Hair Treatment at Home

Reconstruct and Moisturize Weak or Excessively Dry Hair

A hair treatment can help restore damaged hair, add shine and body to dull lifeless hair, and improve the texture of frizzy, unmanageable hair. And it can easily be done at home for far less than you’d pay at the salon.

Hair conditioning treatment

Chemical processes, heat styling, environmental factors, even the minerals in your water can have a harsh effect on your hair. An occasional deep conditioning or reconstructing treatment will help restore your hair to its prime condition. It’s also a good idea to treat your hair before and after any chemical processes.

Learn about products and process to use for different hair requirements. Browse through all the suggestions on this page or use the following links to quick-jump to the info you want…

Moderately damaged hair  :  Severely damaged hair

Deep Conditioning or Reconstructing – What’s The Difference?

Damaged hair loses two essential components; moisture and protein. sometimes, both of these elements need to be replaced for an effective hair treatment. But not always. Hair that is only dry or frizzy needs moisture. Not necessarily protein, which could actually be damaging for hair with healthy levels of protein already. Here’s how you can easily identify what the product you’re buying will do for your hair.

“Conditioning” = Moisture
“Reconstructing” = Protein

When you’re looking for products, keep those terms in mind to help you determine whether a product is strictly for adding moisture or will restore the protein bonds in your hair.



The best products for a dual-impact hair treatment that addresses the needs of protein and moisture deprived hair.


Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Liquid Reconstructor for Fine Damaged Hair

Strengthens hair by infusing it with protein which supports the keratin bonds in hair that are depleted when hair is damaged. If not repaired, this deficiency leaves hair weak, brittle and vulnerable to breakage.


Joico K-pak Intense Hydrator

Quenches dry, damaged hair with the moisture its lacking and increases shine and softness by sealing down the outer (cuticle) layer of each hair strand. This can be applied directly over top of the protein based reconstructors. (details below)

Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Delivers a blend of keratin building-blocks and beneficial botanicals. These goodies penetrate into the inner layer of the hair and restore strength and shine. This treatment can be used to revive stressed, chemically damaged hair. But it also works to improve the look and texture of healthy hair that tends to be dry and/or frizzy.



Milliard Professional Hair Conditioning Heat Cap with Adjustable Temperature Settings for Deep Penetrating Hair and Scalp Treatments

A heated cap will give the conditioning process a little boost by opening the cuticle layer slightly so that the nourishing ingredients can penetrate further in.

Start with clean, towel-dried hair. Get as much of the water out of your hair as possible. If your hair retains a lot of moisture after washing, give it a quick blowdry on low heat until it’s damp.

Separate the hair into 4 quadrants by parting it from ear to ear across the top and from forehead to nape.

Squeeze the product into your hands and rake it through your hair. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Concentrate the least amount of product near the roots which should be the healthiest area as that growth is relatively new.

If you’re using the Joico hair treatment products recommended above for protein and moisture, apply the Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Liquid Reconstructor for Fine/Damaged Hairfirst and leave it for 5 minutes.

Rinse the reconstructing products, or not. My preference is not. I simply blot the excess off into a clean towel until the hair is just damp with reconstructor, then apply the Joico K-pak Intense Hydrator right over top and proceed.

Wrap the hair up in a bag and then wrap a towel around your head over top of the bag to keep the heat from your scalp in. The towel isn’t necessary if you have a heated cap (as shown above). Heat helps to open up the cuticle (outside) layer of the hair so that the product molecules can penetrate deeper.

Leave the conditioning products on for up to 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Repeat this hair treatment as necessary, which can range from weekly to every few months depending on the condition of your hair.

Hair that has been damaged (bleached, permed, relaxed) to the point of breaking needs specialized care. The following products are formulated to re-build weak, brittle, breaking hair by delivering the necessary keratin protein into the hair shaft, where it can strengthen the bonds of the hair.

If your hair is not severely damaged, these are NOT the treatments for you. They may damage healthy hair and at the very least, won’t have a dramatic effect like they do on chemically compromised hair. If your hair is merely dry, it likely needs moisture rather than protein (see above).

Aphogee Two-step Treatment Protein for Damaged Hair

This unique hair therapy is applied to towel dried hair and allowed to dry into the hair until it becomes HARD. And then rinse like crazy… for up to 30 minutes.When performed properly, this hair treatment is transformative for severely damaged hair. An extreme hit of moisture is necessary after using this reconstructor. Use the Joico K-pak Intense Hydrator or another deep conditioning product. Leave the conditioner on for 10-20 minutes. Repeat the treatment after 4-6 weeks if your hair is still damaged and/or breaking. But once your hair is repaired, STOP using this product!

Nexxus Emergencee

This one is slightly less invasive than the AphOGEE. The results are less dramatic too. In favor of this product, it doesn’t have a complicated application process and can yield very good results on damaged hair. Be sure to rinse your hair very thoroughly. And use a good moisturizing (non-protein) conditioner afterwards to restore moisture.


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