How these Aveda hair care products have been saving my hair. A rundown on scalp treatments, damage repair and increasing curls without the frizz. Aveda is one of my most trusted hair care brands, here is why.
A LITTLE BIT OF BACK STORY ON MY HAIR AND ANY HAIR CARE ISSUES
First of all, by now, you will have seen a ton of pictures of my hair. But, in case you have stumbled across this blog post and are new to Inspiring Wit, I’ll include one here anyway. As you can see, I have fairly long hair and a lot of it. It’s pretty thick and I’ve highlighted the ends a year ago and let it grow out. I really don’t use a lot of styling products, I mostly style it into waves once a week and the rest of the time I’m usually working from home so I tie it up and forget about it for days on end.
Initially, I was attracted to Aveda due to their naturally derived ingredients, cruelty-free practices, commitments to responsible packaging and pursuits of environmental sustainability. (They were the first beauty company manufacturing products with 100% wind power).
MY SCALP ISSUES
What you probably don’t know is that I’ve been struggling off and on with scalp issues that are either caused by stress or something else. I am not an expert, so I’m not entirely sure what causes it. All I know is, when I was a teen, I had to use that awful blue Head and Shoulders shampoo to combat my dry scalp issues and I HATED it. Off and on, I have had issues with an irritated flakey scalp ever since. At times it’s not an issue but then it flares up again and causes me no end of grief.
I’ve tried SO many shampoo brands, and am often sent new releases to try but barely any work for me and some aggravate the situation. My scalp can end up red, flaky and itchy after one wash. I try my best not to scratch at it but I (too much information) end up scratching it to the point of drawing blood. Obviously then it takes even longer to heal. NOT cool right?
THE ENDS OF MY HAIR
On the ends of the scale, my hair can dry out and split a lot having coloured it with highlights so I need to apply treatments often and I should really get it trimmed more. I’m not very brave at going to appointments in general, it’s one of the only times I get anxiety, so I avoid them as much as possible. For any kind of health or beauty appointments. Except for our Chiropractor, who’s a gem. :)
Okay, you are all caught up on my hair conditions.
WHAT I’VE USED FROM AVEDA FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS
I was first introduced to Aveda products with a sort of mixed bag (or box) press delivery of products to try and potentially review in 2017. I talked about some of the Aveda favourites in my Spring 2017 beauty roundup back here. Among them, was the Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment which I’ve gone on to replace as soon as it runs out ever since. Likewise, the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair leave-in treatment which protects my hair from heat damage due to styling. I still use (and you can see pictured here) the Paddle Brush, Air Control Hair Spray, and the Texture Tonic. These are generally my go-to styling products and the ones I’ve used for two years ongoing.
Some of the products below have been new to me in 2019 and I wanted to share how they have transformed my hair.
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THE ALL-TIME FAVES
Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment – One of the best treatments ever. Makes my hair silky soft.
Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair – This leave-in treatment protects my hair from the heat damage of my irons and curling wands.
Paddle Brush – Lightweight, good for detangling and a head massage.
Texture Tonic – Holds in the waves without being crunchy, gives it a little extra texture.
Air Control – My favourite hair spray, that doesn’t smell awful like most hair sprays. It lasts without making hair stiff or crunchy. You can also layer it to increase the hold, but a once over is nice and light.
FACE AND BODY FAVOURITES
Tulasara Radiant Oil – I was using this oil with the Radiant Facial Dry Brush until I misplaced it! Combined, the routine is to dry brush the face and neck to exfoliate, then apply the oil as a kind of mask for four minutes before cleansing. It is such a nice thing to do once a week if you are a fan of non-chemical scrubs.
Chakra 3 Balancing Body Mist – I have SOOOO many mists floating around my bathroom and apartment in general. There are some in each room, just in case. This aromatic mist is a blend of pure essential oils to balance the power chakra, the center of motivation, according to Ayurveda. Essences of certified organic lavender, fir balsam and lemon leave one feeling well-balanced. A perfect one for my desk, particularly in the mornings or come to the 3-4 pm slump.
Tulasara Wedding Masque Overnight – Another face product, this overnight moisturising mask is something I lean on when my skin is particularly dry. It also brightens dark-spots over time, so it’s nice to repeat at least once a week.
Not glamorous at all, this has been a huge and often uncomfortable issue for me. By experimenting with the following combination of scalp focused products I’ve got it under control. It is a lot of steps, but I feel like I use a lot of steps for my skincare and it makes sense to pay attention to the scalp too.
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THE ONE I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Scalp Remedy – I ordered this dandruff solution spray at the beginning of the year after reading tons of reviews of similar products on the market. Honestly, my scalp was particularly bad at the time. My scalp was getting hot at night while I tried to sleep, the skin was so irritated. This solution has rosemary, echinacea and sage to help soothe the scalp, salicylic acid gently exfoliates and lippia helps purify and clarify.
I use it after washing my hair, spritzing it onto my scalp in sections, massage it in a little. Overall, I see a lot less flaking when I use it regularly, and the itching and heat sensation has stopped. I’ve been using it with each wash all year (twice per week) and the first bottle hasn’t finished yet. I have a second one ready when it does run out! That’s an indicator of a product I can’t live without. It’s made a huge difference for me.
SCALP BALANCING RANGE
Scalp Balancing Shampoo – On the back of the spray, I decided to try the rest of the scalp benefits range. I love the shampoo, which I will no doubt have to replace soon, as I’m halfway through it. It gently cleanses, smells great and reduces my flaky scalp. Actually, when I combine all of these scalp products I literally have no flaking or irritation at all.
Scalp Balancing Conditioner – I’ve been using this all over, including the scalp. I like it, but find I prefer to condition the lengths of my hair with some of the other options below.
Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser – Okay, the catchphrase of this one is “Cleanse your scalp. Shampoo is for hair.” So how does it work? Plant-derived cleansing agents from babassu help gently cleanse and purify the scalp. Salicylic acid exfoliates, seaweed extract helps control and balance sebum levels on the scalp. While lactobacillus ferment helps preserve the scalp’s natural protective barrier. Finally, tamanu oil (a known antioxidant) helps protect the scalp from aggressors like pollution and other free radicals. Essentially, I dampen my hair then massage this onto my scalp working across parted sections, rinse then shampoo.
Pramasana Protective Scalp Concentrate – After shampooing, I massage in this lightweight, leave-in treatment. It penetrates the surface layers of the scalp to nourish and help preserve the scalp’s natural protective barrier while helping protect the scalp from aggressors such as pollution and other free radicals. I apply it in the same way as the scalp cleanser- by sectioning off about five sections and massaging into the parts.
Frank Body Caffeinated Scalp Scrub
One of the other scalp treatments I’ve recently tried and liked is the Frank Body Caffeinated Scalp Scrub. It’s a grainy scrub that I work through my scalp in sections once a week. This one is the first scalp scrub I’ve tried and I really love it. It lifts any product build-up and essentially feels nice. I’ve always been a fan of scrubs so its a satisfying feeling.
CHERRY ALMOND RANGE
Cherry Almond Shampoo – A soft, gentle cleansing Cherry Almond shampoo. Babassu and coconut-derived ingredients deeply, yet gently cleanse while infusing hair, with a sweet, floral aroma.
Cherry Almond Leave-In Conditioner – helps detangle, condition, prevents breakage, adds shine and protects from heat. Of course, it also makes your hair smell lovely.
Cherry Almond Hand and Body Wash – This one is infused with the same scent and gently cleanses without over-drying. This one is quickly disappearing in my shower but my body isn’t complaining!
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BE CURLY HAIR RANGE
Since my hair is naturally wavy but can get dry on the ends and a little damaged from the curling iron and once a year highlights, I have to try to fight frizz and moisturise natural the curl. The Be Curly range uses a wheat protein and organic aloe blend which expands when hair is wet and retracts when dry to define curls taming frizz and increase shine. I’ve only been using this one for about three weeks. However, I notice it’s a lot less frizzy after washing.
Be Curly Curl Enhancer – Lately, I’ve been testing this one out on the ends of my damp hair after cleaning. I still use the Damage Remedy leave-in the most. So far, I do notice my waves come out more defined particularly if I apply it then let my hair dry naturally. Something I used to seldom do for fear of major frizz issues.
Be Curly Shampoo – I’ve only tried this a few times but I do like how gently this cleanses my hair.
Be Curly Conditioner – I’ve been using this the most, of the range, in conjunction with the scalp benefits shampoo.
EXTRA REASONS I LOVE AVEDA
Okay, that is a major rundown of almost all of the Aveda products I’ve tried and loved. If you don’t know Aveda at all, the following are a few of their initiatives which drew me to them.
First of all, they don’t do any animal testing and have been cruelty-free since they were founded in 1978. Over the years they have been at the forefront of cruelty-free practices and supporting an impressive variety of initiatives which you can read a little about here.
COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS & RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING
Not meaning to single any out as they are all impressive, I personally liked their bee-friendly gardening practices. Aveda help raise awareness about the importance of pollinator conservation by sponsoring the Aveda Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo; a zoo renowned for its conservation efforts. They do a lot more, but that resonated with me. As does their responsible packaging.
Aveda was the first beauty company using 100% post-consumer recycled PET. Now more than 85% of their skincare and hair styling PET bottles and jars contain 100% post-consumer recycled materials. I won’t go into more about it, as this post is long enough, but you can read more here about their packaging. It’s impressive.
Believe it or not, I am not going to go on anymore. You can tell I really love the Aveda products and they have seriously saved my scalp, which I wasn’t sure would really ever happen. This is not a sponsored post but I have bought and been gifted Aveda products.
I’ve been meaning to write about my hair products for a while. One of the main questions I get asked is how I style and what products I use for my hair. So here you go! I hope this is helpful.
Building on this post, I will soon share how I have found the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer after a solid year and a half of use. Keep an eye out on my Instagram @inspiringwit for a chatty video about that and how I use it to straighten my hair.