Many people are unsatisfied with their hair. It’s too thin, too thick, frizzy, limp, dry, coarse, fragile, dull, or a combination of these. Then there are the scalp problems: excess oil, dandruff, sensitivity. Shampoos and conditioners on the market all claim to address at least one of these concerns. A lot of them do not meet the standards of their consumers. Sometimes they work, but at the expense of another attribute. Or they work, but not well enough. I’ve tried three Alterna products so far and I’m satisfied with all of them. Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner made my hair super-sleek, but there was a little bit of volume reduction after use. For thick hair, this may be a bonus, but for fine hair like mine, I need all the volume I can get.
Alterna’s Caviar Shampoo & Conditioner duo make the hair sleek and shiny, although not as sleek as Bamboo Smooth. On the other hand, they do not kill volume as much as the latter. The smell is also not as nice as either Bamboo Smooth or Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo. Both Caviar Shampoo and Bamboo Smooth are superior cleaners – the hair stays clean longer compared to Black Vanilla. In terms of moisturization, the shampoo hydrated my hair well. Hair is also straighter than normal.
Alterna’s hair products are proving to be very good. For hair that needs a lot of sleeking, Bamboo Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner should work wonders. For hair that wants just a bit of silkiness without a dent to volume, Caviar is the better option.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo: 1.35oz (ml) for C$9.00, 8.5oz (ml) for C$37.00 @ Sephora.ca.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner: 1.35oz (ml) for C$9.00, 8.5oz (ml) for C$37.00 @ Sephora.ca.
Sleek and silky is easier to achieve with fine hair, but fine hair can get dry fast and easy. I’ve been looking for a while at Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth line and finally received a sample.
After only one time use, my hair condition improved. Hair was indeed sleek and silky, and, especially important for my kind of hair, moisturized. My ends no longer looked like they were going to split any minute. I should also mention the high shine factor. My hair reflected light as if it was recently coloured. The shampoo has a markedly different texture than other shampoos – it’s less gel-like, less soapy, and has a coating feel. Whatever this coating is, it stayed in my hair after washing with a different shampoo and I don’t mind at all.
There is nothing negative to say about Bamboo Smooth. My hair loved the product duo! I highly recommend the line for those with fine hair.
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo: 8.5oz (250ml) for C$25.50 @ Sephora.ca.
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Conditioner: 8.5oz (250ml) for C$25.50 @ Sephora.ca.
Everyone’s hair is different – genetics, environment, and treatments that the hair goes through. Dryness is one problem that can affect hair. It can stem from overprocessing, winter, living in arid regions, or naturally dry hair. Dry hair could be one cause of frizz and split ends, especially on longer hair. Healthy hair is good looking hair and nourishment is the way to battle damaged hair.
Oils are very good for the hair and scalp. Have you ever tried putting warm oil (olive, coconut, or grapeseed) in hair for 30 minutes before washing? Hair becomes softer, silkier, shinier. Not everyone wants or has time to sit with dripping oily hair for a whole 30 minutes. Enter dry oils – to be put into hair after washing and to be left there until next wash, providing nourishment without making hair greasy (unless you’ve used too much) or the hassle of oily oil. Kendi Pure Treatment Oil is one such oil. It makes hair less dry and helps prevent split ends. It strengthens while providing protection from environmental damage.
Kendi contains bamboo extract for strength, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, and tocopherol (an antioxidant). Personally, it has been helpful with the split ends battle.
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil: 1.7oz (50ml) for C$28.50 @ Sephora.ca.