Because why not?

Muk - Intense Muk Repair Treatment.

14 April 2014
When I go to my local salon supplies store and ask for product recommendations for my hair the first question I receive is "Can I touch your hair?", my answer is always yes because I know they are trying to work out just how damaged my hair is. There is a problem with this though.. I know how to fool people in to thinking it looks and feels healthy so when they touch it I usually hear mumbles of "it feels pretty good" or "it's not so bad" before they wander off to show me a product.

My heart was hoping the Muk Intense Repair Treatment would be the only product I would ever need, my head knew that this wasn't ever going to be the case as long as I chose to bleach my hair.

I think if I'm really super duper honest the only thing I like about this product is the scent, it's yummy tropical fruity goodness makes me happy but it otherwise doesn't do a whole lot for my hair.

The product is directed to be put in wet, clean hair that hasn't been conditioned, apply generously, wrap in gladwrap and allow to process for a minimum of 15-20 minutes but it was recommended by the SA to leave it in for as long as I can.

The consistency is like a cream gel, it adds a lot of slip to the hair, making application really easy especially if the hair is super knotty.

The first 5 ingredients in the inci list are:
  • Water
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • PEG-20 Stearate
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose
The Cetyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol are fine, they are emollients as is the Hydroxyethylcellulose but none of them are going to be a huge help to damaged hair when they are rinsed out. There are some more humectant and emollient type ingredients in the list along with some Hydrolysed Wheat Protein towards the end and the whole thing just looks like a downward shit spiral of money stealing crap.

My hair feels ok when it's rinsed out and still wet so I did have hope for this product but once it starts to dry it's back to it's usual struggling self and showing signs of some major love needing, this is usually when I start to smother it in coconut oil for a deep condition.

People with moderate damage or dryness may benefit from this product, just because I notice no beneficial results doesn't mean no one will.

  • Smells good enough to eat.

  • Errr.. It doesn't work?

I'm on the hunt for something to replace the coconut oil, I know it's unlikely that I'll find anything but I gotta try, I'm finding that the scent of real coconut is starting to make me a little queasy and the mess involved is really annoying but my main issue is that I don't want to ruin coconut for me, I love the smell and the taste but when it's filling my nostrils for hours upon hours I find my body starts to retaliate and there is a small war going on with my body trying to tell me it's repulsed and me trying to help my hair. This stuff is definitely not replacing the coconut oil and I'll be looking for something a little more impressive to take it's place and in the mean time I'll be keeping the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Rinse Off Treatment in my rotation instead.

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6 comments on "Muk - Intense Muk Repair Treatment."
  1. My hair was feeling really dry from swimming in salt chlorinated water. I ended up buying Wella SP Hydrate mask. Very impressed! It wasn't cheap, but worth every cent. I've also got the Hydrate shampoo & conditioner. They have a Repair range too. I've been using their Smoothen range for ages and love it. Really high quality stuff.

    1. I was looking at some Wella products at a trade store a while ago but their range was huge and I wasn't really in a shopping mood (shock horror!) so I bypassed it for the stuff I knew I had to grab while there, I'll have to have a closer look next time.

  2. Not sure if you might be needing protein rather than just hydration?
    A cheap way to see if protein will work is Gelatine.
    Just mix a sachet with water, and put it on your hair leave in for a few minutes then rinse out.
    I have seen recipes for gelatine mixed with things like honey, milk and your normal conditioner to make it both a protein and hydration hair mask.

    Maybe google different gelatine masks for bleached hair?

    Either way even if you just mix with warm water and then rinse its a very cheap trick worth trying :)

    1. I'm gonna give that gelatine a go! I *think* I'm doing ok keeping the protein up, most of the things I use contain it and I don't have an excessive amount of breakage, it's mostly tiny little bits from the very ends of my hair and I generally notice it after I've used the hair straightener, it could be that I'm using too much because I know that makes hair feel really rough too but since my hair can't talk to me I can't be completely sure but you've got me curious now, it's worth a go for sure!

  3. I use the 60sec Goldwell Rich Repair Mask, it has pashmina silk proteins. My hair does not feel overly dry, but it goes very static which is apparently a sign of dry hair. I only use this about once a week, but I have noticed a huge difference in my hair and it's static nature. Have you tried the Madcadamia oil mask? It's meant to be amazing!

    1. I really REALLY have to try that macadamia oil mask but it keeps slipping my mind whenever I'm out shopping!

      I don't think I've ever tried a goldwell product, might have to check out their range.