Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Another Aveda Disappointment...

After: The Aveda cut fringe...


Before: you can see the straight cut, fullness, 
and how it used to just lay perfectly suiting my face shape...


After: Awful - is this how a professionally cut fringe should look like?? 
I have a feeling a five year old would do a better job...


Before: R.I.P. my old pristine fringe that I miss so much...


new fridge's so depressing I decided to go overboard with jewellery...



Ok, before I start I will say that since I have been writing beauty reviews on my blog for the past five months I tried to stay away from writing bad reviews, and instead just wouldn't mention a product that basically wasn't great... Infashionlove has become a place where I share what I love and feature only the products that I believe in... However, Aveda has been an ongoing disappointment... I have featured couple of their products where I said I was not happy with the result combined with the money you pay for their products, the prices are insane considered that Aveda products fail to deliver most of the time... I have spoken about this subject matter to a lot of people and everyone seems to have the same opinion... There are couple of Aveda products that people love but in general it's disappointing...

This is going to be a long post about my experience with Aveda, and sorry but there might be a few bad words going in line with the bad experince, sorry I can't help it - that agitated! So here is what happened and after much consideration I decided to blog about it... Couple of weeks ago I discovered an Aveda product which I loved, to my own shock and horror! It's the Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion... The review, which I am yet to write, is coming soon! This product is fantastic for creating volume at the roots and pick up flat hair, which I am always excited about... The formula is also interesting, it's a powder that turns into liquid, and you only need a tiny sprinkle of that potion otherwise your hair will stick together and it becomes a mess... But if you use it correctly it's really fantastic! So, I went to my local Aveda hair salon in Hampstead, which only opened this summer... When it was opening I swore I wouldn't step my foot there... There you go, never say never...

So I go in, and there is this awesome looking hairstylist, with a really edgy mohican hairstyle, and his dressing sense was pretty cool too, black leather, rough, one word - trendy... Anyways to me that kind of matters, I am drawn to hairstylists that have a pronounced sense of style, it makes me think they won't create a pathetic looking hair-do... So he tells me all about the Aveda Hair Potion and then shows how to use it too... I sit down, he dusts the potion all over the crown of my head and kind of blow dries the top, no brushes just dusting and going over with the hot air... In seconds I had this amazing texture and edge to my flat looking hair... I loved it! So of course I got the product, mind you the price is of course extreme! You pay £19 for 20g... And I'm not sure if this is meant to be like that but my bottle wasn't sealed and it only was 2/3rds filled... For the price-tag it's a little surprising...

Ever since that day I've been using it, and still loving it! But like I said only use the tiniest amount otherwise it will ruin your hair and you will have to wash it, because it will glue it together if you use to much... Also god forbid you actually squeeze the bottle, it will dispense a ton of product, you need to gently sprinkle it... Anyways I loved how he styled my hair in second and since it was time to get my fringe cut as it was getting too long, I decided he should do it... Previously it was cut amazingly well, unfortunately it was impossible to get it done by the same person... It would be hard to imagine that a professional hairstylist could manage to [sorry for the adult language] f-up an immaculately cut fringe that just needed to be shortened... Hello Aveda!

It's an art to actually cut an amazing fringe in first place, but to keep it in great shape is not that complicated, yet I've gone through quite a few hairstylists who didn't do a great job refreshing my bangs... But in the four or so years that I had my fringe no one managed to mess it up so badly... A full on fringe like mine, frames your face and if it's cut horrifically it becomes a nightmare... When I came in I specifically explained what I wanted, exactly what I had - just a little shorter, just to be able to see my eyebrows... I also explained that the edge has to be thinned out lightly as it helps to keep it sleek... 

What does he do? Instead of 1 cm he cuts off 3 and in places even 4... For a fringe it's an unspeakable mistake... Also the thinning out was taken so far that now the edge of my fringe even after flat-ironing tends to look frizzy... It also looks uneven and kind of pathetic really... Also he messed up the perfect triangle shape by cutting into pieces which he shouldn't have touched... Anyways I have not been so drastically disappointed by someone's hair cutting skills E-V-E-R... When I came in my hair looked awesome, but he kept combing through the sides of my hair, which with my hair is a huge No-No, dry combing makes it frizz up like crazy... So by the time he finished, the entire hair style looked pretty bad, I was certain though that he'd style it back to how it looked before letting me go... Nope! He seemed to be happy with my then terrible looking hair, which I was super confused about and had to ask him put some texture in... This was a mistake - he takes that Aveda Hair Potion and starts squeezing the bottle like a mad man... 

When I got out I touched the back of my head and had huge parts just stuck together, which felt awful and must have looked terrible too! I have not complained about the fringe straight away because actually my seat was far from the mirror and it was turned away from it while he was cutting it as he had to be directly facing it... By the time he finished the only thing I could detect was that the fringe was a little too short, but I though ok it will take an extra week to grow back... Only after I came home and actually properly looked in the mirror I was shocked at what I saw... Immediately I called and cancelled my pre-booked appointment - I thought to get my roots done in a month time... There is no way I would let this hairstylist anywhere close to my hair again... I have not complained to the manager because I don't want to waste my time with Aveda any more...

After this experience I do not give a damn what products Aveda will come out with in the future... I will not invest a penny into their products... I really had enough and lost the last drop of hope for this brand... I believe there are fantastic hair product brands that don't mislead or rip you off, or employ bad hairstylists... Meanwhile, I did correcting trimming of  the sides that he messed up, and I cannot wait for this hideous thinning to grow out, which in total will take up to two months considering how much he cut off in places... Goodbye Aveda!

Please leave your Aveda experience below in the comment box! Any Aveda products you hate or love, or if you had equally disappointing experience at the Aveda salon... Would be great to share!

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