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I have always been one to try out new products whether its to do with my hair, makeup etc to try and find the one that best suits my hair. My normal hair dresser was away so I booked my self into James and Dunn house in Aberdeen to get my hair coloured and cut. When the hairdresser was washing my hair I couldn't help but notice the shampoo and conditioner had a slight organic/plant sort of smell which I quite liked but what I couldn't get over was how soft and smooth my hair was. It wasn't in the best condition as I had just gone through a fase where I was colouring my hair every colour under the sun, and this shampoo and conditioner worked a treat. The hair dresser had a selection of products that you could buy from the Aveda collection, so I purchased the shampoo, conditioner and I also purchased this Damage RemedyTM Intensive Restructuring Treatment which the hairdresser highly recommended as a weekly hair treatment just to add that extra mositure and shine to my hair. I just couldn't believe the results and how quickly i noticed them. My hair had never looked so good, not even before I coloured it AND it was growing. My hair before was so brittle I never noticed it gaining any length but once I started using my new products my hair just seemed to grow, which I was very happy about. The weekly treatment was definitely the main reason for my hair changing and improving as it deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair like mine and using the power of pure plant oils and quinoa protein, it restores health, silkiness and shine. I was so impressed by the results of my hair I wanted to know more about how the treatment actually worked and after some research I discovered the Aveda Damage RemedyTM Intensive Restructuring Treatment secret: * the treatment is part of a four-step restructuring system * it helps strengthen hair that has been weakened by chemical processes, heat styling and environmental exposure * The quinoa protein penetrates the hair shaft, which works from inside to help strengthen and repair the hair * The phellodendron and barley seal in moisture * The castor, jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils smooth hair's surface I found the treatment worked best when after washing my hair, I smoothed the creamy substance from the roots to the ends of my hair and left on for around 2-5 minutes depending on how damaged my hair was before rinsing it out. (I tended to leave it in for 5 minutes) I do recommend purchasing the reconstructing shampoo and conditioner, even if it is just at the beginning to really help your damaged hair. I feel my hair is in great condition that I just use the weekly treatment as buying all three products at once can be a tad expensive. You can purchase the treatment from the Aveda website and you can either get the 125ml for £25 or the 500ml for £64. I recommend getting the 125ml if it is the first time, just to make sure you like it. I have rated it 4 out of 5 just because of the price.
Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment is a product that has been created to repair and restore even extremely dry and damaged hair back to its former glory. It has been specifically designed for hair that has become brittle from being coloured or hair that has become dry or damaged from continuous styling using heated appliances such as curling tongs and straighteners. Aveeda is a brand that constantly does not get the credit that it deserves. It's natrual creations are often streets ahead of the rest but because of its lack of advertising, many of its fantastic products hold a secret status. This particular product uses an advanced formula and natural ingredients, this conditioner promises to intensely moisturise your locks, nourish each strand and leave it shining with health and vitality. This product appealed to me because it contains many natural ingredients and also because it is for hair that has been damaged by styling and colouring, as I do both to my poor locks. After being given hair that is neither naturally straight, wavy nor curly but instead some disgraceful frizzy mess in between, I need to blow dry and straighten my hair every morning before I can leave the house. Every time I went to the hairdressers, she would chop off more and more of my hair exclaiming about its bad condition. I was hoping this product would be my saviour and put some health back into my hair. How does it work? The product contains pure plants oils which moisturise, repair and smooth the hair. Quinoa Protein is included because it can deeply penetrate each strand enabling it to fix the hair from the inside instead of just smoothing and improving the appearance of the outside. This therefore makes your hair stronger, healthier and preventing breakage. Barley is present in order to seal moisture into the hair and to prevent it from becoming dry. This also prevents frizziness, breakages and split ends and as the substance is also rich in vitamins and minerals, it also nourishes the hair. A variety of oils are included to smooth and moisturise the hair including Castor, Jojoba and Meadowfoam Seed Oils. The castor oil helps to protect the scalp preventing it from becoming dry and keeping it healthy. It helps to regenerate the growth of your hair making it thicker and fuller. It also moisturises the hair leaving it looking shiny and feeling soft. The Jojoba Oil helps to restore you hair back to its former glory by giving it a deep moisturisation which prevents your hair from breaking and looking dull. The Meadowfoam Seed Oils are also very moisturising and helps to bring the hair back to life and giving it a beautiful shine. How do you use the product? The product is to be used once a week in the place of your normal conditioner. After shampooing, this product is to be applied generously across the length of your hair from the roots to the tip. After five minutes, it is to be rinsed off thoroughly and then you can dry and style your hair in the normal way. For a more intense result when my hair really needs some help, I leave the product on for ten minutes wrapped up in a warm towel and this seems to amplify its actions. The bottle is fairly simple in its design. It is cream with a thick brown stripe across the middle. The product costs around £15 for 125ml and a larger 473ml bottle is also available. You can buy it from many online websites and if you shop around, you may find it for cheaper. The treatment is very thick, creamy and luxurious. Some intense conditioners just seems to melt into the hair but this one really feels like its helping your hair. This conditioner smells fresh and clean and it is a treat to use it on your hair. I love the difference that this product makes to my hair. It is visibly healthier from the very first use and it is shining with health. The treatment stops my hair from looking brittle and I experience fewer split ends. It feels soft, silky and smooth. The bottle is obviously small for the price but as it has been created to be used as a weekly treatment and not a daily one then it will last you quite some time. I think this conditioner is fantastic and well worth the price if your hair needs rescuing. It never leaves my hair looking or feeling greasy and doesn't weigh it down causing it to look flat. If you have damaged and extremely dry hair, then this may just be the very product that you've been searching for.
Aveda is for me, one of the best hair cair companies in the world. Their products aim to please every customer, no matter which hair type you are. Before i was introduced to Aveda, i had been using tony and guy hair care products and when i switched to Aveda, i thought i was in hair care heaven. Avedas Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment is one of my favourites as it leaves hair feeling that it has had a new lease of life. My hair can be very dry as i straighten it alot and i find it difficult to find any brand that really can help my hair . I was recommended i try this product by a company i used to work for. I must admit, i was sceptical. To my suprise, i was shocked. Within leaving the treatment on my hair for only 5 minutes, my hair felt amazingly soft, it looked shiny and generally, in amazing condition. I swear by this product! Good Points of Aveda? Helps dry, fagile, damaged hair, Makes hair feel and look in excellent condition, Super shiny. Bad points?One thing i would say would be that it is quite expensive but it will last you for months, as you only need a pea drop amount. My final point is that you cannot use this product every day, as your hair will become used to the product and will not work as well. I'd recommend every week. Overall, I would highly recommend this product, for me, i have never used anything that helps my hair so much. Worth the money!
Nearly five years ago disaster happened. I booked an appointment at my usual hair salon for highlights and cut and blow dry. Now by highlights I mean lighter brown and caramel colours to my very dark brown hair. I had never asked to have blonde highlights put in before, my usual colourist never put blonde highlights in before and my client record clearly indicated the colours that were to be used. And as far as I was concerned nothing had changed - except that my usual colourist was on maternity leave. Despite asking for the same colours for some reason the new colourist took highlights to mean Essex highlights which at the time were practically white (I lived near Lakeside and blonde highlights at the time seemed to be part of the uniform) and completely ignored what was on my card. The first time I got to see the "damage" was when my stylist was taking the towel off and exclaimed "oh so you've finally decided to go blonde then". As I looked in the mirror I was horrified - not only was my overall hair colour lighter but my highlights were almost blinding me and my hair - although still wet - was looking frazzled. I demanded to see the manager immediately who did their best to stick up for their colourist who accused me of lying about what I had asked for (I rather lost my cool at this point). The manager realising that I wasn't going to calm down offered a colour reversal but warned me that it was seriously damage my hair. So I informed them that I would have my hair cut as usual and that I would only pay for that as I didn't want my hair ruined any further. After much "discussion" the manager agreed to this on the proviso I didn't go to head office about it. I agreed (and still wrote to head office!) and then the search began to find products to help restore my hair to its usual healthy condition. For a few weeks I tried a few intensive treatments recommended to me by friends but none of them seemed to help much and I was getting pretty desperate to my hair sorted out. It was breaking as I brushed it and it went from looking frizzy in the morning to limp in the evening and it was beginning to really get me down. Then on a shopping trip in London I was wandering around Selfridges and came across the Aveda concession. I had heard of Aveda as my Mum's friend always used it but I had never tried any of their products and didn't really know much about them. But when I saw advertising said "The art and science of flowers and plants" I thought well if it's natural I won't be putting too many more chemicals on my hair so they might be able to help. The assistant was very quick to come and ask if I needed any assistance and offered me an Aveda herbal tea whilst we chatted. I explained my hair's predicament and she immediately recommended their Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment as well as another shampoo and conditioner. So why did she recommend this product to me? Well apart from the fact that I got the impression that this was quite a new product she said that this intensive treatment was designed to be used once a week either along side the shampoo and conditioner of the range for maximum benefit or with any other shampoo and conditioner. It was designed to penetrate deep into the hair and seal and smooth it to help even the most chemically, heat and environmentally damaged hair repair itself. Its formulation was heavily based on plant oils and quinoa protein. The quinoa protein penetrated the hair shaft to help strengthen and repair it from the inside out, whilst phellodendron and barley sealed in the moisture. Castor, jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils where included in the mix to help smooth the hair's surface and add shine. One thing I do like about Aveda having found out more about the company and its ethics is that it does have a policy of sourcing organic and sustainable ingredients as well as supporting suppliers and growers in their native environments. And this product is no exception. Not only is the quinoa protein and jojoba oil organic but the additional ingredients of lavender, rose geranium and sandalwood all come from sustainable sources. For more about their policies on ingredients and packaging see here www.aveda.co.uk/aboutaveda/ With all these good things going for it, I was dying to get this goodness on my frazzled hair. As mentioned previously this product is designed to be used once a week but the assistant advised me to use it 3 times in the first week, twice in the second and then go to using it once a week. She also told me that there were two ways I could use the treatment. The first is to smooth it on after washing, paying particular attention to the ends and leaving it for two to five minutes before rinsing. Alternatively, you can smooth it on, massage it well into the hair for a few minutes, wrap your hair in a warm towel so that the heat of the towel and your head help to make the treatment work more deeply and then leave for five to ten minutes before rinsing. Remember this is a treatment and because you smooth it on and through the hair rather than massage it in as you would a shampoo or conditioner how much you use is really dependant on how badly damaged your hair is and how long it is. When I used it in the first week I did the longer version of application described above twice and the shorter version once and used a good amount of the product each time - I probably used about a 4cm diameter circle of product. The product is a very thick cream - if you put it between your fingers it is really tacky but smooth in consistency. It is a dark cream colour and like a lot of Aveda products has a very earthy smell. I wouldn't say it was my favourite fragrance but it isn't unpleasant and frankly I'm not buying this product for the smell! One thing that did impress me with the product was how easily it washed out considering the thickness and the amount of oils in the ingredients. From the very first time I used it as I began to towel dry my hair I noticed that my hair felt very smooth and although it felt heavy with moisture it didn't feel greasy. I did think that my hair my feel limp and get greasy quite quickly because of the nature of the product but thankfully it didn't. I let me hair dry naturally and I immediately saw the benefits of it. My hair was calmer, less frizzy and looked relatively healthy again. It was shiny but not amazingly so but by the end of the first week the shine was back. Over the next month of usage my hair was really reaping the benefits and was looking really good (apart from the appalling hair colour). It was healthy and shiny and really soft and manageable - much better the straw my hair had been reduced to. I used once a week for another 2 months but as my hair began to sort itself out and as my hair began to grow I found that using it once a week did make my hair feel a bit limp after use. I rectified this by using less product relatively and I also went to using it once a fortnight for a few months until now when I only use it if I feel like my hair could do with a bit of boost (so maybe once every couple of months). Like many Aveda products it is quite expensive. It comes in two sizes from the shops and the 125ml tube is £19 and the 473ml bottle/tube (it's a weird looking designed container) is £43. If you use the product more than once a week this becomes a very expensive treatment but at once a week the smaller tube can last 3 months (if you have long hair it might be used up more quickly or it might last longer if you have short hair). To me though it is worth the money as it really was a life saver as far as my hair was concerned and did a wonderful job of sorting it out in a relatively short space of time and as such I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone who is looking for an effective treatment for damaged hair.
Key ingredients: pure plant oils and quinoa protein, help restore health, silkiness and shine / Intensive Restructuring Treatment / A weekly treatment designed to deeply penetrate, repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair /