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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Product Review: At One Botanical Reconstructor

I bought this a couple of years ago, used it a few times, and never used it again until this weekend. I'm not sure why I stopped since there's more than half of it gone. I used to religiously use At One's itchy scalp treatment, so that's probably why I purchased this. I decided to re-visit it as a protein alternative. Most reconstructors contain protein, but this doesn't.

Description
Repairs damage; controls breakage, shedding; detangles; adds body, shine, elasticity. Rich in nutrients to treat damaged areas inside and on the surface of hair shafts. Natural emollients and botanical extracts give hair more elasticity, body and shine. Apply to damp hair after shampooing. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse. For intensive treatment, leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.

Ingredients
Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearalkonium Chloride, Dicetylcdimoium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Octyl Dimethyl Paba, Polysorbate 20, Mineral Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Peg-40 Castor Oil, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Magnesium Citrate, Polyquaternium-7, Exracts Of: Chamomile, White Nettle, Pine Cone, Lappa, Rosemary, Ivy, Arnica, Watercress, Garlic, Calendula, Linden, Cornflower, Matricaria, Hypericum, Parfum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidozolidinyl Urea, Simethicone

My Experience
I shampooed with Elasta QP Creme Moisturizing Shampoo and applied this while still in the shower. I left it on for a little over 3 minutes and rinsed. My hair felt stronger, and somewhat moisturized. The feeling reminded me a lot of the Aphogee 2 minute treatment. It's been 2 days since I used it, and even after deep conditioning with the diy steam treatment, my hair isn't that much more shiny or moisturized. I've had a little more shedding than usual for the past week or 2, and this didn't help. I may use this about once a month until I finish it, but since it hasn't made the earth move, I won't buy it again.

5 comments:

Sunshyne said...

This is one of my fav. products. That sucks that you didn't like it. Its definately not a protein conditioner. I use it as a DC w/ DPR-11.

Tiffanita said...

I don't hate it, I just didn't see much difference. Maybe I'll try it as a DC...

LaQT said...

I have this on my wishlist but since reading your review. I may just go ahead and purchase the Aphogee 2 min reconstructor because that, too, is on my list. Have you tried Creme of Nature Reconstructor?

Anonymous said...

I actually liked this conditioner. It is a very mild plant protein conditioner because it only has the plant extracts in it but none the less it is a mild plant protein conditioner and not as strong as a keratin one like aphogee 2 minute.

Anonymous said...

You should try keeping it on for 20 min with a plastic cap you will definitely notice a difference, using for 3 mins won't do anything.