Having long hair means it’s heavy and weighs down the volume. I don’t have big, voluminous hair unless I tease it, which still results in flat hair after a few hours of Southern humidity. When hair is thin and long, it looks even flatter. Not cute.
I don’t know if it’s the constant use of hot hair tools, my blow dryer, the winter cold, or hormonal changes, but the texture and thickness of my hair has changed in the last five years. It isn’t as strong, shiny, and thick. I went through a pretty stressful period when a lot of my hair was coming out, too, which is pretty darn scary. I tried all kinds of shampoos and non-shampoos…including that beauty Youtuber trick where you only wash your hair with water and don’t use any man-made cleansers on it. (I don’t recommend this, but to each his/her own.)
I’m a devotee of Aveda products, so when they came out with their Invati Advanced hair care line to reduce hair loss and bring back the thickness, I was all about giving it a try. Here are their claims with the new advanced line:
- Reduces hair loss by 53%* and instantly thickens the hair when applied once daily.
- 4 out of 5 women say their hair looks and feels thicker and fuller.Their 3-step system includes:
STEP 1: EXFOLIATE – invati advanced™ exfoliating shampoo to remove build-up that can clog pores.
STEP 2: THICKEN – invati advanced™ thickening conditioner instantly thickens and conditions to help protect the hair from breakage.
STEP 3: ACTIVATE – invati advanced™ scalp revitalizer reduces hair loss* to help keep the hair you have longer.
Aveda always has an herbal/natural scent to their products, which I’ve found people either love or hate. I personally like their scents, but be sure to give the Invati products a sniff to make sure you love it before you coat your locks in it. I can attest that exfoliating your scalp with the shampoo to remove build-up from sweat, hairspray, mousse, and volumizing powder does in fact make a difference after the first wash. The thickening conditioner and and scalp revitalizer are the perfect compliment to make your hair feel thicker and keep those strands from breaking. If you find that thickening products make your hair feel a bit dry, I like to add a few drops of hair/skin oil, like Derma E Radiant Glow Face Oil in my palms, rub it together, and smooth over the middle to end of my hair. (And it adds shine!)
I find that your hair will look and feel thicker if you consistently use these products, but you can always add them into your rotation as well. Using them every other shampoo or several times a month will still improve your hair. If you give it a try, let me know what you think!
Photography: S. Jackson