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Aveda Hair Thickening Tonic Review

Throw Out Your Texturising Spray and Try a Tonic Instead

I don't want to be mean to my hair (because, like me, it can be pretty sensitive), but the reality is, I've got boring hair. And look, I'm not complaining. It's well-behaved most of the time, does what it's told and stays in place. But if my hair was a biscuit, it would definitely be a Salada — plain, unoffensive and . . . basic. Good in theory, but it doesn't leave a lasting impression. In short, it's not the Pizza Shapes of the hair world.

It's probably partially my fault for being so lazy. If I could get away with one product and an air dry, I would. Essentially, I want things to look effortless, but actually be effortless.

To try and achieve this look, I've already got a pretty solid list of texturising and volumising products each with their own purpose. Oribe's Dry Texturising Spray is basically my hair's version of oxygen, and even at a casual $63 a bottle, I won't be without it (you can find a solid dupe in Toni and Guy's Casual Rough Texturiser). Ouai's Matte Pomade, or Bumble and Bumble's (Un) Dressing Cream are my go-to for an effortless, bed-hair look, and Sachajuan's or David Mallet's Salt Spray for undone, holiday-hair vibes. I'll even resort to the fail safe of using dry shampoo to achieve that lifted look, although I'm becoming more and more averse to using dry shampoo, especially after learning how bad it is for your scalp (seriously, make sure you're scrubbing that build-up away).

But, sometimes I want all of the volume without any of the crunch, added texture or feeling like my hair is so loaded with products that I can't even touch it. This is where a tonic comes in to play. And this isn't an overnight realisation. I've been using Aveda's Thickening Tonic for nearly six months, and at first, I actually didn't think it did anything. It wasn't until I removed it from my routine that I realised its genius. It was doing something — in fact, it was doing serious things, and laying the foundation for naturally (looking) thick hair.

That's the best part of this product, you apply it to wet hair, then it's like it's not even there. Blow dry, or air dry, and you've got hair that cares, hair with a point and a purpose. An almost invisible product that adds interest to Salada hair? Five stars.

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