Cheap Cosmetics Review

March 4, 2010

Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor – a review

This review might be under the Curly Girl category, but this product is a miracle worker for anyone with damaged hair.

I am a curly girl and for a very long time, I was guilty of not treating my hair right. Years of using silicon-based products culminated with the irreparable damage some stupid hairdresser inflicted on my hair with a pair of GHD straighteners and a curling iron. All of this because they were trained to think that “hair is hair, all hair is cut and treated like straight hair”. No consideration for curlies out there.

When I decided to apply the curly girl method, I chose to go for a protein based diet for my hair. And this is where Joico Deep Penetrating Reconstructor comes in. Please note that this product is officially only available from salons, but huge 1 litre bottles can be purchased on ebay for about £30.

First off, this product, contrarily to your usual shop-bought conditioners, is very thick. So thick that I have trouble squeezing it out of the bottle. It also does not contain any “nasties” for us following the curly girl method: no “cones”, no sulphates and it actually contains keratin (which is what your hair is made of).

The smell is absolutely lovely to me but could put other people off. It reminds you of a tropical island with scents of banana and mango/papaya.

The results, if you follow the rules by the letter, are amazing. This has brought back the springs in my curls. To anyone following the curly girl method, my hair was a usual frizzbucket and I could manage with silicon-based products were some botticelli curls that would end up dry and limp at the ends. Thanks to Joico, my hair now gives me lovely and tight corkscrew curls.

However, there are limitations. Because proteins are only good for your hair in small doses, this should not be used as a daily conditioner but as a biweekly treat maximum (once a week if your hair is reasonably healthy). Please keep in mind it is a “reconstructor”. Also, if it states to leave on your hair for only 5 minutes, there is a reason to this. While proteins would help reconstructing your hair, too much proteins for too long could also leave it brittle. So my advice is never to use this as a leave-in conditioner. If you want to do this, there is a Joico K-Pak conditioner I will be reviewing soon.

Also, the other limitation I have found is the fact that it is recommended to use the Joico K-PAK Moisture Intense Hydrator after having used the Deep Penetrating reconstructor. Why? you may ask. Well quite simply, the reconstructor does not moisturise your hair for you, it only “rebuilds” it. Using the reconstructor without the hydrator could leave your hair feeling “dry” and a bit haywire. All of this product application and rinsing madness does not make for a quick passage in the shower.

So to sum things up, here are the cons:

– relatively expensive (the recontructor and hydrator cost £30 for a litre each on ebay)

– relatively time-consuming

– only has limited use (frequency and cannot be used as a leave-in conditioner for slip)

And the pros:

– I would qualify this as being a miracle product, no less.


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