Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I choose between the Hair Strengthening Kit and the Two Step Treatment? What is the difference?

A: The original ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is one of the most powerful products available for repairing hair breakage. It takes some skill and time to apply and is best used with a hooded dryer.
For hair where breakage is a problem but convenience and ease of use are factors, The Hair Strengthening Kit is a perfect solution. It still features the two step process, but the application and processing are easier and it works without a hooded dryer. The results are impressive.

Q: How often should the treatment (the one that hardens) be used? Should it be used once a week for 6 weeks or once every 6 weeks?

A: ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment strengthens most hair approximately six weeks. In contrast, most other treatments and conditioners are removed with two or three washings. Because of this, the recommended frequency for ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is once every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on your hair maintenance regimen. If applied more often, it’s unlikely that any further benefit will be obtained, assuming the application was done according to directions.

Q: I just purchased a bottle of Two-Step Protein Treatment and the contents look different. Is it OK?

A: ApHogee Two-Step Treatment has always required thorough shaking for even performance. In order to make the formula more forgiving when shaking is neglected, we’ve upgraded one ingredient from cosmetic to pharmaceutical grade. The resultant product stays in solution better and is more “clear, brown”, less “milky”. The results are the same and we still recommend shaking before use, just in case.

Q: I already use a conditioner at home, why do I need ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment for Damaged Hair?

A: Most conditioners do a good job at what they were designed for:

* Rinse type products detangle, add some shine and reduce static. They work on the hair surface
* Moisturizers penetrate and add humectants which regulate hair’s moisture balance.
* So called “intensive” products may contain protein, which can act as filler in damaged areas.While these all help, for the most part, they rinse-out in the next shampoo and must be re-applied. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is different in that it is much more concentrated, fuses into the hair with heat and has been relied upon by salons for decades. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment lasts far longer than ordinary conditioners.

Q: Can I buy ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment for “at home” use?

A: ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is best used with a hood type dryer. Special care must be used during the process not to agitate the hard after hardening. For these reasons ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is best applied by those familiar with performing chemical processes on hair. For others, there are many excellent ApHogee brand maintenance products that are recommended for everyday, home use.

Q: Why does ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment harden?

A: ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is a concentrated blend of modified proteins and magnesium. When heat is applied, ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment begins to harden as the bonding and repair process begins. After rinsing and moisturizing with ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer, the hair becomes supple, but remains much stronger than before.

Q: Do I need Vitamins?

A: Well, maybe. If you get a good night’s sleep every night, have little stress, eat balanced, regular meals and don’t have chronic habits, conditions or medications that deplete vitamins and nutrients, probably not. ApHogee Nutrional Supplement was formulated with essential minerals, vitamins and extracts whose deficiency may be reflected in poor hair condition or growth. The caplets are individually sealed for freshness and safety and come in a convenient one a day form. Beauty starts from within.

Q: Can Two-Step Treatment be used with perms or color?

A: Absolutely! When using ApHogee in conjunction with any chemical process, we recommend using the Treatment a 24-36 hours before the service. Be sure to follow directions. In fact, ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is used on fine, weak hair and very porous hair to make perms and color last longer!

Q: Isn’t ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment for use in Multi-Cultural Salons only?

A: No, ApHogee brand products are very popular in multi-cultural salons because of the problems caused by strong chemicals and extreme heat, but it works equally well on Caucasian or Asian hair. In fact, fine, blonde hair, which is easily damaged by chemical processes and styling, responds very well to ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment

Q:  Everyone seems to have “Curl” or “Natural”  lines now….what’s different about Curlific!

A: You’re right!  As curly hair has stolen the spotlight in many style circles….many companies formerly known for removing curls as well as others, have launched products to tie into the trend. Some of these products are quite good, others represent re-packaging of existing formulas.  At ApHogee, we started formulating and testing in 2010, developing each Curlific! formula from scratch. Naturally curly hair is more delicate than straight hair, because of the ovoid cross-sectional shape of the hair shaft. Generally, the curlier the natural hair, the more flattened the hair shaft and the more prone to cuticle damage.  We pride ourselves on the use of protein in hair care and it’s a natural for ApHogee to specialize in care and maintenance of curly hair. We’re very excited about the results with organic Quinoa protein in our Texture Treatment, Textured Hair Wash and Moisture Rich Leave-in. Our Curl Definer is the first of our styling aids for curly hair and it gives solid control without making the hair “crunchy”. It also washes out cleanly without an aggressive cleanser.