Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil can be found at specialty stores like ULTA and Sephora for $25. Per Sephora's website, "This double-duty formula can be used as both a deeply nourishing treatment that helps to repair split ends and environmental damage, and as a color protecting style primer. Made with strengthening organic bamboo and smoothing organic kendi oil, it banishes frizz and imparts intense shine while providing vital nutrients."

The packaging is very sleek and expensive-looking. I like that the bottle is transparent and looks natural. I also enjoy using the dropper as a method of application vs the spray mist variation (I don't recommend the latter if your hair is coarse). The product itself is, obviously, oil, but much thicker than the normal variety and colorless.

In its natural state, my hair is coarse, voluminous in all the wrong places and extremely wavy- very, very indicative of my Cambodian heritage. This product, in and of itself, is what I basically attribute my hair's shine and manageability. My hair is more apt to keep its straight appearance and holds the "look" I go for, for much longer. (I wash my hair, blow dry and style my hair with heat just twice a week! Oftentimes people see me with second or third day hair and NEVER know!)

When I wash my hair and immediately following my blow drying session, I always make sure to rub a quarter-sized dollop on my hair- concentrating on the ends and working my way up the shaft. To prevent buildup, I never, ever place any product on my scalp- when I place most products on my scalp, after 2-3 days, I'm left with a greasy head with absolutely no lift or volume.

  • You only need a dime-sized (if your hair is shoulder length) to a quarter-sized (if your hair is particularly long, mine is near the small of my back) dollop to coat your hair
  • Gives shine and helps tame hair
  • Depending on use, bottle lasts 6+ months
  • Dropper is user-friendly

  • Expensive
  • When you hit the bottom, it can be hard to get the last bit of oil
  • Can be hard to find if you're looking for it in-store

Would I repurchase this? YES! The bottle shown is my fourth of fifth bottle!

*FTC: I was not sent, sponsored, compensated or paid for this review. The links are NOT affiliate links.


  1. SydneysFashionDiary.comApril 28, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Thanks for the review, Jenny! I am always on the lookout for new hair products. This one sounds amazing. I hope you and your baby girl are doing well.

  2. Thanks, Sydney! I found that it's really great for thick, coarse hair like many Asians have. Baby and mom are doing well! Motherhood is tough... but I'm getting there! :)


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