Wash Day & First Impressions | Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator

Hey everybody! I decided to get my wash day done over the weekend (on Sunday) because I had some time and I was not busy travelling as usual. It felt good not feeling rushed to get my hair done, I could give it a little extra TLC.

I decided to use my Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator which I bought in January and I had not busted out yet. I pretty much repeated my last wash day with a few different products. So I shall keep the recap quick and rather focus on the first impressions of the Joico conditioner.


  • Prepoo : L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5, I am trying to use this up – the scent is waaay too much for me. I prepooed under heat for 30 minutes
  • Shampoo: Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean Moisturising and Softening Shampoo – my current staple sulphate free shampoo


  • Instant Conditioner: Watsons Repairing Treatment Conditioner with honey, I kept it in my hair for 5 minutes then rinsed out
  • Tea Rinse: Chai tea, using the pour and catch method
  • Deep Conditioner: Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator. I DCed using heat for 45 minutes
  • Leave-ins: Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Motions CPR Triple Action Leave-In Conditioner and Coconut Oil
  • Moisturise and Seal: AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser and Olive Oil

First Impressions: Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator

I have seen this product all over the hair blogs for a while now – and it has gotten mostly good reviews. I saw it at a salon in South Africa and I popped in to enquire about the price, if I remember correctly, it was somewhere ~R250 for 250ml which I thought was quite expensive. However, I ran into the product again while I was in Bangkok, and I immediately plonked it into my basket…I clearly have no control over my spending ways when I am abroad.

So here goes:

Product name: Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator

Product Information: Intense hydrating treatment: restores moisture to overly dry, damage hair; seals the cuticle; imparts shine; and improves manageability and elasticity.

How to use: Apply to damp hair. Leave in 3-5 minutes. Rinse.

How I used it: I applied to my damp hair after shampoo-ing. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and sat under my heating cap for 45 minutes.

Likes: The product immediately sunk into my hair while I was applying it, it left zero residue (for me this is a sign of a product that really works). After I had rinsed it off, my hair felt soooo soft and was virtually tangle free. It really is an awesome conditioner

Dislikes: #1 The container – it requires the product to be squeeze out, and you get the product all over the tube :(. #2 the price – I can’t justify paying so much for a hair product no matter how good it is.

Pricing: Various salons will have their own prices. Online, it is R390 for 250ml from RetailBox



  1. March 26, 2015 / 12:05

    I totally agree that the Joico DC is expensive, but if it works that well I guess there is no harm in pampering your hair every now and then 🙂 (at the price you bought it at, that means you are using R1 for every ml that you use!)

    • March 26, 2015 / 14:48

      Girrrlll! When you put it like that, the cost to volume ratio sounds quite ridiculous – I’m planning to try use it very sparingly

  2. March 26, 2015 / 17:16

    I love Joico K-Pak, but you’re totally right! The price is crazy expensive! I use it sparingly and because it’s so thick, I don’t have to use much to see results.

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

  3. April 1, 2015 / 11:38

    Lungi, I really want to buy the Joico, However, I feel like I have splurged this month I need to calm down… I got my junkie tendencies under control but as for this month, I fell off the wagon… is there a junkie rehab somewhere??? but it seems sooo awesome

    Seems like you had a great wash day! it is pricey but i think everyone deserves that one expensive product.

    BTW you have all these exotic products I am a bit jealous lol

    • April 2, 2015 / 10:58

      When you find the rehab, please let me know the address! I am so in need of it as well.
      Girl, I need to shop in your cupboard for all your products you buy at work!

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