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Dyers rejoice: These colors won’t run.
I change my hair like I change my nail polish – sometimes I just want to mix things up for awhile. Since hair is one of the first things that people notice, changing your hair color can make you seem like a whole different person. Making a change like that instantaneously tells other people something about your attitude in the present moment, something about who you are now that’s different from who you were before.
Actress Julia Roberts likens the color of her hair to the color of a mood ring: it indicates how she’s feeling to other people without saying a word. And when you’re making statements like that, a little care is necessary to ensure that you’re being perfectly clear.
And that’s where the Green Monday approved hair care gurus at Alterna come to the rescue. Their BAMBOO UV+ Color Protection line was created to preserve your latest color while nourishing your hair. Plus, like all Alterna products, this line is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan.
My hair has endured a bit of trauma in trying to get my latest message right. I recently dyed my hair black, and then not long after, decided to dye it red. It ended up a rusty orangey brownish red. And while it looked alright, it was definitely NOT what I was trying to say. That color said, “I’m not sure what I’m trying to do with my hair. This may or may not have been intentional.”
What I wanted was red. Really, really red.Cherry red. Rihanna red. Fire engine red. A shade of red that says, “Yes, my hair really is this color. No, you probably don’t see it around too often. But just let your eyes drink in the awesomeness.” So I had it dyed again, and it was perfect.
But that perfection would be short lived unless I gave my hair a lot of TLC, since the bleach did a little damage, and red hair color is notorious for fading fast. Fortunately, I had just received a box of Bamboo UV+ Color Protection products for review.
This line not only helps keep color vibrant it also protects your hair from UVA/UVB rays and soothes damage from the hair coloring process. Containing fairly traded, ethically sourced Certified Organic ingredients, these products all use bamboo extract to strengthen hair and feature and a rinse-resistant UVA/UVB.
I found that the Vibrant Color Shampoo ($20) does a fantastic job of gently cleaning hair without stripping your hair of color, while the Vibrant Color Conditioner ($20) lightly moisturizes. Both of these products have a fresh green scent that livens up my shower.
For those, like me, that have really put their hair through the ringer, the Rehab Deep Hydration Masque ($24) gives colored hair an extra dose of moisture. With the same yummy scent as the shampoo and conditioner, this rich masque uses Kalahari Melon extract (which is in all four products) to soften hair and lock in color
The Fade-Proof Fluide ($24) adds shine and enhances your hair color, while preventing UV damage and fading. This lightweight oil smells deliciously sweet and tropical. Applied to damp hair before blow drying it adds another layer of protection from damaging rays.
• Nice packaging.
• The shampoo cleans hair without removing color.
• Products protect without leaving hair heavy or greasy.
• These will last awhile – a little goes a long way.
• A little spendy.
• The lid of the Masque container is difficult to open with wet hands.
• Fluide was only moderately effective in adding shine and soothing frizzes.
Overall, I’m really impressed by Alterna’s BAMBOO UV+ Color Protection products. They’ve worked a small miracle on my slightly over-processed hair. There is a bit of red dye leaching out of my hair when I shower, but that’s inevitable. What’s important is that my hair looks healthy, feels strong and as you can see above is still really close to the vibrant shade of red that it was when I first dyed it.
Alterna is a company that’s unapologetically making a statement that what’s good for the environment and what’s good for your hair are not mutually exclusive.
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
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