Other than nails, the other area of beauty I’m pretty low maintenance with is my hair. It behaves itself, it isn’t too unhealthy, it isn’t oily and I don’t have dandruff *touch wood* All in all, I’m that lucky girl to have good hair days most days of the week. I know you hate me now, sorry 😛
But you know, I wasn’t the only one who thought so. When I was invited by Aveda to try their Botanical Therapy for Hair and Scalp at the newly opened Aveda-exclusive salon Restyle+ at Nu Sentral (super convenient mall linked to public trains. And there’s a Sephora there too 😉 ) the stylist was at a bit of a loss as well as to what to do with my hair LOL! 😛
He pronounced a healthy scalp and healthy hair that was just a wee bit dry. He was surprised that I didn’t colour my hair (it’s been years and my hair’s all natural and yes, it’s brown) nor did I treat it in one way or another. I’ve been there and done that. I’m not going back till I turn grey 😛 In the end, we settled for a Moisture Treatment. I’ll just quickly tell you what to expect and if you’re looking for a natural option to all the chemicals you put on your hair and head, you might want to check out Aveda treatments.
The treatment starts with a cup of special Aveda tea that is very calming and soothing to the throat. Once your hair concerns are sorted and the treatment decided, you are treated to a very very lovely sensorial experience with the Aveda Blue Oil. This has a refreshing and uplifting peppermint scent and cuts through the fog in your head while calming you down. You then get a very lovely neck and shoulder massage. Mmm….
Oh ok, where was I? After the massage, the Scalp Remedy is applied to your scalp section by section and carefully massaged in so you get a very very lovely and fairly head massage as well as the product is massaged into your scalp! You are then led off to have a wash.
Coming back, your hair is then treated to Dry Remedy treatment enriched with buriti and pomegranate oils to leave hair looking and feeling silky and soft, which is again massaged into your hair section by section. Then, your head is stuffed into a contraption to steam your hair, like so.
Ohai! Yes, that’s steam seeping out of my head. It was amusing but your head doesn’t get hot and bothered. It feels really quite comfortable and a normal person would be immersed in the magazines by now, instead of taking strange selfies in the mirror 😀
Once the timer dings, you go back for a hair wash and then your hair is blow dried and Dry Remedy oil is applied to keep your hair feeling and looking swishable. The thing is, I don’t have long hair so I can’t do any swishing, but my hair took on a softer, less structured look.
When I ran my fingers through my hair, it would fall back nicely into place although I found the fringe a little too floppy for my liking. But still, it was nice and my head felt light and I can imagine that if you have longer hair that is prone to frizziness, it would be a lovely feeling to have your hair fall straight and smooth instead of fanning out like a lion’s mane.
I was told also that regular treatment would be helpful for those who do have a problem with dry and frizzy hair and that’s true of all treatments. The only thing is that you may find the scents take some getting used to. Being botanical based, Aveda hair products have an earthy, herbal scent that may not sit well with every nose. I found it pleasant and if you like essential oils, you may too. But if you don’t, then you probably won’t like this because the smell will linger and is quite strong.
As for how long it lasts, it lasted me about 3 days before my hair lost its floppiness but I must note that I wash my hair daily, and in that time, I started swimming almost daily and we know just what chlorine does to hair right? Yes it kills it 😛 So don’t use my experience as a yardstick.
I had my treatment done at Restyle+ hair salon at Nu Sentral, which is an Aveda exclusive salon in that they only use Aveda products. You can also buy products for them and I picked up a Dry Remedy Oil as well. The treatment costs between RM130-180 depending on hair length.
There are a few other Aveda exclusive salons where you can get a treatment done if you like. You can find them at this link so if you’re interested, head to a salon closest to you and make some enquiries.
Are you an Aveda haircare fan? Have you had their Botanical Treatments done before?
I haven’t really used Aveda hair products before this so I’m open to your recommendations if you have. As for hair treatments, if I had longer hair that I wanted to keep sleek and smooth, I’d probably go back and get it done. It’s nice to know you don’t get a boatload of chemicals dumped on your head, and your scalp doesn’t feel sensitive nor tingly. But as I have short and fairly healthy hair and scalp, it’s not my top priority at this moment in time. Perhaps when I start going grey, I’ll try their hair colour 😀
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OK I hate you >_< I have fine hair with a scalp that oils up super fast! I NEED to use shampoos that control oil production at the roots or I'll be losing hair. That said, the good thing is, my straight hair always looks shiny…. because frizz just never happens. LOL!
Paris B says
Yeah it seems like oily Scalp like oily skin is quite a common lament especially in our weather. But it’s good that you know your problem and have found products that work. Be thankful too for not sporting a lion’s mane haha
I think Oscar Oscar uses aveda once upon a time. I love it. There scalp massage and the neck and shoulders massage. Like you I’m blessed with a good head of hair so I use whatever shampoo and conditioner that’s on sale. I get a tad bit of frizzy hair but I’d run my hands through it with a tiny bit of drugstore serum and I’d have the softest and loveliest hair. YAY for us fortunate ones Kekkekkekeke
Paris B says
Hurray for good, obedient hair! 😀 It’s such a delight to not have to deal with one more damned beauty problem 😛
all I can look at it that awesome picture of you with that medusa hat D: that picture is awesome!! non of the aveda products worked for me, sadly. I got itchy scalp and all that jazz. I hate my hair now and growing out my bettie bangs so I won’t even talk about my hair lol.
Paris B says
hahaha I couldn’t resist that picture – just too awesome 😀 So sorry to hear Aveda products didn’t work for you 🙁 I’ve never used their haircare but they do seem nice. That said, since my head is quite resilient, maybe I should give it a go. Maybe wear a hat till it grows out? hehe…
I love the blue oil and one of their tea. But that’s about it. I’ve been loving the Living Proof hair products to bits (not a botanical brand/Jennifer Aniston related/ available at Sephora) but rarely do i compliment a hair related brand. Do check it out.
Paris B says
Living Proof you say? I think I’ve seen it around. Will take a peep next time! Blue Oil really smells amazing but I can’t imagine when I’d find use for it otherwise.
I’m so envious of your well-balanced head of hair!
I’ve heard so much about Aveda as a departure from the traditional hair salon and would love to make some time to try their services one day.
Paris B says
Ooh yes, they are definitely different and one thing I quite like is not getting assaulted with that blast of chemical scented air that you get in many salons, especially when there are many people doing hair treatments. It actually feels very pleasant and there seem to be a few around so it’s easy to find one nearby I’m sure. And don’t be envious, I don’t have nice nails or feet for one! LOL 😀
Sounds nice! Have you tried Rene Furterer in Pavillion? They have hair and scalp treatments too but they’re more expensive (nearer to RM200 and above). I thought the service was really good!
On a side note, I saw Bourjois cosmetics in Watsons One Utama and Bioderma at Watsons in IOI mall recently, no need to go overseas to buy anymore!
Paris B says
Hey Applegal, I didn’t try Rene Furterer’s service but I’ve tried their shampoo & conditioner and I have to say they’re quite nice, especially the Myrrhea one. I’m told the hair treatments there are really nice too. Maybe will give it a go if I feel like a spot of pampering some day 😀 Yep, Bourjois is now at some of the bigger Watson’s stores although I haven’t seen them myself. Really have to get out a little more LOL! As for Bioderma, I’m a little shocked at the prices though. So high! 😛
Paris B says
Terima kasih! 😉
Shija Rahim says
Gosh..u looked super cute wth that steaming going on Miss P.. U made my day..
Paris B says
Hehe Thank you Shija! 😀 Can I just say how amused I am when people call me Miss P? I feel like a school teacher for some reason haha 😀