Review: ApHogee

What it is: A protein-enriched “hair repair” product line
Price: $5-$7. The price varies. Check your local beauty supply.
Website: ApHogee

Review: ApHogee

The Review:

I did NOT purchase these products. They were sent to me to try and provide feedback. I got them late last year, and I’m finally getting around to doing a review. I was a die-hard ApHogee product fan, in my relaxed days. The products were effective, inexpensive, and they never failed me.  I have good memories.

I used everything, except the Spritz & Shine Styling Spray.  I don’t really use holding spritzes, because my hair isn’t worn straight much.  I may use this in the future, or I may give it away.

I’m going to start with my favorite product, and work backwards.

  • Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer 
    This is my favorite product in the line,  hands down.  When I transitioned with braids, this was my savior.  I used it several times during the week, along with an oil-based braid spray. It kept my hair strong and helped prevent breakage and split ends.As a napptural, I use it when my hair is in twists,  as a leave-in underneath butters/creams (if I need some added strength from protein), and as a barrier against the heat of the blow dryer/flat iron.
  • ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner
    It’s  lightweight, non-greasy and I’ve used it as a conditioning spray for twists, and as a leave-in, underneath styling products.  It helps to detangle and soften. It’s also great underneath the Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer, as another layer of heat protection. The only thing I don’t like is the bottle. It’s a liquid, and it needs a sprayer, not a flip cap.
  • Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor 
    I don’t do heavy protein treatments, because I have no need for them. This product is just enough for when your hair needs the benefits of protein, but nothing heavy duty.  As the label says, it “adds strength and softness in one step”.  I agree.  After using it one time, my hair was noticeably stronger, but not dry or brittle.There’s also the 2-Step Protein Treatment, which is a heavy-duty protein, and I don’t recommend it, unless you have bad breakage. I used it as a relaxed head.
  • Deep Moisture Shampoo
    I wasn’t too crazy about this one. It’s not a bad product, but it didn’t wow me. I think it’s a  low-lather shampoo…or I’ll just say I didn’t get much lather. I like lather. I know it’s not “necessary”, but I want lather.  It didn’t strip my hair (it does contain sulphates), but I have shampoos I like better.

Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about the line.  Whether you’re relaxed or natural, it’s effective, won’t break your wallet, and you can find it at your neighborhood beauty supply, as well as online.

A Nappy Girl