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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.

 

AskApHogee: What is Keratin? Why should I use it in my hair?

May 18th, 2017

Another hair trend? Is it worth it?  We say yes!

So called “Keratin treatments” are all the rage in hair salons. They use a reducing agent to rearrange the hair’s curl pattern and “Keratin” has nothing to do with that process. Keratin does not straighten your hair, but can be outstanding in helping to repair it!

What is Keratin?

Keratin is a natural fibrous protein found in healthy hairs. In order to penetrate and repair hair, Keratin protein must be broken down into shorter pieces called polypeptides. Our hair and nails are composed of Keratin, so this protein is most like that of the hair we want to repair.

So why is Keratin good for my hair?

Porous hair is prone to frizziness and breakage. When Keratin is applied to porous hair, the polypeptides fills in the gaps and rebuilds the structure of the hair. Damaged hair repaired in this way is better able to withstand the rigors of heat styling and chemical processing. This treatment helps eliminate damage, resulting in healthier, more elastic and stronger hair!

Which ApHogee products contain Keratin?

The Keratin & Green Tea Shampoo, Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor and Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer deliver great results, utilizing the benefits of Keratin!

What is the difference between the Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor and the Two-Step Protein Treatment?

ApHogee’s Keratin 2-Minute Reconstructor is a powerful, one step treatment that should be used for home use, between salon visits. It is recommended on tinted, bleached or relaxed hair. ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor helps repair damage caused by chlorine and hard water. This concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins does wonders to restore strength and softness to hair that requires a deep, penetrating treatment. The Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor can be used on a weekly basis and can be used prior to a relaxer. Simply use it after washing your hair in the shower and leave in for at least two minutes.  If you think your hair needs a more intensive treatment, you can let it stay in your hair longer and use a plastic cap or warm towel to get a little deeper penetration.

The ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is a specialty treatment formulated with magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. The result is that breakage is drastically reduced. This process is recommended for hair that is too weak or fine to take a perm or relaxer, is over-bleached, will not hold color, breaks when combed or brushed, and is mushy when wet and brittle after drying. It should be used once every four to six weeks. In conjunction with a relaxer, there should be 24 hours and at least one shampooing before using the Two-Step Protein Treatment. When using the Two-Step Protein Treatment, in order to get the results, it is very important to follow the directions including using the Balancing Moisturizer as the second step of the process.

Lastly, if you use the Two-Step Protein Treatment once every four to six weeks, you can use the Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor on a weekly basis as part of your hair maintenance.

Learn more about the ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. Shop here.

Learn more about the ApHogee 2 Step Protein Treatment. Shop here. Don’t forget the Balancing Moisturizer

References:

http://www.instyle.com/news/keratin-hair-treatment-guide

http://spryliving.com/articles/keratin-shampoos-do-they-work/

http://www.schwarzkopf.international/sk/en/home/hair_care/shampooing_conditioning/care_tips/keratin.html

 

Ask ApHogee: Reddit Recap

March 28th, 2017

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Last week we held our very first Reddit AMA to talk all things about HAIR! We had all sorts of questions come our way and we couldn’t be happier with how it went. If you missed it, don’t fret — we’ve compiled a few of the questions (in black) and answers (in purple) below. Got more questions for us? You can comment below or use the hashtag #AskApHogee on Instagram or Facebook and we will do our best to address all your questions!

 

How often should I be shampooing and conditioning my hair? I use a hair dryer 2-3 times a week if that matters. My hair tends to be very dry.

This is a question that we receive a lot. The purpose of shampooing the hair is to remove and styling or residue build up (sweat) from the hair. If you think you have a lot of build up, than I would recommend shampooing and conditioning approximately three times a week. If you don’t have the build up or your hair is damaged, then you can shampoo and conditioner less often like once a week. Given that your hair is on the dry side, I would also recommend a moisturizing leave in spray before hair drying such as the ApHogee Curlific Moisture Rich Leave In Spray.

 

Hi Aphogee! I have super curly and thick hair, but the strands are pretty fine. I’d love to try a curl product but wan’t to make sure that my hair doesn’t get frizzy. Which products do you think would work for me?

Hair Frizzes because the moisture balance is off. Co-incidentally, it’s the same reason that dry, styled, straight hair droops, in humidity. With naturally curly hair, even if chemically straightened, because of the flattened hair shaft, you not only need moisture, but a sealer than helps close the cuticle, repair minor damage and seal. Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In is what we recommend. It will work without weighing down your finer strands. The entire Curlific! Line has Quinoa Protein, moisturizers and sealing agents. It was formulated for your hair.

 

My hair is super dry because I dyed it light blonde. What products should I use to make it silky again? I have no clue about hair care besides shampoo and conditioner. My hair is naturally silky smooth, but changed when I dyed it.

When you dyed your hair, you lifted the cuticle to deposit the color. The cuticle now is a little more susceptible to damage. You should use a gentle shampoo, we make several, depending on the other needs of your and characteristics of you hair (i.e curly, fine, coarse, limp). You should also use a good leave-in conditioner prior to blow drying, or using styling implements. Do this even between shampoos, when styling. If your hair is curly, we recommend Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-in. If it needs body and shows some breakage, Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer.  Finally, if coarse and you want to smooth, Pro-Vitamin Leave-In. All three are mildly acidic and protect from heat.

 

I want to change my hair color, but I’m afraid of bleaching it. What are all the products I should use to ensure that my hair will stay (and look) healthy afterwards? 

Changing your color can be tricky, with any damage, especially going lighter. if you see breakage now, use one of our two step treatments first. If just dry, use the Keratin Reconstructor one-step product. In either case, use a good leave-in before styling afterwards. We make 3, depending on other needs of your hair.

 
What’s the difference between a hair mask/deep treatment and a daily conditioner?
What are the main ingredients and the differences between the jobs of conditioners designed for smoothing, or moisturizing, or volumizing, or repairing hair?

A hair mask / deep treatment in name should be more moisturizing or strengthening as compared to a daily conditioner. However, a lot of brands name a product a treatment when it is a glorified daily conditioner. This is why at ApHogee, I have started describing our Two-Step Protein Treatment and Hair Strengthening Kit as specialty two step treatments. They work by applying the protein first to repair the hair and then the second step is used to apply the moisture and raise the pH of the hair to optimal levels.

The main ingredients in conditioners can be broken down into three categories: proteins, humectants and emollients. Emollients are used to increase the slip of the hair by smoothing, lubricating and flattening the cuticle. Humectants are ingredients that are used to add and hold moisture to the hair. Proteins are used to add strength to the hair. Every conditioner has some combination of these ingredient categories to smooth (more emollients), to moisturize (more humectants) and to repair (more proteins).

I’m protein-sensitive, how often do you recommend I use your products?

You can use the Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor on a weekly basis. The great thing about the Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor is that it contains protein to strengthen the hair, but it also contains humectants and emollients to moisturize the hair. It is a great one step product to strengthen and moisturize the hair. In regards to the Balancing Moisturizer, this has to be used as the second step of the Two-Step Protein Treatment process. In addition, it can be used as a moisturizing conditioner to add deep moisture to the hair. It can be used as often as you condition your hair. Both of these products will leave the hair in the optimal and healthy pH level.