Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Daily Conditioner


150 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$


Deionized Water, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Ceteth-2, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin (Quadramine Complex), Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Thioctic Acid, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Glycolipids, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Benzophenone-4, Hyaluronic Acid, Cetrimonium Bromide, Disodium EDTA, PEG-20 Almond Glycerides, Sodium Chloride, Myristyl Myristate, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Sorbic Acid, Keratin Amino Acids, PEG/PPG-20/23 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

on 10/16/2010 8:52:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I was definitely underwhelmed with this product. I wish I had tried the K-Pak intense hydrator as that seems to get good reviews but either way I have no need for the daily shampoo or conditioner. My hair was not responding to conditioners and this was no different. I'm sure it's not a horrible conditioner but for the price I really think it should be a LOT better. I guess I had been putting all the wrong stuff in my hair because it was lifeless, dull, frizzy, dry, coarse, you name it. I had actually been using a mask as a daily conditioner as a mistake and sometimes leaving it in too long that I guess the proteins built up and made nothing work. I decided to change from my usual backup (Biolage Conditioning Balm) and try something new and hoped that this would didn't. I didn't want to write a bad review since my experience isn't necessarily representative of what this product should address. That's what I thought until I used John-Frieda Root Awakening Strength Restoring Conditioner ONLY because I had run out of conditioner and had 5 minutes to choose something in a supermarket in Holland and it was 8 Euros. Despite my horrible experiences with John Frieda in the past and my low expectations, I was so impressed that it seemed to bring my hair back to life and did what the much more expensive Joico products did not. I will probably try the Joico Intense Hydrator, however, given all the positive MUA reviews.

on 10/6/2010 3:48:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I don't know if I was using the same thing that everyone else is...

My hair is VERY damaged. I have used sun-in, dyed it many times a year for many years, straightened and blow-dried it almost daily, exposed it to sun damage, and basically did everything possible to destroy my hair. This was when I was beauty stupid. I knew nothing of the dangers of these things (aside from the dye; I still do that), and after having realized that my hair was destroyed, I became a hair product junky, and decided to try to revamp my hair...

My quest lead me, based on reviews, to this conditioner.

The smell was abhorrent. It smells like plastic and burnt hair. I smell NO fruit in this whatsoever. I decided to purchase it anyway because hell, if it made my hair look even remotely better, then it was worth the money.

I tried it until the bottle was empty. My hair isn't protein sensitive at all, so I don't see why this didn't help. My hair is NOT damaged beyond help (though it is very, very close), and I have had some luck with other, MUCH cheaper products. I don't get it. I wanted this to work for me like it did for everyone else, but it did not. I tried using it every day for a week and a half. Then once a week until the bottle ran out. It didn't make my hair soft, shiny, moisturized, nothing. It did nothing. It didn't make it worse, but it certainly failed to improve it. I am dirt poor, too, so I am sad that I had to spend that much money on this for it to not work. I try not to be TOO cheap when it comes to hair care, but anything over $20 for conditioner is pushing it for me. This was simply not worth the money for me.

I am really happy that it has helped others, though, and if it works for you, and you can stand the reek of it, then I am happy for, and jealous of you:)

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Other

I heard a lot of good things about this shampoo/conditioner, but I was honestly disappointed when I tried it myself. I'm a swimmer, so I have very dry, breakage-prone hair. I do realize that this has a lot of protein, so I only used it once per week, but I'm still not impressed. First of all, the texture is pretty weird, the shampoo didn't lather very well. When I used the conditioner, my hair felt very soft at first, but that didn't last. Also, it smells really weird. I think it's supposed to smell like coconuts or something, but it smells more like bread. The price is also ridiculous. Honestly, the stuff that you can get for $3 at Walgreens works so much better. Don't waste your time and money on this product.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Amazing, amazing stuff. My hair gets real oily when untreated or not styled...but once i grab my daily Hair Dryer and Hair tends to flatten out and just dry up!!!!

I used to use Head and Shoulders (i know how basic) but it was kept my hair feeling OKAY.

At work (SEARS) they sold like a huge bottle of this for ONLY 17 bucks...and it was like 24-27 on shoppers for 2/3 the i tried it out. It had a slight scent of papaya...kind of refreshing...not over the top sweet...and it made my hair soft and it helped fight dryness with my daily iron and blow dry.

I pat my hair dry with a towel so its not overly wet...just damp enough for the product to stick...leave it for a good min of 3 mins and wash it hair smells amazing all day (even with the summer heat)! now that's a plus!

overall: will def buy it again if its sold this low for such a huge bottle....other than that...might have to go back to H&S cuz am broke :(

on 8/10/2010 11:10:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

A very strong conditioner. Too strong for my hair. I think because my hair isn't too damaged that this conditioner had nothing to "fix" in my hair.. Okay that sounds like nonsense but it was sooo strong. But it is a good conditioner and I think if I had damaged and dry hair this conditioner would be really great. Smells good too and the texture is nice. Once I put the conditioner on, it worked right away and I washed it the moment I was done putting it all over my hair and my hair was so soft like woah.

on 7/13/2010 1:16:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Grey, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Makes my hair soft, shiny, and moisturized. Does not give me dandruff, dry scalp, or greasy roots. I would give it a 5 except it make my hair flat.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I hate this conditioner! $4 conditioners from the drugstore did a better job! It smells awful and the consistancy is wierd (and you need a lot of product just to cover the bottom half of your hair) and it made my hair so weak it became so straw like and now it falls out easily. I flat iron my hair every day and dye it so I was hoping this would help but this did the opposite! For $15 honestly...nothing could've been worse for my hair or my wallet. The shampoo wasn't great either, but it didn't damage my hair like this did. The lacoupe color protect one makes your hair so much softer than this and it's only about $7 a bottle if you find it on sale, I'll go back to that one.

on 6/2/2010 2:55:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

NOTE: If your hair is protein-sensitive, this is NOT the product for you. Protein-sensitive hair (usually coarse-textured) will get dry/strawlike/matted and even might break-off with use of high-protein products.

On the other hand, if your hair is chemically damaged (say, you bleach or regularly flat-iron) or your hair is fine (fine hair tends to like protein, not always, but generally), or you dye your hair and have your cuticle blasted open with those harsh products--you can benefit from this conditioner.

You can trust Joico to provide quality products, but the reconstruct/K-Pak line is protein-rich. Know whether your hair likes protein BEFORE you try this (or just let your hairdresser advise after examining your hair type/properties).

If, like me, you get overconditioned or dye or just need a shot of protein on occasion, this is great. I generally don't use protein products daily, but when my curls start looking "off"--frizzy, droopy, weird, or overmoisturized from my weekly deep treatments and stylers--I find using Joico's reconstruct products (namely the deep penetrating reconstruct once or twice a year, and this conditioner on occasion as needed) is just the trick. My curls spring up, my frizz tames, and my hair just comes to life.

"REconstruct" as a term generally means it's gonna add protein to your strands/cuticle. So, beware if you're coarse-haired or protein-sensitive. And if you don't know, Google it up to find out before buying protein-rich stuff. (If you're fine-haired and you dye/chemically process, it's almost guaranteed to be good for you.)

It's all about knowing what you need. NOT EVERYBODY NEEDS PROTEIN-RICH products, and NOT EVERYONE TOLERATES protein rich products.

But if you do, and if you think you do, this is worth a try even with the price. It's great stuff. Dependably good for those who need the protein shot.

And right now, Drugstore dot com is having a buy one get one half-off on Joico, so I'm gonna get a couple other products for my "When I Need Protein" stock.

Hope this helps....wishing you happy hair....

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

on 5/24/2010 1:03:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Other

I have healthy, almost virgin to heat products hair, so this didn't do much for my hair. A little control as a leave-in conditioner, but otherwise not for my hair type. Oh well.

on 5/11/2010 1:15:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

Joico K-Pak was recommended to me by the lady at the beauty supply store and i really loved this when i first started using it but after a month or so my hair got really stiff and then one day it just snapped off, I'm not kidding i had tiny short hairs mixed in with my waist length hair it looked ridiculous. when i told my hairdresser she said it has far too much protein in it (which caused my hair to become brittle)and would only recommend using it once a week.

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