Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Review: Aveda Damage Remedy shampoo and conditioner

Before I get into the real meat of this review – come on, this is a fashion blog reviewing high-end hair products, so you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be meaty - I’d like to say that I understand …

Tue, Jul 24, 2012, 07:30


Before I get into the real meat of this review – come on, this is a fashion blog reviewing high-end hair products, so you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be meaty - I’d like to say that I understand that €29.50 each for a shampoo and conditioner is something approaching vulgarity. Okay, I’ll admit it: it’s pretty damn vulgar. I just wanted to get that out there before getting into it: I didn’t love Aveda’s Damage Remedy shampoo, nor did I love its Damage Remedy conditioner. But even if I did, I doubt I’d be shelling out another €60 to replenish ‘em.

When I bought these, I was having one of those “my hair can do nothing right” moments. I was also, apparently, having one of those “this money is burning a hole in my bank account” moments, so you can guarantee it was at the end of the month. Those two things are unrelated, but perhaps relevant – impulse purchasing is, after all, what I do best. I asked the lady at the Aveda counter (I had tried their curl-specific products before, and liked them, so decided I’d give them another go) what she would recommend for slightly damaged, coloured hair. I didn’t want to cut it, I said (I went six months of the year without getting a haircut, more on which later on in the week), but I wanted something that would restore its health and add volume without “smoothing” my curls. Very smooth curly-curls, you see, are Irish-dancing curls. And no one over the age of 12 wants Irish-dancing curls. She recommended Damage Remedy, and so, here we are.

What are my niggles? I don’t have any, in particular, other than to say that I have noticed very little that’s different about my hair since I stopped using Head & Shoulders* (yes, really) and started using these babies. Yes, my hair is now much more expensive, but who notices that except for my accountant? It lathers nicely and it has lasted quite a while (I wash my hair at least every other day, and shampoo twice, condition once), but the conditioner is slightly slippery or oily, and can be difficult to rinse out, which makes showers a bit cumbersome, especially when I’ve woken up with approximately 20 minutes to get washed, dried, made up and out the door. In short, there is nothing about this product that would justify (a) its extortionate price tag or (b) choosing it above any of the other 10 million products on the market – even if they were all priced equally.

So there. Aveda Damage Remedy = a big, fat meh. And a gaping hole in my wardrobe where this gorgeous dress could be, perfect for my upcoming two-week holiday to Nice. (Any advice, by the way? Restaurants to try, places to see? Let me know!)

* I love Head & Shoulders, and will promptly be returning to it once my Aveda stock runs out. You can buy it in the supermarket, it’s cheap as chips and it leaves my hair feeling and looking great. It’s not wonderful for colour maintenance, F yer I, so don’t expect to use it and keep your radiant reds.

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