review alterna bamboo smooth kendi oil dry oil mist

I can spend hours browsing makeup and skincare aisles, but I completely ignore the hair section – unless I’ve run out of shampoo or conditioner.

Anything hair doesn’t excite me in the way a shimmering lipstick or a retinol serum do. So what tempted me to try a fancy hair mist like Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil?

I got a sample in the latest GlossyBox I bought. I have to be honest: when I first saw it, I was disappointed. I subscribed to discover new and exciting makeup and skincare products, and they send me a hair mist?

I figured I’d try it just in case… and fell in love with it. Here’s why:

What’s In Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil?


I know a lot of you don’t like using silicones. But my hair digs them. Here’s why…

Silicones coats every strand of your hair, creating a protective barrier that:

  • Keeps moisture in, helping to keep hair hydrated for longer
  • Protects it from the heat of your blowdryer and other styling tools
  • Smoothens out the cuticles, so hair can better reflect line and shine
  • Helps your comb glide smoothly through your hair and makes it easier to style
  • Helps prevent breakage

The catch? Heavy silicones like Dimethicone (yes, that’s in Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil, too) can accumulate on your hair, causing buildup. Luckily, that’s nothing a good wash can’t fix.

Related: How To Easily Remove Silicone Buildup From Hair


But why not use natural oils, I hear you ask? Fret not, Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil has those, too. Just in smaller amounts.

The reason is simple: oils are greasy. If you have oily hair and pile up more oil to it, your mane will look like a frying pan that hasn’t been washed in a week. Not exactly the look you’re going for…

What oils are in this mist? Mostly sunflower and jojoba. Like silicones, they can’t penetrate hair (very few oils can). They just stay on the surface, where they create a protective barrier that makes hair softer, shinier, and stronger.

Related: 6 Ways To Use Jojoba Oil In Your Beauty Routine


Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil has a lightweight texture that won’t weight your hair down nor make it look greasy. Phew!


White flowers with a hint of citrus. Not my fave, but very feminine.

How To Use It

Apply a small amount throughout damp hair and style as usual. Or use it as a deep conditioner 1-2 times a week. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash your hair as usual.

Performance & Personal Opinion

The instructions may say to use Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil on damp hair, but I sometimes apply it on dry hair, too. Either way, it makes my hair softer and shinier.

I’ve noticed my brush glides more easily through my locks and doesn’t lose as many hairs as normal. It definitely helps with breakage, so no complains about that.

I usually prefer to let my hair air-dry as it’s less damaging on my hair. But I did use a blowdryer a couple of times to test how good the mist is at protecting my locks from the heat. I’m happy to report it did the job well: my hair didn’t feel as dry as it usually does after a blow-dry.

Overall, Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil does what it claims to do: it makes my hair look shiny, soft and healthy. And did I mention it tames frizz, too?

Who Is This For?

It’s best for thick and coarse hair types, but anyone can use it.

Who Is This Not For?

If your hair is in top shape, you don’t need this.


Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil comes in a sleek bottle with a spray applicator.

Does Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil Live Up To The Hype?

Instantly absorbs to banish frizz, impart intense shine and protect color. Yes, yes, yes!
Providing vital nutrients to hair. Hair is dead, so you can’t really feed it. You can only coat it, so it looks good.

Price & Availability

$25.00 at Dermstore, Sephora and Ulta

Do You Need It?

I wouldn’t say need, but you’ll definitely love it. It makes hair softer, shinier, and easier to style.

Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist Oil? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phospholipids, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Polysilicone-15, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Superoxide Dismutase, Tocopherol, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Glycerin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Water/Aqua/Eau, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.