There is nothing- NOTHING more sexy that sitting across from your date at a candlelit dinner watching him watching you as your new blonde hair falls out of your head and onto your decollete.
However, I am sexy enough. So I decided to try to put an end to this lest there be men chasing after me in the streets.
I went straight to the source, MUA. Though you never let me down, I must admit that after reading the accolades for this product I was sceptical. "These miracles just don't happen to me." I thought woefully as I read rave after rave.
But they did.
My hair has been dyed, fried and laid to the side. What was once a black glossy mane is now a bright light blonde "pouf" reminiscent of cotton candy in texture. I love it. Except the afore mentioned falling out of my scalp. Oh... and the fact that it looked... well.. fried.
I only used the protein step and followed up with a Nexxus moisturizer (couldn't find the Aphogee conditioner intended for use after this.).
I put it on (made a huge mess but that's how I do) and just kind of piled my now mid-neck length hair on my head. I used a blow dryer on hot/medium. Took about 15 minutes to get hard (insert stupid dirty joke here). Washed it out, applied the Nexxus, and actually combed that through and left it in until later in the day.
My hair is amazingly improved. It is glossy (as glossy as bleached blonde dark brown/black hair can be) and feels like I can run my fingers through it without taking a good percentage of it with me!
In regard to the scent (or odor) - this smells like overripe fruit. Not great but I've put up with worse for less.
Thank you MUA and if you're thinking about trying this -do!
WOW! I purchased the one-time use packets to prepare my hair from going from natural black to platinum. I used it the night before my stylist lifted my hair. I only used half of the product because my hair is short, so I saved the rest for after the treatment. She had to bleach it twice and then tone it to remove the brassy colour. After that my hair was left frizzy and coarse.
I didn't wash my hair for the past 3 days to let my scalp settle. I just washed my hair and did the treatment and my hair is almost back to it's pre-platinum feeling! It's much less frizzy (my hair was always a little frizzy after blow drying) and actually has shine to it. It's amazing! I am going to invest in the bottles of this product next because I am planning on keeping my hair platinum for a while.
The smell is a little offensive, almost sour, but who cares if my hair feels smooth again!
This is the only thing that has stopped breakage in my hair. I have had a lot of breakage occurring at the crown part of my head due to daily straightening, etc. The smell is not that bad at all, just weird but not bad. I wish it was not as runny though, because while drying it with the treatment in it runs all over my body and is very unpleasant and sticky. Washes off very easily, makes styling much faster, and hair look healthier. I use it in combination with other products and treatments in between though, so I am not saying that this product on its own is enough if you want to repair your hair. I will buy it again.
This product is one of the best treatments for over-processed/bleached/damaged/broken hair and I have used everything from drug store products to other beauty-store products. Over the years, my hair has taken a lot of abuse as I have used high-lift hair dyes, bleach, high volume peroxide and demi-permanent dyes in an attempt to make my dark brown/black hair lighter. Coupled with a poor diet, my hair was damaged and breaking off. My once thick and coarse hair was also getting visibly thinner. Whenever I ran my hands through my hair or took a shower, huge gobs of it would come out in my hand.
In an act of desperation, I decided to try Aphogee. While the process is time consuming (do not touch your hair while you have the product in!) and the product does smell pretty gross, the end result was worth it as my hair feels stronger, thicker, and breakage has been reduced! When I run my hands through my hair now, only a few strands of hair come out now rather than gobs of it. I followed the treatment up with a Garnier moisturizing hair mask and my hair feels so much better and is on its way to a full recovery. I plan to do this treatment again in another 4-6 weeks in hopes that my hair will be even stronger and healthier. If you are desperate, give Aphogee a try. If you don't have Aphogee, another short-term fix that can help is a raw egg yolk mask. Before Aphogee, I used to use raw egg yolk on my hair and leave it on for 30 minutes and it also helped restore some strength back into my hair.
Here's the story of my hair...
I dye it every 6 to 8 weeks and since I'm trying to grow this sucker out, I am not big on getting haircuts...even trims.
I went to an Aveda salon last week and they messed up on my hair so bad that I had to go back a week later to get it fixed. My hair was already borderline suffering after the first visit, that the second visit left my hair fried.
I use Pureology and/or Enjoy shampoo and conditioners in my hair (I need sulfate free products for my scalp condition) and even they won't fix.
After reading the reviews on this product, I just had to try it since my hair was not responding to the Moroccan Oil serum after 2 weeks of use (I'm still buying it in hopes it will help but I need to find something else).
I got the sample packet because since I've been so skeptical with products, I didn't want to have to go back and return it.
The actual protein treatment smells like cat piss. I almost puked like 4x it was so bad. I don't know how some of you could stand it but it was horrible. I was hopeful though. After drying (I blow dried it and waited for another 30 minutes or so), I ran into the shower and rinsed it off...
...instantly I felt a difference in my hair all over. I applied the conditioner/moisture packet it came with and wow my hair feels like I just got a haircut. It's truly amazing stuff. I followed up with my Pureology conditioner.
Very happy with the results. You all need to try this if you have extremely dried or overly processed hair!
Amazing. I am almost speechless. I am compulsive with dying/bleaching my hair and I had thought it was destroyed beyond hope. After using this my hair is silky and soft and doesn't have that sticky feeling it usually has when it is wet. It also dries SO much faster. I recommend this for anyone with damaged hair. Don't even think about it, just go out and buy this stuff. You won't regret it!
This is truly a miracle product! I started using about 8 months ago and has pretty much eliminated breakage & excess shedding. I have thick hair and have been bleaching for almost 8 years.. am amazed I have any hair left at all lol! I'd always see a ton of blonde hair on the bathroom floor, car seat, shower drain, and ofcourse in comb or brush when I blowdry. I would leave a trail of blonde hair where ever I'd go! This product has virtually eliminated shedding/breakage. I get maybe 2-3 strands in comb when I detangle, and no more blonde bundles on floor. I use every 4-6 weeks, immediately after bleaching (before toning). The smell is horrible, application is messy, and the process is very lengthy (takes me about 2 hours). The entire ordeal is a huge P.I.T.A. however the results are amazing and it is definitely worth it if you have chemically processed/bleached/damaged hair. This is definitely HG of protein treatments for me!
It doesn't get any better than this product. I use it once every 6 weeks. Yes the smell is awful but it's worth it.
I don't own the bottles, but rather purchased the packets to try it on the recommendation from my hairstylist. I always passed this up prior for whatever reason, and was surprised to hear her RAVE reviews of a product that came from Sally Beauty Supply. Anyhow, this stuff is like a lifesaver. You leave the first step on until it gets uber crispy and dries on your hair (don't touch your hair during this step), rinse with warm water, then put on the moisturizer for 2 minutes, rinse, and you're done. The ONLY con is the horrendous smell of the protein treatment, but I don't care about it. The stuff works. Highly recommended on any highlighted/bleached/colored hair. Will continue to use every 6 weeks.
this stuff is heaven in a bottle for overprocessed hair. i had black hair that i had been dying level 1 for two years. i wanted to go back to my natural color which is a level 9 blonde. obviously that's impossible. i went and stripped my hair three times in one day. that left my hair okay, then the next day i went and put 20v bleach in it for a bit. when i washed it out my hair was FRIED. we did a few soap caps to try to lift it a bit more without frying my hair too bad. it didn't make it worse but it was still damaged. there was a bit of breakage but it wasn't falling out in chunks. just felt like straw basically. so i applied some of my it's a 10 treatment which helped slightly but of course, that isn't going to take my hair back to it's normal state. it was in desperate need of protein. so i went and got this. put it in my hair and let it dry for a few hours. when i washed it out my hair was much softer and didn't have nearly as bad of a hay-ish feeling as it did before. so the next day i went into school(cosmetology school if you were wondering!) and did another soap cap on my hair. applied aphogee AGAIN, followed by it's a 10 treatment which i left in my hair for a good two hours. washed it out and my hair practically feels like it used to. it's not baby soft but it's way better than it was right after i bleached. i know this stuff is saving me from a LOT of breakage, i'm so glad i discovered it. this is amazing for anyone who's bleached their hair too much that needs a quick fix. after my bleaching i've got my hair to a good level 6 reddish colour, which was what i had under the black. i'm gonna leave my hair alone for a few weeks and bleach it again after it feels a bit better. will be using aphogee again! this stuff is a bit pricey though, at 6 dollars at sallys for a small bottle. but for what it does it's WELL worth it!