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Tell it to me straight: Aveda products - Brilliant And Worth Every Penny or Expensive Rubbish?

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PacificDogwod Fri 16-Sep-16 16:11:00

I had my first Aveda hairdresser experience today.

Be Curly products were used, and guess what, I am all curly grin

So, if I were to dish out for that stuff, would I regret it??

Bodyshop Rainforest shampoo and conditioner is so pleasingly cheap...

RawPrawn Fri 16-Sep-16 16:14:08

Meh - I've never had a lot of joy with Aveda. Smells nice, but made no appreciable difference to my (limp, straight) hair.

PacificDogwod Fri 16-Sep-16 16:20:45

Ah, see, that's the kind of expensive mistake I would like to avoid, thanks Prawn.

Mine is more dry and straw-like porous so am forever looking for the magic moisturising product.

botemp Fri 16-Sep-16 16:39:08

It's a long time ago but I too used to frequent an Aveda hairdresser and was never overly impressed by the suggested products. Can't remember what specifically I used but some shampoo and hair products and just remember it causing a lot of buildup and needing to see them a lot quicker than normal. Did like a weird custom oil perfume thingy though.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Fri 16-Sep-16 20:53:40

Nice lovely smelling by way overpriced. Just commented on another thread but I use wilko conditioner at 99p and basic gel from Tesco which is 25p.

I find expensive curly hair products are even worse than others because you have to use so much!

Euphemia Fri 16-Sep-16 21:01:10

I have naturally curly, thick hair. Aveda Be Curly made me look like Hermione in Potions class in Half-Blood Prince. hmm

PacificDogwod Fri 16-Sep-16 21:08:13

Euphemia grin

Much as that is a very distinctive look, it is NOT exactly what I am aiming for....

I am trying to move away from the 'witch-dragged-through-a-hedge-backwards' look.

Euphemia Fri 16-Sep-16 21:31:36


toffeeboffin Fri 16-Sep-16 21:33:39

Meh, not impressed really.

Had the pure one whatever it's called, and the rosemary one, not a patch on Alberto Balsam tea tree tingle.

CatherineDeB Fri 16-Sep-16 21:43:54

I used sham pure for 20 years and loved it, swapped to something else this year because my hair had changed, health related I think.

I found the Be Curly stuff that you put in before styling rubbish, not moisturising enough for me, I bet I bought it ten years ago and it is still in my bathroom, rubbish.

I liked the light blue pump bottle of serum, can't remember what that is called without looking! A couple of years ago my hairdresser used Orifluido serum without me knowing and the next time I went back I asked him. I rate the orifluido better then any of the Aveda stuff I have used.

wombattoo Fri 16-Sep-16 21:50:55

I have afro curly hair (imagine whitney in the 80's). I have used Aveda be curly leave in product and it does define my curls but looks a bit matt and frizzy. Maybe serum on top would help? I tried the damage rescue conditioner and didn't really like it.

Pisssssedofff Fri 16-Sep-16 21:56:53

Be curly isn't curly girl method approved. It did nothing for me tbh.

PacificDogwod Fri 16-Sep-16 21:59:24

I have to be honest, I am quite surprised by the unanimous opinion towards 'overpriced, overhyped meh product'.

Yes, I had noticed that British Curlies don't mention Be Curly and was wondering whether there are commercial or other interest behind that.

Orofluido looks lush - but all the ads always do... confused

Judydreamsofhorses Fri 16-Sep-16 22:00:57

I don't have curly hair, but I really rate the Damage Repair shampoo and conditioner for dry hair, and have used Confixor as a styling product for years. The stuff is fairly pricey, but you on,y need a tiny bit compared with cheaper stuff. I go to an Aveda salon and like a lot of the products they use.

MrsMargoLeadbetter Fri 16-Sep-16 22:04:53

I don't have curly hair either but do rate their healthy balance (think that is the name) anti-dandruff shampoo. It smells much better than cheaper dandruff stuff.

CatherineDeB Fri 16-Sep-16 22:05:32

It is lovely Pacific. I noticed a difference and asked What he had used. The £15 ish from memory bottle lasts me ten months and I use it on dd too. I buy it at Amazon.

PitchFork Fri 16-Sep-16 22:07:35

have you tried not using shampoo very often?
I did it by mistake out of necessity on a holiday when I forgot to take shampoo. the bar of soap left my hair really tangled and frizzy, so I just rinsed it under the shower. for a week.
I still only use shampoo twice a week, makes a real difference to hair texture and shine.

PacificDogwod Fri 16-Sep-16 22:09:22

I wash my hair at most twice a week grin

I'm now also looking at Palmer's co-wash - this thread has been very useful in more ways than one thanks

PitchFork Fri 16-Sep-16 22:11:23

oh and our shampoo if we don't forget it on holiday is dr organics olive oil one.

dudsville Fri 16-Sep-16 22:11:39

I tried aveda for dry damaged hair. Or was better than cheap stuff but not so much that I thought it was worth the price. I shopped around other pricier end stuff and found khiels to be The One for me.

AppleMagic Fri 16-Sep-16 22:13:54

Shampure range makes my hair look noticeably nicer than any other shampoo/conditioner I have tried. You can get travel sizes now I think if you wanted to try it cheaply - maybe on the Aveda website? It's worth the extra for me but obviously not for everyone.

dudsville Fri 16-Sep-16 22:14:19

Ps, my hair isn't damaged, just a lot more grey! Aveda did suggest I would be moving up to what they suggest for afro hair, so that might have been good, and they do offer a returns policy but I tried this by post and my parcel got lost so I never got my refund so I didn't go back to try the other product.

CatherineDeB Fri 16-Sep-16 22:15:13

I used to buy 1ltr bottles of both sham pure shampoo and conditioner and it worked out as cheap as anything you would buy in Boots - am sure it was only £28 for a litre when I first started buying it shock.

I only wash my hair every 3rd or 4th day but have yet to embrace the curls tbh.

HappyHeart87 Fri 16-Sep-16 22:23:12

I was converted to Palmers CoWash a couple of months ago on another thread. I'm really happy with it. I've started using a quick-drying camping towel as a turban, and I just use the cheap Boots pink curl creme.

I cowash my hair every 3-4 days and use Avalon Organics Clarifying Shampoo about once a fortnight.

The whole routine is cheap & easy and I'm very pleased with the condition of my hair.

pollyblack Fri 16-Sep-16 22:29:42

Hmmm not great for me. I bought the invati range for thinning hair- the set was around £100- and it did nothing. Not only that but it wasnt even decent shampoo or conditioner, smelled rank and left my hair lank.

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