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ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray

What it is:A heat-protecting styling spray that instantly repairs, strengthens, and smooths hair.What it does:With an exceptionally high level of thermal protection of up to 428 degrees, this multitasking formula provides maximum anti-breakage protection from chemical treatments and tools so hair is not only repaired and replenished, but also thoroughly protected inside and out. It works to detangle, soften, and create a protective moisturizing barrier around the hair's outer layer, eliminating dryness and brittleness while naturally increasing its strength and elasticity.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Dyes- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:The ingredients contained in this product are eco-certified, fair-trade compliant, and certified organic. Their production and sale aid in supporting the development of local communities while remaining environmentally friendly. This product is also free of gluten, mineral oil, DEA, TEA, petrolatum, and PABA.Research Results:Clinically proven to reduce breakage by 87 percent.
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Questions & Answers for ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray

Question
Consistency of product?
Can anyone tell me, in the bottle, is the product a liquid, or is it thick, almost like lotion? I bought a bottle and when I got it home opened it up, and it's easily as thick as, if not thicker than, the conditioner in this same line. All other heat protectant sprays I have used before have all been liquids, so I was surprised by this. Thanks!
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
briebelle00
(Elkhart, Indiana)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
it is a thicker product, but works AWESOME. Mine is the consistency of a thin conditioner and I spray/squirt it all over, rub it in, then comb through.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
vegglamour
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
It is thick, I was surprised by it too.... but that just means you use less. I spray it on my hands and put it in my hair. Its just too thick to spray on hair.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
cristally
(Portland, OR)
answer 3
The product is a little thick, but it hasn't made my hair look or feel heavy at all. Just use it sparingly. I only use 3 sprays on my head and that is plenty to cover my hair before I straighten it. Your hair may look/feel wet after you apply the product, but after you style your hair (straighten, curl, whatever) it will not longer look or feel wet. It is just damp with the product at first so the product can protect your hair. I've found it to work well for my hair.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
denverjo
(Denver, CO)
answer 4
It is more like a lotion for sure. I spray it into my palm, rub my hands together, then spread the product through my hair.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Sensitisma
(Augusta, GA)
answer 5
This product is more like a lotion, a little thicker but it does not weigh down the hair like you might expect.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
snowfall88
(Juneau, AK)
answer 6
It is very thick.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
triciaann12
(Maryland)
answer 7
Thick like a lotion
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
glaminbk
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 8
It's thick, but sprays. It's not as thick as the conditioner and when I come it through and blow dry, it doesn't drip.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
vafoodie
(Jersey City, NJ)
answer 9
When I got it, it was really thick almost like an lotion.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
agnes89am
(Dallas, TX)
answer 10
yes it meant to be thick like a conditoner, afterall that is what it is doing, it does much more than just heat protection
answered 3 years ago
tgall460
(Lehigh Valley, PA)
answer 11
Yes, it's thick, like a cream not a spray. It's strange that they are calling it a spray. I was surprised too.
answered 3 years ago
perpetualsun
(Albany, NY)
Question
apply to wet or dry hair?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
phillygirl27
(Philly, PA)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have been applying to my hair wet.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
pamouselover
(Pa)
answer 2
I think it's supposed to be on damp (or towel dried) hair before blowdrying. You can use a bit more if you are going to flat iron too but it weighs my hair down more if I use it when my hair is dry
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
lovelyevenstar
(Olympia,WA)
answer 3
I apply it to my hair when it’s damp. Works like a charm!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
kikiturc
answer 4
Apply to damp, towel dried hair, but not WET hair. When your hair is wet...like still dripping... The HIGH heat from your blowdryer can actually boil the water in your hair, doing more damage than usual. Towel dry your hair to get the WET out, then apply your heat protectant :)
answered 2 years ago
ellejaycie
answer 5
I apply wet and let it air dry then I straighten
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
virgo77
(San Diego, CA)
answer 6
apply to damp towel dried hair - works like a charm!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
vegglamour
(Boston, MA)
answer 7
Wet hair. And every thermal protectant I have ever seen is for applying to wet hair as they are water based so the product gets moved around better and because people use them commonly to prevent damage from blow drying. Though, I don't see why you couldn't use it on dry hair, but it would be much heavier in your hair.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
cristally
(Portland, OR)
answer 8
I always blow dry my hair, then apply the product before straightening. After you apply this product on dry hair, it might make your hair look wet, but don't worry, after you straighten your hair, it won't look wet anymore.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
denverjo
(Denver, CO)
Question
dry hair?
does it work on dry hair ?like not wet hair
asked 3 years ago
antie96
(queens newyork)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. I have only used it on dry hair since I don't use my straightener on wet hair.
I spray my hands, rub it around, and work it through my hair.
Then I wait a few minutes for it to dry before using my straightener.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
madsiren
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
You can put it on wet or dry hair, but I've found its a lot better putting it on dry hair or else (because of the waxy texture of the product) it won't come off orf your hands as easily as if your hair was dry.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
target00
(McLean,VA)
answer 3
I always use this product when my hair is dry. It might make your hair look/feel wet, because this product is coating it before you straighten it in order to prevent damage. After you straighten your hair, it won't look or feel wet anymore.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
denverjo
(Denver, CO)
answer 4
I have not tried it on dry hair, but I would think its best application would be on wet hair because it comes out as more of a hair lotion.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
snowfall88
(Juneau, AK)
answer 5
I've only used this on wet hair. I use the oil on dry hair.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
vafoodie
(Jersey City, NJ)
answer 6
I don't know. I haven't tried it on dry hair. I feel like it would make you look greasy.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
arosec
(Brooklyn, NY)
Question
will this stain or leave residue on a ceramic flt iron?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
kmt123
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
6 answers
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answer 1
no it doesn't. Then again maybe it can if you use too much of it. I can't use more than 2 or 3 sprays or it will weigh my hair down &I don't have any probs with it leaving residue
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
lovelyevenstar
(Olympia,WA)
answer 2
I haven't encountered that problem with either my ceramic flat iron or my metal curler.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
dastronomer
(El Paso, TX)
answer 3
I put it on when my hair is wet then blow dry. I have also used it on dry hair and then flat iron and have never noticed any residue or build up on the iron or my hair.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
SLCOLLINS
(Fountaintown.In)
answer 4
Not so far!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
madsiren
(San Diego, CA)
answer 5
no
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
mbenny
answer 6
I have a Sedu and haven't noticed any problems!
answered 2 years ago
bethainy
(Portland, OR)
Question
Thick frizzy hair
I have thick and frizzy hair, especially in hot and humid weather. Will this be able to smooth my hair out? And will it work if I apply it to damp hair & let it air dry?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Toronto, ON)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
5 answers
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answer 1
YES!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
pamouselover
(Pa)
answer 2
Doubtful. I have fine hair &it doesn't smooth mine out. Maybe if I used more it might but then my hair would feel stiff and heavy & I don't like that feeling.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
lovelyevenstar
(Olympia,WA)
answer 3
Yes! I too have the frizz bizz and this product totally helped tame my fly aways. I live in a dry climate so I dunno how it'd do in a humid area. It is worth a try though. It's best to use on damp hair before you dry it since it's purpose is to protect your hair from the harsh heat of a flat or curling iron. You can use it after too but definitely use before first.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
dastronomer
(El Paso, TX)
answer 4
Yeah, Seems great for your type of hair.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
target00
(McLean,VA)
answer 5
I would recommend the following combo. I have thick and naturally curly hair, however, with my mother's "help", the Wella straightening treatments made my lush locks into something of a Burton film; odd, and abstract. DC is built on a swamp land, so I know what you mean. Still haven't found the perfect combo but this has been helping
- Fekkai Protein RX or Loreal Vive Pro
- follow while damp the product that was listed
- do not blow dry hair. avoid heating it up if possible...let it dry naturally
- flat iron using a round brush to get those locks in line
- finish with morrocan oil brand serum and number 3 finishing spray (light)
- for extra protection use the Loreal hairspray light on roots and on ends to keep them in place.

Done : )
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
Charlotte001
(Washington, DC)
Question
How long does the 4.2 oz spray bottle last?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Calgary, Canada)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
4 answers
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answer 1
Using it every other day it lasted me about three months
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
mbenny
(Pennsylvania)
answer 2
I have had the product for about a month and have used it every day. My hair is thick and a couple inches above my belly botton. There is only about a half an inch to an inch of product missing from the bottle. It deff last a long time!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
kone
(PA)
answer 3
I use it every day and have fine shoulder length hair. I use maybe 10-12 squirts of the product, rub it in, then blow dry. I've had it 3 weeks, and have used 1/3 of the bottle.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
vegglamour
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
Depending on your hair's length and thickness, it should last several months. I've been using it for over a month and have most of the bottle left.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Sensitisma
(Augusta, GA)
Question
Supposed to squirt instead of spray?
Reading all the other question and answers, I see that this "spray" is supposed to be thick. But does everyone find that it comes out of the bottle as a squirt, instead of a spray? It doesn't disperse the product all over my hair but instead lands in one spot.
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
lablond
(LA, CA)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
4 answers
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answer 1
That happens when the bottle is new! Shake and spray a couple of times and your problem should be solved!
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
AVH777
(Arizona)
answer 2
It definitely should be a spray texture, not a serum. If you bought it and it isn't spraying, I'd take it back due to a faulty bottle.

Here's my detailed review and I noted that I think it sprays evenly :-) http://everydaylipstick.com/2013/03/05/alterna-hair-products/
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
ea123
(Denver, CO)
answer 3
Yeah, definitely comes out in a squirt.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
target00
(McLean,VA)
answer 4
That's how it is for me, too. If it's too thick, put it into your palms and rub it into your hair. Or, spray it on and use a comb to work it through. It's very thick!! I actually thought it was a spray too and definitely sprayed in right in my eye the first time I used it lol
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
sugar1
(Ohio)
Question
can I use this on dry hair
Can I use the Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray on dry hair right before I use the straigtener on it? I straighten my hair in the morning and wash it at night - should I use this on my hair the night before - then straighten it in the morning?
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
LuckyM0m
(HIllsborough NJ)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
4 answers
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answer 1
Of course!
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
AVH777
(Arizona)
answer 2
I think it is easier to apply evenly on wet hair. I have used it on dry just before straightening, but I feel like it doesn't evenly coat all the hair when it is dry.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
missalis
(Scarborough, ME)
answer 3
I would recommend using it right before you use the heat..... meaning don't do it the night before. It might wear off.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
target00
(McLean,VA)
answer 4
I use this on dry hair.
I wash my hair at night and put the spray on when its dry in the morning.
I spray a liberal amount on my hands and rub & brush it through my hair trying to coat it all. I have a lot of hair so I use a lot.
Then I let it dry for a few minutes. I'll get dressed and apply makeup.
Then when that's dry I straighten my hair in small sections with my T3.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
madsiren
(San Diego, CA)
Question
Using with other Bamboo styling products
I have fine hair but lots of it and it is below my shoulders. I also have dry ends and split ends (Blow dry, flat iron, color). It says to apply this first to damp hair and follow up with any other needed styling product. I started using the Bamboo 48 hour volume spray recently. I want my ends protected but still want voluminous hair. Do you think these would work together or just kinda cancel each other out?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
suestua
(Phoenix AZ)
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
If you apply more of the product to the ends of your hair and very lightly apply the rest closer to the roots and then apply the volumizing products closer to the roots where you used less product you should be good.
answered 9 months ago
emmaviola
answer 2
I am obsessed with voluminous hair too and I do not find this product weighs my hair down at all so I would say go ahead and spray away. I even spray this product at my roots and my volume holds up. I like to use this in combination with Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil which I spray into the palms of my hands and then rub mostly on the ends of my hair.
answered 11 months ago
makeupfitsme
(Toronto)
answer 3
Here is the thing about this spray is that it is really heavy. If you are going for volume I would not use this product especially if you have finer hair. If you need a light protectant I would try a salon brand that is not so thick and heavy.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
jojobe
(Safford, AZ)
answer 4
The great thing about alterna products is that they can be layered without weighing the hair down or canceling each other out. You are welcome to use other styling products in conjunction with your spray.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How much should you use on your hair?
I have baby fine shoulder length hair and was just wondering how much I should use to fully protect my hair but not weigh it down (considering how thick other reviewers said it was).
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
Anonymous
on Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
4 answers
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answer 1
My hair is baby fine too, and the length is just above my shoulders. I spray 3-4 times from about 6-8" away, and then spray just a little more in the palm of my hands to rub it on the ends of my hair. It doesn't weigh it down at all.
answered 6 months ago
Reenie21
(Murrieta, CA)
answer 2
That wetness most certainly will! I normally apply mine while the hair is still damp and just let it air dry like so but if you plan on putting it in dry hair brush it through afterwards and wait for your hair to feel fry to the touch. I also find that spraying it into my hand and then rubbing the product through my hair helps to evenly coat the hair and prevents me from using too much of the product.
answered 9 months ago
emmaviola
answer 3
I've got pretty thick hair and I don't use all that much. I suggest spraying about 3 squirts in your hand and then working that into your hair. I usually focus on the ends of my hair before applying closer to my scalp.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
dastronomer
(Colorado Springs, CO)
answer 4
two or three sprays in your hands, rub them together to spread over palms, then work into your hair. I never spray this directly onto my hair - and I only apply to damp hair.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
cairall
(Brooklyn, NY)
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