Okay, I finally finished going over the ingredients in Aveda’s Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo. Unfortunately, it has dehydroxanthun gum (eighth line down), which sounds like it’s a super concentrated xanthun gum. This is used in products as a hair fixative, like what’s used in hair sprays and gels and such to make them hold hair. It’s weird they’re putting it in a shampoo. But it’s a deal breaker for me.
I’m still traumatized by using a shampoo/conditioner combo (that made a big deal about how totally gentle it was), back in high school on my chemically damaged hair. And one day my hair was so sticky that when I touched it, my hair literally stuck to my finger for about half a second. I washed and washed and washed my hair (not realizing it was the acrylates and other fixatives in both the shampoo and conditioner that were doing this), and was really freaked out that instead of going back to its dry, non-sticky usual feel, my hair got stickier. One of my teachers finally told me it was most likely hair spray ingredients in my products (who knew??), and since then I absolutely will not use any product that has even a whiff of an ingredient I believe may be sticky. Which this product has. So because of that I can not use this shampoo, and so I can’t recommend it. It may be an amazing product, but I can’t take that risk.