I don't know why I always think that the more expensive something is the better it will be. So after reading all of the reviews and thinking that the cost must be representative of the quality, I ordered this shampoo and conditioner. It's not that the shampoo/conditioner duo damaged my hair, but it just hasn't done much for it. Additionally I believe it's made my head itch - I don't normally have an itchy scalp but I've had one since Sunday when I washed my hair with this for the first time. I'm giving this product two stars because: my scalp is dry, I saw no noticeable difference in my hair, and the bottles are ridiculously difficult to squeeze. If they would use a softer bottle they may not need to charge as much. One note; however, when users say you don't need to use much - believe it. I have very thick, coarse hair and normally use a palm size measure of shampoo. I used less than half of that with Alterna and still had way, way too much shampoo so while it is expensive it will last a lot longer than regular drugstore shampoo. I can't say the same about the conditioner. I used a little more than I normally would of that.
Alterna for those who care about the animal testing, keeping the earth clean, wants to have organic ingredients and have luxury feeling at the same time. I really am one of those people. There are various ranges of products. I chose for me Alterna Caviar products. They are for people who are over 30 because its anti- ageing effect. We all take care of our skin. We use anti-ageing creams for skin..but what about our hair? With age our hair becomes brittle and without shine. The magic words for me were : Free Of: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Sodium Chloride, Paraffin, Gluten, DEA/TEA, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum.
Parabens are preservatives. They are in their own way nececcery but there are better selection of them but usually also more expensive.
So…Alterna is using the more expensive preservatives what are keeping your product from going bad and is same time harmful for your health.
Parabens instead are connected with irritation and even with cancer.
Sulfates are for make the product foam..and we all think that the foam is nice, smooth, and nececcary for clean the hair properly. But actually its drying your hair and scalp. Now its big trend to leave out all sulfates from products…but Alterna was years long ahead from lot of other companies.
Phthalates can damage the reproductive hormone system and cause birth defects, cancer and germ cell reproduction. So attention pregnant women. They are in the products for soften the plastic bottles.
The synthetic colors used to supposedly make a cosmetic “pretty”. Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents.
Sodium chloride, better known as table salt, is used as a thickener in shampoos and conditioners containing sodium lauryl sulfate. It’s a contributing factor to the eye irritation experienced with most shampoos, and it may also cause dry and itchy scalp. According to Purezing.com, salt may cause damage to the liver, lungs, and immune system. also cause some hair loss. May cause depression of nervous system, diarrhea, and reproductive system disorders.
Paraffin is petroleum based product. These chemicals commonly used in cosmetic ingredients are byproducts of and derived from crude oil and may have known or potential carcinogenic (cancer causing) effects.Same goes to mineral oil.
Gluten free products are important to people with celiac disease. It can lead to symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, chronic diarrhea, and anemia, and can damage the small intestine, preventing proper nutrient absorption.
DEA is used widely because it provides a rich lather in shampoos and keeps a favorable consistency in lotions and creams.DEA and TEA :these chemicals are capable of disrupting human hormones and may form cancer-causing nitrates.
I am aware that all that information makes you feel lost..but thats the truth about cosmetic products. This was about the bad things what are important to know. Now I will tell you about the good things inside. I start from the name of the product: Caviar.
Caviar was usually presented as the favorite delicacy at the table of Kings and aristocrats.Caviar is rich in protein(26%).Caviar also contains vitamins (especially vitamin A, group B, D, and E ) and oligo elements.Caviar Extract has moisturizing and emollient properties because of its hygroscopic, water-retaining substances, which improves hydration.
Enzymetherapy®: A proprietary enzyme delivery system that enables the absorption of essential ingredients for superior keratin formation.
Color Hold®: Infuses hair with plant-derived melanin for extreme color protection and the prevention of color wash out. Protects hair from UVA, UVB & visible light including artificial light sources.
For me Alterna works really good because i have sensitive scalp and quite thin hair. So any kind of heavy stuff is making me irritated and the hair goes more fast greasy and is lousing the shine. With Alterna my scalp feels really good, my hair has fabulous shine and they feel light. I don’t have to refresh my haircolor on the length. This way I am save my hair and money and also my precious time. Same time I really care about my body and health. If I can choose the ingredience then i choose the best! Alterna is for me the best at the moment in the market.
For these reasons I suggest Alterna luxury product to my clients.
This is my HG shampoo! Previously, I'd been using Frederic Fekkai's Technician Shampoo and Conditioner. But, when Sephora stopped carrying it, I switched to this product on an SA's suggestion. My hair has never been so soft and smooth! I have pretty oily hair and need to wash it everyday. The Fekkai shampoo & conditioner didn't leave my hair dry, but it didn't come close to leaving it as smooth as this Alterna caviar anti-aging moisturizing shampoo does.
Because of how moisturizing this shampoo is, i can't go for too long without washing. But I'd rather use this product and wash more frequently to get such soft hair than go back to any other shampoo I've ever used.
I love the Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner! They are expensive, but they're worth it! I used to get my hair dyed blonde, and then I switched to brunette a few months ago. I have fine, damaged hair that gets easily weighed down. This line moisturizes my hair without weighing it down. It makes my hair soft, shiny, and less frizzy. I get pretty hair commercial hair when I used the shampoo and conditioner!
The price is pretty damn expensive but the smell, shine and softness of Alterna make it a nice treat or every once in a while purchase.
This one is a keeper! It's one of the few shampoos that agrees with me and my sensitive scalp and does what a shampoo is supposed to and more! Strongest point: it has not managed to irritate my scalp in any way or fuck it up in some way as most shampoos tend to (even the ultra-gentle ones)! Plus it's really, really, really gentle on hair follicles, when I wash with this one I see very few hair down the drain, less than 10, literally. I think it's amazing considering that it also manages to get hair really clean. Perfection, literally! There is a very light scent to it, something fresh-citrusy, but it fades and is not annoying. It even lathers up quite a bit, which is kinda rare for sulfate-free shampoos, and it's really easy to work with, the texture is concentrated cream (by which I mean you need a bit less product that usual) and it rinses out beautifully as well. There is need for a conditioner afterwards, because the part about this being a 'moisturizing' shampoo is a bit off, I fail to notice any serious moisturizing action when using this shampoo alone. But that's not really the main purpose of a shampoo, I mean, it cleanses hair and does an amazing job at it and that's enough to make me happy.
I absolutely LOVE this shampoo! It's free of all those harsh/harmful chemicals, smells like fresh grapefruit and leaves my hair feeling clean, smooth and soft. I'm now on my third bottle and see myself using this shampoo for a while. I love the conditioner too, but the shampoo is more essential I believe, and could still be paired up with another brand of conditioner.
I work for a beauty retailer so I got this shampoo and the matching condition as gratis. Glad I did because if I actually paid 32 each for these..I would've cried. First couple times , I loved using this stuff. My hair was super soft and shiny. However, I feel that my hair is now drier than before even after using moisturizing hair masks. I have normal, straight/wavy hair that is past my shoulders. I do love the packaging but honestly this is not worth the money. I will go back to my carol's daughter smoothing shampoo that is half the price and works much better.
omg. just used this for the first time tonight and i love it cannot stop stroking my hair like some crazy narcissist. makes my hair SO soft. i have long, wavy, thick colored hair that can get quite dry (though scalp is oily ugh), get the frizzies and on top of that my niece cut a few strands of my hair while i was sleeping and now i have a couple of pieces that stick straight up unless i lock them down with product. so i am needing some extra moisture/anti frizz properties nowadays out of my haircare haha. this has been a godsend. along with the fekkai color conditioner my hair is super soft, picture perfect (well as picture perfect as its going to be i think), but super nice--love it! so much more manageable to dry and i have to straighten it less/for less time which is nice. i havent used the conditioner yet. for reference other shampoos ive liked in the past: bumble n bumble seaweed shampoo, rusk bright (but started to make my hair brassy), enjoy luxury shampoo, fekkai color shampoo (a little too rich for my hair sometimes though), pureology hydrating. shampoos that have been evil to my hair: redken (weighs it down like nobodys business), nexxus, kerastase (makes my hair straw like and tangled like crazy!), tigi :(.
the bottle is opaque, purple which is probably supposed to be the regal color to go along with the whole caviar concept but honestly i think it doesnt really look all nice in the shower where i like light and bright things not dark bottles where i cant see whats going on inside them. the dispenser part of this bottle is so weird. its like a little burpy plastic part that is kind of ugly looking. however that said i can live with the bottle....the smell is awesome i love it although others here seem to be iffy on it. smells like oranges and vanilla to me at least, love it. almost wish i had a perfume like that haha.
love it. would def buy it again. a little pricey but whatever my hairs worth it. so is yours, ladies!
I got a sample of this and the matching conditioner. I had been so excited to try this after seeing it mentioned in a magazine. Ick ick ick. This stuff was so horrible. I do like it was sulfate free, but it felt like it did not really clean my hair and the scent was icky. Would not use. Ever.