Protecting my Hair with Alterna

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Alterna says: The ultimate defense against hot tools, Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects each strand up to 450° F/232° C. This heat-activated spray locks in moisture, sealing and smoothing the hair cuticle to eliminate frizz and split ends, and locks out humidity, preventing style reversion for sleek or curly locks that last.

I’ve stated on here on my blog time and time again:  I invest the majority of my $$ into makeup (well, the parts that aren’t going to bills and what not).  I don’t buy a lot of clothes or jewelry, and when I do it’s usually clearance Forever 21.  I’ve been carrying the same purse from TJ Maxx for ages now, and my wallet looks like it came out of a trashcan.  That’s actually kind of sad now that I think about it…

Anyway, the same mentality goes for my hair care products.  I don’t really use a lot, just the normal shampoo and conditioner, little bit of hairspray, and heat protectant spray.  I recently started coloring my hair (the first time since high school, which was *ahem* 9 years ago).  While I LOVE my new hair color, I’ve noticed that it breaks off more than it did pre-coloring.  So, I took the plunge and bought the Caviar Iron Spray.

First off, the packaging feel very nice and high-end.  However, I’ve found when I throw this into a bag, it leaks a little bit.  Not really something you want your $28 hair product to do.  So I keep it stored upright in my bathroom.  Alterna says to “Spray on clean, dry hair one section at a time prior to using heat styling tools.”  Well, I’m not one to spend much time on my hair, so I just spray generously onto my hair all at once.  I do 7-8  sprays all over my hair (I flip my hair upside down too) until it feels pretty saturated (but not dripping wet).  It dries quickly and has a light scent (someone on Sephora.com described it as “cedar shavings”).  I actually really enjoy the scent, it’s very refreshing.  I’ve been using this for a few months, and I have noticed less breakage in my hair.  I also love that this is free of those yucky ingredients that dry out your hair.  I can’t really speak for it eliminating any frizz, simply because I don’t have frizzy hair (I’m half Asian, I have long dark, thick, coarse hair).  However, it does make it look a little smoother when I curl or straighten it.

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Overall
The price really makes me cringe, but this product did live up to its claims for me.  It helped eliminate some of the breakage that I was experiencing with my color treated hair.  It’s lightly scented, I think it’s refreshing but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  The packaging feels nice, but leaks if it’s not stored upright.

Glitter Rating: 4.5 / 5

Where: Sephora, Ulta, Amazon. Price: $28.00/4.1oz
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Formulated without: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan.

Where: Sephora, Ulta, Amazon. Price: $28.00/4.1oz

What do you think of the Caviar heat spray?  Do you use a heat protectant for your hair?

Say yes and figure it out afterwards. -Tina Fey

Drink water. Wear SPF.

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About the author: I am currently a makeup artist and licensed esthetician in the Kansas City area. It is my life’s passion to make people look and feel their best! I’m also a die-hard Harry Potter fan and Chipotle enthusiast. Click here to learn more about me.

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