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I have taken a deep dive into two beasts in the hair growth game and gone head to head with them: Aveda Invati vs. Tropic Isle JBCO.
We’re looking at things like:
- Application method (whether you want a topical or pill specifically, this is good to know)
- Hair suitability (some topical products don’t work as well for different hair types)
- How long to results?
- Price (which, of course, overall will be determined by how it takes to get results
- And all the rest…
Aveda Invati Advanced Thickening Conditioner
Aveda Invati Advanced Thickening Conditioner 6.7 oz
- Aveda Invati ADVANCED Exfoliating Conditioner 6.7 Oz Instantly thickens and delivers weightless conditioning to help protect the hair from breakage. Naturally derived amino acids mimic hairs building blocks to help strengthen hair from roots to ends. Hair is left thicker with fullness that lasts all day.
Active Ingredients: Amla Extract, Rice Bran Oil
Hair Type Suitability: Thinning Hair
Usage Frequency: Daily
What The Sales Page Doesn’t Tell You About Aveda Invati
Initial Impressions and PackagingRight off the bat, I was drawn in by the Aveda Invati Advanced Thickening Conditioner’s sleek and earthy packaging. It’s got that typical Aveda look that screams eco-friendly and high-end spa, which is a vibe I personally enjoy. When you’re shelling out a bit more for a hair product, it’s nice when the packaging also looks good on your bathroom shelf.
The bottle is sturdy and feels substantial, but I have to admit, it can be a bit of an arm workout trying to squeeze out the conditioner once you start running low. This isn’t unique to Aveda – lots of thicker conditioners have this issue – but it’s definitely something to note if you’re not a fan of wrestling with your products in the shower.
The Application ExperienceIn terms of application, this conditioner is pretty straightforward. It has a lovely scent that Aveda fans will likely recognize – kind of herbaceous and spa-like without being overpowering. For me, it’s one of those scents that are refreshing in the morning but also calming if you’re taking a night shower.
The texture is rich without being too heavy or greasy. It spreads through hair easily enough if you’ve got fine strands like I do, though friends with thicker locks tell me they need to use more product to get full coverage.
Now here’s where things get important: does it actually thicken? Well, my hair definitely felt heavier and hydrated while wet. Once dry there seemed to be some added volume at my roots which I really liked. However, don’t expect miracles or salon-like blowouts post-shampoo with just this conditioner alone; it’s more subtle than that.
Performance Over TimeThis is where my relationship with Invati gets complicated. After about a month of use (washing every other day), I did notice my hair had more body overall compared to using regular conditioners. But – and this is big – it didn’t necessarily make my hair feel stronger or reduce breakage as much as I’d hoped based on what Aveda claims.
Also worth noting: While initially loving the scent, over time I found myself wishing for less fragrance by about week three; sometimes less really is more when it comes to how your beauty products smell.
If your primary goal is achieving visible thickness though? You might see some improvement here – just keep expectations realistic because results vary widely from person to person.
The Value PropositionHere’s where we talk money because let’s face it: Aveda products don’t come cheap. If budget isn’t an issue for you, then sure – enjoy what feels like luxury in a bottle alongside some slight thickening benefits!
However, if value for money matters (as it does for most folks), consider this: The product works modestly well but didn’t transform my fine hair into lush mermaid waves or anything close. For its price tag especially when used consistently over time can add up quickly which might leave your wallet feeling rather thin…even if your hair does not!
So would I repurchase? Maybe intermittently as part of rotating different conditioners into my routine when I feel like splurging or before special occasions where extra volume could give me that confidence boost but not necessarily as part of my daily regimen.
Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil | Rich in Vitamin E, Omega Fatty Acids & Minerals | For Hair Growth Oil, Skin Conditioning, Eyebrows & Eyelashes (1, 8oz - Glass Bottle)
- ALL PURPOSE OIL: Rich in Vitamin E, Omega Fatty Acids and Minerals, Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black castor oil nourishes and hydrates dry, dull skin and stimulates and promotes hair growth.
- SKIN CARE: Seals in moisture, helps diminish appearance of scar tissue and promotes healthy skin. Primary component
Active Ingredients: Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Hair Type Suitability: All Hair Types
Usage Frequency: Varied
What The Sales Page Doesn’t Tell You About Tropic Isle JBCO
Initial Impressions and Packaging
First Look and Getting StartedOkay, so let’s chat about Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil straight from the perspective of someone who has actually given this a whirl. First things first, when you get your hands on the bottle, it’s pretty no-nonsense. The packaging is simple, giving off that earthy vibe with its deep brown bottle which I reckon is great for keeping out light and preserving the oil’s quality.
The label has got this tropical feel – makes sense given the “Tropic Isle” part of the name, right? What you might not grasp from just looking at it though is how thick this oil is. I’m talking real syrupy here, so when you’re trying to get some out of the bottle for the first time, be prepared for a bit of an arm workout if it’s a cool day.
The Real Deal on Application
Texture and Scent ExperienceDiving into texture, Jamaican Black Castor Oil by Tropic Isle isn’t your run-of-the-mill castor oil. This stuff is heavy-duty; we’re talking viscous and dark with an ashy undertone thanks to that traditional ash content. And when you apply it? Yeah, it feels kind of sticky – definitely something to keep in mind if you’re not into heavier oils.
Then there’s that scent. How do I put this delicately… it’s… unique. It’s smokey, kinda nutty – definitely earthy – and strong enough to make its presence known but not like knock-you-over-the-head strong at least on my snifferometer scale.
Effectiveness and Versatility
Hair Care Hero or Not?I won’t beat around the bush: people swear by this stuff for hair growth and strength – myself included. Whether slathering it onto my scalp or locking in moisture on my ends after showering, I’ve noticed that my hair seems happier for it; like less breakage and more oomph in growth department over time.
- Hair care: As a hot oil treatment or a sealant after washing your hair – top-notch.
- Skin saver: Yep! I’ve dabbed some on rough skin patches (elbows are thanking me), even if it takes its sweet time soaking in.
- Brows & Lashes: Daring souls use a cleaned-up mascara wand dipped lightly into JBCO (that’s short for Jamaican Black Castor Oil) for fuller-looking eyebrows and lashes. However – fair word of warning here – due to its weightiness if you have fine or easily weighed-down tresses like some folk do, proceed with caution!
- Cleanup can be tricky because this oil doesn’t joke around with stickiness. .
- If you accidentally overdo application (I may or may not be speaking from experience…),, expect to have greasy residue hanging around unless thoroughly shampooed out. .
- Pour spout could use an upgrade; precision isn’t exactly stellar leading sometimes to unexpected oil avalanches (drama but true).... .
What Nobody Tells You But Should
The Good Stuff & The ‘Meh’The good? This product packs natural ingredients without fillers or added junk – big green tick from me there. And longevity? A little goes a long way thanks to its rich consistency meaning even though your wallet might flinch at checkout; price-per-use works out okay.
But here’s some other tidbits: