A Visit to Aveda



Do you ever think about your scalp? Good on you if you do, because I certainly don’t. My hair, yes, but not my scalp. After attending a masterclass with Makeup artist Max May at the Canberra Centre, I popped into Aveda to find out what they are all about and to learn a thing or two about my scalp.

For the uninitiated, Aveda is all about connecting beauty, the environment and wellbeing and has roots in Ayurvedic science. Founded by a hairdresser back in 1978, this brand specialises in products made using all natural, plant-based ingredients. The company has both a social and environmental conscience and follows a number of initiatives to protect and support the planet and the people who live on it.

Although Aveda creates lots of lovely skincare products, it is hair care that is at the core of its business. As well as selling products through stand alone boutiques such as in the Canberra Centre, Aveda partners with salons and spas around the world.




After being treated to some lovely herbal tea when I came into the store, I settled in for my hair consultation. The lovely Anna-Marie had a look at the condition of my hair (quite healthy for being coloured), the sorts of issues I had with it (oily roots, and a lack of volume) and the sorts of things that were important to me in a product (colour and heat protection).

We then used a teeny tiny camera to get up close and personal with my scalp, which turned out to be a little flaky. I don’t why this surprised me, as previously mentioned, I had given no prior thought to the condition of my scalp at all, but surprised I was. My follicles were also a little clogged which likely explains my oily roots.

It turns out that the product I need to help take care of my scalp is the Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser. This wonder product is designed to gently cleanse the scalp and help re-balance sebum levels, which means I can say goodbye to my oily, flaky scalp and say hello to more beautiful hair. I picked one up to take home and will be reporting back on its efficacy.

While in store I was also treated to a lovely scalp massage with the Pramasana Exfoliating Scalp Brush, a brush with looped bristles that are designed to stimulate the scalp and to loosen build up and impurities around the hair follicles. Next time I have a spare $50 I will be going back for this brush because, as well as being kind to my scalp, it gave a great head massage.

We then finished things off with some dry styling and a relaxing neck and shoulder massage with the lovely Ti Pham. It was blissful to sit quietly and relax while Ti played with my hair. I walked away with a stunning fishtail braid which I cheekily slept in and wore the next day with the help of some Shampure Dry Shampoo.




I had a wonderful time in the Aveda Canberra Centre store and would heartily recommend a trip in for a hair and scalp consultation, a dry styling session or even a cup of tea and a massage.


  • Shapure Dry Conditioner
  • Shampure Dry Shampoo
  • Pramasana Scalp Brush
  • Pramasana Scalp Cleanser
Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.


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