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Alterna Life Solutions Scalp Therapy tested and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair
August 29, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
I must say that unless it itches, I don't give my scalp much thought. Until recently that is. Now it seems that there is a scalp cleanser asking me it to buy it every time I turn my head. We've looked at a few and with exception of Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue haven't been all that impressed (Korres, too many iffy ingredients and Aesop, too fussy). If I was still wondering what the point of scalp cleansing (as opposed to hair washing) is, Alterna put me straight. Its Life Solutions Scalp Therapy will balance sebum. An end to grease in hot, humid weather. This was worth trying.

Simplicity is not Alterna's thing and I tend to find their exhaustive list of ingredients exhausting to contemplate. Most of them are worth getting to know, however. I wasn't surprised to see wasabi, which is almost Alterna's signature ingredient and features in their Caviar conditioner. There are powerful antioxidants in wasabia japonica called oxido-reductases. These include peroxidases and superoxide dismutase, responsible for the scavenging and neutralization of free radicals, principal factors contributing to the exogenous aging process. Polygonum multiflorum (Chinese knotweed) is an antioxidant that can repair UV damaged skin, according to research conducted on humans.

I believe that the sebum control is being done by the bromain and papain, enzymes from pineapple and papaya that are gentle exfoliants. Nymphaea alba is white waterlilly and this is an emollient with plenty of flavenoids. One of the few ingredients that can summon research to prove it helps hair is panax ginseng. There is a Korean study on mice that demonstrated ginseng accelerated the recovery of hair cells and prevented apoptosis in hair follicles.

This product isn't completely squeaky clean, there are few irritants that are restricted to rinse off products. Nonetheless, after using it, my scalp did feel as if it had been spring cleaned and two days later I don't even have a hint of greasy roots - unheard of in hot summer weather.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Lysate Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Melanin Silantriol, Superoxide Dismutase, Bromelain, Papain, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Lactoferrin, Corn Oligosaccharides, Phospholipids, Phytosphingosine, Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Peroxidase, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Tyrosinase, Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Retinyl Palmitate, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Menthol, Propylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene
  • November 25, 2009

    by Denise Moore

    I would be happy to try a cannabis based conditioner or products with wasabi. At 58 my hair seems to be drying out as well as thinning so more oil would probably be a good thing. Please consider me as a reviewer. Thanks!

  • November 16, 2009

    by betty

    Another awesome scalp teatment I have found to really help my itchy dry scalp is made by Suki a company with great ingredients. It is their hair/scalp oil. This oil not only stops itching but conditions your hair. Put it on the scalp at night. You can put on an old scarf to protect your pillow case and shampoo out in the morning. No itching and soft,silky, non-frizzy hair for days.
    As for Michelle's problem I think the salon should help fix the problem. Asking to talk to the manager or another stylist is definitly OK.
    Speaking of hair in need of conditioning the hemp Alterna leave in conditioner looks very interesting. I know of the many wonderful uses of hemp, hemp seed oil (rich in omega's)and cannibus(medicinal),as well it being a renewable and sustainable resource. I would love using hemp oil on my hair and and writing about it. Just found this website and am so happy i found it:)

  • November 13, 2009

    by Pam Robbins

    I once knew a co-worker who was dismissed for failing a drug test...showed up positive for cannibis. Said she took hemp seed oil supplements. That was her tale...I sit on mine. However, since I no longer have to be concerned about a drug test, I would love to try any of Alterna's Spray on Conditioners on my really color-treated hair and I would be more than proud to say I am using cannibis these days. At 55, I bet I could turn a head or two.

  • September 2, 2009

    by Stephanie

    I think you should go back to the salon and speak with the manager/owner. You paid to have hair color that you like, not what your stylist likes. The salon should work to ensure your happiness with their work. I'd ask for their senior colorist to fix the issue.

    Good luck!

  • September 2, 2009

    by marta

    Michelle, you could try the natural, chemical free dye from Advanced Technologies mentioned in this post:

    I haven't tried them myself, but probably won't do any harm to give it a go.

  • September 2, 2009

    by Michelle

    I think I am in need of TIA to the rescue!! I have always prided myself on my straight and HEALTHY hair. I recently paid an exorbitant amount to get my hair dyed, and the color came out too red! I asked for a light/medium brown color (like a natural brunette color) because my hair is naturally dark brown/black. I hate gold or blonde streaks because it just looks like hay on your head, so I asked the hairstylist not to make it look gold or yellow, or anything near those colors. She said she'd "lift" my color, and it'd be a chocolate brown with more red undertones than gold tones. I guess she used a level 9 or 10 on me to make it come out to a 5 or 6. It seemed nice at first, but now it looks way too red at the top, near my scalp-especially in certain lighting like yellow light! My eeybrows don't even match my hair color, and it looks so horrible! O_o I've complained to the stylist, but all she says is that the color is beautiful and I should leave it be!
    I am seriously debating on whether or not I should dye over it with over the counter products such as Clairol or L'oreal, or even use professional dyes from Sally's beauty supplies. However, I'm not sure how the color will blend or mix with the professional dye I got, or what it will do to my hair. I heard it will dry it out and damage it if I dye over it now. Is this true? I remember Jimmy having a horrible experience with his hair when his stylist was out and he had a replacement. Does anyone have any recommendations on less harmful dyes I can use, or any remedies I can use to treat my hair if I actually do use the harsh chemical dyes? If not, are there any eyebrow gels or dyes I can use to match my hair color? I'm completely clueless as to what color to use to dye over it to get the brunette color I want, and I'm not even sure if over-the-counter products will destroy my hair. Should I just wait it out? Please help if possible.

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