Description of your hair: My hair is generally medium density with coarse texture and normal porosity, "O" texture and is thready, but I have many textures on my head, from L-shaped spongy on the infamous "patch", to S-shaped at the nape of my neck.
Name of Product in Review: Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor
Product Description: (from aphogee.com) ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor is a powerful, one step treatment that should be used for home use, between salon visits. 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. It is recommended on tinted, bleached or relaxed hair. ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor helps repair damage caused by chlorine and hard water. Apply on clean hair in shower and rinse to treat brittle hair with cuticle damage and moderate breakage. It soothes irritated scalp and may be applied following each shampooing until the healthy condition of the hair is restored.
Product Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Behenamidopropylamine Behenatem Stearolkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocodimonium Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolzed Mucopolysac Charides, Sodium Coco Collagen Amino Acids, Wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Squalane, Avocado Oil, Acetimide MEA, Panthenol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sulfur, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium 10, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium, Chloride Phosphate, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Nonoxynol 10, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Gifted or Purchased: Purchased at the local beauty supply store for $8.99 (16 oz). 8 oz. bottle was $6.99, so I anted up the extra $2 for twice as much product.
Fragrance: "Medicinal" describes it best. It has that faux-chemical "you know it's working" smell, but soft and powdery. Not at all harsh or overwhelming. Clean.
Texture: Thick, with lots of slip. A rare combination.
Your experience: Aphogee 2 Minute and I go way back. I stopped using it for a couple of years and, noticing that my ends were a little ragged, I decided to pull it back out before I pulled out the scissors. It's a quick treat for my hair and easily incorporates into my regular regimen. I shampoo and use deep conditioner as a leave-in, as usual. But I use Aphogee 2 Minute as a deep conditioning treatment in between. I typically leave it on under a heat cap on medium for however long it takes me to peruse the interwebs (15 minutes. The bottle says 5 max, but who can tear herself away from Curlynikki after 5 minutes?!). I've never had it interact badly with any other products. It can be used sparingly and also eases my detangling session. Used every week for a month with protective styles and I know my hair will be back in fighting shape.
Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Y
How many curls overall (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!): 5