It feels a little funny to write about my personal hair story, but the truth is, hair is a big deal. It’s something that seems to directly impact our confidence. When you have freshly cut and colored hair, you tend to just feel good. I know that when I leave the salon, my mood is instantly lifted and I feel like a million bucks—especially if I go to a salon I love and trust. That’s why I’m writing this. I recently became an ambassador for Aveda. It’s a brand I’ve loved for more than 15 years (that’s longer than any romantic relationship I’ve ever had!) and I’m really excited to be partnering with the brand.
My love for hair (and Aveda) started in high school. I stumbled upon a local Aveda salon and thought it would be really fun to work there because it was a bustling, trendy environment. However, I never had aspirations to be a hair stylist. I just wanted to be involved in something really cool, so I worked there for a year at the front desk. Up until then, I never cared too much about my hair (I didn’t even know what a flat iron was until my junior year of high school!). I had experimented with at-home hair color kits (I remember cutting my hair into a medium bob and dying it a dark auburn red so I could hopefully look just like my idol at the time, Angela Chase from “My So-Called Life”), but working at the salon opened my eyes to great haircare products, amazing cut and styling techniques and awesome hair color. I was hooked!
Fast forward 15 years and I still use Aveda products. In college, I actually hunted down a local Aveda salon so I wouldn’t be without the products. When I moved back to the Bay Area after college, I found a stylist I loved at Atelier Salon & Studio, which is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, and she did my hair for more than eight years (she also styled my hair for my wedding!). Sadly, she moved to Spain two years ago, but I’ve since found Lindsay Beebe and she’s great.
Aveda hair color is unlike any other I’ve ever tried. The few times I visited other hair salons, I left with fried and damaged hair. Blonde hair color can often be damaging to hair; Aveda’s hair color leaves my hair looking and feeling healthy. Ever since I became a mom, it’s more important to me than ever to use natural products as often as possible, which is just another reason why Aveda is a perfect match for me. After giving birth to my daughter, my hair texture seemed to change and I struggled with it because it was so dry and frizzy. I thought it was strictly due to hormones, but I now also believe it was because I wasn’t using Aveda products as much as I had been in the past. After I went back to using Aveda, I noticed that my hair dramatically improved. Needless to say, I won’t make that mistake again.
One tip I have for people looking to leave the salon completely satisfied with their new hair color is to bring photos to show the colorist exactly the desired shade and overall look. Even for a stylist I trust and have been seeing for years, I always bring in new photos. I scour Pinterest for exactly what I’m going for, and then share it with them at the appointment. Visuals are so helpful! I like to ask for streaks of Champagne-colored blonde, as I like a more white-blonde than yellow-blonde shade (especially because as my color fades it tends to get more yellow anyway). Another reason I love Aveda’s hair color is the smell.
To keep up with my color, I usually make a hair color appointment every eight to nine weeks. At home, I try to maintain my color-treated hair by using some of my favorite Aveda products. My hair texture is dry and wavy, so the Damage Remedy line is amazing for me. Here are some of my favorite products:
- Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo and Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner: I wash my hair every other day, and while I’m trying to go longer, it’s tough because I love when my hair feels clean.
- Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair: This product is great for keeping frizz at bay. I work a small amount into damp hair and then style it. What’s more, I don’t even need to rinse it out!
- Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment: I use this deep conditioner about twice a week to keep my strands looking and feeling healthy.
Other Aveda products I love:
- Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil: I love this stuff. I was afraid to use it daily at first, but with just a tiny amount on my ends, it helps with flyways and dry and split ends. On nights when I know I will be washing my hair the next morning, I coat my hair in it and sleep on it. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and silky.
- Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash: My hairstylist recently introduced me to this product and I’m loving it. My hair is wavy, and even though it’s dry, it gets build-up and oil at the roots from me working out and touching it often, so I wash it more than I should. This product is great because it’s sulfate-free and only washes the scalp. It’s great for eliminating frizz, and as you can probably tell, that’s my number-one concern.
- Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme: This is my favorite product for adding into my damp hair before I blow-dry and style.
- Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer: I typically only blow-dry my hair once a week. Most of the time I let it air-dry, or I add curl-enhancing products to bring out my waves. This is great for scrunching into damp hair and air-drying for that beach-waves look (my go-to style).
- Aveda Color Conserve Set: This range is also a favorite of mine. I use it a lot after I get my hair colored. It really helps maintain my blonde color.
- Aveda Blue Malva Color Conditioner: Because I favor a more white-blonde shade, this is awesome for helping to bring out the silver tones in my blonde. I use it about once a week.
- Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush: This is simply the best paddle brush I’ve ever used.
As you can see, I’m a major fan of Aveda. Its color services and products have proven to work wonders on my hair.
*This is based on my own personal experience using Aveda and trying other hair salons. I can’t speak for everyone or for all the salons out there.