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.
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.
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.
August 11, 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:
ApHogee specializes in 3 different conditioners that are specifically designed for hydrating and restoring the natural state of all hair types.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
January 31, 2017
The misconception about excessive protein MAY stem from the fact that if you use ONLY the protein stage in a 2 step and don’t moisturize, or, if you do not rinse the excess protein off the outside of the hair shaft thoroughly, the hair can feel rough and brittle.
One of the most common misconceptions we get from our consumers regarding our 2 Step Protein Treatment is that frequent usage of protein on the hair is bad and that it can lead to more breakage. The simple fact is that hydrolyzed proteins have been a commonly used ingredient in many hair products for decades and the notion of “protein sensitivity” is a myth. Because of this popular misconception, hair protein treatments have received a bad rap and it’s time to clear the confusion.
So what are the benefits of using protein treatments?
Protein treatments are actually conditioners containing higher levels of protein (5-6%) than the average.Your hair may benefit from a product with a lower amount (0.5 – 1%) of a particular protein or alternatively from a product that has a higher amount of that same protein but blended with humectants and emollients for added softness. Proteins are used on the hair for adding strength, shine, for hydration and to reduce breakage. When hair is damaged, protein helps temporarily repair damaged areas in hair by filling in gaps caused by heat or chemical damage on the cuticle. Protein treatments are one of the only proven ways to keep the hair hydrated by slowing the loss of water. Therefore incorporating a protein treatment every 4-6 weeks is a great way to temporarily rebuild and strengthen the hair shaft.
So why is it advised to use the 2 Step Protein Treatment every 4-6 weeks?
The ApHogee 2 Step Protein Treatment is an intensive treatment that should be used to stop hair breakage and strengthen moderate to severely damaged and weak hair. Why is it a “Two-Step” process? Because you MUST follow up with the Balancing Moisturizer or any other moisturizing deep conditioner to help soften the hair. It is CRUCIAL to maintain a moisture/protein balance in order to reap the benefits of applying a protein treatment.
The reason why we advise our consumers to apply the 2 Step Treatment every 4-6 weeks is because over application simply wastes the product. With a normal hair care regimen of styling and washing, and proper application, the treatment is still bonded into the hair over this time. Any product applied on top of it with just rinse off and not contribute to strengthening.
The misconception about protein may stem from the fact that if you use ONLY the protein stage in a 2 step and don’t moisturize, or, if you do not rinse the excess protein off the outside of the hair shaft thoroughly, the hair can feel rough and brittle.
HOWEVER it is also true that if very delicate or fine hair is agitated while the protein is in the dried stage, breakage is possible.
Great news! So what kind of moisturizers should I be using along with the protein treatment?
In intervals between Two Step Treatments, a one-step strengthening conditioner such as our 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor can be used weekly, or leave-in such us as our Pro-Vitamin Leave-In or just a moisturizer should suffice. An exception might occur if a color service, straightening, perm or other chemical service was done and created more damage.