If your a hair product junkie you most likely would have heard of the salon brand Aveda! A couple of months ago, I was lucky to get a chance to try out their Smooth Infusion Naturally straight curl straightener through a blogger program. Today I thought I’d share my experience and thoughts on this product 🙂
Claims: Progressively loosen curls so your hair will become straighter with each use. They claim that plant derived fibers attach to your hair and help maintain a straight style while fending off frizz. Use of this product makes straight styling/ironing easier.
How to use: Apply the cream in sections to towel dried hair. Blow dry. Flat Iron if needed. Tested on all types of hair and safe for relaxed and color treated hair.
Now before I describe my experience with the product a little background on my hair… I have slightly wavy to straight hair (not poker straight though) that behaves very differently depending on climate conditions 😛 Dry winters means my hair can be almost poker straight with blow drying. Summer humidity equals unruly flyaways, a little frizz and wavy ends.
I received this product for review around the beginning of winter when my hair is at its best (straightness wise) so I thought I’d take it with me on my travels to humid parts of the world to really test it out :). Long story short, this tube traveled with me to Asia and the middle east where the humidity and heat provided good testing conditions 😀
The first thing I noticed was that the tube is pretty decent in size. You get 5oz of product and considering you need a pea size amount for the whole of your hair (a little over shoulder length), one tube can last you for a while.
I used this as directed on the tube, after towel drying I worked a pea sized amount of the product into my hair and blow dried my hair as usual. The cream has a funny herbal scent to it which thankfully disappears once you apply it on your hair. After a couple of days of regular use I mainly noticed that my hair was soft and shiny with barely any flyaways. My hair didn’t become poker straight but was less unruly and frizzy. In other words the product helped combat some of the craziness that humidity does to my hair 😛 I have to admit that I haven’t tried this product just before flat ironing simply because I don’t flat iron my hair much. Therefore it might be possible to use this product in humid places prior to flat ironing to get poker straight hair.
Now lets take a look at the down side. I personally find it a bit expensive (40$ on amazon) and might not repurchase this because I have used slightly less expensive products that achieve the same results for me in the summer time.
Another thing I’m not too pleased with is the ingredients..the top ingredients are all Silicone based and there are a ton of cheaper products with silicone in them that can achieve the same results (I’ll review one in the coming weeks 😉 ).
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Tapioca Starch, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Babassuamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate, Behenamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Chloride, Maltodextrin, Fragrance, Linalool, Citranellol, Citral, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol.
SO the big question…Do i recommend this product? I am a little conflicted..if your hair type is similar to mine and you live in a place where the humidity levels aren’t terrible maybe not. However if your travelling to or living in a high humidity area then this might help with some of the humidity related hair craziness 😉 I am not sure how this product works for those with really curly hair..some of the reviews from curly haired folks were very positive while it did nothing for others! So its a gamble I guess…you just got to try it to see if it works for you!
Have you tried the Aveda Smooth infusion naturally straight? What do you think?
Until next time…ciao!
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