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Alterna Ten - Is It Worth The Cost?

Feb 16, 2008
After 28 years in the salon industry, where Vidal Sassoon was once chastised for his outrageously priced $4.00 a bottle shampoo, we now embrace products that boast scientific technologies that have pushed the price to over $50 a bottle.

So what makes these products worth a King's Ransom? Let's take a look at that. Let's focus on 2 particularly expensive products, Pureology Nanoworks and Alterna Ten. The Pureology Nanoworks retails for $50 for the 10.1-ounce size ($5 per ounce) while the Alterna Ten retails for $60 for the 8.5-ounce size ($7.00 per ounce) or 40% more expensive than the already pricey Nanoworks.

Pureology boasts "Nano Technology - The science of creating new materials out of single atoms and molecules that enables ingredients to more easily penetrate the hair shaft to deliver health, vitality and vibrancy. Nano Technology helps formulas to instinctively target where repair is needed while moisturizing, conditioning, reducing drying time and offering both thermal and colour protection. Hair stays healthier, stronger and shinier than ever before possible." Quoted from www.pureology.com.

Alterna, on the other hand "brings you the Science of Ten, the perfect fusion of ten key elements from around the globe to transform any hair from ordinary to extraordinary.

Since it's inception, Alterna Professional Haircare has been committed to the continual research and development of progressive, results-oriented hair care technologies.

Inspired by Enzymetherapy - The Science of Skincare for Hair, Ten sets new standards in the field of advanced formulation and product performance. Infused with African Cacao Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Caviar Age-Control Complex, Photozyme Complex with Color Hold, White Truffle Oil, Champagne Grape Seed Oil, Bulgarian Evening Primrose, Arabian Frankincense, Moroccan Quillaia Bark, and Arnica Flower, Alterna fulfills its commitment to create products that deliver results and not promises." Quoted from www.4alterna.com

So there you have it. I present to you this challenge. Go down to your local Walgreen's, dig around the Suave, Fructis, and other generic budget oriented products and see if there is any representation of either Nano Technology (molecules that are one billionth of a meter in size) or any of the above listed ingredients from Alterna. Find anything? I didn't think so. Pureology Nanoworks and Alterna Ten are what they are for a reason.

These manufacturers have gone to extreme lengths to create the most remarkable products to protect your hair from environmental damage, augment the life of your chemically processes, and keep your hair lustrous, healthy and manageable.

You can draw parallels in many industries. The wine industry has its mass produced, less expensive Wine In A Box as opposed to fine quality wines that can be thousands of dollars a bottle. The beer industry has its mass produced, mainstream beer that though wildly popular, is barely palatable. By contrast there is a burgeoning boutique brew industry that offers an immense array of fine micro's that are wonderful, but terribly expensive by comparison. The automobile industry no different. From Kia to Mercedes, it all boils down to the old axiom "You Get What You Pay For"

I have no scientific fact to support this contention, and it may well be urban legend, but there is much said and in print about the high water content of drugstore products in comparison to professional salon products. What I have witnessed over my tenure as a designer is that there is an obvious difference in viscosity between drugstore brands and professional products. Whether this is in fact true or not I have no idea.

"The proof is in the puddin'" as they say. We at www.salonprodirect.com encourage you to purchase the small sampler size of these more expensive products and give them a try. You will use less product and it will last you much longer - so it's up to you to discern the concept of "Value." Your hair will thank you and you will be delighted with the results.
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Before you purchase Pureology Nanoworks or Alterna Ten , make sure you check Richard Palmer's excellent free report on Pureology Nanoworks and Alterna Ten
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