A few weeks ago, I went into a wonderful local hair salon called “Salon Rock” in Roslyn Village for a quick fix-up of my bangs. Unfortunately, an “Edward Scissorhands” hairstylist at a different salon had performed her voodoo on my hair a few weeks earlier. Anyway, the cute “Salon Rock” hairstylist (who, btw, fixed my bangs) suggested that I try some of their Alterna hair products. When I told her that I only used “clean” hair products, she replied that Alterna’s “Bamboo” line would be perfect for me. I examined the bottles of Alterna’s Bamboo Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner which clearly stated that the products were free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, sodium chloride, phthalates and synthetic color. I went home and read about the “Bamboo” line on Alterna’s website which stated that the products were made with Certified Organic Bamboo, never tested on animals and were ethically traded. Since the shampoo bottle at “Salon Rock” came with a free sample of Bamboo’s “Kendi Oil” Mist (a lightweight dry oil styling mist), I decided to go back to the salon and give the products a try. Boy, am I glad I did!
At the outset, let me state that I have been searching for “clean” hair products to fall in love with since the beginning of my vegan journey. I have tried many and they were just “okay.” I often found myself using the “unclean” hair products from my past for special occasions. Luckily, I found the Alterna Bamboo Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner, and Kendi Dry Oil Mist which I have been happily using every day for about one month. Although many hair products claim to control frizz, these products really did control my frizz and I used them in the sweltering humid heat of this New York summer. I am still shocked at how much I love Bamboo’s “Kendi” Dry Oil Mist. I have very fine hair and I figured that an oil mist would weigh my hair down, but this product did not. It made my hair silky, smooth and frizz-free. I will definitely be sticking to this line of hair products although they were somewhat expensive (I paid $23 per bottle of shampoo and conditioner) because I loved them and I am picky about my hair. They can be purchased at Sephora, Ulta Beauty or at select hair salons near you.