Hair Care

A look at 3 Alterna products: the 10-in-1 perfector, the volume spray, and the dry shampoo

March 27, 2014
Alterna Caviar CC Cream, Alterna Bamboo 48 Hour Volume, Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo
Alterna Caviar CC Cream, Alterna Bamboo 48-Hour Volume Spray, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo

I’ve only started trying out Alterna products in the last few months, and these three products have all been ones that I’ve received in beauty subscription boxes. So, today I thought we’d chat about ’em. I’ve been trying out the Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Leave-In Hair Perfector, the Alterna Bamboo 48-Hour Sustainable Volume Spray, and the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo.

 

Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Leave-In Hair Perfector … $25 for 2.5 oz.

This hair cream is supposed to provide 10 benefits: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Honestly, I wasn’t super excited about this when I first received it because I thought it looked like a leave-in conditioner sort of product, and I have fine hair that gets flattened kind of easily. Volume isn’t among the long list of claims here. However, what I really enjoy about this is that last claim, the light hold that it provides. I can’t say it’s thickening exactly, but it helps my hair behave somewhat as well as make the most of the volume that my hair dryer provides. So, I actually quite like it! It’s not greasy at all, and I don’t need to apply a ton of it to get the benefits. This seems like it’d be a great product to travel with since it provides so many benefits. It does its job as a smoothing cream, I think, but I will say that if you have seriously coarse hair you might want something that gives hair even more slip.

 

Alterna Bamboo 48-Hour Sustainable Volume Spray … $25 for 4.2 oz.

As you might guess from the previous paragraph, I was excited to receive this one because my hair can always use some volume. I spritz this on my roots and crown before blow drying my hair. My favorite thing about it is that it smells amazing. Just a fresh hair salon sort of scent, nothing flowery or fruity. My least favorite thing is that it doesn’t really deliver much in the way of volume. Honestly, I usually don’t notice any difference in my hair when I use this. Not for one hour, and definitely not for 48 hours. So, that’s a bummer. It definitely makes my hair smell good, though, and that aspect of it does last throughout the day.

 

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo … $22 for 2.65 oz.

This is a talc-free dry shampoo loose powder, rather than a spray, and the bottle has a little nozzle at the top. First of all, how the heck can you call a dry shampoo anti-aging? It appears Alterna loves to borrow skincare buzz words for their hair care products, and it seems gimmicky as all get-out to me. Anyway, this is a pretty nice powder that absorbs oil and leaves hair feeling nicely clean, soft, and smooth. Whether this is a good product for you or not will depend on what you look for in a dry shampoo. If you like to get a little volume and texture, you won’t find it here. I find that I bit disappointing, personally, but I do appreciate how convincingly clean this leaves my hair feeling. It is a white powder so you’ll need to work it into the hair and scalp in order to get rid of the white color, but I’m perfectly ok with this. The only other thing that bothers me is that the nozzle is pretty small so the application is more of a precise process that takes longer than normal for me, but part of that may be that I’m working from a smaller sample bottle rather than the full size. Due to the lack of volume and texture, this isn’t a match made in heaven for me but I definitely see that this is a pretty good product that certain folks will really enjoy.

 

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any must-haves from the brand?

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  1. The Alterna Caviar CC Cream seems most interesting to me, especially for it’s UV/heat protection. I also have fine hair that gets weighed down easily and I’ve recently found that Living Proof Full Thickening Cream actually works. Most “volumizing” products end up making my hair look dirty.
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    1. Hi Tamara! The CC Cream is my favorite of the bunch. I haven’t tried the Living Proof cream, I’ll have to give that a look. My favorite volumizing product I’ve tried recently is the Oscar Blandi volumizing mousse. I know what you mean about making hair look and feel dirty, for sure!

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