The first time I tried Aphogee, I had a good laugh. Not because the product doesn't work, but because it works all too well. For $4.99/bottle, it just shows what is possible if you have a customer base that refuses to pay exorbitant prices for a hair restructuring/conditioning treatment. The customers who made Aphogee are the girls in the hood, not suburban soccer moms who don't know any better. My hair was extremely damaged from multiple dyeing/stripping over highlighted hair (to make a long story short, it started with trying to tone highlighted hair with a color that made it turn red, and trying to fix it from there.) It became really thin and like doll hair, and I was concerned it would just break off. I heard about Aphogee and got it from Sally Beauty Supply. It does really work to save extremely damaged hair by coating it with protein. I didn't find the smell bad either, maybe they've changed the formula? It IS messy, but I can live with that once a week. After applying you are supposed to dry the hair completely, ideally with a hood hair dryer, but I don't have one so just use a small handheld one. As the hair dries it first turns sticky, then stiff and crunchy. That's how you can see that Aphogee is really something different. You are supposed to let it dry completely, then rinse and follow with a deep conditioner (you do have to use a deep conditioning treatment immediately afterwards, but not necessarily the one that Aphogee makes.) After using for the first time, my hair looked nearly "normal" again, and although I wasn't kidding myself that I was out of the woods yet, it at least was not in danger of breaking anymore. After my hair is back to normal, I'll continue using it at least 1x/month and maybe can get it to actually grow longer (I heard that hair will not grow past a certain point when it gets damaged).
bleached HALF of my waist length hair (obviously i did not know what i was doing).
*my hair was fried fried Fried!
*pourous to the max!
*looked and felt Ugly period!
i tried this treatment for a 3months twice a wk not every 6wks as everyone states to use. didn't notice any difference on the bleached hair ALTHOUGH, the other half of my hair was silky and feeling great! i got impatient and ended cutting my hair very short(just long enough to cover my ears).
*my hair is silky and strong
*growing extremely fast!!
(i still use TWICE A WEEK)
This product is an absolute HG miracle for damaged hair. I use this every 6 weeks, followed by a moisturizing conditioner and it has saved my hair. If you highlight, bleach or relax your hair you MUST use this. Beats Nexxus Emergencee by a landslide, tho that product is good as well.
The only con is it smells a but and is a PITA to use. But worth it. Oh, so worth it.
This is a good protein treatment to "strengthen" hair not soften it. It reduces breakage, split ends and shedding. It will not repair extremely damaged hair, the only solution for that is to cut the damaged hair out! For slightly damaged hair and brittle hair, it works! But becareful with it and only use once every 6 weeks as if used more than that you could experience adverse effects.
I have used this on my extremely, extremely damaged hair and it didnt do anything miraculous to save my hair.I tried it again a week after thinking maybe i had not done it properly and my hair was falling in the shower whilst rinsing it out! Thats why i warn you to use it Sparingly!
I have since cut the damaged hair out and am growing my hair out naturally. I use this every other month and it really helps keep my hair really strong and prevents split ends. (I have dry brittle hair naturally)
Tips: make sure you dry it 100% for the full affects. Even though the top feels dry and hard, poke your fingers through to the under layers to feel for dampness and stickiness. If it is still sticky, you'll have to continue blowdrying.
Rinse well and Condition very well after! Do not use any condiotners or masks that contain any protein because you risk creating a protein overload in your hair. Look for 'hydrating' masks and avoid anything 'repairing' as it may contain protein. I dont use the conditioner in this line as i dont feel that it's moisturing enough.
I use a vinegar rinse after to rinse out residues and seal my cuticles.
I will continue to use every 2 months or so to keep my hair in tip top shape.
The best way to describe the smell is this: when I came out of the bathroom with the protein treatment on my hair, our dog came running! She was sniffing everywhere, and when she realized it was my hair, she went nuts! She was wagging and sniffing, and I had to close her out of the room... If you know anything about what smells dogs like, you'll have a clear picture of the odor in this product.
After using it and blowing my hair out normally, I can say my hair is fuller & shiny. It is not, however, soft, and, as others have stated, the smell lingers/wreaks. I'll post a follow-up review in a week or so to report on any lasting benefits. For now, I can't see using this again. continued >>
I have thin, thin, fine, fine hair. It is dry no matter how much conditioner I put on it - and Ithave tried just about everything. I tried this product based on the reviews and I was glad I did. It works. My hair looked so much better and felt great after just the first time. I am looking forward to seeing the results after using on a regular basis.
Yea! I got the bright idea to bleach my relaxed hair. Ok so it was time for damage control.
I am considering cutting my ends off because they are the driest, but I used this first to see if a overdose of protein would help first.
1.This this sticky and smells like a butt.
2. It makes your hair extra crunchy like you dipped it in a tub of gel. ( I though that was pretty cool).
3. It works
The condition of my hair improved significantly and I am happy. But I think I should still cut my ends because its been forever since I had a hair cut. I will continue to purchase this. I took a lippie off because it is so freaking messy. It should be put in a spray bottle.
Oh I did not use the Aphogee conditioner because that doesn't work for me. I used my home made DC.
I have been using this once for about 2 years now. At first I did do it once a month for a while but after this and a few other changes got my hair got back into better condition I have tapered it off to every two months. This product has transformed my hair!!!! I am bi racial and I could never get my hair below my shoulders it would always shed break off ect. I stopped getting relaxers,doing this treatment,and mini trims every 8 wks and my hair is now down to about to the back of my bra no kidding.Yeah the girl that has never had hair past my shoulders even during pregnancy. My hair has never been so long in my life. I would recommend this to ANYONE that has had ANY kind of chemical service EVER done on their hair and esp to bi racial and or African American females that have a problem with their hair growing. I once fell asleep with the conditioner in my hair and was afraid that the alcohol would maybe dry it out but it turned out even better then it has before.It was sooo soft. I do recommend this used properly on conjunction with the conditioner suggested since I have used it with other conditioners when I ran out and I can say it does give you a more silky finish when used with their suggest conditioner. This is called a two-step for a reason people.This is one of my top products in my bathroom like seriously. Ladies also if you bleach/highlight your hair you need this. When blow drying this on my hair it does get really hard like I used a lot of mouse and my hair is scrunched. I blow dry it until it is dry do not let this air dry I did that once and thats a different story. Be careful when you rinse since your hair is so hard. But it's no big deal there is ladies complaining about that its seriously no big deal for what this does to your hair if used properly. So do it and toughen up.It is a litlle messy just be sure to have a towel handy and it's a little smell,it smells like soy sauce,but it's sooooooooo worth it.
EDIT...still useing this every two months with wonderful results. I can't stop raving about this product also make sure you rinse your hair VERY good for a while. If all of the product is not rinsed out you will get unmanageable hair and rough spots where the product remained. I just wanted to add that tip I feel thats very important and didnt want to leave that out I'm sure it will help a anyone who might have had a bad experiance and didnt know why.
I treat my hair very nicely. I use a seamless comb, I shampoo only a few times a year, and I don't use heat or chemical treatments like perms or dye. But I still get a ton of split ends, and the last couple inches of my hair start feeling crunchy about 4 months after a haircut. I have curly hair with medium-width strands that are somewhat porous but naturally shiny. Most of the reviews here seem to be from women who bleach their hair frequently, but I was curious to see if the Aphogee protein treatment would help my "virgin" hair. Well, after using this treatment, my hair is still a little snaggly at the ends, but otherwise I have more volume and curl, and less frizz. I moved recently to a very dry climate, and my hair had become pretty flat due to the lack of humidity. But this product restored my combination of 3b/2a (spiral curls/wavy), which had previous slipped into 3a/1 (mild curls/straight. So, I'm very satisfied with this product, and I will continue to use it as needed.
As for actually using this product... First off, I just used the "step 1" protein treatment, followed by my own conditioner. There's no need to buy the whole Aphogee line. The smell isn't great, but it's quite tolerable. It just smells like somewhat rotten fruit. So, it's unpleasant, but far from disgusting. Before using the product, I washed my hair and scalp thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo, and towel-dried my hair. To apply the product, I transferred the contents of the original 16 oz bottle to a 16 oz dye applicator. The product is pretty runny, so the small tip makes application easier. Still, I think it's best to apply this treatment in the shower, for easy clean up. I divided my hair into a few sections, and worked the product into one section at a time. I used a very wide-toothed comb to make sure that my hair was saturated with the product from roots to ends. Since the dye applicator ticks off volume like a measuring cup, I could tell that I used only 2 oz on my hair, which reaches my mid back when wet. After applying the product, I looped my hair into two half-pigtails (you know, when you don't pull the hair all the way through the ponytail holder, so the hair forms a loop). While your hair shouldn't be flying all over the place as the product dries, your hair won't break off or anything if it moves a little bit. I then used a hand-held hair dryer to dry my hair. I had to use low heat to keep from burning my ears, and it took about an hour to dry. I had to keep gently moving my hair in order to dry it thoroughly. When it was dry, I simply rinsed it out and applied my usual conditioner. The treatment rinsed out easily, although the smell lingered on. Fortunately, it dissipated completely overnight. While using this product has a lot of steps, each step is pretty easy. continued >>