So, I joined this site purely to read reviews of this product after decimating my hair with a combination of bleach and professional colour removers.
Over the space of the last year, I have taken my dead straight, dyed black hair from black, to blonde to ginger to light brown. In the process I have lost all of the length, going from lower back to chin length, and upon the last colour removal at the hairdressers last week, my hair has pretty much disintegrated at the front on either side.
What is left is the consistency of chewing gum when wet, and as it dries is snapping off, ending up looking like a singed mess that has as much movement and life as cardboard.
The hairdressers told me that I needed the whole lot cut to eyebrow length as was unsalveagable. In fact she was almost insistent that I did, and when I refused she told me that I wouldnt have much choice as over the next couple of weeks it would break off anyway.
So, I now have the most horrendous looking hair and want to cry. It's shorter than I ever wanted to go, but will need to be cut further still.
Aphogee was really my last ditch attempt. Purchased the 2 step process from amazon for about £15. (Pretty reasonable considering the hairdresser charged me £143 to get my hair in this state in the first place!)
I googled how to use it, but ended up just following the instructions on the bottle. I washed with a normal shampoo for damaged hair, then applied the liquid all over as instructed. It does stink, but not sure if I agree with the other cheesy feet/rotten egg comparisons at all. I thought it smelt sweet like treacle with a really weird undertone. But hey, in for a penny and all that. So I slapped it liberally all over my precious remaining strands, then blowdried until hair became crisp. Again, my hair never reached the rock-hard status that others describe. It just felt a bit twiggy (if you have ever slept with conditioner in your hair, imagine that).
I then rinsed thoroughly and repeated this process. This is what it advises on the bottle, but again have not seen others mention doing it twice.
I then left the aphogee balancing moisturiser on for a few minutes, rinsed through and applied the Aussie 3 minute miracle reconstructer which I left on for around 30/45 mins.
When washing out I could see that my hair still looked crinkly, which is a pretty good sign to me that not much has changed in the condition.
I have just partially blowdried my hair, using a ridiculous amount of spray on argan oil, and whilst there is a dramatic improvement in breakage, it still looks just as awful as it did before. It feels like wire-wool and each strand looks like frayed rope, and whilst pieces are still breaking off when I run my fingers through, it's not covering my hands like before.
If your hair is as damaged as mine, and you can afford to, just get it cut. My once silky long locks are trashed and it appears the only way forward is to start again. (Sob!)