5.13.2012

Sunday Spotlight: ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment

Part III of the of the "Sunday Spotlight" series. Man...my hair is so damaged after going blonde and straightening my hair, that I was looking for the best treatment for damaged hair. After all the research, I came across a YouTube girl (I forgot where it was, because I've watched so many of them, but once I find it, I will post it!) talking about her damaged hair and that she used this "Protein Treatment" she got at Sally's Beauty supply...so I had to jump on it and try it out. Here's what happened:

ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment

Comes in two sizes: 4oz bottle - $9 and 16oz bottle - $25. You can purchase them at your local Sally's Beauty Supply, or on their online store. If you have their pro-card, it's cheaper, of course! If you are unsure or don't have SUPER damaged hair and just want to do this as a one-time-thing, buy the small bottle, but if your hair is like mine, I definitely would recommend the big bottle.

It claims:
- Rebuilds hair structure within six weeks
- Ideal for permed, tinted or relaxed hair
- Stops hair breakage
- Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment is a unique treatment formulated with magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. The result is that breakage is drastically reduced. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is a salon service product unlike any product available for at-home use. During the process, ApHogee treatment hardens into the hair, dramatic evidence that something special is occurring

Personal experience:
I bought this with really high hopes of a miracle. What happens after the treatment is what I call magic. First off, I have to say that this is not the easiest/fastest treatment to "administer" to your hair and it takes time and patience and it smells really bad...but the results are worth it.
- First you wash your hair as usual, towel dry, and apply the treatment
- Comb through your hair with a wide-tooth comb, very gently
- Blow-dry your hair until it is crunchy and crispy - like you put too much product in it
- Jump back into the shower, wash it off, and apply conditioner as usual
- Proceed with your usual styling afterwards
See how lengthy this is? You have to wash your hair twice, essentially, so it takes time. The clerk at Sally's (she is a licensed hair stylist, too) recommended I use it three times a week, based on the damage done to my hair. This means that three time a week, I have to do this ritual *facedesk* YES, it takes a while. YES it is worth it. YES I regret damaging my hair ;__;
After I finish drying my hair once the treatment is complete, the ends are super smooth and silky and the hair is not tangled as usual. It's easy to brush and manage and is less breakable. I love it! The obvious downside is that once I stop doing this treatment, the hair eventually goes back to the icky gross mess!
Overall, I've been trying so many things on my hair right now that I love things that work for the moment. Obviously, there is no way to repair my hair permanently, so I keep searching for treatment that will keep for the longest and makes my hair easier to manage. Currently, ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is it. Once I am done with this bottle, I am hoping to find something cheaper - it's quite on the expensive side, but definitely more worht it than the Macadamia Natural Oil treatments for such heavy damage.

4.29.2012

Sunday Spotlight: Oliveology

Part II of the of the "Sunday Spotlight" series. I have to mention right off the bat that I did receive a sample of this product for review consideration, however, since I had been religiously using this product for over a year now and have repurchased it for my own money, I can still add this to the series without feeling guilty. Enjoy!

Oliveology Natural Shave Gel

Comes in two sizes: 8oz bottle - $12 and 2oz bottle - $5. You can purchase them at Oliveology Website, or you could get it from Amazon, with free shipping options etc.

It claims:
- In addition to shaving hairs, your razor leaves your skin completely receptive to nourishing moisturizers. Shaving regularly with Oliveology will keep your skin moist and supple
- Besides olive oil, other carefully chosen ingredients in Oliveology are; aloe vera, sap from the sangre de grado tree, and antioxidant vitamins A, D and E
- Most shave products contain irritating chemicals, which dries the skin. Oliveology contains no irritating chemicals, and in fact will moisturize your skin
- 100% All Natural - Made with Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil
- Easy To Use - A fast, easy and economical solution to obtaining 'A Perfect Shave'
- Extends life of blade - Oil lubricants in Oliveology keep razors from dulling or rusting
- High Lubricity - Helps razors cleanly slice the hair shaft, reducing ingrown hairs
- Conditions - Natural conditioners soften coarse hairs to reduce razor drag.

Personal experience:
Like I mentioned above, I was in contact with Oliveology and they sent me two of their 8oz bottles of shave gel to test out and review (quite a while ago, actually). I used it, loved it, got lazy to review, ran out, and bought more. I haven't used any other shave products in a year, because I do love these products and I still have some left! My favorite parts were about how moisturizing the gel was and how long the shave lasts. Usually, after shaving, I would have to moisturize with lotions or use baby lotion, but with Oliveology Shave Gel, I do not have to. The shave lasts about 4-5 days, when I usually get a good stubble by day 2-3 with other shave products. Another lovely thing is the packaging - where the aerosol packaged shave gels are pretty big with tiny amount of product in them. With this product, what you see is what you get, and if you go traveling, you can always pour some into a travel container. It's perfect. A very small amount is needed to cover a large area and while I've been using it for over a year, I've gone through 2.5 bottles right to this point. Worth it? I think so! Would I recommend this product? YES! Especially if you are interested in trying a different product from the ever so popular shave gels in the aerosol containers. TSA- friendly, too~

4.22.2012

Sunday Spotlight: Macadamia Natural Oil

Welcome to my new series! I've been trying out various products (hair, makeup, even foods) that I've been falling in love with, so I'm feeling up to sharing them all with you. Every Sunday, I will post something that I love and the reasons why I love it. These posts are non-sponsored and are driven by my trial-and-error mentality. Enjoy!

MACADAMIA NATURAL OIL PRODUCTS
Let me start off by admitting my absolute stupidity. I went blonde last summer and since I had dark hair, it took three or so bleach sessions to get to where I wanted to be. Of course, that was not enough for me, and I chemical straightened my hair, against my hair stylist's recommendation. What's worse, is that I did it myself with a friend's help. UGH. Don't EVER do that. I beg you! Within 6 months, I bleached my hair three times, colored it a few times, and chemically straightened it. I am an idiot, and my hair is now breaking left and right, is extremely difficult to manage and is very dry and thin. Ew, gross. This is the reason I've been looking around for moisturizing and repairing products for my hair. For a while now, I don't buy anything without reading at least a few reviews, so I went internet-traveling and reading up on hair care. I'd come across a few YouTube and blog reviews of Macadamia products and I was intrigued. The products that interested me the most were the Healing Oil Treatment and the Deep Repair Masque.

HEALING OIL TREATMENT



Comes in four sizes: 0.34oz - $6.50, 1oz - $13.50, 4.2oz - $39.95, 10oz - $75.00
Personally, I thought it was incredibly expensive and tried to find a place where I could buy this cheaper. I ended up buying it from Drugstore.com, where I got the 4.2oz for $30.40, which is the best deal so far. Ulta seems to sell them as well, but their coupons do not count towards Macadamia products...*sigh*

It claims:
- intense nourishment for tangle & frizz free hair
- hair that is ultra-smooth, manageable & shiny
- natural UV protection extends the life of color treatments
- reduced drying time by an amazing 40-50%

Personal experience:
- Nourishment wise, it's pretty amazing. My ends are all over the place without it, but after using this on the ends and the rest of the length, the split ends seem to disappear. Please note that there is no way to repair split ends completely, but this gives an illusion of healthy hair and the ends do not break off, which is GREAT!
- Smoothness and shine are definitely there! The trick is to get some of the treatment on your hands, and work through the whole hair length, then brush through with a widetooth comb, otherwise you may end up with clumps of hair that have the treatment and clumps that do not.
- The UV protection is one thing that I cannot vouch for. I had my hair dyed red at some point and this did not really prevent it from washing out. Although, I should note that red is the hardest color to keep in, especially on such porous hair, so it may not be able to keep that promise on such damaged hair.
- Reduced drying time is something I was really excited about and I definitely got it! It may not have been 50%, more like 25%-30%, yet it's still quite helpful! It's also been easier to brush my hair through without any breakage while using this product. LOVE!

Overall, the quality of the product is amazing! I love it! The price point is quite high, but the product does what it claims, so I decided to swallow the price. Would I repurchase it? Honestly, not for a while. I think I will keep looking for something that does a similar job for less. However, if I don't find anything that comes close, I will repurchase this product!

DEEP REPAIR MASQUE



Comes in four sizes: 1oz - $4.00, 3.3oz - $15.00, 8.5oz - $33.00, 16.9 - $49.00
Like with the Healing Oil Treatment, I thought it was a bit pricey and went off to Drugstore.com to purchase mine from there. I got the 8.5oz for $25.60, which is a much better price.

It claims:
- combines Macadamia & Argan oils with chamomile oil, aloe and algae extract
- deep nourishment & long-lasting conditioning
- ultra-conditioning hair reconstruction

Personal experience:
- This is a real luxury! The product smells great, leaves your hair soft as a baby's and temporarily heals split ends. The downside is that you have to keep it on for a while (it is a hair MASQUE), and it can be bothersome. I used it about once a week, left it on for about 20 minutes at a time and then my hair would be soft for the following 2-3 days.

Did the price point prove worth it? In the beginning, I loved this product, but then I realized that I could do this with almost any conditioner and add some Healing Oil to imitate this product at least a bit. Since I used quite a bit of it (most of the length of my hair was damaged, so I had to use more than most people), I ran out pretty quickly, in about 3 months. Do I regret buying it? No. However, I don't think I will be repurchasing it again.

In closing

If you're interested in testing out just one product out of the line, I suggest it's the Healing Oil Treatment. Because it comes in such a variety of sizes, if you are unsure, get the smaller size and see how it goes. A little of this product goes a long way, so use it sparingly! For an extra spa-treatment-feel, add a few drops of this treatment to your conditioner and leave it on for a while, and you'll see how soft your hair becomes. Please note that once you stop using these products, your hair will go back to it's original state.

Have you guys tried anything from this line? If so, which products and what did you think of them? If anything, I think I will re-purchase the Healing Oil Treatment in the future.