July 12, 2016

Discover Aveda Hair Care

Story time! I first discovered Aveda when I was in college. My roommate had long, curly hair. It always looked great so I asked her what she used on it. She showed me this blue jar with magical pomade in it. I said that's what you use? She said yep. Not long after that I found myself at an Aveda salon and ever since then I knew what "smells like Aveda" meant.

If you aren't sure what I mean, allow me to explain. The scent of Aveda products is like nothing else. It smells herbal, fresh, and inviting. All Aveda products have this wonderful smell. That is because the art and science of pure flower and plant essences is the core of Aveda. Their beauty products are alive with the life force of plants, and contain pure essential oils. Their solutions are actually so powerful, they call them PUREscriptions.

Aveda offers plant-based products in skin care, makeup, pure-fume, aromas and lifestyle. Although they are most known for hair care. I received several Aveda hair care products to try! I have tried many different Aveda products, but oddly enough, these were all new to me!

This first product is like nothing I have tried before. Sure I have used dry shampoo, but Shampure Dry Shampoo is quite different. Instantly revive your hair and senses with this unique dry shampoo. Here's what's different, it is a non-aerosol powder mist that absorbs excess oil between shampoos. The non-aerosol thing really takes some getting used to. To use, tip bottle upside down. Return upright. Turn cap to expose nozzle. Lightly squeeze bottle to puff powder at roots. Squeeze bottle very lightly until you see how much comes out with each puff. Tip bottle as needed to increase powder flow.

The Aveda stylist above shows how it should look. Like a poof of powder that you let out above your hair. This is not at all what my first attempt looked like. But I am getting better at it. I still love the calming shampure aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences that are 99.8% naturally derived.

Next up is Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme for the girl who wants to smooth things out. It is great for summer, because it nourishes hair and helps fight frizz in intense humidity. You can use it to keep loose waves, straight or curly styles smooth all day. It is powered by botanicals, including certified organic cupuaƧu and shea butters. To use, towel-dry and apply styling creme. Then style as usual. My favorite way to use it is to get air dried waves without worrying about frizz. I apply, then form loose curls waves with my fingers and let air dry.

Thickening Tonic has been proven to thicken hair instantly with just one use. It expands strands from roots to ends. To use, spray on thickening tonic thoroughly from roots to ends, in sections (as shown above). Comb through to distribute evenly. Blow dry your hair with a round brush, using a nozzle to direct the air down each section. Brush your dry hair into the style you want. Cool this about this product? It uses certified organic amla fruit to help give your hair extra thickness. My husband uses this one too!

Get your stresses under control with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray. This is the firmest hold hair spray from Aveda that offers long lasting hold and humidity defense for all hair types. Yes that is right, humidity defense. Take that, summer. The fast drying, non flaking formula even has UV filters and anti-oxidants. The certified organic essential oils of Bulgarian lavender, bergamot, and palmarosa give it a calming aroma. To use, hold can 10-12 inches from dry hair and mist lightly. Layer product for extra hold. My favorite summertime look with this product is the pulled back pony. Spray Control Force into palms and smooth over pulled back hair. 

If Control Force is a bit too much hold for you, try Air Control Hair Spray. This is a flexible, lasting hold hair spray. It is derived from pine resin technology for a lightweight, workable hold. It sprays on dry and eliminates static! I love this stuff! I use it to set my wavy hair and it works wonders. To use, hold can 6-8 inches from dry hair, directed away from eyes, and spray in short bursts. You will get a flexible, lasting hold without the stiffness or crispiness of traditional aerosols! 

Finally, this airy, whipped wax that lets you create texture and medium hold without adding weight or stickiness. Light Elements Defining Whip absorbs into hair to define and separate. It is light enough to layer without buildup. I use it to create texture without any stiffness or crunchiness. Think definition without bulk. To use, apply a small amount to palms and rub together to emulsify. A little goes a long way! Work evenly through dry hair with fingertips to create medium hold and separation. Layer more as needed to eliminate static or flyaways. Of course this smells just as fantastic as all of the other Aveda products that I tried!

Connect :: Visit aveda.com to discover the art and science of pure flower and plant essences. You can also find Aveda on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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