Whilst I am still getting used to caring for my new natural hair, I prefer to have my hair washed or treated at a salon, this is for a number of reasons, primarily because I am just not physically capable. It takes a great deal of upper body strength to get a comb through, wash, condition and blow dry my very thick head of afro hair and secondly, it takes a lot of patience, which I am also in very short supply of when it comes to anything that takes more than 20 minutes and is remotely high maintenance-y which, let’s face it afro hair can be.
I’ve been trialling out the Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo for a few weeks. Firstly, it smells amazing but I feel this is a prerequisite of all Aveda products and I wouldn’t expect anything less. This shampoo is ‘powered by’ the exotic Buriti oil. The Buriti tree grows in the swap regions throughout South America and the oil from this fruit contains high levels of essential fatty acids, vitamin E, C and Beta-carotene, all powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients. The heavenly scent of Ylang Ylang and rose geranium blend is the perfect recipe to help you unwind and relax.
A few weeks ago I attempted the unthinkable, don’t judge me, washing a twist-out without combing it through thoroughly and as I walked down to my local salon Aveda shampoo and Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque in hand I braced my self for an hour of pain.
My stylist washed my hair with the Moisturizing Shampoo and then applied the Moisturizing Masque. After washing out the conditioner and patting it down with towel, she began to blow dry. I was expecting a world of pain but to my surprise the comb attachment slid through my hair with ease, it wasn’t the torturous struggle from root to ends that I had anticipated, instead my hair was tangle free, soft and supple, exactly what the label on the bottle promised. When I left the salon my hair looked revitalised and nourished, needless to say I was happy with the results of this moisture enriching power combo.
I have found though, that the moisturising shampoo is better on my hair when I don’t have so much product build up, as on occasion it has taken quite a few washes to get rid of the gel or other styling products that I have used that week. So, if I have been product happy before my wash or treatment then I opt for a cleansing shampoo rather than a moisturising one. The Masque however is always a must for my dry thirsty hair.
By Abisoye Odugbesan