Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor

4.2

360 reviews

80% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Aqua, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycol Stearate, PEG-8 Distearate, Ceteth-2, Sodium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Keratin (Quadramine Complex), Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Myristyl Myristate, Citric Acid, Parfum, Sorbic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Yeast Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Limonene.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Olive, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I got this from a friend for about a third of the retail price, and what an amazing deal it was!! For reference, let me say I have baby fine, stick straight hair, so I'm constantly attacking it with blow dryers and curlers, it knots like crazy if the wind blows too hard, and my flyaways are insane about 20 minutes after I wash my hair.

I am so impressed with the strength my hair has after using this twice a month for the last 6 months, and the shine. My flyaways have toned down considerably, and there is less breakage when I brush my hair... so obvious is this that if I brush my hair over a white piece of paper (which I've used to test kpak) I only have 1 or 2 broken hairs on the paper when I'm done, as opposed to 20-30 before I started the treatment. Dare I say, I think my hair feels thicker too. The scent is gorgeous, my SO compliments me more on this than any fragrance I own. Hmmmm.

As other reviewers have stressed, it is so so important to use a good hydrating conditioner after kpak, as it is not intended to be a conditioner.

I love this stuff, and unless someone proves it to be a problem, I will use it for the rest of my life!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I use this once a week paired with the Intense Hydrator. Using both of them leaves my hair incredibly healthy, shiny and soft. This is my favorite deep conditioner/reconstructor. Love it!! Do not use this by itself! It's pretty much pure protein. You need to use moisture too!


on 7/14/2008 5:42:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Madly in love. I use this every other day with the intense hydrating conditioner. (It is not meant to be used alone.) I have somewhat fine bleach blonde hair and it keeps it in tact. I use this on most of my clients too after chemical services.


on 7/11/2008 12:37:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

This reconstructor is GREAT. Be careful not to over use though. I use it once or twice a month on my bleach blonde hair and it keeps my hair soft, shiny, silky, sleek, and full-looking. If you need some serious hair care then this is the stuff to buy. It is just great and smells YUMMY!!!


Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I use this after chemical services. My hair always fels strong yet flexible afterwards. Not stiff like other reconstructors/protein treatments.


on 6/16/2008 8:51:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Neutral

Hair: Black, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Like the reviewer before me, I have tried the K-Pak line twice, and both times was disappointed. The shampoo is quite nice, smells good and doesn't seem to strip my super dry, curly hair. However, the daily conditioner is runny and not nearly moisturizing enough, and the Reconstructor is nothing fabulous. It might be great for someone with hair that's been damaged by bleaching or too much heat styling (protein-based conditioners are great to strengthen hair), but otherwise stay away. Conditioners with protein can cause hair to feel dry and brittle if you're hair ISN'T weakened by harsh chemicals/regular heat application. My hair is damaged but only because it's so ridiculously curly that it breaks every time I comb it out. Aside from that, the conditioner is lumpy and the smell is one of those that you either love it or HATE it. Guess which side of the fence I'm on...


on 6/4/2008 10:50:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Hmmm, it is very expensive, smells like bananas and does nothing at all for my parched, dry, frizzy hair. I have tried the whole Joico K-pak system in large sizes twice and twice it has underperfomed and was useless for me, will never repurchase no matter what the prize as I get zero results from this line....


on 6/4/2008 10:43:00 AM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

this was the biggest waste of money ever! it does absolutely nothing for my dry, processed hair. if you want a good deep treatment, by garnier melting masque. it is 100 times better and only costs 4 bucks at the drugstore! the only thing i liked about this product was the smell, which after a while got nauseating anyway. dont believe the hype, this stuff is garbage.


on 5/6/2008 1:45:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

As to whether I would buy this again, it would depend on how badly I've treated my hair. I've used this before when my hair wasn't damaged, and it didn't do anything. I tried this the other day, as my hair has been abnormally dry. I left this on for 5 minutes and rinsed with cool water. I let my hair air dry and had my perfect ringlets again.

It's a little pricey, but I think worth it if you need reconstruction. If you need hydration try another product.


on 4/20/2008 8:15:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

After going from jet black to platinum hair, my hair needed some serious tlc. Someone with gorgeous hair recommended this to me so I bought the bigger bottle for about 25 bucks having faith in what she said... My hair was damaged but not that bad with all things considered before this conditioner but after using it, my hair had the consistency of COTTON CANDY the next day. Yes, I left it in long enough, and did a long moisturizing afterwards and it did absolutely nothing. In fact, my hair felt more fragile than before. I tried it a few more times to see if it would work and nothing... I guess my dry, coarse latina hair hated it. Plus the smell was horrendous.

I swiftly stopped using this and did an Aphogee treatment for damaged hair followed for the next week by a combo of an Olive Oil replenishing pack, Smooth N Shine Silk Fusion treatment, Montagne Jeunesse Hot Miracle and Aussie 3 minute moisture and my hair is now soft, maneagable and healthy looking... almost back to perfect! I went from "dear god you're going to be bald" while using the K-Pak to looking like I have real hair again.

I really wanted this to work for me but no dice. If you're hair is like mine, chemically tortured (I have been bleaching, dyeing and relaxing for ~10 years), heat styled to submission and naturally very thick, curly and dryness-prone, I would recommend Nexxus Emergencee or Aphogee Treatment for Damaged Hair for your protein needs... K-Pak is offically not my friend.


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