Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blue Hair Territory

We have never understood how old ladies let their hair get blue!?! 

Clearly they are aware enough to use the special blue rinse shampoo to keep it from yellowing, do they not notice their heads look like grape cotton candy? 

Are people afraid to tell them out of a sense of respect for the elderly? 

Or maybe that's just the look they were going for!

What do you think?

(Photo: Mrs Slocombe from BBC's "Are You Being Served")

Monday, November 3, 2014

Product Review: Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo and Conditioner

We have always loved Aveda. 
The company has consistently been at the forefront of ethically-produced animal-friendly products, and in the 1980's they introduced "aromatherapy" to the masses (mumbo-jumbo for "products that smell good"). Even though Aveda has lost a bit of the home-grown Minnesota charm since founder Horst Rechelbacher sold the line to Estée Lauder in 1997, the company has continued to churn out some of the best hair care products available.

Aveda's Blue Malva Shampoo and Conditioner is no exception.
Made from an extraction of the malva flower, coneflower, and other botanicals, they enhances hair brightness and bring out the silver while toning down brassiness and yellowing. They're also a great for blonde hair as well. The price may look steep but the bottle is huge and it's actually quite economical. 

Whereas some grey-hair shampoos and conditioners have an off-putting odor, Aveda's Blue Malva has a delightful, intoxicating fragrance. The scent of the shampoo has a hint of almond, while the conditioner has more of that classic Aveda smell. It's almost like the aroma is therapeutic... hmm, someone should coin a phrase for that!

Truth be told, Blue Malva is no great new discovery, it has been on the market for decades. But while trendy new products come and go, this classic is a winner. Although be warned that like many gray-hair shampoos these are purple and will stain, so use caution to rinse your hair thoroughly as well as the tub.

P.S. Don't buy Aveda's BLACK Malva like this article in the Guardian mistakenly advises, that product actually makes your gray hair darker!