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  1. Hi Gabriella! I recently bought this treatment after reading through your blog posts/watching your videos (all of your content has been a total lifesaver, so informative, thank you so much!!) as I realised that my loose high porosity curls are over moisturised and need protein. I followed the product instructions (leaving it on for 5 minutes on damp hair after shampooing, rinsing, conditioning) and my hair was supppper soft and beautiful while wet, but then I got a huge amount of halo frizz as it dried. The rest of my washday products remained the same (bounce curl clarifying shampoo, matrix biolage conditioner, pantene mousse, boucleme light hold gel) as did my technique, and I don’t usually get this much frizz so I know that it must have been a result of the treatment. In order to reduce the frizz from now on, should I either decrease the amount of time I leave it in for, or else just use it once a month only (instead of once a week as I had planned to do)? Sorry for the very long comment, I’m just lost!!

    1. (Oh and just one more thing- I clarify using the bumble and bumble Sunday shampoo once a month/after I’ve been swimming, so I know it’s not related to that)

      1. Gabriella says:

        well yes and no… if your hair is over moisturized, which it sounds like it definitely is. I’d recommend clarifying with the BB Sunday Shampoo for the next 2-3 consecutive washdays to knock back those moisture levels in the hair.

    2. Gabriella says:

      whoa whoa whoa….I was reading your comment and nodding along then whoa! Hold up, you’re using Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner – THE MOST potently moisturizing conditioner on the market!!! No wonder your hair is over moisturized, AND using the Bouclème gel, which is also quite hydrating. So a) it’s totally expected that your hair is over moisturized and b) you’ve cancelled out the benefits of the protein, by following with the Matrix Biolage. It’s the conditioner that needs to change, not the Joico.

      1. Oh I never thought about it like that, okay thanks so much, I’ll try that! (And sorry, I asked my friend to make a comment for me too with with the same question because I thought my email address wasn’t registering so just ignore that query!!)

  2. Hi Gabrielle!
    New to all of this.. is joci recommended for low porosity hair?

  3. Hi bought the Joico products you recommended and the hydrator both contain glycerine which I’m trying to stay away from as I also live in Ireland can you advise want to use but worry about the glycerine

    1. Gabriella says:

      You don’t need to worry about glycerin in your washday products, it’s only in your styling products, or even just your final styling product/gel that you need to be mindful if it’s particularly humid or dry outside. But I live in Ireland too, and the Joico Deep Penetrating Reconstructor and Liquid Reconstructor are absolutely fine to use here, all year round.

      1. Hi Gabriella I’ve been using the reconstruct I’ve always used Joico and I do love this mask my hair loves protein when I use it my hair curls and is less fizzy and fluffy I think I caused it to be like that doing co wash with conditioner for months I’m back to shampoo sulphate free and Kodak conditioner but my hair will only behave when I’ve used the Joico mask would like to use every wash day 2 x week but worry that might be too much my hair is highlighted blonde and loves protein

        1. Gabriella says:

          Hi Deborah, it may just be that your hair is really over moisturized and needs that big kick of protein. If you use the Protein Deep Penetrating Conditioner once/week and then use the Liquid Reconstructor every washday would that work for you? Alternatively, use it once/week but leave it in for longer – say 20-30 mins…I don’t think using the DPR would be advisable long term for every washday.

  4. Thank you for your review! Would you recommend using this product after regular shampoo or only after clarifying? Or can it be done with either? Thanks!

    1. Gabriella says:

      You can use it after either x

  5. Salonsuitespb says:

    Hi. do you have updates for the products this 2022?

  6. Hey Gabriella! I bought this and the hydrator! Just wondering if I need to condition after using these two products or if the hydrator acts like a condition (or even deep conditioner?)

    Many thanks!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Jade, the Intense Hydrator is a conditioner so you don’t need anything else x

  7. Jenny Wren says:

    Hi Gabriella,

    Have bought this based on your recommendation. Just wondering approx how much product to apply to hair. Thanks

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Jenny, you don’t need loads as it’s just a treatment, not a hair mask or deep conditioner. It really depends on how thick and long your hair is. For my hair, I use about 2 teaspoon sized amounts on wet hair, maybe a little more. I hope that helps

  8. Elizabeth Jordan says:

    Hello Gabriella,

    Thank you so much for all of your content. It has been incredibly helpful to me. I was wondering if you would be able to do a post on how to care for curly hair in the winter. I’m having an awfully hard time keeping mine moisturized and I’m finding that it won’t last very long between wash days. Any tips/tricks you could offer would be so great! Thank you!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much! I’ve got a Monthy Curl Clinic with all my tips, advice, technique and product recommendations which you can purchase the playback link from my shop. x

  9. Lucy Coogan says:

    Thank you for this post. I always look forward to reading your product reviews etc.

    Would you say this product is similar to the hairfinity amino masque? I am looking for a protein treatment to include in my routine because my hair is over moisturised but I’m unsure which I’ve to choose. I have fine, low porosity loose curls and waves so ideally I’m looking for something that don’t weigh down my hair xXx

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Lucy, it’s only similar in terms that they both contain protein and some moisturizing ingredients too. But the Joico is more lightweight and contains more protein and it not a deep conditioner/hair mask. From what you’ve described that you’re looking for, I’d recommend the Joico over the Hairfinity. Hope that helps.

  10. Sounds like exactly what my hair needs! Thanks for the thorough review!