EDIT: I NO LONGER RECOMMEND ALTERNA PRODUCTS. PLEASE SEE THIS BLOG POST TO UNDERSTAND WHY.
After getting a smoothing treatment on my hair last year (at Seattle’s fabulous Pinup Salon), I was advised to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo. I didn’t know anything about sulfates, but a few minutes spent with Google convinced me that perhaps sulfates were something I should be living without regardless. I started researching sulfate-free shampoos and to my great consternation, found that many of my favorite brands use sulfates or other harsh surfectants. The good news is this opened my eyes to a whole new range of previously untried product (!) that is (potentially) less harmful to my holistic health.
I have tried and really liked quite a few new shampoo and conditioner combos, but my favorite right now is Alterna’s line. I have tried several of their formulations, and they’re all great, but, in my opinion, comparable. By that I mean I don’t notice any difference in my locks when I use their frizz-reducing formula versus when I use the Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection formula. I do, however, notice a fragrance difference, and the UV+ line smells wonderful. That is personal preference, though, so you should sniff for yourself and see.
(Updating this in June and it’s still my favorite line so far!)