Ever since my sister graduated from the Aveda institute, Rob and I have both been hooked on their products…hair care, bath exfoliants, the list goes on. So when I was asked to try out their Invati System for thinning hair and partner with Aveda on this post, I jumped on the opportunity. Let me rewind a bit…
Growing up I had super thick and curly hair. It was always pretty long and in my dramatic state as an elementary school kid, I would cry and whine as my mom did my hair for school each morning. I used to beg her to get it “thinned out” for me. My aunt who has similar hair texture did it when I was a kid and I thought it was the best thing and totally necessary. Thankfully my mom never listened to my crazy request, along with shutting down my hair dying ideas in high school, because now years later I find myself wishing my hair was as thick as it used to be.
Thinning hair is something that seems to run in my family. My mom lost a ton of hair after she had children and my youngest sister finds herself having to be extra careful with which products she uses because of her fine hair, which can cause her hair to separate and make her scalp noticeable. At almost 30, I seem to have joined the club. Now you may think I sound crazy because from photos it looks like I do have a lot of hair, but it is a lot of fine hair. Something I battle constantly is excessive shedding, as I like to call it. 😉 When I get out of the shower, blow dry and style my hair, the amount of loose hair on the floor is a bit much. I found myself being extra careful with what direction I blow dry my hair (in particular, my bangs), to camouflage the thinning areas. I usually back comb a bit at the crown of my head to give a fuller affect, but that is doing just as much damage to my hair as applying heat tools, so nurturing my hair and making sure I’m preventing breakage has been on the top of my hair care to-do list so to speak.
The Invati™ System is a three-part system which helps keep the hair you already have healthy, makes it thicker, and reduces hair loss due to breakage. I’ve only been using the system for a little over a week, and they say it takes up to twelve weeks to see full results, but here’s what I think so far….
Step 1: EXFOLIATE
I have never used an exfoliating shampoo before, but I really love how the Invati Exfoliating Shampoo removes any build up. This is great if you tend to go a few days in between washes and use dry shampoo, like I do. It really cleanses your scalp without stripping away the natural oils. The smell is a little on the strong side, but it is a pleasant herbal scent that lingered in my bathroom even after my shower, which was an added plus! The texture is definitely different. It is more of a liquid than cream or gel, so it didn’t create as much of a lather as previous products I have used. However, it was very gentle and left my hair feeling squeaky clean.
Step 2: THICKEN
Love the Thickening Intensive Conditioner! It is creamy and rich, plus smells great. I tend to have an oily scalp, so I applied this on my hair from the nape of my neck down to the ends and combed it through with my fingers. I left it in for a few minutes before rinsing, almost as a mini hair mask.
Step 3: ACTIVATE with MASSAGE
The Scalp Revitalizer was a whole new type of product for me. Usually I just apply some volumizing spray on my roots and a smoothing serum on my ends before blow drying, so adding another product to my routine wasn’t something I was initially keen on. It’s more of a maintenance product than styling product but it gives lift at the roots where I spray it without having to back comb, and it smells lovely with rosemary and lavender notes.
Overall, I really like the way my hair feels and I’m looking forward to keeping an eye on the progress to share with you guys! 🙂
What about you guys? Do any of you experience thinning hair and/or have some favorite products you use?
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