Hair -AVEDA -Salon Hair coloring

on 4/18/2019 10:22:00 PM

I stumbled upon this site after spending a good part of the last year with hair that is suffering — and all this time I never in a million years thought it could be the Aveda color itself that was causing it!!

All my life my hair has been — as my mother called it — my crowning glory, but after a year with Aveda, it exhibits all of the issues that people have mentioned here: straw-like, breaking off, dry, weak, thin. I thought it was my health or the water or something else.... but it all makes sense now, it started when I switched to Aveda!!

Ugh. Even my hair that’s not even at my chin is severely damaged. It’s going to take a couple of years to get back to my long, luscious locks. I feel betrayed :(

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Styling Products -AVEDA -Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade

on 4/16/2019 6:46:00 PM

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I bought this product at my hairdressers suggestion when I was at the salon for a hair cut. Its cost me $25 for a tub and a little goes along way....in fact I have to be careful not to use slightly too much or my hair will look greasy. I have thin hair but lots of it. The positives about this product is that it smells great and you get a huge tub that will last years. Also, Iike that it makes my hair feel really smooth and soft. I think I still might return it because it is difficult to get it competelly washed out of my hair when I shampoo. I have to use a clarifying shampoo to get it all out, which is something that annoys me. I live in California, which usually doesn't get humid here. So there is not a reason for me to use it for anti-humidity purposes but if you lived in a humid climate I would understand why you need this.


Hair -AVEDA -Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair

on 3/29/2019 2:27:00 PM

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I use leave-in conditioner solely because I am super-lazy about my hair, but I also want it to look nice. Enter Damage Remedy -- this product saves me time in the shower AND keeps my super-short hair looking and feeling great. It's just so easy to slap it into wet hair and then blow-dry. It smells really nice too, herbal but not in a hippie way. I was using a cheaper Garnier leave-in before I started going to an Aveda salon, but the Garnier product was discontinued so I got this at my stylist's rec. I love it, and with my super-short hair I only go through about a tube per year using a little dollop 3 times per week. The squeezy-tube packaging makes it easy to decant into a smaller container for travel too. Definite repurchase!

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Styling Products -AVEDA -Control Paste

on 3/29/2019 2:23:00 PM

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I am super-lazy when it comes to my short hair, but I do take time to put this product in it. After showering at night, I blow-dry my hair and then sleep on it, and in the morning, when it's fluffy and crazy, I use about a pinky-nail's worth of this paste to tame it. I like that it's sticky but not goopy, smells really nice (herbal but not too hippie), and lasts FORever even with 3x/week use. In 4 years of use I'm only on my second tub -- definite repurchase!

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Hair -AVEDA -Salon Hair coloring

on 3/19/2019 2:41:00 PM

I disagree with the person who suggested that all negative Aveda reviews were written by the same reviewer. I am my own person - loved my local Aveda salon and stuck with it for 3 years before finally conceding that the color had destroyed my hair. I stuck with it, I really did! First my scalp would itch like CRAZY and I'd get sores; I thought I was getting acne or something until I read other, similar reviews). Next, my hair started falling out. Not clumps, just a LOT of hair each time I'd wash or brush my hair. I stubbornly blamed it on pre-menopause. Finally, it just became SO dry, like straw.

I eventually had to admit the Aveda color was just bad for my hair. I know it's not the case with everyone but that was my true experience.

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Hair -AVEDA -Salon Hair coloring

on 3/16/2019 11:38:00 AM

Hair color damages my hair every single time. I only have this experience with Aveda color. Hair breaks at scalp and frays horribly. I won't wash it for 2 days, and it will still break all over my head. I've tried Matrix color (with a different person/place), and it's fine. Returned to Aveda because I like my stylist. One session with Aveda and my hair is back to feeling like broken straw. Bad bad bad.


Treatments (Eye) -AVEDA -Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Creme

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This is an excellent eye cream. It's moisturizes well and sits beautifully under makeup. It is also unfragranced, which I appreciate in an eye cream. I don't know about its dark circle reducing or depuffing properties, but it definitely felt cooling and a bit energizing (thanks to the caffeine?). The packaging is also great--a hygienic (and attractive) tube that dispenses just the right amount.

With all of that said, it's a bit pricey at $36 for half a fluid ounce. For the money, I prefer the Cerave eye cream, but I would repurchase this as a special treat. In fairness, the tube did last me a long time.

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Conditioner -AVEDA -Rosemary Mint Conditioner

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Not many people seem to like this conditioner, I happen to love it! The ingredients: lots of botanicals, no silicones, plenty of good stuff. The texture: completely unlike most other conditioners I've used before. It's like a watered down thin gel! If you're not used to a silicone-free conditioner this will probably take some getting used to. The aroma: refreshing, zingy and uplifting. If I've had a long, hot day I cannot imagine anything more refreshing than massaging this into my scalp under the shower. It gives that 'tingling' sensation, pretty similar to my Briogeo scalp treatment but thankfully a bit less intense! The results: I wouldn't say the conditioning effects are amazing but they are decent enough, despite this being more geared towards fine/normal hair (mine being quite thick), my hair is less frizzier, more manageable but not artificially scented or coated in silicones that make it 'feel' soft temporarily. Yes it takes some getting used to, this is a very unconventional conditioner and definitely won't be to many peoples liking.
Unlike the matching shampoo this has so far not caused me any itching or other problems (now on my 5th use) so once this trial size runs out I will most likely re-purchase and use with a different shampoo.


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Shampoo -AVEDA -Rosemary Mint Shampoo

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I was (and still am) a big fan of Shampure so I decided to give this a try as my hairdresser had mentioned this one a couple of times. I loved what I could see of the ingredients in the packaging, however after about 3 or 4 uses my scalp began to itch and flake in a way that it hasn't done in a very long time. This was the only thing different in my haircare routine.
Although I'm tempted to say it's the invigorating/stimulating ingredients in here: i.e rosemary extract, peppermint or Camphor, the truth is I regularly use other products which contain these ingredients AND at stronger concentrations so I know that can't be it. My guess is one of the chemicals in here is causing the reaction. Such a shame as I was really looking forward to switching over from Shampure to this based purely on its 'invigorating' plant extracts...
For what it's worth (and the reason why I've not given it 2 lippies) I loved how this is actually a very effective shampoo at cleaning without weighing down or stripping my hair. Each of the few times I used it I found the peppermint/rosemary aroma really invigorating as I inhaled it (I imagine this would work brilliantly at the end of a hot summers day) and my hair itself super-clean and vibrant. If only my scalp had loved it as much!


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora) 


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Conditioner -AVEDA -Smooth Infusion Conditioner

on 3/4/2019 11:39:00 AM

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This conditioner is OK and nothing special. The price is exorbitant for a conditioner whose third ingredient is cheap, non-water-soluble dimethicone that will cause build-up over time. The fragrance is light and not offensive, like a light floral. I won't rush to repurchase but would consider buying if on sale to rotate with my other conditioners.


Shampoo -AVEDA -Color Conserve Shampoo

on 3/3/2019 3:13:00 PM

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This is OK shampoo. I've avoided AVEDA due to not liking herbal fragrances in general. But my salon had it on sale and suggested that I try. The fragrance isn't offensive and is rather light. Maybe a bit floral? I was surprised at how well it lathered, then surprised again upon realizing it contains sulfates. I tend to avoid sulfates and assumed that this expensive, organic product would not contain them. So minus one lippie for that. Finally, my hair color held up well with use of this shampoo and did not feel stripped. But that's true for many other color shampoos. For the price, it's neither a brilliant product nor a bad product. I'd repurchase only if on sale and to rotate with other shampoos.


Shampoo -AVEDA -Rosemary Mint Shampoo

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I've worked in Aveda salons, spas and even in the stores. I love their products so much and this is one of my favorite shampoos. The scent it is invigorating and uplifting.

This is particularly great for those with sensitive or dry scalps. Its great at cleansing and soothing the scalp.

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Shampoo -AVEDA -Shampure Shampoo

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This is by far my most favorite shampoo ever. I have used and loved this one for 20 years and its one that I go back to over and over again. I have worked in Aveda spas, salons and even the stores.

This is a great shampoo for all hair types. Leaves hair soft, manageable, shiny and well hydrated. And the smell is so amazing.

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Skincare - Body -AVEDA -Beautifying Composition

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Love this product. The scent alone is worth buying it as it smells so beautiful, but it works great as well.

I have used this on my face, body and hair to help moisturize, nourish, heal and replenish skin and hair. My favorite way to use this is as a bath oil. Just add a couple of drops to a warm bath and relax.

I also like to mix this with the bath salts and the exfoliating to create a kind of salt scrub to use in the shower or bath.

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Moisturizers -AVEDA -Hydrating Lotion

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This is a pretty good moisturizer. Its lightweight and does a great job at hydration. There is nothing here that WOWs me but its a really good moisturizer for everyday.

What is amazing here is that you can use a product knowing its mostly/all natural and as a beautiful scent like most Aveda product do.


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