Aveda Clove Color Conditioner

I've been dealing with brassiness from highlight fade out, and am trying to grow out my naturally mousy brown/dark blond hair color. In the meantime, I've been searching for color solutions. I've dyed over my hair twice, with Age Beautiful hair color 8A (medium ash blond) and this color so far has been an absolute perfect match to my root color. HOWEVER, because it uses 20vol developer, it lifts which = more damage to my already deteriorating hair, and it fades in about two weeks time.

So I've been looking into alternate options - I picked up a deposit only color at sally's the other week, but I chose to wait on that because I wanted to try out this condish first. Now, Clove advertises bringing out the warm tones in one's brown hair - which I absolutely am never a fan of having warm tones in my hair. However, I have used many color care conditioners that were supposed to deposit color like Clove claims it does, and I've always been left disappointed. So my experiment in using this conditioner was to see if it delivered on depositing color.

So, I dampened my hair, put a good amount of Clove on, put on a cap, and waiting about 30-40 minutes. Here are my results:

Note: The first and last pic are before, and the two middle pics are afters. The flash brought out way more red in the hair color than I think it really looks like.
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Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.


Last edited by aislin; 04-25-2011 at 04:54 PM.
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Um.......I can't really tell from the pics; did it turn out better than mine did (with Madder)?
Um.......I can't really tell from the pics; did it turn out better than mine did (with Madder)?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
It came out completely even, if that's what you mean. The pics do make it look redder than it really is. The pic where the hair is pulled outwards is more telling of the color. But overall, it actually darkened my hair and got rid of that nasty blond color in the previous pics. I loved it! This morning I washed with no poo and conditioned with GVP conditioning balm, and the color bled a tiny bit in the shower, but I'm still brown, YAY! I think for best results in what I'm looking for, I'm going to mix it with the Black Malva conditioner and leave it on longer to get more of an ashy color. My hair felt SO SOFT after this too, I was really surprised. My ends are really fried right now, so for them to feel soft was a bonus.
Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

Wow! I have tried color condish's before, and they never really did much. I wonder if it would help cover my grays? I don't have many, a few at the crown, but with my hair being naturally dark brown they stick out. I have been dying it auburn for a few years now. I saw they had one for red/auburn hair. It would be great if this stuff could at least allow me to color less often!
My gray's aren't too color resistant.
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Wow! I have tried color condish's before, and they never really did much. I wonder if it would help cover my grays? I don't have many, a few at the crown, but with my hair being naturally dark brown they stick out. I have been dying it auburn for a few years now. I saw they had one for red/auburn hair. It would be great if this stuff could at least allow me to color less often!
My gray's aren't too color resistant.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
I don't have any grays (yet lol) but you should check out the reviews on Aveda's website - there are lots of people who've used these conditioners to cover over their gray and people like me who've had highlights they were trying to tone down. A lot of people seemed to report that it looked like their grays had turned into natural looking highlights and blended in well with their color, and have helped a lot of them with keeping it natural looking without having to dye over it.

I have an appointment Friday for a trim and I'm picking up the Black Malva as a graduation present to myself :-). As the day has worn on, I see how it did take a little too red for my liking, but still very brown. It's like a medium brown color with a red tinge, if that makes any sense. I absolutely did not want to have to color my hair again, so this is a great alternative for me! Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with the three bottles of dye I have laying around
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Aveda people told me that it would not cover my greys.
Aveda people told me that it would not cover my greys.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
Did you find that to be true when you used the Madder conditioner? A family member of mine has some grays also, and she's looking for a way to "lightly cover them" without having to dye them. So I wonder if it's working for anyone outside of just reviewers on the Aveda page.
Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

Wow! I have tried color condish's before, and they never really did much. I wonder if it would help cover my grays? I don't have many, a few at the crown, but with my hair being naturally dark brown they stick out. I have been dying it auburn for a few years now. I saw they had one for red/auburn hair. It would be great if this stuff could at least allow me to color less often!
My gray's aren't too color resistant.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
I don't have any grays (yet lol) but you should check out the reviews on Aveda's website - there are lots of people who've used these conditioners to cover over their gray and people like me who've had highlights they were trying to tone down. A lot of people seemed to report that it looked like their grays had turned into natural looking highlights and blended in well with their color, and have helped a lot of them with keeping it natural looking without having to dye over it.

I have an appointment Friday for a trim and I'm picking up the Black Malva as a graduation present to myself :-). As the day has worn on, I see how it did take a little too red for my liking, but still very brown. It's like a medium brown color with a red tinge, if that makes any sense. I absolutely did not want to have to color my hair again, so this is a great alternative for me! Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with the three bottles of dye I have laying around
Originally Posted by aislin
Med. brown with a red tinge makes perfect sense.
I am just wondering if my roots would turn out too raisen-y. But, I think it would be worth a try if I wouldn't have to color (or at least not as often).
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Aveda people told me that it would not cover my greys.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
Did you find that to be true when you used the Madder conditioner? A family member of mine has some grays also, and she's looking for a way to "lightly cover them" without having to dye them. So I wonder if it's working for anyone outside of just reviewers on the Aveda page.
Originally Posted by aislin
In fact, I did, now that I think about it.

Why is everyone else having great experiences with Aveda while I'm not?

Humph!

(not really sulking. just wishing it was easier for me.)
Wow! I have tried color condish's before, and they never really did much. I wonder if it would help cover my grays? I don't have many, a few at the crown, but with my hair being naturally dark brown they stick out. I have been dying it auburn for a few years now. I saw they had one for red/auburn hair. It would be great if this stuff could at least allow me to color less often!
My gray's aren't too color resistant.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
I don't have any grays (yet lol) but you should check out the reviews on Aveda's website - there are lots of people who've used these conditioners to cover over their gray and people like me who've had highlights they were trying to tone down. A lot of people seemed to report that it looked like their grays had turned into natural looking highlights and blended in well with their color, and have helped a lot of them with keeping it natural looking without having to dye over it.

I have an appointment Friday for a trim and I'm picking up the Black Malva as a graduation present to myself :-). As the day has worn on, I see how it did take a little too red for my liking, but still very brown. It's like a medium brown color with a red tinge, if that makes any sense. I absolutely did not want to have to color my hair again, so this is a great alternative for me! Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with the three bottles of dye I have laying around
Originally Posted by aislin
Med. brown with a red tinge makes perfect sense.
I am just wondering if my roots would turn out too raisen-y. But, I think it would be worth a try if I wouldn't have to color (or at least not as often).
Originally Posted by swtndspcy

My roots blend in better with the colored hair than before, but I can still tell a difference as my roots are still kinda ashy compared to the rest of the hair. My hair is just so porous from the previous lightening sessions that I think it took the color in this conditioner TOO well. I wonder what would happen to healthy hair if this were applied in the same way.

I think they have a decent return policy if you keep your receipt - but I would call and ask first for sure as I think it's close to $20/bottle.
Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

Aveda people told me that it would not cover my greys.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
Did you find that to be true when you used the Madder conditioner? A family member of mine has some grays also, and she's looking for a way to "lightly cover them" without having to dye them. So I wonder if it's working for anyone outside of just reviewers on the Aveda page.
Originally Posted by aislin
In fact, I did, now that I think about it.

Why is everyone else having great experiences with Aveda while I'm not?

Humph!

(not really sulking. just wishing it was easier for me.)
Originally Posted by ninja dog
I wonder if adding a protein filler to this conditioner, or doing a protein treatment before hand, could have helped prevent the weird taking with this conditioner experience that you had. But you already made your return, right?

It seems like people in general don't really care for Aveda on these boards, so I wouldn't feel too left out. The general feeling I've picked up on is that they seem overpriced for the performance you get out of them - and a lot of them have cones. It's taken me a lot of tries to get some of their stylers right, and being able to get them on the ground is a huge bonus IMO.
Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

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I haven't returned it yet, but I'm planning to. Too much work for a bad effect. I'm not willing to treat my hair in advance; I'll just keep coloring the usual way.

The ground thing is a plus for Aveda. Also, their products smell so darned good!

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