I do love sleep, which may explain why dry shampoo can occasionally be a lifesaver for me. But my jet black uber-long locks are no help either; it’s hard to find a product that really soaks up oil without leaving white spots behind as a reminder of how late I woke up this morning, or worse, black residue in the colored versions of the product that manages to stain my hands and clothes. So what’s a dark-haired, sleep-lovin’ girl to do?

I tried the new Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo ($20) recently, to see if the talc-free formula was better at doing a vanishing act once rubbed in. Alterna’s version uses French montmorillonite clay, which the brand claims is a gentle healing clay known for its detoxification properties and ability to soak up oil and impurities. Clay is a natural, safe alternative to talc, which can be irritating, has been linked to cancer, and in some studies contains particles that bear similarities to asbestos. Cosmetic-grade talc is not supposed to contain these asbestos-like particles, but the possibility worries me anyway.

I tried this dry shampoo on day-old traditionally washed hair, and I’m pleased about a few things. Because I was overzealous to test how quickly the product would fade once rubbed in, I may have sprinkled a bit too much on in the beginning. To my surprise, some extra rubbing was all it needed; my over-application was only slightly noticeable on second glance. After using it in moderation on the rest of my scalp, I noticed that it blended in well, got rid of grease and left behind a lovely scent of green tea and bergamot.

In terms of the brand’s other claims, I don’t really think the product itself contributed to volume; my hair may just have acquired some extra lift in the process of applying it by the very nature of my head being upside down.

But what does deserve mention is the inclusion of peptides such as hexapeptide 11 (a peptide derived from yeast that in tests has boosted collagen and stimulated the androgen receptor gene, stimulating hair growth), ascorbic acid polypeptide (Vitamin C) and pantothenic acid polypeptide (Vitamin B5), which all contribute to this dry shampoo’s anti-aging properties. As part of Alterna’s anti-aging line – of which Marta liked the Moisture Conditioner – the dry shampoo also contains caviar extract, which has arginine, a building block of proteins.

Considering this dry shampoo battled with my jet black hair and won, I can rest easy – and get an extra five minutes of sleep.

Ingredients

Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Tapioca Starch, Montmorillonite, Pikea Robusta Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycine Max (Soybean) Symbiosome Extract, Hexapeptide-11, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Pantothenic Acid Polypeptide, Niacinamide/Yeast Polypeptide, Water/Aqua/Eau, Adenosine Triphosphate, Silica, Fragrance/Parfum, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool