Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Hair Care Friday: Alterna Hemp with Organics Color Hold Repair Gloss (review)

Oh my goodness, it is finally Friday! Woo hoo! The longest week ever is over. (It wasn’t a bad week, just loooong for some reason.) Again…just felt the need to share.

A lot of really awesome hair care products have been coming my way lately, so I thought I’d spend a few Fridays discussing them here. The first Hair Care Friday item is from Alterna.

Hemp with Organics Color Hold Repair Gloss

Blurb: A hydrating finishing lotion that targets split ends and helps repair dry, damaged hair. Provides humidity resistance and a smooth, high shine finish while eliminating frizz and fly-aways. Patented Hemp Technology and Certified Organic Botanicals. Increases manageability and shine and strengthen hair to prevent damage before it happens. This enzyme based finishing product provides the perfect finish to smooth styles and tame unruly hair while reducing frizz & fly-always, without the harmful chemicals found in ordinary products. With: Color Hold®, Enyzmetherapy®, UVA/UVB Protection, Thermal Protection, Certified Organic Botanicals, Patented Hemp Technology, Biodegradable Formula, Recyclable Packaging. Without: Parabens, Gluten, Sulfates, Paraffin, Synthetic Color, DEA, TEA, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, PABA, No Animal Testing.

For the last couple of months I’ve been doing all kinds of new things to my naturally curly hair. In addition to my usual coloring; I’ve been blowing it out, flat ironing it and generally trying to find out how many different things it can do (answer: a lot). Needless to say I’m always on the look out for products that will make my hair look good, but also give it extra TLC.

This color gloss does a whole lot of good things. It provides nice, nurturing ingredients that protect my color, and make my hair happy, smoother and healthier without weighing it down. I liked using this on my curls as well as after a blowout. But it really shone (sorry) when I smoothed it on after using the flat iron. It gave my hair a soft, shiny, fly-away-free finish without activating any waves or curls.

If you’re familiar with this company, you already know that they have an enormous product selection. The website is pretty awesome (I suggest checking out the interactive Style Lounge, and Buzz sections.) Alterna can be found at Salons, and online at, and