Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and both of mine have been feeling the pressure lately.
Coloured hair needs extra TLC, the weather is no one’s friend and although my hair had started to pick up (thanks to the Imedeen Hair & Nails supplements I’m half way though) I needed to call in the big guns; a visit to the Aveda Institute in Covent Garden for a specific hair and scalp treatment.
The session started with a consultation with a stylist (the lovely Jay) where we talked about my hair: coloured and dry, and scalp: dry again. Based on the condition of my hair and scalp she recommended a protein treatment. In my case she explained it’s the difference between my hair breaking or not breaking. Protein treatment please!
Jay explained that unlike the usual deep conditioning treatment you have in a salon (conditioner, hot towel/steamer) an Aveda protein treatment penetrates deep into the hair and strengthens from within while also soothing and nourishing the scalp. The hair may not look any different but the use of oils and massage means the hair is being treated for longer.
I was then handed over to Eugenie who started my treatment by massaging Aveda Scalp Remedy Oil onto my dry scalp (five minutes of pure heaven) before I moved over to the sinks for my hair to be washed with Damage Remedy shampoo. After my protein treatment masque was applied (more head massage) it was left on for 5 minutes before being rinsed off and I was back to Jay for a blow dry.
Now I’ve had my hair blow dried by a lot of people over the years but I have to say I’ve never had a blow dry as good as the one Jay gave me. In fact it was so straight yet bouncy and swishy that she didn’t need to go over it with the hair irons. Now that’s what I call a good blow dry!
There is a lot of hair on my head so it took over an hour to dry but I was treated to a wonderful hand and arm massage (thanks again Eugenie) and although my hair looks pretty much the same (with added shine), it feels softer and yet stronger and my scalp is much less dry or flaky.
It’s not often that I go to salon just to nourish my hair; it’s usually for a cut and/or colour but I am a firm believer in looking after the health as well as the style of your hair and I think the Botanical Hair & Scalp treatment is a must have for those who want long, strong and healthy hair. I’ll definitely be going back!
Botanical Hair & Scalp Treatment at the Aveda Institute – £50/60 minutes