In a bid to thicken up my fine hair, I've put Aveda's much loved and often talked about Invati haircare range through its paces over the past month. Here are my tried and tested thoughts!
For those who haven't heard of Aveda's Invati range before, it's a specially formulated haircare line for those who have thinning hair as it aims to reduce hair loss. I don't have this problem just yet, though it's a very common issue for many women as they get older, but I've heard a lot of positive feedback from people who have fine hair and how this range has helped to 'thicken it up'. With this in mind, I've trialled the following three products for about a month to see if I would notice any changes.
Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo* (200ml, £22, link)
Like your face (and the rest of your body), you have pores on your scalp that can get blocked by sebum and excess oils, dirt etc. We all know the problems that this can lead to when it happens on your face, and when it happens on your head, it can prevent new follicles from growing as they can't get through all the blockages. To unclog these pores, like your face, you need to use an exfoliating product to remove all that excess sebum and buildup which is where an exfoliating shampoo comes in. This one is formulated without SLS and uses wintergreen-derived salicylic acid which helps to remove all the gunk, leaving your scalp pores healthy and clear, allowing for new hair growth. In addition, it has Millet Seed and Milk Thistle to add moisture and nourishment, and a blend of Ayurvedic herbs (called 'Densiplex') to assist in healthy stimulation of the scalp.
Aveda Invati Thickening Conditioner* (200ml, £24.50, link)
The accompanying conditioner has Rapeseed Oil, Sugar Beet-derived Amino Acids and Soy Protein to help bulk up the hair, whilst Kuku Oil helps to add extra shine and the Densiplex formula continues to energise the hair and scalp.
Aveda Invati Scalp Revitaliser* (150ml, £45, link)
To complete the 3 step Invati programme, the Scalp Revitaliser is a spray on treatment that you massage into your scalp twice a day to help stimulate hair growth, in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner. It's got the same Densiplex formula and has added Vitamin E ingredients.
The Exfoliating shampoo does an excellent job of removing buildup and it feels much more gentle and far less stripping that traditional 'detox' shampoos. The consistency is quite thin, but it cleans my hair perfectly and has a herbal/woody type scent to it which I quite like. The biggest difference that I've noticed is that my scalp is not as itchy or flaky as it can sometimes be, so it's definitely helped in that area. The Thickening Conditioner was OK, but admittedly I wasn't blown away by it - it just feels like a standard hair conditioner to me. And at first, I didn't get on with the Scalp Revitaliser as it made by hair too greasy, BUT I reduced using it to just once a day and this has worked much better for me. I started to notice that there was less hair on my hairbrush, and that it felt a lot stronger and less prone to breakage in general after using it for 3-4 weeks. As the range is quite expensive, I'd recommend picking up the trial sizes to begin with to see how you go on, but so far, I've been really liking the overall results.
Have you tried the Aveda Invati range?
P.S Aveda Salon News! Aveda have recently launched a new service in their salons to help customers who have thinning/fine hair achieve a new, thicker looking hairstyle. Aveda's certified Hair Artists can expertly cut, colour and style thinning and fine hair in ways to make it look fuller, as well as offering nutritional and lifestyle advice. Find your nearest salon here.