NEW Alterna 2 Minute Touch-Up - Rebecca Barnes
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NEW Alterna 2 Minute Touch-Up

NEW Alterna 2 Minute Touch-Up

I have so much love for Alterna. Ever since my first liaison with their White Truffle range a few years ago I’ve been hooked. This professional haircare range is not cheap by any means but if your hair has expensive taste like mine – or is dry, damaged, coloured or simply in need of a treat – then the shampoos, conditioners and treatments cannot be beaten.

So when Alterna 2 Minute Touch-Up (£24.95, 30ml) in Blonde landed in my mitts as a means to extend your colour in-between salon appointments, I was looking forward to trying it out, all I needed was some root regrowth. So 3 months following my last visit to the hairdressers and with some roots to play with, the time had come to put the temporary colour to the test.

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There are not many reviews of this product on the web as I write, so hopefully this will be of some use to those interested in trying it out.

First impressions were good – very user friendly packaging, really easy to use; simply twist the brush to open, squeeze and apply. The mineral-based gel formula is also ammonia, peroxide and synthetic colour free and washes out the next time you shampoo.

The product dispensed onto the brush quickly so I dabbed it onto a tissue to spread the colour a bit and started to apply it to my hair.

The reason there are no before/after pics to reference is because I soon realised that the shade was just a bit too dark for my light blonde tinted hair, so it would be unfair on the product to show the results.

I then realised that I had applied a little too much, so once I’d let it dry for a minute or two as the packaging advises, I then spent a bit of time brushing it through in the hope of distributing and/or removing some of it.

Coverage was good but unfortunately as it was the wrong shade for me, it didn’t fully disguise my roots. A good brush through afterwards helped.

You can feel the product in the hair, it feels a bit stiff once its dried, a little like paint. Brushing or combing helps with this.

Back to the shade, I feel that this would suit highlighted blondes with two or three contrasting tones running through their hair, or perhaps a medium toned blonde – it should then blend seamlessly into your colour.

There are other shade variants – light brown, dark brown and black to be precise – which again would probably work quite well, it’s just that blonde can be quite a complex shade and one colour doesn’t suit all in this instance.

In conclusion, if I go back to having highlights (or dye my hair brown – not a chance!) I would use this again, but it does require a bit of practice to get the best out of it, and possibly the help of a trusted friend.

Alterna 2 Minute Touch-Up is available from www.lookfantastic.com or call 01925 578000 for stockist enquiries.

*PR sample

Rebecca Barnes
rebeccabjourno@gmail.com
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