The product says that it stops hair breakage and rebuilds the hair structure for six weeks. It is targeted to people with colour-treated, relaxed or permed hair so it was ideal for testing on our subject.
She is of African descent and has shoulder length hair which breaks off constantly at this critical length and she hasn’t seen an increase in length for 3 years. Her hair is both relaxed and colour treated (double processing which is never recommended!).
She has decided to try aphogee* products after hearing other people’s success with this product. Her hair was relaxed a couple of weeks ago and it feels dry and brittle. She shampooed her hair with her own brand once only to avoid excessive dryness. She then towel dried and sectioned her hair into 4 making sure it was relatively detangled as the product will have to be combed through once applied. When she was ready, she proceeded to apply the treatment to each section using her wide tooth comb* to distribute evenly. She twisted each section into a loose knot before moving on the next one. She noted that she would have to work quickly as the product started to become sticky after a few minutes. The treatment is also runny which makes it a bit awkward to apply it to the hair without getting lots of it running down your neck! The product does not have the greatest smell in the world either.
She proceeded to sit under a hooded dryer* with no cap on. The product says that you should sit under the dryer until the hair is hard; she found that some sections were still a bit soft and wet after 20 minutes stayed under the dryer for a further 10. The hair was rock hard and as stated, it is important not to try to agitate or manipulate the hair in any way at this stage as it could cause the hair to break!
She washed her hair in the shower under warm water not touching her hair until it went soft again the product was well rinsed out, it took about 15 minutes. She then applied a copious amount of her own ultra moisturizing conditioner* (not protein but moisturizing only!) and covered her hair with a cap. She then went back under the dryer to deep condition for a further 40 minutes.
She rinsed the conditioner off and proceeded to style as usual. The first thing she noticed different was how ‘strong’ her hair felt. While prior to the treatment she was scared to death of combing her hair because of the number of strands that came away with the comb, usually 20-30! Now, the hair seemed more resilient and most times she saw no strands in her comb but sometimes she would have 1-3.
Did the protein treatment help in her quest for longer hair? 8 weeks and one more use of the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment* later, her hair is stronger and healthier than it’s ever been. She’s not needed a trim as she barely sees any split ends and her hair has grown a full inch! It’s the longest her hair has ever been and her friends have been commenting on how great her hair looks suddenly. She still colours her hair monthly and relaxes it every few months but she feels that with the protein treatment, she will achieve the long hair she craves in no time!
The product costs about $6.95 (£4.65) per 4fl oz bottle. The can last for 1 or 2 applications depending on the length of your hair. This might seem a bit expensive but considering that the product only has to be used only once every 6 weeks, it is in fact quite reasonably priced. It is highly recommended for anyone with relaxed or permed hair that breaks or colour treated hair that is dry and frizzy. In fact, it is an excellent product for any kind of dry damaged or weak hair!