I've always regarded hair spray as toxic waste in an ozone-depleting can, an anachronism left over from the days when women had to keep their beehives under control. Alterna TEN Hair Spray ($35 7oz) has blown away my prejudices. It has so many good things in it that it might be worth spritzing it whether or not you need to conserve your coiffe.

Alterna's TEN range of hair care products is so-called because they are based on 10 key ingredients. At first glance, the group of 10 is a somewhat motley collection of exotica. But although white truffle and champagne grapes are a bit over the top, the 10 are mostly antioxidants with some arnica and hyaluronic acid thrown in. There is also quillaia bark from the Latin American soap tree (so-called because it is used by Chileans in their ablutions).

The entire ingredients list is dauntingly long. What is remarkable, however, is that just about all 60 (or so) are really great antioxidants (superoxide dismutase, carrot root, copper ferment, soy protein and so on), plus a host of botanicals (rosemary, nettle, mallow and coriander).

Ingredients in Alterna TEN Hair Spray

SD Alcohol 40, 1,1, Diflouroethane, Vinyl Caprolactum/PVP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Deinized Water/Aqua/EAU , Caviar Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Algae Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Ferment, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Superoxide Dismutase, Lactoferrin, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Corn Oligosaccharides, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Phytosphingosine, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Tyrosinase, Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Peroxidase, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil , Sodium Hyaluronate, Peptone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycine Max (Soybean) Symbiosome Lysate, Pikea Robusta Extract, Adenosine Triphosphate, Niacinamide Polypeptide, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Pantothenic Acid Polypeptide, Tuber Magnatum Pico, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract , Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Boswellia Carterii Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Cassia Italica Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract , Melanin Silantriol, Polyquaternium-10, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Bromelain, Papain,Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Pyrrolidone, Cyclomethicone, PEG-75 Lanolin, Fragrance/Parfum