What it is: From the Aphogee website:
“This unique treatment is formulated with magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. The result is that breakage is drastically reduced. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is a salon service product unlike any product available for at-home use. During the process, ApHogee treatment hardens into the hair, dramatic evidence that something special is occurring. For best results a hooded dryer is required. After rinsing and moisturizing with ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer, clients are astounded with the results. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment can help improve other salon services as well.
This remedial process is highly recommended for hair that: is too weak or fine to take a perm or relaxer (use the week PRIOR to service); is over-bleached; will not hold color (use PRIOR to color application); Breaks when combed or brushed; and/or is mushy when wet and brittle after drying.”
Why I love it: I bought this product at the behest of the makeupalley.com hair board after pleading with them for a miracle product to fix my sticky, porous, brittle hair, a product of overuse of evil Sun-In while at the beach and daily heat-styling. My hair was damaged from the tips to four inches below the roots– I would have had to have a bowl-cut if I wanted to cut out all the damage to prevent it from spreading further! There was no way I would allow this to happen.
Enter Aphogee. After shampooing my hair with Aphogee’s Shampoo for Damaged Hair, I shook up the Aphogee Two-Step Reconstructor and generously applied the yellow, watery product with my hands (warning: it smells like floral dirty kitty litter, but its totally worth it!). I used a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly through-out my hair, making sure the extra-damaged areas were thoroughly soaked. When my hair was combed into a position where I felt comfortable with it stay that way, I turned on my hair dryer with the setting on hot, but the fan on low. You do not want your hair to move at all once it starts becoming hard, as it may break more (although slight movements didn’t seem to harm my hair). The heat from the hairdryer bakes the protein into the damaged areas of the strands. Once the hair can’t get any harder (generally after an hour or two), rinse it out in the shower, and apply a very thick, deep conditioner. Leave in the deep conditioner for 5-15 mnutes with a towel wrapped around your head. Use the wide-tooth comb when you’re rinsing it out to detangle it. Let your hair air-dry; don’t heat-style afterwards– give your poor, damaged hair a break– and wait to see the miraculous change in your hair!
My hair was almost completely repaired! There is such an incredible difference in my hair that I can barely tell it was ever damaged. Its a little rough in the places that were incredibly damaged, but there was a 90% improvement in my hair. I’ll continue using the product monthly until the damage has grown out enough to be cut off. I’d highly recommend this product to ANYONE with brittle or sticky hair that is prone to breakage. It brought my hair from the brink of disaster!
(I really wish I took before and after pics of my hair because there is a visible difference in the amount of roughness/frizz/damage to the cuticle of the hair shaft. My hair is super-shiny and smooth now!)
Where to buy it (and how much): Sally’s Beauty Supply or any other hair supply store for $19.99 for 16 oz bottle or about $5.99 for a 4 oz bottle.