ION Effective Care Intensive Therapy Treatment

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Promises: Ion Effective Care Intensive Therapy Treatment contains Panthenol Pro-vitamin B5 and Hydrolyzed Vegetable protein to form a two-in-one moisturizer and protein fortifier to rehydrate and repair dry, damaged hair.

  • Panthenol Adds Body and Shine
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein re-hydrates and repairs
  • Adds strength and condition to damaged hair

Directions: After shampooing, rinse hair thoroughly and towel blot. Apply Ion Effective Care Intensive Therapy Treatment and work through hair or comb-blend for even coverage. For excessively dry, damaged hair, apply additional treatment to hair ends. Leave in hair 5 to 10 mins. Rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Stearamine Oxide, Panthenol, Lecithin, PEG-5 Soy Sterol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Laureth-12, Methylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene.

The Truth: After one use, I had already felt the difference in my hair. By difference I mean, my hair had a thicker appearance and of course the texture & strength improved as well. After rinsing out the treatment, my hair felt heavier leading me to believe that my hair was fortified and well conditioned (retained moisture). I witnessed little to no breakage afterward, which is plus!!

For those who are familiar with ION products, this particular treatment is a combination of the Ion Moisturizing Solutions Treatment & the Ion Repair Solutions Hair Reconstructor Treatment, in one product. This is a light protein treatment (with moisturizers), so it can be used weekly if you are relaxed or color-treated. I used it weekly with no problems!

I normally used it with heat for 15-20mins under my hooded dryer and then followed up with a moisture rich deep conditioner to soften my hair up. The scent and consistency reminds me of Nexxus Humectress conditioner, and as a bonus, it doesn't contain silicone or mineral oil (which I know, many of you would love). Overall, I liked it a lot and I would definitely re-purchase. You can purchase this at any Sally Beauty Supply Store.

Tips: Use as a prepoo treatment on dry hair for 15-20mins with heat (30mins without heat), shampoo and then follow up with a moisture based deep conditioner for 20mins with heat (45mins-1 hr without heat). Do this once a week for stronger healthier hair.

$14.49 CAD 16oz

Hairlicious Rating: (4.5/5) Pretty Good


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  1. I use this as well! I use the Keratin Reconstructor Treatment tho. The lady in Sally's told me tht it worked much better then the effective treatment, so I use this after I wash my hair with the Ion hydrating shampoo. I leave this on for 10 minutes, rinse then DC w SE Mega Cholest. if I want. Then I use the Ion anti frizz leave in conditioner.

  2. my hair lovvves stearyl alcohol so i might have to try this!

  3. Great review I'll be looking into this product.

  4. Thanks. I was trying not to buy any new products. LOL But im interested in this one now. Is it comparable to Vitale?

  5. Is this only available in Canada? I didn't see it on the Sally's website?!

  6. @ missDiva - Oh really? I was told they all work well, but this one in particular is a mix of both moisture and protein.

    @ sssdawna - LOL..I hope you like this one.

    @ LaQT - Thanks hun!! :-)

    @ LaToya - I understand completely. This review was for those who haven't found a good light protein conditioner that they can use weekly instead of the usual Aphogee 2 mins, Hair Mayo, Mane N Tail etc. I found Vital Hair Mayo more on the moisture side than this treatment. I think it's a tad bit stronger.

    @ Brooklynn's Mommy - This should be available in the US as well. Try calling a local Sally store to see if they carry it in your area.

  7. I have this and only used it once and I love it. I am trying to use up some of my products so thanks for reminding me that I have this to use and I will mose definately give this a try.

  8. @ Sunshyne

    I asked the lady in the store what was the difference in them bcuz I had read both bottles & it said pretty much the samething on both bottles & she told me they both do pretty much the samething but the Keratin Reconstructor Treatment works better. I really can't tell you why... I just grabed the 1 she said tht worked the best. U said your's is a balance of protein & moisture so I'm assuming mines has more protein in it so it strengthens the hair alot more... I would also recommend if u get the 1 I have make sure u deep condition after with a moisturizing DC to balance the moisture in your hair. It will leave your hair dry from the protein.

  9. I saw this at sally's but i wasnt sure about the product. after reading your review, I'm more inclined to try it and it doesn't have mineral oil which makes me happy

  10. I bought this and after using it once I must say that I love it. I followed your suggestion of doing it as a pre-poo on dry hair and I can tell the difference after just one use. I will definitely keep doing this once a week. Thank you for the info.

  11. i can't believe you blogged about this and i missed it...this is my newest HG conditioner, especially since my hair looooves protein! my mom bought me the liter after a friend of mine raved about it on twitter (and i had a coupon for sally's), and i can't say enough good things about this conditioner. you said EVERYTHING i did, including the whole "heavy hair" thing...i won't repurchase a conditioner if my hair isn't heavy after using it! good stuff!