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***Why did I buy this product and how much?***
My hair is coloured with Lush henna and although henna/indigo is permanent it does fade over time due to factors such as the sun, shampoo and age just like with any other pigment. This is where the Aveda color depositing conditioners come into the equation as I use these products to extend my henna applications and keep my hair shiny and soft. This conditioner only comes in 250mL tubes and has a RRP of £20 although if you shop around you can get it for ~£16 if you look around online - Lookfantastic.com frequently have discount codes for Aveda.
***What do you get?***
Well you get the typical minimalistic beige Aveda tube which has a durable flip cap which it stands on. The conditioner is a opaque gel/cream consistency which is highly pigmented with a dark greyish purple tint which is great for medium-dark brown shades and minimises brassy tones. This conditioner has a wonderful earthy herbal scent so if you're one for apple/rose scented products then this may take some getting used to but I find it a really relaxing aroma which unfortunately for me doesn't linger after my hair has dried.
----Aveda currently sells five shades----
*Blue Malva: A purple/blue pigment (COOL TONE) - For light blondes who want to minimise brassy tones
*Camomile: A light golden yellow pigment (WARM TONE) - For light brown hair/warm blondes - Adds golden hues
*Madder Root: A pink/red pigment (COOL TONE) - For red heads or those who wish to add cool red tones
*Clove: A chocolate brown pigment (WARM TONE) - This shade is for all brown shades of hair and adds a warm chocolate shade to the hair with a hint of copper.
*Black Malva: A dark grey/purple pigment (COOL TONE) - This shade is for Dark brown/Black haired folk and adds depth to the hair tone as well as minimising any overtly coppery tones to more of a golden/neutral tone.
This product really is a doddle to use provided you apply some common sense as alot of people complain about staining. Before I even head for the shower I use my tangle teezer to remove any tangles and then shampoo my hair with the Aveda Pure Plant Clove Shampoo (which does not deposit colour). Once the shampoo is rinsed I then apply 10p worth of product to my hair including the root area and leave for 3-4 minutes. Now this is where you've got to be quick - get a dollop of shower gel or shampoo and rub it thoroughly into your hands and use a nail brush as the pigment will have gotten all over them and then rinse and voila - no stains. After the time is up it's time to rinse and you'll be glad to hear that this conditioner rinses out really well and leaves your hair soft, detangled and thankfully with no waxy residue. I then use my shower head to rinse off any splatters on the bath and then offski.
This product knocks all other color-depositing shampoos/conditioners out of the water and is a great treatment as well. My hair has never felt as soft or looked so healthy than with the Aveda colour depositing conditioners ( I have used all of them at some point). As I colour my hair with Lush caca brun I find that my hair fades from a lovely medium/dark chocolate brown shade to a coppery brown which is a pain in the bum but when I use this product it extends the life of the henna colourant and makes my hair lovely to boot. I normally would have issues with spending so much on a conditioner but as I only need very little and only use it once a week I find a bottle lasts me months as it's so concentrated.
***Would I recommend this product?***
If you have dark hair and want a lovely espresso chocolate shade without any damage then yes. The only slight issue that I have with this product is the long long long list of ingredients but then again they seem to do the job well and that's what matters.
Ingredients (Taken from http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_41dc22688.html): Aqueous, Camellia Oleifera, Sweet Almond, Wild Cherry bark, Organically Grown Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Dipalmitoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Glycerin, Behenamidopropyl ethyldimonium ethosulfate, Distearyldimonium chloride, Orbignya oleifera, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Hydrolyzed wheat starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oryzanol, Stearyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolzed Wheat Protein, Glyceryl Stearate Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dicaprylyl ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium chloride, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea, Annatto, Caramel, Basic brown 17, Basic yellow 57, Basic blue 99, Basic red 76
Before I start, let me say that this stuff is absolutely fantastic and I cannot praise it highly enough. I regularly dye my mousey hair to a chocolate brown colour, and this stuff almost doubles the amount of time before I have to go for a redye.
Make no bones about it, this stuff stains everything it touches. Hands, enamel, shower curtains - I've done the lot, to the annoyance of family and house mates. The best thing I've found it doing it before you do your soap/shower gel routine, I find that's enough to get it off your hands properly, if you do it right before the end of your shower, you'll end up with dark grey hands all day. With shower curtains and things, quick application of soap/shower gel will get it out, but if you leave it there, you might have problems getting it out.
It doesn't have much of a smell, and the smell it has isn't incredibly pleasant. If you want a stronger effect, leave it in longer, up to 10 mins if need be. And bear in mind if you've recently dyed/permed/chemically straightened your hair or given it some other intensive treatment that would leave it weakened, be wary as your hair will take on the colour a lot stronger than normal.
==Effect on the hair==
This stuff will prolong your hair colour or enrich your natural colour considerably. It's absolutely fantastic but at risk of stating the obvious - don't do this if you have light hair - my mum used it on her blonde highlighted brown hair and it turned them green, so be careful! It has a light conditioning action so it shouldn't be too heavy, you'll definitely notice a difference with the colour though.
==Value for money==
This is an expensive conditioner, and I only part with the amount of money I do because of how effective it is. Keep an eye out for a deal on QVC or LookFantastic and you should be able to get it relatively cheaply. It's also pretty good value for money as you don't need much, and if you factor in that it almost doubles the amount of time your hair dye lasts, it's a good economy.
An excellent conditioner and the only brunette conditioner that makes a noticeable difference to hair colour. A must for brunettes.