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My hair has been looking thinner and more lifeless as I’ve got older. In my 20s and 30s I had lots of curly hair but I became addicted to straightening it and I think that heat treatment along with natural ageing factors have been destroying my hair. A few months ago I made a conscious decision to put the GHDs away and to use the Aveda Invati system for three months and see if the results were worth it.
So what is Aveda’s Invati system? It’s a three step regime of exfoliating shampoo, thickening conditioner and a scalp revitaliser, which promise to tackle thinning hair and hair loss. I bought the set which cost £99; it’s not cheap but I thought if it works it’s worth it. Being an Aveda product, 98% of the ingredients are ‘natural’, they include densiplex™, which is a blend of Ayurvedic herbs including Turmeric and Ginseng, the formula eliminates impurities and sebum build-up, whilst a dose of Milk Thistle Extract nourishes dry, tight scalps.
The exfoliating shampoo is used to clean the scalp by removing the build-up of product residue and sebum. The thickening conditioner is massaged into the scalp rather than the roots, it has been clinically proven to thicken hair by penetrating the root and strengthening it with natural amino acids The third step, the scalp revitaliser, is the strongest of the three products and uses the turmeric and ginseng to revitalise the scalp around the hair follicles. The best way to apply the spray is to section the hair evenly and cover each side of the head with eight squirts each and then massage it in. I did wonder if just the act of really massaging was what helped the volume of the hair and maybe this is something we should do with our hair products anyway.
The Aveda consultant told me to use the system once every day, the instructions on the packet say to use the scalp revitaliser twice a day but I stuck to what I had been told in-store. After a couple of weeks daily use my hair was drying out and becoming more straw-like, even though I was keeping heat to a minimum and I was using a heat protection spray. After sticking it out for a month I moved onto using the regime every two days which did result in my hair looking in a bit better condition.
What are the results of using the Invati system? I think there has been an improvement in the amount of hair I’m losing, there’s slightly less in my brush/comb now, but this is probably a combination of stopping the straighteners as well. Last week I decided I couldn’t face the Invati system and used Philip Kingsley products which resulted in my hair looking in much better condition but not looking as voluminous, so it would seem that you have to use the Invati system all the time as the results don’t appear to be cumulative.
I’ve washed my hair a couple of times over the past week (not using the Invati system) and I’ve refrained from using a hair dryer as well, so no heat! The result has been that my hair has reset itself back to very curly and also looks as if I have suddenly doubled the amount of hair. I’ve had lots of comments from people saying it looks so much better. The answer for me seems to be avoid hair dryers and straighteners, it’s the various heat treatments that are destroying my hair, even though I always use heat protector.
I’ve decided to take a new approach and try some supplements and see what difference they make. I’ve got Ionicell and Superior Hair from Victoria Health so I will let you know how I get on with them. Also, look out for my blogs on curly hair products now I’ve decided to embrace my hair’s natural state!
Ingredients: WaterAquaEau , Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate , Sodium Chloride , Methyl Soyate , Babassuamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate , Cocamide Mipa , Glycol Distearate , Propanediol , Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract , Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract , Emblica Officinalis Fruit (Amla) Extract , Lauric Acid , Glyceryl Caprylate , Lactic Acid , Sodium Laurate , Methyl Trimethicone , Arginine , Salicylic Acid , Acetyl Carnitine Hcl , Sodium Gluconate , Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Malt Extract , Adenosine Phosphate , Creatine , Yeast ExtractFaexExtrait De Levure , Caffeine , Dimethicone Peg-8 Polyacrylate , Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate , Fragrance (Parfum) , Linalool , Eugenol , Geraniol , Citronellol , Citral , Benzyl Benzoate , Limonene , Potassium Sorbate , Phenoxyethanol <>