Aveda Brilliant Damage Control with Chamomile – one of only two products I’ve been loyal to

“What all did you get in the mail today?” Asks my husband as he peels an onion. “Nothing.” “What is that?” He points to all the packing material and the open cardboard box on the kitchen table. “My unsuccessful Aveda return.” “They sent it back?” “No…I …didn’t return it.” “I thought you were so happy that they agreed to take it back.” “Well…I was.” “You like it?” “Honey, I’ve been using it for 6 years.” Nate looks mystified and goes back to his onion prep.

Picture me 9 hours earlier, stumbling around in the morning minus 3 cups of tea, messy hair and bleery eyes, running into things, paper cutting myself and scraping my elbow on the lightswitch, carrying a knife. I find the box marked “returns – Aveda.” I stab it. I rummage through the paper (that’s when I cut myself), I pull out the Aveda Brilliant Damage Control, and I run upstairs to do my hair. “My hair’s been drying out.” I said earlier to my sister on the phone. “Even though all the products say they already include UV and heat protection.” They do. But they don’t. That’s why you need Aveda Brilliant Damage Control. If I didn’t use it, my hair wouldn’t grow. It would break off just below my ears.

Why is Aveda Brilliant Damage Control better than any other heat protection I’ve used? Chamomile, calendula, and order of ingredients.

Chamomile is a gift from nature. It’s one of the precious things God gave us to protect our skin, or hair, and is the most popular things for little baby’s skin.

Chamomile extract and Calendular flower extract are the 2nd and 3rd ingredient in Aveda Brilliant Damage Control (after water). So instead of being way down the list it makes up the bulk of this product.

If I could find a volumizer that has this level of heat protection, then I would need one less product. But I have yet to find something that claims to protect from heat that does it as effectively as Aveda Brilliant Damage Control with Chamomile.

Ingredients from bottle (thanks to http://newlynatural.com/blog/2009/06/aveda-brilliant-damage-control/ for saving me all that typing):

aqueous (water/aqua/eau) extracts: anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, polyquaternium-16, polyquaternium-10, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, cocamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride phosphate, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, oryzanol, tocopherol, panthenol, pvp, maltodextrin, fragrance, geraniol, linalool, benzyl benzoate, citronellol, eugenol, hydroxycigtronellal, limonene, amyl cinnamal, sodium gluconate, potassium sorbate, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol



8 thoughts on “Aveda Brilliant Damage Control with Chamomile – one of only two products I’ve been loyal to

  1. I love the smell of Aveda products and I do feel scalp sensations with a few of the Damage Control and Scalp specific products but it’s not that great for my hair, which was too bad because I love the ingredient list and the smells.


  2. That’s too bad! I am always looking for super healthy hair products and if you have any recommendations would love to hear them (or blog posts – I’ll also check out your blog posts).


  3. “Chamomile extract and Calendular flower extract are the 2nd and 3rd ingredient in Aveda Brilliant Damage Control (after water).”

    this is actually not true. they are PART of the water. see the colon after “aqueous (water/aqua/eau) extracts”? this refers to the watery extract… in other words, chamomile and “calendular” are part of the water. imagine soaking a teabag in water and what you get is a watery extract of the contents.
    i also doubt very much that these water-components would survive any hot styling and have any significant result on your hair. when you boil water it evaporates – as do the contents in it…


    1. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’ve always loved this product so much and this makes so much sense. Even though I research as much as I can find material to research, I know I always have so much more to learn. This is really great information and makes sense. Thanks again for sharing.


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