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Aveda Black Malva Conditioner

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If you’re tired of your natural dark hair colour but don’t want to colour it, this might be your answer. I’m often bored with my very dark brown hair but colouring always results in remaining ginger patches after the colour fades away, anyone with me on this?

The answer therefore is the Aveda Black Malva conditioner. This is actually one of the products I had used on me at the Aveda Institute when I visited a few weeks ago. There is a shampoo that goes with this, but as you’d have to fight me to get rid of my bottle from the Aveda Invati range, I’ve just been sticking with the conditioner; however, I will add that it is the conditioner that does all the colour work anyway.

The conditioner uses organically grown Black Tea, a natural shine enhancer, whilst Aloe helps to soften and moisture the hair shaft and scalp. It works by injecting the hair with cooler black tones and eliminating the red ones so afterwards your hair looks thick, bright and distractingly dark. For guys with dark hair I think this is a must. It really enhances your natural colour and the sleek shine is just to die for. The finish it gives hair has something almost classical about it, the colour and shine of a tall, dark and handsome Mediterranean man… just me on my own with these thoughts? Fair enough.

In the shower, apply after shampooing and leave for 2 to 5 minutes but for a more intense colour, leave it a bit longer. You need only use this ever 2 to 3 shampoos and as I find the moisture is not quite intense enough for my hair, I apply a little of my Aveda Invati conditioner after rinsing this out, but that’s up to you. You only need a little and the my best tip is to massage it in and then just try and slick your hair back from your face. Oh and if you have colour treated hair, the effect will be more intense.

Housekeeping. Firstly there is no colour rub off on the skin at all as it’s not a true colourant, it’s more of an enhancer, so there’s no need to fear of it rubbing off on your sheets or anything as ghoulish as that. In the shower however, it’s black, really black so try and contain it as much as possible. It initially appears to rub onto tiles but I find that lathering up some shower gel in my hands and wiping over has it disappearing instantly.

You can pick it up here direct from Aveda for £20 and a 250ml bottle should last you a good while.

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 05:03 January 8, 2014
Hamish
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Just stumbled across this. Great review. I am interested in your comments about using Invati conditioner straight after rinising out the black malva.

I have used black malva before and agree that it is great for colour, but it can also be drying. I am in a bit of a Catch 22, because if I use it too often the colour looks fantastic but my hair can become quite brittle and dry. On the other hand if I alternate it with other moisturising shampoos and conditioners my hair feels fine but the colour barely lasts at all and it is almost pointless using it.

Have you experienced this as well and why do you think Invati is different?

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 17:57 January 8, 2014
    Thom
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    Hi Hamish. Yes! I know exactly what you’re talking about, it is drying unfortunately. I use Black Malva and then use my Invati Conditioner afterwards, it seems to lock in plenty moisture whilst still leaving you with that incredible hair colour.

    T

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 23:13 January 8, 2014
    Hamish
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    Ok great, I will have to give Invati a go then! Sorry to be a pest but I have two more questions lol. Out of interest did you experience what I experienced with other conditioners and that they just washed the colour of Black Malva straight out or is that just me? Second- is there some other magical product out there that you know of that does the job of Black Malva but does not have the drying effect? I know it is a long shot but you never know…. I think if there was a product out there like that it would have to be ammonium lauryl sulfate free, as I suspect this is what causes the drying in black malva.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 02:55 October 2, 2013
Morgan
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Hi Thom, hopefully its not too late to get a response on this one. My hair is naturally auburn with quite a bit of red in it. I used this product because I wanted to enhance the darker tones in my hair and eliminate the red ones, but found that dyeing it never worked. In terms of the effect on colour it worked great, and exactly how I wanted it too.

However, I also noticed that when I started using it my hair started thinning quite substantially and it often left my scalp with an itchy/slight burning type feeling. I went from having relatively thick hair to a point where you can now see my scalp showing.

I guess the product is aimed at people with naturally darker hair than mine but I wouldn’t have thought it would be quite so damaging to people with lighter hair. My question is, does this sound normal or is there something else entirely going on here?

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 00:26 October 4, 2013
    Thom Watson
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    Hi Morgan. It’s never too late to get in touch on any of my articles!

    I can definitively tell you that this is not normal at all and if you ever experience effects like this with any cosmetic and personal products you should immediately discontinue use and seek immediate medical attention.

    I would suggest trialling La Roche Posay Kerium Extra Gentle Shampoo. It targets the hair and the scalp, reducing inflammation and being gentle on the skin. Then a gentle conditioner, possibly L’Occitane Soothing conditioner. Be kind to your hair and your scalp.

    Let me know how you get on and please do not use this conditioner again!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 05:37 October 4, 2013
    Morgan
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    Thanks so much for your reply Thom. I am going to stop using it for now, but to be fair to this product (and not to scare others off) I plan on consulting a dermatologist to see exactly what’s up. The problems I have been having coincided with using this conditioner, but there were also a few others issues going on too such as stopping accutane use after nine months. I have also had a few changes in my life recently which could have caused me more stress than I realised.Hopefully it is not the product, because like I said in terms of the colour it worked fantastically well.

    Thanks also for your tips on shampoos and conditioners I will give them a try.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 14:57 October 4, 2013
    Thom Watson
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    Accutane, there you have it. One of it’s nastiest side effects is the ability for it to cause you extreme sensitivity to things you’ve been using and loving all your life.

    I hope you get good answers and please get in touch for any other advice or recommendations. Great to have you as a reader.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 22:14 April 4, 2013
Ged
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Wow this sounds great Thom. I’ve never really looked at Aveda products but you’re making me curious now. Great review! :-)

Harvey Specter
Posted at 07:53 April 4, 2013
Neil
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Just reading your section on Black Malva, sounds like a great hair product but just one thing, how would you say it preforms on hair with a slight greying? Yes I have a few greys running through my locks, would it colour them blue or green I wonder?

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 09:37 April 4, 2013
    Thom
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    With a slight greying is fine, as long as the undertones to your hair are still majoratively dark or black. For really grey hair, Blue Malva is better, designed for grey and blonde hair. Hope that helps.

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