If you do any type of heat-based styling on your hair, or colour it, or anything like that, then you might want to give Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair a try. I was fortunate enough to get a sample tube from my salon when I purchased some stuff from them recently. I don’t know if they were trying to give me a subtle hint or what, but I wasn’t offended. Since I was there to get my colour done, I just figured it was in response to that; that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I do actually take quite good care of my hair and I try to keep my it well moisturized and healthy, and I think succeed pretty well. However, I’m always interested in trying out new products to keep it looking better.
It turns out that this is basically a leave-in conditioner, but it’s got Aveda’s usual plant-based goodness to give it a boost. Aveda uses quinoa proteins to strengthen the hair from the inside out and repair damage. They also incorporate wheat protein to protect from heat styling. And lastly, they add in soy-derived oil to detangle and prevent breakage. They also add some essential oils (bergamot, mandarin, and ylang ylang) to make it smell nice too. The smell really is nice too, kind of fresh and a smidge of floral scent but not so much that you get overwhelmed or would particularly notice it. I didn’t even notice the smell after I put it on, it’s just that initial scent right out of the tube that you get to enjoy really.
Remarkably, according to Aveda’s tests Damage Remedy instantly repairs damaged hair’s tensile strength by 26% after a single use. I like to hear that they’ve actually tested this product and have some encouraging results. I like that they have actual numbers instead of the usual “it feels” or “it appears”, what can I say that appeals to the sciencey part of me. Clearly, I won’t be able to test the tensile strength of my own hair, as I don’t have a fully-functioning hair testing laboratory in my flat. However, after using it a number of days I definitely think my hair looked a touch healthier and it definitely had a bit more spring in the curl. All of that could be from the fact that this is somewhat like a super duper leave-in conditioner, but I also noticed that my hair didn’t seem as prone to breakage after using it either.
I have curly hair so I don’t blow dry it all that often and when I do I use the lightest heat setting, but as I mentioned, I do colour it which can be really hard on your hair. I try to use good shampoo without sulfates and gentle conditioners, but there are lots of factors that make it even better to use something like Damage Remedy. Really, anything that can protect my hair a bit or undo some of the nastiness from the colouring is a big plus for my hair. I liked the sample enough that I’m actually thinking I might purchase a full sized tube it even. I used the Damage Remedy by adding a little dollop to my Aveda Be Curly styling balm on my wet hair and that seemed to work quite well. I tried it a couple of days just by itself and that got me pretty much the same result. But either way, I do think my hair looks better when I use it.
I got a sample of this from my salon, however, you can definitely get it anyplace that sells Aveda products. Or, you can get it right from the source at the Aveda websites. At the UK Aveda site, you’ll pay £20.50 for 100 ml/3.4 oz, at the US Aveda site, you’ll pay $28.00 for the same sized tube. When you order from Aveda, you get free shipping on orders over £30 or $50 respectively, plus you get to pick three samples to try out as well. They’re always having special deals and offers too, so you can get additional samples of new products or things like that.