Alterna has a new line of Summer Hair Care called Bamboo Beach. The line consists of three products, equally fabulous:
- Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Spray
- Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Sun Recovery Spray
- Alterna Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo
Like me you’ve probably heard a lot about “beach waves” or “surf spray” types of hair products. I’ve always been reluctant to try these because I have very fine hair and usually adding salt water will just make my hair stick to my head even more. I say this from experience growing up in So. California. After a day at the beach not only was my skin candy apple red but my hair was as flat as a board, which incidentally was frequently used to describe me by the boys in my high school. I hope they’re all fat and bald now.
Anywho, like Dr. Phil says “past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior” so I wasn’t expecting much from Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Spray ($20), especially because it was described as “just back from the beach hair”–yikes, for me not a good look. But, in the interest of science and because I am SO devoted to you, my readers I gave it a go.
Holy volume, Moondoggie! Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Spray gives me the volume I’ve craved well……nearly all my life! After trying 9,637 voluminizing hair products, who knew all I needed was salt water?? There’s a whole friggin’ ocean of it! Ah, grasshopper, but this is not just salt water…it has nourishing Tahitian coconut, milk and Brazilian Mango. There are no nasty sulfates, parabens or phthalates. It’s extremely lightweight and even has UVA/UVB protection to help combat the effects of sun and chlorine. It’s not sticky and doesn’t make my hair crunchy. This gives my hair the texture it naturally lacks and really boosts the volume.
I spray it on wet hair, blow dry until damp and then style with my John Freida Hot Air Brush. It pumps up the volume so I get full, poofy hair and my style looks a hundred times better. I adore the tropical summer scent too!
Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Spray has transformed my hair from a carpenter’s dream (flat as a board) to full, tousled sex-on-a-stick! Even my co-workers noticed: they were asking me if I got a hair cut and/or what I had done differently. Of course when I launched into my 15 diatribe about the history of my fine hair and how many lackluster products I had tried…..let’s just say I think they lost interest around the two minute mark.
For those of us with fine, limp hair this is a game changer. I realize that not everyone has hair that sticks to their head like a newly hatched chicken, but this worked for my sister too who was blessed with a full, thick head of hair–and the boobs to go with it!
Fun fact: Did you know that Ken Paves, celebrity hair stylist started the beach spray trend? While at Jennifer Aniston’s Malibu home, he was looking to add some texture to her long locks and ran down to the beach and filled a water bottle of ocean water. Violà, beachy waves!
Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Sun Recovery Spray ($20) is a leave-in conditioner made with the same organic bamboo extract as the ocean waves spray. This leave-in is ideal for after the beach or pool to infuse some moisture into parched hair. It works great on my tangles and adds a nice shine. I’m amazed at how lightweight it is!
Alterna Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($20) smells so heavenly you may want to use it even when you HAVE washed your hair that day! It still has all the good stuff–eco-certified organic bamboo & Tahitian coconut and the UVA/UVB protection and none of the nasty stuff. I like that it doesn’t feel gritty in my hair or seem to leave a residue and leaves my hair feeling clean and refreshed.
Bottom Line: I love this entire line but the best product for my hair with the most dramatic results is the Summer Ocean Waves Spray. I will no longer be without it summer or winter!
Alterna Bamboo Beach hair care can be found at Sephora.com. Ulta stores, Ulta.com, Beauty.com and high-end boutiques and salons.
Have you tried beach sprays? Thoughts?