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I heard so much about Aveda, and purchased this full of expectations.
I have fine, shoulder length natural blond hair, which can be dry at the ends .. so thought this was the answer to my prayers, as some shampoos etc can irritate me slightly on the scalp
on using this for the first time, my hair didnt feel that it had just been treated with a moisture mask at all, and felt like id used a cheap supermarket basic conditioner
on combing my hair after washing, it was knotted, and felt like straw even before it was dry
i will say that the smell was lovely, and i would describe it as a clean fresh smell, but that was rthe only good point.
Aveda direct were very helpful, and i do give them 100% for their customer service, but unfortunately in still looking for a treatment hair mask that conditions my hair fully without irritation
Aveda gave away free bottles of Dry Remedy Conditioner and Shampoo with Marie Claire in July which prompted me to go buy the Treatment to complete the set.
I bought my Treatment via HQ hair and it was around £17 at the time. I had free delivery but its normally £2.55 so its best to shop around till you find the best deal if your looking at getting this. Its around £18.50 in the High Street and Salon stores.
The reason I bought the treatment is I am a fan of Kerastase and Bumble & Bumble. With Kerastase and B&B, when you use a treatment, you use it after a shampoo but before a conditioner. It's an additional step which does make a difference.
With Aveda, its different. You use a treatment instead of the conditioner. This made me almost feel I had wasted my cash! I already had (thanks to a donation by my sister) both the Shampoo and Conditioner. When I took a look at the treatment, it appeared to look like the conditioner but was thicker. It's a pale spring yellow colour with a light herbal scent. I like the scent, the colour is fine- (wouldn't really bother me if it was black to be honest!) but I was hoping for something that wasn't just the conditioner but denser.
I wanted to report that in fact I was wrong, and that the treatment did very different things to my hair, but it really didn't! I will say it was easy to apply, easy to leave in for the recommended time and easy to rinse out- it did not dry and set into my hair like some sticker masks can. But my hair really didn't feel any different from when I had used the Dry Remedy Conditioner on it.
But what I will say is it did do a good job. (Both the conditioner and treatment did- when used one after the other, and when used separately- I tried both!). My hair felt soft, the smell was really nice and although I would have liked it to linger longer then it did (about 6 hours) it did stay around longer then some of the other salon type brands. I just wish they could create a brand where the fragrance would actually stay around for a day! Is it so hard?
My hair still felt soft the next day (I wash my hair every other day) but the difference between this and say B&B is that I do have to brush this still. My hair is chin length and I can otherwise get away with not brushing it with B&B, it doesn't look too bad and feels amazing. But with Aveda, you do notice the difference. It does need to be brushed to feel as soft as it did when you just washed it- although in comparison to the high street brands I have tried, it's much much better and the effects last longer!
I was expecting this treatment to do more- to condition to the extend that I would not need a blow dry cream. I would have expected it to work like Bumble & Bumble's Deeep does and make my hair feel very silky and on the verge (but not quite) weighed down. But it did not do any of these. It did what the conditioner did: create very soft hair, make it easy to brush, smell great and still look good days after. My hair though, just felt like it needed something else, a bit of a boost as far as treatments go.
Will I be buying this again?
Well, although I like the way my hair feels, I like the scent and I like the fact Aveda is an organic/natural company, I am not sure it justifies the amount it would cost to re buy everything- even if a separate treatment was not required. I still prefer Kerastase and my favourite hair care range is Bumble and Bumble. But Aveda will still be up there with the rest in terms of products I would never turn down if given to me and never sold on Ebay by me!
I certainly love the winter but years of colouring my hair (and possibly age...no it can't be that!) do take their toll especially in the winter. My hair isn't damaged (and I do use a treatment every couple of months to help minimise damage) but at this time of year exposure to moisture, central heating and the cold really dry my hair out.
Now for months every time I go to have my hairdressers (I do go to an Aveda salon) or bought an Aveda product they have been slipping samples of their Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturising Treatment into my bags. I'm not sure if it was the nice blue packaging that did it but rather than throwing them out I decided to keep them and use them when I felt I had a bit of time. Well I had amassed a collection of 5 and it got to the point that I thought "what does this stuff actually do?" and if it wasn't something I thought I would use they were going in the bin.
So I looked the product up on the Aveda site (www.aveda.co.uk) as the sample tube was less than forthcoming about directions for use or why you want to use it. I could have guessed that it was a moisturising treatment for dry hair but my hair is always in good condition - it isn't dry normally so I was thinking that this product was not for me. However as mentioned I did notice that the weather was making it a bit drier than usual but I just thought that an extra dose of my Damage Remedy treatment would sort that out. However as my Dad always says "make sure you use the right tools for the job". I somehow don't think that he is referring to hair care products. When I read what this product my Dad's advice made sense. It claims to improve dry hair immediately and deliver long lasting moisture to dry hair. And this struck a chord with me....Damage Remedy makes my hair soft and less damaged but this might get over the winter dryness problem. I decided to go and try out one of these sample tubes to check out the claims on the website.
According to the website this product is a rich masque which penetrates deep into the hair to make dry and brittle hair soft, more supple and touchable (I will of course complain if complete strangers come up and start touching my hair...unless they are very good looking gentlemen!). This all seems good and as you would expect from a product with a name like this.
Now it then claims to immediately improve dry hair up to 63% but only when used as part of Aveda's Dry Remedy Moisturising System. Yes you guessed it there is a shampoo and conditioner to go with it! But I don't use this so it would be interesting to see the results. And also how do they kow it is 63% improved? It also says it has a patent-pending Deep-Moisture complex which contains buriti oil (I first read that as burrito oil!), pomegranate and palm-derived conditioners. This complex penetrates the hair to deliver long lasting and intense moisture. And it is safe for us who indulge in the use of hair colour. Again all sounds great but now my worry was "will this make my hair greasy and limp?" Well there is only one way to find out.
I took the directions for use off the website which are to massage this into wet hair and leave for 2 to 5 minutes and then rinse. It says to use it once a week but I would see if that applied to me later.
So into the shower I go. I wash my hair with my usual shampoo and then I open up the little blue tube. Three things instantly hit me - the colour, the texture and the smell. First of all I was expecting a white or pale cream coloured cream. What I got was a pale yellow - almost verging on Bird's custard yellow. Then the texture was incredibly rich and thick - thicker than even the Damage Remedy product I use. It wasn't hard to apply though. I just smoothed the whole 15ml tube over my hair and then massaged it into the roots and ends. My hair is just longer than chin length and rather than using more product for longer hair I would just leave it on for longer. Of course if you have have very long hair and then you may need to use more.
I found the smell lovely. It was earthy and calming but quite sweet at the same time. If anything it did remind me of the smell of Aveda salon I go to have my hair done at. Included in this product are certified organic palmarosa, ylang ylang and rose geranium and vanilla and you could certainly smell the ylang ylang and rose geranium and vanilla. I don't know what palmarosa smells like but it didn't impair the fragrance at all. As with all Aveda products the use of natural plant based extracts is common and where possible they always like to source these products ethically and organically.
So whilst the product was doing its work, I got on with the rest of my shower. After 5 minutes (I know it takes us girls a long time to take a shower!) I was ready to wash it off. Surprisingly it was quite easy to wash out. I had expected a rich product like this to take ages. I admit it did take a little longer to rinse but part of that was because my hair actually felt heavy and I was worried that the product was still in there. But it wasn't because the product was still on there that was making my hair heavy, it was because the product had done its job.
My hair felt a bit strange - it was very heavy with moisture and to be honest I thought it felt like it could be quite limp once it was dry. I decided not to blow dry my hair and towel dried it and combed it through without putting any products on there at all. I expected my hair to take longer to dry than usual and this was proved right but once I dry my hair did not feel heavy, limp or greasy. It looked the same texture as usual but it was really soft and hydrated (don't know if it was 63% more but it was a vast improvement) and without the use of any product is was so shiny....tv ad glossy in fact. My hair was so manageable I was amazed. I have always been impressed by Aveda hair care products but this was something else. I can only imagine what it would be like if I used the shampoo and conditioner in the range. Although knowing my luck because I don't have normally dry hair it would probably be too much!
The next day my hair was pretty much the same. It wasn't greasy or limp and still looked good. On day 2 I thought it was looking a bit limp though so just went and washed and conditioned my hair as normal. OK so it wasn't as fabulous as when I first used the Dry Remedy masque but it was still more moisturised than it had been. I was impressed. So after a week and a few more hair washes I thought I would crack open sample tube number 2. This time however my hair was limper than before - not greasy but not as impressed with the results. I still hadn't used the hair dryer on it either. I waited 3 weeks to use the product again and this time the results were as they were the first time. So obviously using this product weekly was too much for me. This time though I decided to blow dry my hair. I sprayed on my heat protector and I would say it took 10 minutes extra to dry my hair after using this product. Not a bad thing as it obviously means my hair is holding more moisture but just something you have to bear in mind. I now use the product every 3 to 4 weeks depending on how much I feel I need it. The results were pretty much the same - soft and shiny hair. However, I did feel that some of the moisturising effect had been diminished slightly by the heat of the hairdryer which is really what I had expected. That said it was still impressive.
I have now purchased a full sized tube of this product and the easy to squeeze blue tube comes in two sizes - 125ml and 250ml. The price like with all Aveda products is not cheap and the 125ml is £18.60 and £28.87 for the 250ml (these prices must include the VAT reduction). I only bought the smaller version as this will give me just over 8 applications which is easily enough to see me over the winter and so at £2.33 per application it isn't much more expensive than buying some of those quick fix products in sachets you can get.
I would say that if you have very dry hair naturally that you might want to try it with the shampoo and conditioner as well (or just continue to use your normal brand of moisturising shampoo) on a weekly basis but if you are like me and you only notice the dryness due to environmental conditions or if you have very fine hair then once a month alongside your normal hair care is plenty. I am sure there are plenty of products out there that can do similar but I haven't found them and to be honest out of all the Aveda hair care I use this is the one that has impressed me the most so far (and they all impress me!)
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner / Drenches even the driest / most brittle hair with moisture / leaving it soft / supple / touchable / Instantly improves dry hair up to 63% / when used as part of our Dry Remedy Moisturizing System Patent-pending Deep-Moisture complex penetrates hair to deliver lasting / intense moisture / powered by buriti oil / pomegranate and palm-derived conditioners Relaxing floral aroma blend with certified organic palmarosa / ylang ylang and rose geranium / plus a hint of vanilla One of 7 groundbreaking products honoured with Gold-level Cradle to Cradle certification Usage: Massage into hair from roots to ends after washing with Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo / For best results / use Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque in place of conditioner once per week.