Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Salon Treatment


After reading about the new Paul Mitchell Awapuhi in Salon Keratin Treatment that fixes damage, I was curious to learn more. Via this website, I tracked down a salon in my area that was offering this service and booked an appointment. I was hoping that this treatment would help heal my goat hair* (by heal, I mean make it behave and feel smoother) and make the underside layers of my hair feel nicer and look nicer.

(Wonky ends shown above. My hair looks dry and not too shiny.)

I was also hoping against hope that it might make my wonky ends look nicer. They aren't split, they just like to look, well, wonky and dry and icky.

Shear Genius, outside of Baltimore, was the salon I visited for the treatment. Stephanie, the stylist, told me all about the treatment and what it would accomplish. She also agreed that my hair was in need of some TLC.

Apparently, for centuries, Hawaiians have used Awapuhi juice as a skin and hair treatment. Decades ago, Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria bought land in Hawaii and began growing Awapuhi in a sustainable way (all awapuhi used in his products is grown and harvested here). The lipids are extracted from the root of the plant and used to make hair softer and more manageable with intense shine. This salon treatment also combines KeraTriplex, Paul Mitchell's signature keratin product. KeraTriplex™ is a blend of three proteins with targeted molecular weights that penetrate into the cortex, rebuild disrupted bonds and reinforce the cuticle.

Paul Mitchell, Awapuhi, So here is how the treatment went. We started by washing my hair with Moisturizing Lather Shampoo, followed by a quick Keratin Cream Rinse conditioning treatment. Then the KeraTriplex serum is applied and massaged into the hair. After a few moments, the Keratin Intensive Treatment is added to the hair and I then sat under a dryer for about 5 minutes.

Afterwards, my hair was rinsed and a Styling Treatment Oil was applied after my hair had been gently towel-dried.

Paul Mitchell, Awapuhi, (The same side of my hair the day after the treatment. Nice!)

The end result? My hair is incredibly soft. Like tv ad soft. I've had other keratin treatments and this one definitely made my hair softer than others I have tried. Stephanie and I encouraged everyone to feel my hair before I left the salon. It was pretty amazing stuff. The under-layers are much softer and slightly more manageable. My goat hair is improved slightly. But today is a harsh day to judge. We are getting up to 12 inches of rain in 70 degree weather. It's like a terrarium outside. This has not made much of an impact on my hair's ability to freak out completely in humidity.

Paul Mitchell, Awapuhi, (A close up of the same bit of hair shown above in the first picture, the day after the treatment.)

According to Paul Mitchell, this treatment should last for a few weeks and a take home kit is sold separately if you would like to keep the basic results going at home (the Awapuhi lipids shown in the ampule above are not included in the take home kit). You do get the Shampoo, Conditioning rinse, KeraTriplex treatment, Treatment Oil, Texturizing Sea Spray and Finishing Spray in larger than deluxe sample sizes for $40. The treatment itself is $25. I can definitely see doing this monthly to have hair this soft.

Paul Mitchell, Awapuhi, (Here is the same portion of my hair a little over a week later.)

Fast forward a little more than a week. My hair is still softer than usual and shinier than usual. I have been using the shampoo, conditioner, weekly treatment and oil (daily). My hair is behaving much better and still feels really nice. However, this treatment has next to no impact on frizz. It's been almost nothing but rain for the last 8 or 9 days. The initial softness I felt began to fade as soon as I did anything that might rough up the cuticle. Despite sleeping and styling my hair, my hair is still much softer and less damaged-looking then when I had started, which will make me want to continue using this product. Make no mistake, the initial softness fades, but my hair does not look as damaged as it did when I started the process. Not using the Paul Mitchell Shampoo and Conditioner also has an impact on the softness of your hair. I used another sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and did not get the same results as I did with the Paul Mitchell. Any way you slice it, this treatment definitely made a difference in the appearance of my damaged hair and how soft it felt.


I paid for this myself. Paul Mitchell would never, ever test on animals.


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20 Comments:

  1. It looks great, Kelly! I love how much shine and smoothness I see. Which reminds me, I have a box of Kerstase treatments sitting in my beauty closet, just waiting to be used....

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  2. I had this done about two weeks ago, after my stylist raved about it. But, about a week after I started losing hair left and right. The treatment and shampoo and conditioner were the only "new" things I'd done recently, I don't color but I do flat iron a lot, which was why she suggested it. I stopped using it and it stopped falling out, but I lost a ton of hair and ended up getting extensions to "fill in", at another salon.

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    1. I had a similar reaction. I didn't lose strands of hair, just bits and pieces. Pieces that were smaller than an inch long all over my sink and counter top where I dry and style my hair. The treatment was the only difference in my routine.
      Any thoughts from the professionals as to why this would happen? My sister said my hair has never looked this bad before and started looking at it closely and I have numerous split ends and blow outs in each hair.

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  3. OMG! That is horrible! I wonder what could have caused that reaction? Maybe you are allergic to something? The Keratin is a protein, I doubt that would be it. Maybe it's the awapuhi lipids? That is definitely different from my experience!

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  4. I'm not sure. I got different answers from different stylists in the first and second shop. One said too much protein, another said it might just be a rare reaction. Either way it sucks, it did make my hair nice for a few days though. I've been searching on the net for a reason, nothing so far. I'm glad it's working for you!! :)

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  5. So, who is Peter Mitchell? Lol.. your title should probably be changed to Paul.

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  6. I wish I had a prize, I'd send you one. thanks!

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  7. ps- Peter Mitchell is a guy I work with. It only took more than 5 months and more than 10K views for someone to notice. :-)

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  8. LOL! So I guess you had Peter on the mind. Tee hee.

    I forgot to thank you for your great review! I'm thinking of buying the complete treatment from ebay. It's a lot cheaper than in salons. ;-)

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  9. Enjoy it!! It made my hair SO nice!!!

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  10. i want to ask about qod max keratine this keratine good or not and is it make the hair straight ,silky and soft
     or just treatment

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  11. I had nothing but a positive experience. Have you contacted the salon?

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  12.  Did you lose hair in patches? Did you notice any bald spots and where?  I think I am having a reaction to this treatment as well.

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  13. I just went to write a review of this product for my site, and you do a MUCH better job of it here :) Thank you for being so thorough. I've linked to this for others to enjoy!

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  14. I had it done about a 7 weeks ago and my hair still looks nice, but I only wash mine 2-3 times a week. Really helped my hair

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  15. I'm a beauty school student and my boyfriend is a Paul Mitchell educater. if your hair is not that damaged and you use repairing treatments, the proteins(keratin) build up and actually cause the hair to start breaking. For example, if you were to use it on virgin hair it would cause damage after so many sessions. on over processed hair, its so porous that it fills in the gaps over time. virgin hair doesn't have holes to fill.

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  16. FIRST TIME USAGE WAS THE BEST...AFTER THAT IT WAS JUST OKAY BY THE THIRD TIME AROUND MY HAIR BECAME EXTREMELY DRY AND BEGAN TO BREAK EXTENSIVELY....I AM NOW USING LOTS OF MOISTURE AND ATTEMPTING TO ALLOW IT GROW ALL OFF MY SHAFT AND START FRESH WITH HAIR AND *NEVER* USE THIS PRODUCT ON MY FINE HAIR AGAIN.

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  17. nice blog
    thanks for sharing information.
    Hair Care TreatmentsThe health of your hair and scalp can speak volumes about your internal balance. Factors like genetics, excessive use of chemicals, illness, weather changes and poor circulation are the major causes behind issues like hair fall, dandruff and damaged hair.

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