i don't think this product did much difference to my hair. i can easily use other cheaper treatments/conditioner out there and get the same or even better results. the smell was alright, not too strong. i usually leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse off with cold water. my hair didn't feel extra softer and shinier or whatsoever.
I have long hair (middle of my back) and I used to get my hair bleached and dyed a LOT, which I really regret doing because my hair is so damaged. It's also tangly because it's so long and dry. I stopped dying my hair around 8 months ago to give it a rest. I went to Trade Secret and this girl talked me into buying this. I like the way it smells.. kind of like banana nut bread and coconuts. I see a BIG but short lived difference in my hair if I use this in conjunction with the Joico Moisturizer Intensive Moisture Treatment. I leave it in for 10 mins and rinse with cold water. My hair becomes a lot softer, smoother, and easier to comb through. My ends normally feel like a broomstick and this softens it. These good results last like a day or maybe 2. I've been using these products for over 3 months and haven't seen long lasting results or a big change even, but I love the way my hair looks/feels the entire day after I use this and the Moisturizer Intensive Moisture Treatment so I'm pretty sure when I run out I'll buy some more.
This reconstructor is great! I dyed my hair black, decided I wanted to go platnium blonde, my hair dresser stripped my hair, and after 6 months of going in to get highlights i finally had platnium blonde hair. Then, guess what, I decided I looked bad with blonde hair so I dyed it back black! Amazingly, my hair is still soft and shiny with no split ends...I think this is due to the fact that my hair is naturally very oily. With this reconstructor, using it once a week, I can make sure my over processed hair stays soft and strong.
I've been using this reconstructor for several months, in conjunction with Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm, and Kerastase leave-in reconstructors. Previously, every time I brushed my hair, I would have a little shower of one inch pieces that would break off the ends. I have colored my hair for years, and while I have strong, thick, oily locks, I guess after a certain point it wanted to go live on a person who did not color it or flat iron it. I had low expectations-- after all, your hair is dead material and there is only so much you can do. My hair felt different the first time I used it (it felt stronger-- not sure how else to describe it), and after a couple of uses, I do not have a blizzard of broken ends on my clothes and in my bathroom. My hair is getting even longer as a result. For me, this has been a holy grail product that is helping me to avoid what I fear most at the salon-- scissors. Try this 2 or 3 times a week in addition to a deep conditioner. I think this last crop of dead ends is eventually going to have to go, but the way the rest of my hair feels makes me confident that I can have the waist-length fiery hair I've always dreamed of.
This stuff is just okay, in my opinion. Joico products feel nice and I like the fact that they are near odor-less, but they really don't do very much for my hair.
The sunsilk cheap conditioners and leave-ins (the no-fall, anti-caida is the richest) work a lot better for less.
So I would never use this for seriously distressed hair.
In terms of reconstructors, my absolute favorite is Aphogee (the one you blow-dry and let harden on your hair). This isn't a pin on that, which can totally transform fried locks, even if you've already reached the mush-y stage. If Aphogee (similar to nexxus emergenC but better, stronger) doesn't help you, start thinking haircuts. (however aphogee does smell terrible and I hate the texture -- still, the results are worth it, it's my HG post-processing). I also like the redken pump spray for "quickie" reconstructing. And a very light mist of Infusium 23 as a leave-in, to camouflage whatever frayed strands may be left.
I've tried lots of Joico products -- and rather like the conditioners for colored hair, although again, there are cheaper better lines -- but so far, not one has been a stand-out for me.
I wasn't initially ver impressed with this product, in fact we have a complicated history. The first time I used K-Pak's reconstructore I was 17 and niave and it was sold to be under the giuse of a deep conditioner NOT a reconstructor. As my hair is naturally curly, I deep condition my hair every day which, of course, resulted in dryness, brittleness and breakage.
Recently, however, my quest to get back to my blonde roots has left me with incredibly damaged hair and I have looked to K-Pak to help me get it back on track. I still have a long way to go before it is healthy, but it is certainly holding up much better than it would be otherwise.
One thing to keep in mind is that the product only works for 5 minutes, keeping it on any longer will not make a difference. If you need more reconstrucing it is better to repeat the process until you can brush your hair and have product come off on the brush. HOWEVER, I highly recommend you consult a hairdresser before trying this because it could prove dangerous for normal or even slightly damaged hair and should only be used in emergencies.
i was given this free as a hairdresser destroyed my 6 years of perfectly normal highlights in 2 hours!! she blamed that the damage to my hair was not the fact that she'd bleached over previous bleach and left it on for 2 hours!! ( never in my life have i been in a salon for highlights and 4 hours later, my partner worried where i was. calling me. i was still in the chair) she blamed the fact i was chewing gum and it was the chemicals in gum that caused this bleached hair to fall out! ( total nut job this woman) anyway, went home in tears with this product to try and mend the damage. absolute rubbish i couldn't comb my hair through when i got out the shower and when i managed to dry it it felt terrible knotty, sticky like hairspay. never ever using again, it also snapped my hair off using along with extreme redken ( only ment to be used for max of 4 weeks ( doesn't say that on bottle) hair snapped off from almost waist length to 5 inches from the root!!!
This review actually is for the generic version of K-Pak available at Sally Beauty Supply.Over the years I have bought several bottles of this hair-saver. As it has been said before in reviews, it is NOT a daily conditioner and you must use a deep conditioner afterwards. Using it too often will result in brittle, dry hair. Having said all that, this is great to reduce breakage and repair your hair. It isn't a heavy duty reconstructor like Aphogee, but it also doesn't stink to high heaven like Aphogee does either.It is more of a medium duty product. I shampoo, then K-pak with a disposable shower cap for 20-30 minutes, rinse, then deep condition for another 10 minutes. Result? Healthy beautiful hair. Will continue to repurchase over and over- I always have a bottle on hand.
I'm a bit torn with this product. Personally, I doubt that there is anything wrong with Joico's formulations or product claims; I think it's just ME. I guess my warning is: If you have severely damaged ends that break and tear mere days after a haircut, this STILL won't work. I've been using it every 4 days for two months and have seen little difference. The next day, however, my curls are always particularly bouncy and shiny. I'll repurchase because--if my hair is this damaged while using repairative products--I'd hate to see what it would look like without them.
I have very long, thick, dry, damaged hair, and have been really disappointed with how it looks and feels lately. Frustrated, I visited my nearest beauty supply store and asked for help. The owner of the store showed me a few different products, and I immediately felt drawn to the Joico K-Pak Reconstructor she pointed out. I've been using it once a week for 2 weeks now, and I can already see a slight difference in my hair. It's no miracle cure, but my hair DOES seem healthier and a bit more voluminous (in a good way). There are still a few dry patches where I had a salon highlighting mishap last year, but this is easily remedied with a serum or a shine spray. I even flat-ironed my hair the other day and it looked really smooth! I will continue to use K-Pak and perhaps even try a few of the other products in the collection. I'm not a huge fan of mixing and matching different hair products from different brands, since that usually leaves me feeling overwhelmed...so hopefully the rest of the K-Pak line will work with my hair. :)