Alterna Alterna Bamboo Smooth - Kendi Oil


40 reviews

70% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, 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, Linalool.

on 5/24/2013 9:33:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

My sister is a hairdresser, so for every birthday or Christmas she always gifts me new products to try out.
Last birthday she gave me the 1.7 oz bottle of this oil, and I've had a few months to try this out.

Compared to other oil treatments, like Moroccan oil and other argan oils, this is quite light-feeling in the hair.
I have been using it as a leave in treatment on my damp hair after washing it, and while I think that's not necessarily the way you're meant to use it, it seems to work for me.

Because this is nice and light, it is perfect at smoothing and moisturizing.

I initially thought the dropper dispenser was going to be really annoying, but it actually allows complete control over how much you dispense, I never ever waste product.

Two reasons why this isn't a five-lippies product is;
1. The price. Although I got this as a gift, the 1.7 oz bottle costs upwards of $24 is quite a lot. So far this product has gone a long way, but still.

2. I don't find this to be as moisturizing as my beloved Macadamia Oil Healing Oil Treatment. I think this is meant to be the same as those types of treatments, but I still wish this product could do a bit more.

Overall, this is amazing, and if you have thinner hair this is definitely for you!

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 5/24/2013 8:50:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Amazing!! My hair is very dry and thin due to hypothyroidism. I am forever looking for a product to put in after shampooing and conditioning that won't leave my hair looking limp, greasy and shineless. This is the solution.. Finally I've found a wonderful leave in and my hair looks and feels amazing after using for one week. Definitely repurchasing.

on 3/27/2013 11:06:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I tried samples of this 3 times before purchase. Have used about 1/3 of the bottle at this point. At this point I would rather spend a little more for the Kerastase oleo that I like better because it was a little bit lighter weight. I will keep using it though because I do need something for my flyaways and it is a decent product. I like the scent, it is pretty neutral, no one ever notices it. I spray a couple times once on each side and then brush. It does make my hair shiny and soft. It is certainly way better than drugstore products I've tried. I would repurchase if it wasn't that I have found something better before w Kerastase.

on 3/27/2013 10:48:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is the best oil I have used on my hair. It reminds me of Biosilk without actually weighing my hair down. Its best to use it on wet hair. I sometimes use just 1 drop on my ends if my hair is dry and that is all you really need. When i apply it, i feel my hair softer. Love it for frizz control and to make my hair shine and behave. I have wavy frizzy hair and this helps.

on 2/25/2013 6:36:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Leaves your hair smooth and shiny and all most frizz free.. Love this

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

The reviews on here are so mixed I almost didn't purchase this oil, but they had a tester in the salon I purchased it in. So I applied a small amount to dry hair, as did the over zealous sales girl to her own hair (who claimed she uses it daily and it doesn't weigh hers down.) I loved the way it smoothed my hair and didn't make it look limp and unwashed. It's almost like it refreshes your hair? Can't put my finger on it, but I am impressed. My hair has never been coloured,bleached streaked rinsed you name it, Virgin hair ...and I do not straighten it, and I curl it maybe once every 5months:) so it is very healthy, with no damage, very shiny etc
No, this is not a brag-a-thon about my hair; what I am trying to illustrate is it is very difficult to improve the condition of my hair, or to impress me.... But also because my hair is so naturally hydrated and oily, I need products that won't weigh it down. So many hair oils are too rich for my hair... This one I apply when my hair is damp and it makes it incredibly light and soft...I use it on the bottom half only though. The smell is divine ...a little in love:) it's not a synthetic smell though so you don't smell producty and salon ish... It smells exotic.
I think too much of any product, specifically an oil based one, is overwhelming to skin or hair I don't go crazy with this....but I can use a lot more than other oils in the past. It gives a stunning shine. Will last a long in that way I don't feel it's expensive. Yes I know it contains silicones but I find pure straight oils to my hair weigh it down with too much moisture which is not maybe the mixed reviews have something to do with this ....the really damaged hair will always respond better to pure oils? It makes sense... There are so many factors that make hair and skin different, and due to this people's experiences with products will always be different. So if your hair sounds like mind I suggest you try it. Very happy and will buy again :)
P.S my Mum has coloured red hair which is in great condition (she uses wen) but always needs an added boost on the ends...she tried this on damp hair before drying it lightly at the end....and absolutely loved the results really sealed the ends,smoothing them beautifully.

on 12/28/2012 4:50:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I'm a hairdresser, so I've tried ALL the serums! This one was just okay. I have light blonde fine thick hair with dry, split ends and have had a hard time growing my hair out because of my ends. I bought this at my distributors as soon as it was released. At first I really did love this stuff, it made my hair really soft and manageable and protected it. After about half a bottle it was just kind of "meh" for me... I didn't notice any improvement in the length or condition of my hair. Of course, hair can't be miraculously repaired and rejuvenated, but the point of a serum is to protect the ends from heat, tangling together, brushing, etc. My main problem with this is that it was not weightless and after prolonged use it actually made my hair dull and weak. I have found a much better serum and do not recommend this.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

At first, I loved this product. When I put it in damp hair and blow dried, my hair was soft, silky, straight and frizz free. It smelled great and would stay that way for days. However after putting it in my hair everyday, it got frizzy and split ends were everywhere. Turns out the first ingredient is silicone and since I don't use sulfate shampoos, the build up was constant in my hair and ended up making it much worse rather than improving the health of it overall. That being said, it's claims to make your hair stronger is obviously false if not at the least temporary or superficial - the silicones give the illusion of healthier hair but if not properly clarified from the hair, can actually suffocate it preventing much needed moisture, sebum and nutrients from penetrating the strand. As sulfate shampoos are not an option for me - I have contact dermatitis when I use them (itchy scalp, red bumps) - I can't use this product. The initial result was great but I much prefer oils that actually improve your hair in the long run rather than cause damage.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 8/22/2012 1:57:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have very coarse, thick kinky, but wavy hair. Oh, and I have a lot of it. A lot. My hair is up to the bottom of my chest- so it's about medium length. Also, I wash it every other day during the warmer months and every three days during the cooler months.

This is my HG hair treatment and the only one I use (other than shampoo and conditioner). Can I say that I completely IN LOVE with this product? I love the way my hair soaks it up. Yum, yum, yum!

After I've blow-dryed my hair, I immediately apply half a quarter's amount onto my palms and distribute the product to my ends. After my ends have soaked up the oil, I work my way up to the shaft of my hair being careful not to work it too close to my scalp (it would get oily).

The only thing my hair lacks is hydration. And that's exactly what I feel it receives with the Alterna oil. It gives my hair the most beautiful effect- like I have long, flowing, healthy hair. I love it!!

- adds moisture and shine
- none!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 6/11/2012 10:51:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I have dry curly fine hair but lots of it that I flat iron regularly. I used this as a pre-shampoo treatment, on damp and on dry hair and didnt see much difference. Altho I definitely like the pre-shampoo results the best, I wont re-purchase. Too many cones for me and dont feel it really gets absorbed into my hair.

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