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Aveda's Daily Hair Repair Leave-In Treatment is No Damage Remedy

Reviewed by admin May 25, 2013 7 Comments

I had been wanting to try Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair ($24) for some time.  Since my recent hair revelations following a scalp and hair analysis at the Philip Kingsley Trichology Center, I’ve been treating my hair like a cashmere sweater. I love leave-in treatments, and Daily Hair Repair is made of plant-derived proteins made to protect hair from heat styling.  The rave reviews for the treatment cannot be denied.  An Amazon review had declared “This is one of the most fabulous hair products ever invented in the history of hair products.” Strangely enough, the first time I tried this product, a song from the 80s was playing on some random internet radio station I had on - Don’t Believe the Hype. Now, I don’t subscribe to superstitions and I don’t believe in coincidences. It’s also worth mentioning that I came across a reader comment on TIA stating “I started using Aveda’s Hair Remedy product for damaged hair, but I don’t think it is helping.”

Aveda claims Daily Hair Repair instantly repairs damaged hair by 26%* (after one application in a clinical tensile test). The trick is to figure out the right amount to use for your hair type as the product is very runny and can easily weigh your hair down. My hair felt incredibly soft when I applied the treatment into damp hair but that feeling was short-lived. I also don’t feel that it did anything to protect my hair from heat.  The formulation contains hydrolyzed wheat protein PG-propyl silanetriol, which is a combination of hydrolyzed wheat protein with silicone and is supposed to help dry hair retain moisture during heat styling. The formulation also contains chenopodium quinoa seed, which supposedly works the same as other hydrolyzed proteins and gives hair shine.  I would say the two aforementioned ingredients were ineffective – at least on my hair. Even if I only blow-dried my hair 30% dry, the softness was completely gone and it did nothing to leave my hair looking smooth or shiny.  I consistently used Daily Hair Repair as directed for almost a month and just didn’t see any improvement in my hair.

I thought I must be doing something wrong so I checked out Aveda’s website for some more information. Wondrously, a chat box popped up asking if I had any questions – I sure did!  The Q&A with the chat box proved to be a futile exercise (although the person typing on the other end was was very nice indeed!). First I was told to put the product all over my hair to protect it from heat damage but  later I was told to focus on the mid-section of the hair through the ends. I noted this conflicted with what was posted in the “tips” section for the product, which advised to focus on the most damaged areas.  I was also informed that the Daily Hair Repair does not add a lot of moisture (Say What?? It’s a leave-in treatment!). It strengthens and repairs the hair, which is different. It uses protein to strengthen the hair while protecting it from additional damage. I was told I needed a styling product that moisturizes and seals in moisture.

When I checked out the ingredients I realized that not only does Daily Hair Repair lack true moisturizing ingredients that damaged hair requires, it contains silicones (dimethicone and dimethiconol), which, with daily use, will build up and block any moisture from ever entering the hair shaft. Aveda’s Be Curly had received Marta’s blessing with some caveats and the same applies with Daily Hair Repair. The formulation contains methyl soyate, a combination of soy oil and methanol (aka antifreeze), a commonly used biodiesel fuel in the US. There is also geraniol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, and phenoxyethanol. Despite appearances of being plant based and naturally derived, there are questionable ingredients used in Aveda’s hair-care formulations. Ouidad’s Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner is a much better option for a leave-in treatment. While Ouidad's Moisture Lock Leave-In does contain dimethicone, it’s formulation compensates by continuously delivering conditioning benefits and more importantly, moisture and shine.

Ingredients: Water, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed, Methyl Soyate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fusanus Spictacus Wood Oil, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate <ILN36319> *Aveda’s “Pure-fume”

  • April 19, 2013

    by Jordan

    I am a stylist and have worked with many product lines that have their pros and cons. I work in an Aveda based salon now but we also carry and use other brands as well in junction with Aveda. As a stylist and even from cosmetology school we are taught to help clients with their needs based on their hair and not what works on everyone else. A great stylist would have given you a consultation to let you know what options and routes you would need to take to better your hair, treat or just to keep the integrity of your current state. Aveda is a very specific based product line where it is customizable to suit a particular client whether they may need moisture, clarity, protein, curl definition, etc. For instance I get buildup very easy because of have fine straight hair so I must use a clarifying shampoo such as Rosemary Mint but I also have damaged protein lacking hair because of over processing so I use the intensive hair reconstructor conditioner. As a leave in I use the color daily hair protect to keep my color and brightness in tact but also giving me enough moisture without making my hair fall flat. Most people have a hard time with products because they are not suited for their hair or just not taught how to properly use them to achieve great results at home. I'm sad to hear so many people having a bad experience with professional products but it would be worth your time to stop in a salon in get a great thorough consultation because many salons offer them for free! This is just my input I'm not a Rep of any sort just trying to help with my opinion.

  • February 8, 2013

    by Sydney

    Im confused. I bought this so when i curl or straighten my hair with an iron, it would protect my hair from thr heat.. But in order to style it it must completely dry. Also in the instructions it says apply on damp hair! How do i style my hair when its damped while using this?! Can i apply it just on my normal hair when its not damped?!

  • May 27, 2012

    by Nisha Buckingham

    Jan - I'm with you on Pureology - I tried it years ago & I also think it might have made the condition of my hair worse.

    I'm on a constant search for the holy grail hair product but my my current leave-in-conditioner of choice is Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-in. It contains amodimethicone which is chemically modified to provide selective conditioning to areas most in need of it and also has low thermal conductivity, reducing heat transfer to the hair shaft.

    I also really like Couture Colour Pequi Oil which also serves as a thermal protectant as it contains phenyl trimethicone, a silicone that provides heat resistance as well as non-oily emolliency.

    Per my trichologist at Philip Kingsley, dimethicones provide thermal protection by coating the hair shaft & creating a barrier. However, the cones must work synergistically in the formulation as a whole. Hope this helps!

    https://www.truthinaging.com/hair/ouidad-moisture-lock-leave-in-conditioner-reviewed-and-recommended

    http://www.truthinaging.com/hair/couture-colour-pequi-oil-treatment-reviewed-and-recommended

  • May 25, 2012

    by Jan

    I've always wanted to love Aveda....and every few years I break down and buy a bottle of Shampure because there is no other scent more hypnotic than that. However, I'm not sure who makes the crapier product, Aveda or Pureology. Both are horrible, horrible, horrible and they seem to do more damage than good. Years ago my brother was a hair stylist and went to Aveda in Minnesota, yada, yada, yada. He was never quite impressed with them either and stated their products were very much geared towards humid climates. Anyway, as much as I want to adore them, I cannot spend my hard earned money on Aveda products, no matter how heavenly they smell. Their body oil even sucks.

  • May 25, 2012

    by Dennis

    I'd like to know also Nisha, And any recommendation for a thermal protectant would be appreciated!

  • May 25, 2012

    by Junko

    I'm with you Dennis. My sister-in-law loves Aveda so I went into a store once to get her a gift certificate ~ was not impressed. My sister-in-law gave me Aveda's Tourmaline Eye Cream as a gift, again ~ not impressed. Nisha, can you tell us what your leave-in-conditioner of choice currently is?

  • May 25, 2012

    by Dennis

    Does anything from Aveda work? My feeling about them is they've always been over-hyped. Ever been in an Aveda store? they think very highly of themselves and "don't do samples."

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