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!
I have 2b-c hair, color treated and fairly dry. For whatever reason, the back of my hair always felt "crispy". I assumed this was dryness and tried all kinds of moisturizing treatments to fix it. Worked slightly, but not completely. I decided to give aphogee a shot, thinking maybe protein was what my hair needed. I think it is fairly easy to apply this, I focused on the damaged parts and then used a blow dryer to get it completely hardened. The scent is not pleasant, but not killer either. Then I rinsed and applied Matrix Biolage Cera repair hydratherapie (in the vials) and kept that on for 20 min and rinsed. My hair was dramatically smoother. I now do aphogee every 4 weeks or so. Highly Recommend!!
I found out about this product when searching youtube for tips on how to fix my over bleached hair. I frantically tried to find it but couldnt as i live in the UK and SALLY'S over here hadnt even heard of it. Later i came across it on ebay for around £12. 1stly let me describe my hair. I used to go to a salon but then decided that it would be cheaper to do my hair myself. I bought a loreal xxl pure platnum kit which left my hair white with a light orange tinge so i put a nice n easy beige blonde over the top and it left me with a really nice colour and my hair was not particularly damaged at this point. Underneath I also used a xxl black perminent hair dye (which i would not advise using unless you plan on being this colour forever as it is a nightmare to get out, as i later discovered!) My fist hair disaster came when i tried to bleach out the black using the xxl pure platnum, 1st bleach made it orange, I must have repeated this process around 5 or 6 times all over the space of 2 days, eventually my hair was a yellow colour with red bits in it for some reason, maybee reminants of the black dye? The final bleach i used was a jerome russel bleach (the strongest 40% vol peroxide and blue bleach powder) after reading some stupid advice on the internet. This completely killed my hair and i only reached yellow not the desireed platnum and i had to have the underneath copletely cut off ending up with a cute pixie stylle which fortunatley suited me. I also had a severely scalded scalp from all the bleach and alomast bald patches. I had to apply hydroquarterzone cream to my scalp plus aqueus cream as a suspect i gave myself reactive dermititis, never again! The top of my hair was in reasonable condition at this point until i started overlapping the bleach (bleaching over the already bleached areas instead of just bleaching my regrowth). Upon my 4th application of bleach my hair broke off in parts at the top near my parting leaving little spikes :(. I have bought some very expensive phyto treatments to reduce breakage such as phytorum shampoo (costs £10) which slightly reduced breakage as it contains egg protien and phytojoba to increase moisture which wasnt that great and tbh i wouldnt but it again, especially since it cost £19. After trying a wella infusions keratin treatment which resulted in slight but temporary improvement and a homemade egg yolk olive oil treatment with the same results i concluded that my hair needed protien. The ends of my fringe are the most damaged part of my hair and i cannot straighten them without them frazzling. I thought that aphogee might improve this as otherwise there was no choice but to chop them off. I started by doing a strand test as i didnt want to damage my hair further and i know that too much protien can cause the hair to go hard causing more breakage (basically the same result as if you run your fingers through hair that has gel in it). I used a deep oil treatment on dry hair (a mix of V05 hot oil for damaged hair, olive oil and blue magic coconut oil and wheat germ) i heated this in the microwave on a low heat until warm annd covered my hair in it, reserving a little (about 5 tbsp). I then covered with a plastic cap (i used clingfilm lol!) and sat for around half an hour. I then washed this out with phytonectar moisturising shampoo. I mixed the protien treatment with water (about half and half) and a tsp of the oil i reserved as i did not want to risk drying out my hair. I then applied it to a section of my hair and used a blow dryer on the medium heat and power setting until it set, it was not rock hard just sticky, the oil had made a film on the outside. The hair basically felt like it had gel on it. I didnt touch it too much as i didnt want to cause extra breakage. I then applied the after moisturiser for about half an hour under a plastic cap as i didnt think 2 mins would be enough as my hair felt slightly rough after washing (but no more rough than if id used a non-moisturising shampoo). I then blowdried the section on a low heat. It felt slighly greasy (probably due to the oil) but noticably stronger and more bouncy, breakage reduced. I have now applied the product to the rest of my hair in the same way as when i did my strand test only i used more oil (5 tsp in the mix and a little extra on top) and after the moisturising conditioner i used the John Frieda Frizz Ease Reinforce Strengthening Triple Creme Mask which i love as it is mega moisturising and not too expensive, around £5.50 (used under a plastic cap for around an hr). My advice when using this product is DO A STRAND TEST, not many hairdressers in the uk have heard of this product but despite this my hairdresser gave me this advice. a strand test is important to determine whether or not your hair needs the extra protien, if not it will go dry and break as this treatment sucks out the moisture. If you do a strand test and it doesnt suit your hair the worst that can happen is some breakage in a small area which is no where near as much of a disaster as all over your hair. also PLEASE MOISTURISE AFTER!, I am marking the product down as it does not stress the importance of this. All hairdressers advise using a conditioner after a protien treatment, however, DO NOT USE A MOISTURISER WHICH CONTAINS PROTIEN (or keratin or egg yolk which are forms of protien). After the conditioner i used the aphogee 2 min keratin treatment as there was still breakage (you probably wont need this if you dont add water and oil to the protien treatment and leave in until rock hard) then conditioned again, and used a ton of leave in conditioner. I must say my hair feels thicker. Although straightening my hair still leaves my frazzled ends feeling rough as before they do not stretch and fall out as much even when i tugg on them. This did not completely restore my hair so i might do the treatment again just on the really damaged parts and see how it goes. Not a miracle in a bottle but a good product!
I didn't try this out myself but I got it for my mom.
She was about to get persuaded by these women at our hair salon to get this $150 hair treatment and I'm sure it would've worked well too but I told her I'd try to find her something good myself (aka look on MUA =) )
Then I ran across this b/c of the reviews.
My mom tried it this weekend and she loved it! She has color treated hair so it's kind of damaged.
She said it was a lot softer and made me feel it myself and it was really soft! Maybe I'll try this out myself too.
I just used this product for the first time yesterday...and i am going to try to give my synopsis of how I used it and what it did to my hair.
MY HAIR: I have long (mid back), curly/coarse african american hair. it is natural and the only chemical treatment that i have is color (black) and I am in the process of growing it out. My hair is really thick and coarse but it is also very fragile and prone to breakage. It is also about time for a trim so my ends look a little frayed if my hair is flat ironed bone straight
THE PROCESS: i washed my hair with two different shampoos, not Aphogee. once my hair was towel dried i combed through it in 4 sections and I applied the product in 4 sections. the directions say that you should comb the product through ur hair after it is applied, i found that this did not work in my hair because the product makes the hair sticky almost. so i combed it before i applied it and then i rubbed my hair through my hands to get the product to lather so it could be distributed evenly (gently so my hair does not tangle at all). you will need a towel on your shoulders. afterwards i sat under the drier for about 45 minutes until my hair was hard...DO NOT TRY TO MOVE YOUR HAIR, IT WILL BE HARD AS A ROCK. then i rinsed it out and applied the Aphogee conditioner (with another conditioner mixed in to get rid of the smell)
AFTER STRAIGHTENING: the ends of my hair look a lot better....I really cant tell if it improved the overall health because I have a ton of hair and its in pretty good shape (or it appears that way) but i was told that it does reduce breakage and shedding so I will get you all know after a few weeks the results. but i def think anyone with hair issues should try it! its simple and easy and i think it will work!!!!
UPDATE: my hair is shedding the same as always, but I have not washed and restraightened...I will update after my next treatment (6 weeks)
ANOTHER UPDATE: It has been one month since I have used this treatment, I will be using it again in two weeks. I have noticed that there is a lot less fall out in my hair. I think I will see more prolonged and noticeable results over time. I have also trimmed my hair recently, which also improved the overall look of it. One thing I can say is that is appears to straighten a little better...or...it does not react to heat/moisture in the same way it did pre-treatment...it is very hot where I live and I can be outside all day and my hair does not get nearly as frizzy as it did prior to using this, hopefully it will continue to calm down the frizz with extended use. I will try a few more applications and re-update in a few months, i dont think one time will allow me to have a full picture :)
I started dying my hair about 5 years ago, at the age of 15, but the effects of the frequent dying never really caught up to me until this year. Even though I stopped dying it at the age of 17 and began only getting highlights every 6-8 weeks, my hair is now thin, straw-like, and breaks very easily at the ends. I tried all different kinds of shampoos, conditioners, leave-in treatments, but my hair remained the same. Then after reading so many wonderful reviews about this product, I decided to stop by Sally's Beauty Supply and purchase a small package of this product, intended for one-time usage.
I followed the instructions and utilized some of the tips that I read on these reviews. After 3 hours, I gently rinsed out the protein treatment and applied the conditioner, which I left on for 1 hour. After I rinsed that out, I used Aussie's 3 minute conditioner and waited for my hair to air dry.
My hair looked and felt exactly the same as it did before the treatment, but I didn't let it discourage me, because I read that it sometimes took a few days to see any improvement. Well here I am, one month later, and my hair is still exactly the same as it was before I applied the first step of the treatment.
I was extremely disappointed and have pretty much lost all hope in restoring my hair. I'm now looking into other, more expensive treatments, but I don't think anything can save my hair.
First off I have to say this stuff stinks like horse urine or something very similar! The packaging is not the best, but...all that not withstanding this stuff does PHENOMENAL things for my hair! I regularly abuse my hair with chemical, dyes and heat but after a treatment with this my hair is incredibly soft and manageable, feels and looks healthy. I decant this into a spray bottle for easier application. Will continue to repurchase as long as I have hair!