common sense. It’s like shopping, even before you spend your money to buy a shirt, you will need to think if you will nee the shirt, if the shirt fits you and if the price is worth buying. Same for your package, and we are talking about a big bulk of money, 1-2k, obviously i need to think about it.
V: But you have a problem and you need to fix it.
M: I have no problem. Because your voucher is free, that’s why i want to try. People give me a free shirt, even i don’t need but it’s free, so why not?
V: This is your problem because of … da da da… *going on again about the fats, water retention and whatever shits.
M: I’ll think about it *too tired to repeat what i have just said to her.
That was when she finished the treatment for one leg, she stopped and got closer to me asking me: SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT?
OMFG … I apologized to myself for letting myself going through this crap. I simply answered: So are you going to finish the treatment for the other leg for me? She said: Ok ok, let me take more gel first because i thought you will use the booster (worth $300) that’s why i didn’t take enough gel. Right, why suddenly you know how to assume now?
I managed to drive the conversation after that, asking her about her personal stuff and for that, she couldn’t interrupt me about What do you need to think about again. The whole treatment was just about 20 mins and Vicki took picture after the treatment. When we were back to the consultation room again, she showed me both before and after pictures and asked me if i have seen the difference. Seriously, no difference at all. I only see my legs after treatment shinier and a little bit toner probably due to the hammer machine thing. I said: not much difference. She raised her voice at me: WAH, Why don’t you see the difference? It’s smaller here and here and here. I was too fed up so i was like: yea, whatever. She then went on again about the package, persuaded me to buy or deposit, saying i will get a lot of promos and discounts that day as it was my first day to the salon. I said: Hey, i will think about it. If I want to buy, i will buy, i dont mind the money thing. I call you next week or you call me next week to follow up okay? It seems like my answer wasn’t expected again, she said: But most people have concern about the prices, that’s why we give you many discounts and promos on the first day. Truly a stewpid person she is.
Anyways, I managed to cut the craps short by saying: My friend’s coming to fetch me up, I’m having 10 mins left. She then rushed out writing my treatment card and there’s another girl entering the room called Grace. She brought a catalogue and tried to hard-sell to me again. I put him off with the same friend-coming reason and I just liberally stood up and walked out of the room. They then handed me a card from Gina – branch manager and asked me to call her. I was like: Okay, whatever, thanks for today, bye! and left and that’s it.
The moment i walked out of the salon i felt like i can breathe again.
So, that is the worst experience i have with a slimming salon. My friends are saying others like London Weight Management can be worse and that was so much enough. I don’t need any slimming treatment and will never go to one even if it’s free.
Unsurprisingly, I was not the only one who have bad experience with Dorra.
Check out these blogs too:
– Dorra Slimming hard sell
– Bad experience with Dorra Slimming
– Dorra Slimming review
– Dorra Slimming
So, my conclusion is: DON’T EVER COME TO DORRA. You get another but annoyance and anger. The staff is inexperienced, inconsiderate and rude. The service is not working/effective at all. There’s literally no reason to get a treatment there unless you are stupid and you are cheated.
By the way, I’d like to introduce Musee – a Japanese salon who offers IPL service and stuff. That’s a definition of a good one. Bought a hair removal deal with them and their service has been good so far. My first time i was there, they asked me whether i will be interested in other package but once i said No, they didn’t ever ask again. The staff is so much more friendly and professional. Highly recommended Musee.