Aveda color.. drying?

So I normally color my hair myself at home..but it was turning a weird red color on the top of my head which was pretty..but it didn't match the length, so I got nervous to try to fix it myself, and had my stylist color it.
the color looks...GREAT! close to my naturally very dark brown, with some reddish highlights. I love it.
But...when I got it wet for the first time...I couldn't get my fingers through it, and had to condition 4 times....and it still felt dry. I've never had that experience with box color, in fact it always feels softer.
So...has anyone else had this experience? Could it be the highlights and not the color itself?

So she put in highlights, correct?

I've always had that kind of hair when I get home from coloring (highlights or otherwise) at a salon, so I'm inclined to say it was the highlights, or any other corrective coloring she may have had to do - if she had to lift any of your previous color out to deposit something new, for example.

But I was told by my Aveda stylist back in December that highlights at Aveda aren't done with bleach, and they supposedly use something more gentler and have heard good things from other people about their Aveda highlights.
Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

yes, he put in highlights...there was no color correcting that had to be done..
I didn't ask about the bleach actually....he did tell me that they were more gentle than other colors, and especially box colors.

So do you think that my hair will go back to normal after a few conditionings then? I hope so! That was awful this morning!

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See, here's the thing......members like aislin and slivola have great results with Aveda. When I used it, it was disastrous.

I've begun to think it's just an unpredictable brand, or at least, affects different hair differently, like so many other products.

The only thing one can say for sure (at least imo) is that it smells good.
What did it do to your hair Ninja?
ITA, it does smell awesome.

PS. Nice beard.

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Wolfie visited Hogwarts.

I used the Madder Root conditioner and it only "took" in certain spots, perhaps where I have some damage or more color, I'm not sure. Anyway, I wound up with striped hair, and not in a "lowlights" kind of way. A full week later, it's still not faded, and I only used it once.

Slivola swears by it, but I can only swear at it.
Ugh! I"m sorry....that stinks.. Especially being a red head, I'm sure it's harder to hide mistakes than it is on darker hair like mine.

I'm going to give it a couple more rinses and see if it feels more normal before I give it the boot. The color actually looks good..so I'm trying to be hopeful.

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I hope it works out for you.

I don't want to ruin Aveda for anyone; just sharing my experience.

(The stripes stood out pretty starkly at first, but a friend very kindly lied right to my face about their alleged "coolness," so that made me feel better. Even though I knew even he knew I knew he was lying.)
I had my color done at an Aveda salon about 4 times, I think. Their color absolutely fried my hair. It wasn't even highlights; it was an all-over color. Never, ever again.
2C/3A, fine, higher porosity.
^ yikes!! *panic set in*


Last edited by SpaghettiHead; 04-27-2011 at 02:02 PM.
That's so weird about the feeling of your hair. Have you considered calling your stylist to inquire about it? He might have some suggestions/insights for you.

I have never had my hair professionally colored by aveda, so I really can't comment on their hair dyes. I was, however, considering getting it done at an aveda salon but now I wonder if I should just stick to my home routine.

Ninja- when I used to get that weird spotting you described back when I used to use other color depositing conditioners, but not with aveda. However, if I don't use enough of the aveda conditioner to really saturate all of my hair so that I can comb it all through evenly, then I probably would get the results you described. That pretty much happens with any depositing conditioner. How much did you use? I would say I use about 3 tablespoons worth and then separate the top of my hair (hair growing from ears to the roots plus all of the canopy) from the bottom/under half. Then I apply more than half of the conditioner to the top section and the the rest of it the bottom section. Then I take a wide tooth comb and comb it all through. You should be using enough conditioner that you can see some stuck in the teeth of the comb. Then I let it sit for 5 minutes before washing it out, then I use my usual conditioner.

Also- do you co-wash? If so, the color conditioner won't deposit well. You would need to use a poo first so that the color will soak in better (ie. your hair will be more porous).

If you wind up still hating that conditioner, I'd be happy to swap with you for it.

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish

Last edited by slivola; 04-27-2011 at 03:22 PM. Reason: typo
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Saturated it; combed it through; left it on.

I'd consider a trade.

Whatcha got? PM me.

Sorry, Spaghetti!
I would suggest using a deep treatment after colorings. I use Oudid 12 minute Deep Treatment, expensive but does wonders. If you dont have any you could try using the conditioner you might have left over from a box color. Just wet your hair down put it in, put a shower cap on and use a diffuser to put heat on it for 8 or so minutes and then wait at least 5 minutes for rinsing it out.
ninja- what a bummer it didn't work for you! I will PM you.

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
I HATE Aveda!!! They ruined my hair and are not at all aware of how to treat curly hair! It was pathetic!
Well, it's been a week... I did to a PT/DT a few days later...and it looks good. Hair is back to it's normal feel.
Now I guess I'll wait to see if things start to break off or not...My hair feels a bit thinner, but I think that has to do more with the cut rather than the color.

Color still looks really good.

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Okay, so it sounds like it was a bit drying, but not long-lasting damage?

Will you use Aveda color again?
I'm going to wait until I need a touch up to make that call. Waiting to see how it fades, if I end up getting breakage, etc..
I didn't have to do anything that I normally don't do anyways, so if that's the only thing is the dryness the first day or two, I'd say yes, I'd do it again, because I really do like the color. This (minus the highlights) is the closest my hair has been to my natural color in some time.

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That seems like a good decision.

Was it more expensive than other professional color?
No, actually (at least I don't think so..) he charged $50 for the color, and $10 more for the highlights....

I don't know how much professional coloring usually costs, but I was under the impression that it was more than that...????

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