Back in September, I was very kindly invited to an Aveda Haircare event which was very exciting for me. After having my first stint with trying Aveda products (you can read about my Tulasara review here), I was very excited to attend this hair care event. I have always known Aveda more for their hair care products particularly on how they cater to a wide range of hair types including Afro hair types. For that alone, I was very impressed because I know many hair brands struggle to do this. I had the day off which is always good as it means I can attend any blog events during the day and relax for the rest of the evening. The event was the to celebrate the launch of the Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair* which I was very curious about.
It is part of the Aveda Damage Remedy range which has been formulated to restore, repair and rescue hair from various effects of damage. The Split End Repair in itself is designed to instantly draw and bind frayed ends back together while also preventing new split ends from forming. I don't think I have ever come across any product that has this claim so I was naturally curious to give it a try. That's why I was so happy to attend the event and learn more about this product. I don't know about you but when I have split ends, I just snip them off (ever so sadly though). I know it is quite healthy to trim off split ends and having just a trim in general but if a product could help prevent this, I am all over it.
The event was held at Carousel in Central London. I have attended a few blogger events at the same venue and I am always amazed at how beautiful they manage to transform it each time. It was a drop-in session so I just popped in for my slot. I love how Aveda use a lot of greenery at their events and I find it really relaxing. The venue looked gorgeous as expected from Aveda.
I had a quick bite and some fresh juice before I settled down for my appointment. The Aveda Professional Hair Stylist (Luke) was so knowledgeable and I learnt a whole lot about taking care of my Afro and how to use the Aveda products. He applied a small amount to my bun(well, my bun is not actually a sizeable bun so let's leave it at that, shall we?)and I loved it on first impressions. Armed with so many good hair care tips, I was ready to put the Split End Repair to the test.
I know it looks like a regular hair care tube packaging but I wanted to draw some attention to the design. First off, I love that it's quite compact and travel friendly. It contains 30ml of product which is quite small for a hair care product but I will get to that later. What I do adore is the lid which twists up and down to dispense the right amount of product through its nozzle tip. I love it a lot although I do wish it came with slightly more product in it (I think 50ml would have been great especially for the price).
I was very curious to see what ingredients the Split End Repair contained especially with the claims. It is formulated with Nangai Oil which is sourced from Nangai Tree nuts (in South Pacific). This is the star ingredient in this product and it envelops the surface of each split end and helps draw wayward strands back together. The texture is quite a lovely one and it is really easy to use on my hair. It does not feel greasy or weigh my hair down which is really key for me because I cannot deal with greasy hair at all. I also love the way it smells as it is so fresh just like beautiful greenery and herbs.
How I use
It is recommended to use it on dry hair and that's exactly how I have been using it. The first time I tried it at home, I did use it after I had washed and conditioned my hair and I loved it. It made my hair look so curly and I was like "ooh la la" however I have stuck to using it as instructed. Aveda recommend using a pea sized amount, emulsify (I just rub between my hands) and apply in downward motions from mid length to hair tip. It is much easier if you split your hair into sections. I don't have a lot of split ends on my natural hair but I've noticed the front section of my hair has some split ends. I think this is mainly due to the fact that I always straighten this section to blend with my hair extensions. Applying heat on many hair types especially natural Afro hair textures is not the best at all and I have got some damage now. I used the Split End Repair mainly on the front section of my hair as this was the only part I noticed some heat damage.
The first thing I did notice was that my hair was not breaking as much as it does especially after continuously straightening the front section. It looks so much healthier as well and I find that it also acts as a heat protectant for my hair. The good thing about it is that it helps whatever style I am wearing my hair last longer. For example, when I left my front section (leave out) curly, it helped my curls look better defined and when I straightened my hair, it helped preserve this. I have really enjoyed using it and I still use it. It also makes my hair softer and more manageable. However, I have to say that it would not last too long if I were to use it on my entire head because it is only 30 ml. On the other hand, If you are using it on a particular section of your hair (like I was), it will last longer and get maximum benefits. I do think it will be brilliant at preventing split ends but if you already have a lot of split ends, it will help reduce the amount you may need to eventually trim off.
Where to Buy//Link //£25
The Aveda Split End Repair is available in all Aveda stores and online. If you happen to go into an Aveda store, you can ask them to do a damage diagnostic test for you to see if you have any hair damage. They'd also provide advice and recommendations for you which I think is pretty neat. I definitely think I need to pop into an Aveda store for a hair makeover because they are one of the few brands that cater to Afro texture hair. I was also very impressed with the advice and hair tips I received during the event.
I am really pleased I got a chance to attend the Aveda Hair Event and also test out the Split End Repair for myself. I still use it frequently and I have enjoyed how it has helped my hair. I do think I may still need to snip some split ends away but at least now I know that it will prevent other split ends from showing their ugly faces. That's it from me today. Have a lovely weekend. Have you tried the Aveda Split End Repair?
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