Treatments -Aphogee - Two-Step Protein Treatment (formerly Treatment for Damaged Hair)
camicat 10/28/2011 10:18:00 AM
Aphogee should be in every chemically enhanced girl's hair arsenal. I have tightly curled, texturized hair and this . The smell is rank; I can't quite pinpoint what it reminds me of but I will say it is vaguely fishy and is reminiscent of foul B.O. Luckily the smell doesn't linger especially since you have to follow it up with another conditioner (for moisture). Nevertheless it has become a staple of mine because it REALLY strengthens my hair. I generally leave it on for 30 minutes and either go under a hooded dryer or blow dry with a hand dryer until it is rock hard. Then I rinse and follow up with a good moisturizing conditioner (my hair does NOT like the recommended follow-up Aphogee Balancing Moisturizer). Afterward you style as usual; I can attest to the fact that my hair is 100% stronger since I started using Aphogee a year ago (and I've only done about 4 treatments in that time span). Give it a try especially if your hair is relaxed, texturized, permed or color enhanced.
Conditioner -Unlisted Brand - Mizani - Moisturfuse Moisturizing Conditioner
camicat 10/28/2011 9:55:00 AM
So I went into the BSS recently desperately in need of a moisturizing conditioner after a protein overload disaster; honestly my hair was as dry as a bale of hay. Usually I turn to Keracare Humecto for my moisturizing needs but I think my hair has become acclimated to it after YEARS of use and it no longer is my HG moisturizing conditioner. Having heard such positive reviews on the internet about MM, I decided to give it a whirl. I can't say that I was overly enthralled but I wasn't disappointed either. Though it is slightly pricy (about $15 for an 8 oz bottle), it is VERY thick (i.e. not watered down) and a little really does go a long way. I can see this bottle lasting around 10 uses so it really is cost effective in the long run. The smell is neither offensive or comely; it is just there. It DOES moisturize like a charm, my straw-like strands were almost instantaneously transformed to lush, silky strands after deep conditioning with this (30 minutes under a hooded dryer). I do think KH moisturized me better once upon a time but this is a more than suitable alternative and I would definitely repurchase!
So I bought Nexus Humectress several months back but have only used it a few times since I have a heavy arsenal of other conditioners (moisturizing and protein based). From first whiff, I was NOT a fan of this conditioner; it smells like an unwashed woman's nether regions mixed with a floriental perfume...pretty offensive to say the least. Still I decided to give a chance since it was non-refundable by the time I got around to trying it; this became a decision I will long regret. The first time I used it, I had a terrible allergic reaction (burning, itchy inflamed scalp) which resulted in some severe shedding/hair loss which is surprising since my scalp is made of teflon (i.e. NOT sensitive at all). Unfortunately since I use so many different products, I didn't pinpoint it to the Humectress at the time. Second time I used it (6 months after the first time), I had the same allergic reaction but thankfully I shampooed my hair IMMEDIATELY after I started exhibiting the symptoms which reduced the damage. Since I only used the Humectress and my faithful shampoo this time, I knew it was the Humectress at the root of the problems. The worst part is for all the trauma it put my scalp through, it was just a mediocre moisturizing conditioner and left my hair looking and feeling dry and frizzy. This is easily the WORST beauty product that I've ever purchased and would not recommend to ANYONE.