Joico K-pak Intense Hydrator Review

Joico K-pak Intense Hydrator Review


Joico Claims: This intense hydrating treatment restores moisture to overly dry, damaged hair, seals the cuticle, imparts shine, and improves manageability and elasticity. pH 3.5. Contains Quadramine complex, an exclusive blend of low molecular weight and size proteins. This balance of 19 essential amino acids (the building blocks of hair) adheres quickly and effectively to ensure maximum protection and reconstruction from the cuticle to the cortex.

  • Replenishes moisture and lipids to overly dry, damaged hair, rendering it manageable, soft, shiny and hydrated.
  • Seals the cuticle and improves elasticity
  • pH balanced

Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Lanolin, Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin (Quadramine Complex), Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed  Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Thioctic Acid, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Glycolipids, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Benzophenone-4, Amodimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum).

Price point: $20.25 CDN / 8.5 oz

My 6¢: Joico has a strong reputation for delivering quality products that deliver.  Unfortunately for me Intense Hydrator is not one of them.  I tried the patience approach with this product; I also attempted the intermittent approach, i.e. coming back to it ever so often throughout my hair stretch, but the reality is that Intense Hydrator doesn’t do much for my hair.  For an “Intense Hydrator” I’m expecting just that – intense moisture, ridiculous slip and for the price the results should be nothing short of orgasmic.  Sadly, when I use this product I don’t get that moisturized feel, neither in terms of slip or softness.  The results are inconsistent and largely depend on when along my stretch the product is used.  If my hair is newly relaxed, I can expect little detangling and little moisturization.  If my hair is past the 4 -6 week mark, I can expect no detangling properties and even less moisturization.

The scent is ok, a little perfumy (as with most Joico products) but not overpowering.  It’s not the greatest of scents but I can overlook that.  In terms of consistency, it is not a thick product.  It reminds me of a light body lotion from Bath & Body Works.  If you’re not careful it will slide off of your hands when applying.

My other beef with this product is that it is recommended for use after the Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.  The reconstructor is a medium protein so it should be followed with a moisturizing conditioner to provide moisture balance and help soften the hair. When I use this after the reconstructor, I really feel like I’m wasting my time because  I always have to follow up with something more moisturizing.  The problem seems to be that even though this product is advertised as a hydrator it’s protein-laden.  It contains their signature Quadramine Complex which is a blend of 19 proteins.  So essentially I’m trying to soften and moisturize protein with protein…unlikely.  This is disappointing on two fronts: 1) The product claims (i.e. soft, shiny, hydrated, manageable hair) are not justified at least not when it comes to my hair and 2) this is a higher end salon product.  For the price my hair (and pocket) demands better.

On the positive side, this product is PH balanced so it should do the same thing for you as a ACV rinse i.e. lay down the cuticle to promote shine and smoothness.  Personally I haven’t experienced either from this product but I’m just laying out the facts.

I don’t think I have to tell you I won’t be replacing this product, but in case there was any uncertainties let me tell you anyway – I won’t be replacing this product.  It will possibly work better on someone with lighter textured hair but for my Type 4 hair it does little.  I like consistency in a product and this doesn’t deliver.  That’s too bad, I really like its sister product – K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.

Wow Factor: (2/5)

Author: Vogue

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  1. I have also been disappointed with Joico’s products. The only Joice product that I like is their new Restorative Styling Oil with argan oil. That stuff is absolutely amazing – soft, smooth, strong hair every time I use it; someone even commented on how it makes my hair look like I flatironed (I airdry). I only use it as a sealant after applying my leave-in after a shampoo, and the result lasts for days.

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    • Thanks for letting me know about this new product. I’ll look out for it.

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  2. Yeah,I tried the entire kpak line and this was really disappointing. I hated this product. It wasn’t hydrating at all.

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  3. I had a very good experience with this product. I have 4a/b hair that tends to be on the dry side. After co washing, I put this in my hair, detangle, and sit under the dryer for 10-15 minutes. This product moisturizes my hair every time. Usually I rinse with something like Pantene R&N for the slip. But after roller setting, my hair comes out so bouncy. It really lays my cuticle down leaving it very smooth. I realize more than ever products are really subjective.

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  4. @ Nestlequik: That is definitely true!  Every individual will have their own experience with a product.  It depends on several factors including the texture and peculiarities of your hair.  Even if you have the same type hair, there can be slight differences in texture that impact your experience with a product.  In addition, I personally think that the state of your hair at the point in time when you try the product also has an impact.  You can have a terrible experience with a product at one stage in your hair journey and then a completely opposite experience at a different stage of your journey.  This has happened to me before and these are some of the reasons I try to keep my reviews focused on my experience at that point in time and not generalize and make sweeping statements that no one should try it. 

    I’m glad it works for you…I really wanted it to work for me too, but at this stage in my hair journey it doesn’t *sniff*.  That’s not to say other Joico products don’t work for me.  K-pak Reconstructor is a staple of mine and hopefully as time goes on I’ll add more Joico products to my list of favs. 

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