Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist

ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist is a leave on that helps control frizz, protects hair from heat styling tools and also enhances shine. Alterna also claims that this "double-duty formula can be used as both a deeply nourishing treatment that helps to repair split ends and environmental damage, and as a color protecting style primer. Made with strengthening organic bamboo and smoothing organic kendi oil, it banishes frizz and imparts intense shine while providing vital nutrients." 
Ingredients from Sephora.com :

Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Algae Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Superoxide Dismutase, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Lactoferrin, Phospholipids, Phytosphingosine, Corn Oligosaccharides, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Tyrosinase, Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Retinyl Palmitate, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Peroxidase, Silanetriol Melaninate, Polyquaternium-10, Superoxide Dismutase, Bromelain, Papain, Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, and Linalool.

I picked up the travel size for about $6 at a local salon. The full size is priced at $24 and has quite a lot of product. The mist comes packaged in a spray bottle which feels like glass but is good quality plastic & easy to travel with. The texture feels very light and a little more watery than most hair serums. I use it on damp, freshly washed hair before heat-styling or air-drying. Also because it is a little runny, you may need more product than usual but, the weighless oil absorbs almost instantly leaving no oily residue.
Alterna suggests using this on dry hair to enhance shine. My roots gets oily very easily so, I'm usually skeptical about using products for touch ups. But, when used before blow drying, it adds a very healthy looking shine and controls frizz to a good extent. The days I let my hair air-dry, I see a lot of added bounce which I'm very happy about! If you have extremely frizzy hair, you need to use quite a lot of this product which might make roots oily after a day. But, for mediocre frizz-control, it works really well without weighing down hair too much. 

Overall, more than anything else, I love the healthy sheen & softness my hair gets from using this. I also love multi-tasking products like this that protect and enhance hair's manageability. Added to all that, this product also has a very fresh smell that lingers on for a few hours!

Available at Ulta, Sephora and online at Ulta.com, Sephora.com

What are your thoughts on the ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist?


  1. You know, I feel really bad that I don't really give much attention to my hair and I can surely need something like this for my hair :). I have oily roots too, and I'm glad to hear that this product wasn't greasy or anything.

  2. It is pretty light & I just love the natural waves that form when I let my hair air dry. It makes it look so bouncy :)

  3. I really like the sound of this dry oil mist. I don't think I've seen Alterna products here before. I would probably be using it like how you do and not for touch-ups. My roots get oily easily too.

  4. Its great as a heat protector & leave in. The whole line looks like something worth trying :)

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