"My appreciation for rice water goes back to my teenage years, when my mom (a doctor and chemist) brought my bleach-damaged hair back to life with her homemade rice-water concoction," tells ishonest. "I wanted to share the power of rice water with the new Don't Despair, Repair MegaStrength+ Rice Water Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment, Briogeo's most intensive treatment yet. This is a professional-grade product that repairs dry, damaged, weak, or brittle hair and takes the guesswork and messiness out of a DIY rice-water treatment."
The weekly treatment comes in a dual-chamber bottle to ensure each pump has the perfect balance of ingredients. A rice water protein complex (rice-derived water, oil, and ferment) protects against future damage by strengthening the hair cuticle, algae extract infuses the hair with nutrients like vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids to further strengthen the hair and protect the scalp, and B-vitamins provide instant gratification by boosting volume, body, and shine, plus improve texture.
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How to Use Briogeo's Rice Water Treatment
The beauty of MegaStrength+ Rice Water Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment is that you can tailor the way you use it, based on your hair texture, current hair situation, or personal preference. After shampooing, wring out the excess water from your hair and distribute the treatment evenly from roots to ends. Let it marinate for 15-30 minutes or leave it on overnight. Then, rinse out.
Since my hair is damaged, but not delicate enough to have a ton of breakage, I didn't use this product as an overnight treatment. In fact, I only left it in my hair for the 10 minutes I was in the shower because I hate getting out and then jumping back in again.
The Final Verdict
Despite not completely following the instructions, I did experience some impressive results after a single use. After I finished blow-drying my hair, I noticed a significant improvement in softness, shine, plus extra bounce. Overall, my hair just looked healthier. I'd recommend MegaStrength+ Rice Water Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment to anyone who's looking to improve the appearance of their hair ahead of a major event, treats their haircare routine like a ritual, or isn't an impatient Aries like me.
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