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4 Protein Products you should add into your Winter Hair Care Regimen

November 11th, 2017

Without a doubt, the winter is the perfect time to amp up your hair routine for maximum hair health and growth by early spring! Colder and windier months can be extremely drying and damaging so maintaining the strength of your hair is crucial. Color-treated hair is especially susceptible for damage and breakage. Using a protein treatment, along with frequent deep conditioning and sealing will help your hair stay shiny and strong during the holiday season. Here are few tips on which protein treatments to add to your routine:

1. Treat your hair to a Two-Step Protein Treatment every 4-6 weeks to repair damage. Use also prior to color application for 30% less color fading after 10 washes.

If you dye or bleach your hair or use heat tools like straighteners, curling wands, or blow dryers regularly, we recommend a strong protein treatment such as the Two-Step Protein Treatment. This specialty treatment is a salon service product that can be used at home to improve the condition of damaged hair instantly.

Two-Step Protein Treatment process is an excellent pre-treatment to coloring the hair.  When used prior to coloring, it will remove any porosity from the hair which allows the color molecules better adhere to the hair which results in less color fading.  Studies have proven that when the Two-Step Protein Treatment process is used before a color, the hair will fade less.  In fact studies have showed 30% less color fading after 10 washes.

For best results a hooded dryer is required. Since this treatment is for heavy duty repair one application will last 4-6 weeks.

2. If you experience breakage regularly, then you can benefit from a medium strength protein treatment such as the Hair Strengthening Kit.

If you are comfortable working with salon strength products and have a hooded dryer, we recommend the original ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment. If not, the two-step ApHogee Hair Strengthening Kit is ideal and easy to use. In both processes, the amino Acids/Protein portion is applied alone and first, then the humectants and emollients are added in the second step. This provide a much longer lasting benefit than any one-step product. It can be done from start to finish in about 15 minutes. You need to use the Hair Strengthening Kit continuously once every two to three weeks.

3. In between treatments, alternate weekly with with a moisturizing or a lighter hair repair treatment.

If you do not dye, heat style, or experience much breakage then you should just focus on using light protein treatments to balance out your moisture. The Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor can be used weekly to add strength and moisture in one easy step. This is a strengthening conditioner infused with Keratin that can be used as a deep conditioner. The Curlific Texture Treatment is another option for natural hair that uses Quinoa protein to strengthen textured hair.

Top 3 ApHogee Conditioners for Softer, Stronger and Bigger Hair

August 11th, 2017

Lather, rinse, … NOW it’s time to condition. Ever ask yourself “how exactly does this magical stuff make my hair so silky and soft?”  

The science behind how hair conditioner works lies on the cuticles of your hair strands. Think of your hair strands as giant interwoven threads of keratin protein chains, the cortex, surrounded by a shielding skin, the outer, cuticle layer.

This cuticle is naturally flat and lubricated by natural oils from the scalp. Each time we shampoo, we remove some of those oils. Hair color, straightening or styling with heat also roughens up the cuticle layer. When we “lift” the cuticle layer, we may damage the protein chains and also allow the hair to give up it’s precious moisture too easily. When the hair’s protein doesn’t have enough water, it gets rough, hard and brittle. Conditioner acts as a lubricant by putting these good oils back in hair, making it feel smooth, strong, and soft.

While using a hair conditioner is important in keeping your mane tangle-free it’s also important to know which conditioner is better suited for your hair type. A good conditioner will benefit your hair depending on 3 main factors depending on their ingredient mix:

  1. Moisture Retention
  2. Surface Smoothing
  3. Minor Repair and building body

ApHogee specializes in 3 different conditioners that are specifically designed for hydrating and restoring the natural state of all hair types.

For stronger hair (light to moderate breakage and dryness)

ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor- (Illustration by Xaviera Altena)

ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor- (Illustration by Xaviera Altena)

Chances are if you use heat styling products any other chemical processes on your hair (ie. heat styling tools, bleach, hair coloring) – your hair will definitely benefit from this one-step miracle. The 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor is formulated with restorative proteins and a balanced blend of moisturizers and emollients to help repair cuticle damage.  Use as a weekly, deep conditioner after shampooing to strengthen damaged hair while adding significant moisture for softness and elasticity. You’ll see a big difference after one use. (Comes in Packettes, 8 oz and 16 oz.)

For softer hair – (smoothing, detangling and suppleness)

ApHogee ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner

ApHogee ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner – illustration by Xaviera Altena

Are you suffering from dry hair that snaps when stretched? Your hair may be lacking in vitamins. The ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner is a deep penetrating, leave-in conditioner that enriches hair using ApHogee’s exclusive Pro-Phytamine complex, which smoothes the cuticle surface to detangle and increases manageability. It also contains Pathenol (or Pro-Vitamin B5) which acts as a humectant – by attracting moisture and increasing elasticity. The ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner helps all hair types, support styles better and also protects against thermal damage.  In addition, its balanced pH formula seals the cuticle to detangle and enhance color and highlights. (Available in 8 oz, 16 oz.)

For extra body, strengthening and heat protection

ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer Spray (Illustration by Xaviera Altena)

ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer Spray (Illustration by Xaviera Altena)

We all love a good leave-in conditioner – The Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer is definitely a fan favorite for it’s unique combination of strengthening properties of keratin protein with added antioxidant benefits of green tea. This popular leave-in conditioner is great for keeping those pesky split-ends and frizzy hair at bay while locking in moisture and color. It can also be doubled as a heat-protectant prior to styling while adding body to lifeless, limp hair. The best part? You spray it on wet or dry hair and let it work it’s magic! (8 oz.)

You can get mix and match and get these conditioners in-stores or at Sally Beauty stores at great 2 for $12 deal only for this month of August! Share and spread the word to your friends – trust us your hair will thank you.

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*The beautiful artwork was crafted by the talented mind of Xaviera Altena – visit her page and give her some love

AskApHogee: 10 Foods For Healthier Hair

June 6th, 2017

The hair challenge is real. You love the ApHogee 2-Step Protein Treatment & Balancing Moisturizer for damage & breakage, and the ApHogee Gloss Therapy Polisher Spray has been fantastic for added shine, but you want more. What else can you do for healthier hair?

Your follicles are hungry! They need nutrients from the inside. Good nutrition promotes healthy hair, so check out these 10 Foods for Healthier Hair!

Can’t always balance your diet? Try ApHogee Nutritional Supplement for Hair!

Almond Butter

High in Vitamin E, manganese, and selenium, almond butter keeps your locks thick and shiny!

Tangerines

Vitamin C and Vitamin B12, both abundant in tangerines are great for your hair. Vitamin C makes it easier for your body to absorb iron. Your hair will reap the benefits of iron! Vitamin B12 promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss, and slows down the graying process.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have beta-carotene, a chemical found also in carrots and other colorful vegetables. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your body, protecting your hair against dullness!

Spinach

Spinach is rich in iron. Not only is iron great for your health, but also keeps your hair lustrous and shiny!

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt is rich in protein and Vitamin B5. Greek yogurt helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth.

Salmon

Salmon is abundant in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3’s not only help you stay fit and disease free, but also helps you grow thick and lustrous hair! Balding in males and hair loss in females is due to loss of insulin and salmon helps your body process insulin more efficiently.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon improves your circulation and brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair.

Oatmeal

Rich in iron, fiber, zinc, omega-3’s, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, oatmeal stimulates hair growth, making hair thick and healthy.

Guava

Vitamin C is essential for your hair. One guava packs 4-5 times more Vitamin C than an orange. Guavas prevent your hair from breakage and brittleness.

Eggs

Eggs are high in the vitamin, Biotin. If your body does not carry enough Biotin, this can lead to hair loss.