My Mum has been a fan of Aveda’s hair products for an age so, when they contacted me to review their latest range I jumped at the chance. However, at the time I was a couple of months into life as a new Mum and was still reaping the benefits of clear skin and glossy hair thanks to my pregnancy. Very timely for my lovely friend Sarah, Mum to Connie and Millie so, over to her to tell all:
“A couple of months ago, I escaped the confines of my usual life to go for drinks and a meal that I hadn’t had to cook with some old friends including the lovely Lisa. As I sat moulting handfuls of hair at the table, I started to bemoan the state of my lovely mop – usually the only reliably presentable element of my ‘look’. Lisa mentioned that she had been contacted by Aveda, who had asked if she was interested in trying their product aimed at preventing hair loss and particularly suitable for those poor souls like me who ran a serious risk of ending up bald once their pregnancy hormones had worn off. Free stuff, a guest blog spot, AND potentially beautiful hair – how could I say no?!
The Aveda ‘Invati’ range claims to reduce hair loss by invoking the power of Ayurveda to ‘revitalize the scalp with turmeric’. The system consists of three bottles – Exfoliating Shampoo (£19.50), Thickening Conditioner (£21.50) and Scalp Revitalizer (a whopping £43.00 for a four week supply!). The packaging is chic and understated as one might expect from Aveda and even the envelope that the bottles came in smelled DIVINE!
After the excitement of receiving this deliciously scented package, the shampoo proved to be a bit of a disappointment. It is a little thin and watery, and in order to get what I consider to be a respectable lather, I often have to shampoo and rinse my hair twice. It left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied – like I had washed my crowning glory in some kind of solvent rather than a luxury hair product – however this is rectified by the conditioner which is thick, creamy, and easy to rinse out, restoring some of the moisture and softness to my locks.
I was a little puzzled by the Scalp Revitalizer which instructed me to massage it into my scalp twice daily. Despite fully expecting to look like I had a) been pulled through a hedge backwards, and b) been dipping my head in a deep fat fryer, this turned out to be a revelation. My hair appeared thicker and fuller and kept the delicious Aveda signature scent all day.
I must confess that I have not been a slavish follower of the ‘Invati’ routine. As a full-time student and owner of a dog (housetrained), husband (not so much) and two children under the age of three, there have been many times when I have resorted to dry shampoo, or sank into bed without massaging my scalp, but despite this slightly slapdash approach, my hair loss has reduced dramatically and did so within about a week of using the products. Not only that, it has lost the straw-like feeling that characterised the year following my first pregnancy and has started to look pretty shiny again!
Sarah with her girls, Connie and Millie
So, if you are looking for a hair product that will leave you flushed with a sense of decadence and luxury, this probably isn’t the one for you. If, however, you are looking for some medicine to revive your poor, hormonally deprived, hair follicles whilst masking the smell of baby sick, I can definitely recommend it!
You can catch up on all the latest Aveda Invati news by following them on Twitter, liking them on Facebook or visiting their site at www.aveda.co.uk.
Little Pea Green
P.S: Ironically, my hair has now started a post-natal decline and is falling out in chunks so Sarah, if you could send the dregs back that would be great!
Tags: Aveda, Aveda Invati, hair loss, hair thinning