Most hair stylists and colorists recommend not washing hair every day as it can strip oils. I often follow this rule, but after one day of not lathering up, my fine color-treated hair looks limp and greasy. That’s why I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo. It not only refreshes hair in between washes, but also adds great body and texture to fine hair like mine.
Most of the time I shy away from hair products that are overly scented, but the new Alterna bamboo style cleanse extend translucent dry shampoo ($22) in mango coconut and sheer blossom smell heavenly and soak up my greasy roots without leaving any chalky residue. A few spritzes of the light aerosol spray to roots added tons of volume and leaves my hair smelling clean and fresh.
The new scents are part of the bamboo style line from Alterna, a collection of shampoos, conditioners and stylers, featuring nourishing eco-certified organic bamboo extract, rich in natural silica to help make hair stronger while also boosting flexibility. Another key ingredient is blue yucca root, which is high in starch content, so it gives hair hold where needed, absorbs oil and product buildup, and adds texture—all without weighing hair down. Nourishing kendi oil, omega 3, 6, and 9 and color hold technology work to smooth and protect tresses, making it suitable for all hair types.
The new scents are not overpowering and I like how they add a little freshness to my unwashed hair, especially after a sweaty spin class. I’m favoring the mango coconut for its pleasant tropical smell with top notes of white nectarine, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit; middle notes of Brazilian mango, Cataleya orchid, white jasmine petals, and coconut milk; and base notes of white amber, coconut palm. and creamy musks. The sheer blossom is light and floral with top notes of Asian pear and bergamot; middle notes of Sakura blossom, mimosa, and water lily; and base notes of sandalwood, incense, and vanilla rice.
It’s been over a week now that I’ve been using both of the new scented dry shampoos and I’m able to stretch hair washing to three days—a huge timesaver! I’m loving the way my hair looks on days two and three and I’ve also been able to style my hair better—whether it’s up, down, or in beachy waves.