I am a self confessed hair dye addict; five years ago now I discovered a thing called bleach and said goodbye to nice conditioned hair forever. Since then my hair has been every colour possible, from white blonde to brown to rainbow to blonde again to pink, and more. And in the process, unsurprisingly, my hair has paid the price. In my defence, I spend a lot of money and time testing out different hair care products and compensate for the manic dying by very, very rarely using heat on my hair, however no amount of products and love could ever restore my hair back from the tangly, dry mess it became after bleaching...or so I thought.
ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor is a protein treatment that claims to repair hair damaged by heat, chemical processing, and even chlorine and hard water damage. It contains keratin amino acids, botanical oils, vitamins and anti-oxidant green tea to help repair the damage to your hair and replace the protein that's so vital to it. I came across it one night in December whilst researching how I could get my hair into good enough condition to perm it (yes, I am on a hair suicide mission, and my hair dresser does hate me). After reading the 19 glowing 5 star reviews all from women (mainly women of colour as these kinds of products work wonders for their hair types) claiming this product had completely saved their hair and was, essentially, the second coming of Christ I ordered it and spent the next few days eagerly waiting by the post box.
The first time I used this product I hated it at first. Following the instructions I got in the shower, shampoo'd my hair, applied the reconstructor for 2-5 minutes, washed out, and followed with conditioner. Sitting in front of the mirror eager to inspect my hair and expecting a miracle, I released it from the towel to find tangles galore. It took me about half an hour to brush through them all and I was so disappointed. However I then realised what I had done wrong - I'd gone into the shower with tangled hair, so when the product had 'fused' protein into my hair, it had essentially fused my tangled hair together, making it impossible to brush. I could however tell my hair felt a lot stronger, despite the epic brushing it had just endured. The feeling this product gives to your hair is really weird, when your hair is wet it feels really hard, as though each individual strand has been coated with something, which I guess it has (protein). Because of this I'd recommend using a good conditioner and leave in conditioner afterwards. However once your hair has been dry for a while it starts to feel amazingly soft and strong, and you will no doubt be spending the rest of the day stroking it and thinking about how you are now basically Rapunzel. It's worth mentioning that at this point I hadn't had a hair cut in 3 months, and yet after using this product once there wasn't a single split end in sight.
It's suggested that you use this product for 2 minutes once every week. Any more than this and you're likely to 'overdose' your hair on protein and do more damage than good. The second time I used it I made sure to brush my hair through first and didn't have any problems with tangling. I instantly told my sister (who has a similar hair dye addiction) to invest in this product and she also loves it. This isn't the kind of product that gives you temporary results either - you can see and feel the benefits for weeks after using this and it definitely improves the long term condition of your hair. I honestly don't remember a time my hair's felt in such good quality than after using this as I've been bleaching my hair since I was 14.
I've not even mentioned the best part yet: the price. It's currently on Amazon for £4.83. £4.83. This product has flown straight to the top of my holy grail hair products and it's not even £5. If you have bleached, permed, relaxed, heat damaged, or even just hair in need of a little love, I couldn't recommend this enough.
Thanks for reading and I hope I've inspired at least one of you to give this product a go! If you have any recommendations of your holy grail hair products I'd love to hear them as I'm constantly on the look out for stuff to care for my locks.