The ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor can be described as a protein treatment. I don’t like to recommend products to people except they really want me to (because so many different factors) but this is definitely one I encourage people to try.
This review was a little weird to write, lol. The first time I used this product, I was in uni, transitioning to natural hair. I am reviewing it now, almost 5 years later, imagine that! I picked it up again a couple months ago because my hair needed strengthening and I have to say that ApHogee has still got it!
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.
Worth noting: This list has many ingredients that aren’t easy to pronounce lol. It is worth noting that this is a water based conditioner (water is the first ingredient), and it contains fatty alcohols, fatty acids and quats, moisturising ingredients commonly found in conditioners. It has proteins- hydrolyzed keratin and amino acids.
It has a silicone (amodimethicone) and parabens too.
This product has been in the same bottle since I got to know it five years ago. It has a light, pleasant smell that does not linger. I’m willing to bet that you would not dislike it!
The texture is like a thick lotion.
It has a nozzle cap, which works well.
How to Use/ How I Use
With protein treatments, please please, follow instructions for use. ApHogee has a whole bunch of products- even a line for natural hair- but I’d say their street cred is mostly in the protein treatments.
MeeMee wrote about her experience with the much much stronger ApHogee 2 Step Treatment HERE. It stopped her coloured hair breakage instantly. While that one is a bit of a long process, this particular reconstructor I’m reviewing today is very simple. The instructions are to: Put in freshly washed hair, leave in for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water.
NOW. It definitely doesn’t take me 2 minutes to put product in my hair. This is a conditioner so, I use it after shampooing and I like to detangle while applying conditioner.
I know I said follow instructions, but as your trusty guinea pig, I can tell you that from my experience, it is okay to leave the Reconstructor in for a bit longer. I smooth it into my hair and then detangle. By the time I’m done with comb detangling my entire head section by section, I wait 2-5 minutes and then rinse.
This product says to rinse with warm water so I do this, but I still follow up with a cold water rinse afterwards, to shut my cuticles.
The first time I bought this, it was on a recommendation from my friend, Ebun. My hair had started breaking a lot and I needed a fix. I got this and it fixed my breakage forreal forreal.
The last time I got this was in September. I had been experiencing even more breakage than usual, so I took to ApHogee again. I used it on almost all my washdays from September to December 2016. After like 6 washdays with the Reconstructor, see the AFTER picture below, for how much hair I lost after twisting my whole head!
Before using the treatment:
I know le fro was hidden for 5 weeks but isn't this breakage/ shedding a bit much? 🙁 pic.twitter.com/NvHhM9Wjk1
— AB x MeeMee (@thekinkandixx) July 24, 2016
My hair was breaking a lot. The above picture is an indication of how bad it was. I lost even more hair in the process of washing my hair and subsequently, when I styled it again. So let’s say that on this washday, I lost about twice the hair in my palm there.
Isn’t this a wow? This is all the hair I lost AFTER twisting my hair. The amount of hair loss I used to experience for this used to be like half of the hair in my palm in the BEFORE photo, so this is a lot of progress. ApHogee still got it!
One thing I love about this product is that it reduces washday time for me because I don’t need to have it marinating in my hair for 45 minutes.
The slip is okay. It isn’t the greatest, but after smoothing it into my hair and leaving it on for a bit, I find that my hair is easier to detangle.
If you are dealing with breakage, I suggest you start with this Reconstructor. It is safe for use on all hair types. It was actually formulated for relaxed, bleached or damaged hair, but many naturals trust it to deliver. If your breakage is very very much, or still persists, you may want to pull out the stops and go for the 2-Step Treatment.
P.S. Using this product doesn’t mean you can do anything to your hair o. If you use this to strengthen your hair, your hair will still break if you comb it recklessly. If your hair is super damaged, this product can help you manage the damage but you’re going to have to let go of the damaged bits eventually.
Where to Find
I bought my bottle at Savvy Chic Hair & Beauty Hub on Norman Williams Street, Ikoyi. You can get yours on Beautiphic (former Olori) at 4750 Naira for 8oz, and on Natural Hair Products Shop at 4000 Naira for 8oz. It is also available at Casabella and Yinka Bodyline.
Remember to give your hair a protein treatment every 4 to 6 weeks. Don’t wait for it to start breaking. As our people say, prevention is better than cure.
Have you used this Reconstructor before? What are your thoughts? What’s your favourite protein treatment?
Till next post,