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Friday, October 28, 2011

Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe review

Hey guys! So, as soon as you're done reading this, you NEED to go out and buy this. Read fast.

It's the latest addition to Joico's K-PAK line: Revitaluxe...*the crowd oohs and ahhs* But seriously, it's the closest you'll get to actually "repairing" your fried, damaged hair. Yeah that's right, I said it. Because in today's world, unless you never color your hair AND wear it in a tight Lilith Sternin-Crane bun, your hair is probably damaged. Blowdryers, curling irons, flat irons, wavers, crimpers, rollers, color, bleach, perms, relaxers...it's just how it is today and there's no getting around it. BUT - you can at least try and mend the situation...and here we are. Revitaluxe.

All jokes aside, I really do love this. It's like having the power of K-PAK Reconstruct AND a really good deep conditioner all-in-one! I can't think of any hair type that wouldn't benefit from this. Besides, it just looks and feels luxurious...don't you just love that?

Here's the ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, PEG-8 Distearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Stearate, Ceteth-2, Tetrapeptide-28 Argininamide, Tetrapeptide-29 Argininamide, Pentapeptide-29 Cysteinamide, Pentapeptide-30, Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Myristyl Myristate, Glycolipids, BIS-Iso-Butyl PEG/PPG-20/35/Amodimethicone Copolymer, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Thioctic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexaonate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sorbic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Trideceth-12, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Limonene, Fragrance, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red (CI14700)

And here's the important stuff:
Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, PEG-8 Distearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Stearate, Ceteth-2, Tetrapeptide-28 Argininamide, Tetrapeptide-29 Argininamide, Pentapeptide-29 Cysteinamide, Pentapeptide-30, Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Myristyl Myristate, Glycolipids, BIS-Iso-Butyl PEG/PPG-20/35/Amodimethicone Copolymer, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Thioctic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexaonate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Trideceth-12

Water: the base for almost every hair product on the market. Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycol Stearate, and Amodimethicone are conditioning agents. Jojoba Seed Oil would usually be excluded from this list, but in my opinion I've found it's quite an effective conditioning agent when it's in a higher concentration like this. Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine is a cationic surfactant that binds to the hair to smooth and add slip. It's a popular alternative to traditional silicones, but some say less effective. PEG-8 Distearate is an emulsifier, they make sure all the other ingredients get along. Sorbitol is a humectant found in many plants and berries. It helps to retain moisture in hair and gives a velvety feeling to skin...it's also used as a sugar substitute. Isn't that fun? Tetrapeptide-28 Argininamide, Tetrapeptide-29 Argininamide, Pentapeptide-29 Cysteinamide, Pentapeptide-30, Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Glycolipids, BIS-Iso-Butyl PEG/PPG-20/35/Amodimethicone Copolymer, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Thioctic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid are all very long complicated words, but they're really what sets this product apart. The Allantoin softens all the Keratin this product has, while Glycolipids and Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E) also help to "repair" damaged hair strands. I put "repair" in quotes because technically there's no repairing hair, but this product comes pretty close to doing it. Myristyl Myristate is an emulsion enhancer, but it's also used to give products a white, glossy look...which this product has if you've noticed. I wish I had the patience to sit down and give you all a lenghty, detailed version of every ingredient that's in every product I review..but I can only take so much typing at one time. Especially when I write in the middle of the night (thank the computer god sfor spell-check).


Who would I recommend this to? Anyone with damaged hair, especially chemically lightened or over-processed hair. Nothing reverses extreme damage, but with continued use this definitely helps get your hair back to (somewhat) normal. And that's all you can ask of any hair product.


Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe comes in a 5.1 fl. oz. bottle, and retails for around $22.95.

The salon I'm working at is Aveda concept, so I'm really getting into some of their products. Look for those soon...seriously, I mean it this time.

Take care of your hair! XO-Anthony

3 comments:

Monica said...

LOVE this stuff. Trying to stock up on it while it's still 14.98. Bad news is, my local CosmoProf has been out of stock for over a month. So has the other ten stores I visited trying to find the Holy Grail of conditioners! :(
This stuff should be in EVERY chemically-dependant persons' shower/cabinet.

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KP3girl said...

Cool! You do a really good job with your humor in this blog... it made me crack up when you complained about Aveda's 'All Natural' claim (I always thought the same thing!!!) and I really like your in-depthness (is that a word?) on the product at the same time. Great blog- keep it up! =)