Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up Hair Product Review ~ Is It Worth The Money?

Before And After Photos Of Using Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up

Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up
Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up | Source
Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up. The bottle features an easy twist open and close cap feature, along with a brush attached to the bottle for easy application.
Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up. The bottle features an easy twist open and close cap feature, along with a brush attached to the bottle for easy application. | Source
First "Before" picture, about 1/2 inch of dark roots just beginning to show.
First "Before" picture, about 1/2 inch of dark roots just beginning to show. | Source
One of my "After" photos. It definitely lightened the roots. I wouldn't say it completely hid them. The effect looking into the mirror did look as if it covered the roots pretty effectively. Normally, you don't look down at the top of your head.
One of my "After" photos. It definitely lightened the roots. I wouldn't say it completely hid them. The effect looking into the mirror did look as if it covered the roots pretty effectively. Normally, you don't look down at the top of your head. | Source
Side view, "Before."
Side view, "Before." | Source
Side view, "After." Alterna 2 Minute did seem to work for the sides of my hair.
Side view, "After." Alterna 2 Minute did seem to work for the sides of my hair.

My Rating For Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up

3 stars for Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up

I Think It Really Does Improve The Look Of Roots!

I decided to try a root touch up product on my hair recently that seemed a little strange to me. It's called Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up. It is, essentially, almost like makeup that you apply to your hair!

I remember thinking that it is similar in texture and the way it goes on your hair to cosmetic concealer that you would use to cover imperfections on your skin. I think it works best for roots that are just beginning to show and on those that are not too prominent yet. It's also best on roots that are not too gray.

I was fascinated by this product and I wondered if it really would be effective in covering my roots between colorings. It is not a permanent solution. It works when you apply it, then it completely washes out the next time you wash your hair. This is why I thought it seemed like makeup that's been applied to hair. Or paint I guess, although paint seemed like an even more bizarre concept to me.

First, you make sure your hair is clean, then style it as you'd like to wear it for the day. Be sure to use any heat appliances you are planning to use on your hair before you apply Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up. Images of my hair catching on fire came into my mind when I thought about using a curling iron on it after using Alterna. But that is probably due to my overactive imagination!

I don't know whether that scenario could actually happen or not, but I figured that might be one reason for the warning they give you about using hot appliances. The packaging does not say anything about any of the ingredients being flammable. At least not what I could read in that teeny tiny print.

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A note about my before and after pictures: To be fair in judging this product, I had to take into consideration that you are NOT normally going to look downward at the top of your own head. I also used flash photography, which I think made the product look lighter in these pictures than it actually is. Alterna seems to blend in better with your hair color than these pictures actually show.

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That being said, Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up is pretty easy to use. Basically, you remove the cap, turn the dial cap to "on" and begin to gently squeeze the tube until you begin to see some of the product. Then I've found it best to gently apply the Alterna in quick, shorter strokes. Then you turn the cap back to off when you are done. Since this was my first time using Alterna, I think I used a bit too much. It went on to my hair looking like paint that had been applied. It looked thick to me and I wasn't sure if I was going to like this stuff!

I ended up combing through it, though, which removed some of the product. They do tell you to let it dry completely. I only combed it before it was completely dry because it looked to me like I had used too much of it.

I combed my hair again after the Alterna dried. It is easy to wash Alterna off of the surface of your comb, since some of the product will come off on the comb when you do comb your hair. It's best to use a plastic, washable comb for this. The comb washes off simply with warm water and a little soap.

I think when using Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up, a person will need to allow themselves a bit of a learning curve to be sure to do it right. You have to find what works for you as far as how hard to squeeze the tube to get just the right amount of product out and exactly how to apply it for the best results. You don't want to put too much in your hair, yet you want enough of the product for it to work.

Once my hair dried, I combed through it some more. I thought Alterna 2 Minute did an OK job covering roots. I think it's good for those times when you do not have time to color your hair and you'd like to do something to improve the look of your roots.

For me, we were going out that night to the Venetian Hotel here in Las Vegas (a fancy hotel), and I wanted my hair to look nicer for the evening. I had been really busy that week and didn't have a chance to color, so I thought I'd give Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up a try.

The funny thing was, I had tried to look for reviews of this product on the Internet and I couldn't really find any. This is what sparked my idea to review it myself after trying it. My evaluation is that it works to an extent. It didn't seem to completely cover my roots, but it helped to make them look a bit better. I would only use Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up in a pinch, if I really wanted to do something to improve the way my roots look and I don't have time to color my hair.

I guess coloring is really the best, most sure way to get rid of those roots. In a pinch, though, I think this can help. I think as I use it more, I will learn how to use it more effectively. I should be able to improve its effectiveness by putting the Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up on a bit lighter and I may learn to use the brush more effectively, too. The applicator brush washes easily after you use it and they do recommend washing it in warm water after using it.

I honestly think this product might work better on darker hair, especially on light brown, brown or black hair to cover up strands of gray hair. On blonde hair, you are taking hair that begins as darker hair at the roots and trying to lighten the roots to cover them. I just don't think this product is as effective on blonde hair as it would be on darker hair. That's just my opinion, though. Maybe as I use Alterna again, I'll begin to develop a different opinion.


Let myself and others know if you've also tried Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up on your hair and whether or not it worked for you. You could end up helping someone to save money, or you could be helping them to find their new favorite hair product.

Have You Tried Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up And Did It Work?

Have you tried Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up and did it work for you?

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I don't color my hair anymore but it sounds good. It would save a few extra days in between colorings to let the scalp and hair rest. ^


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

I agree, Jackie! Sometimes my hair gets so dried out it just needs a few extra days to rest. One day I'll get brave enough to quit coloring! Thanks so much for your comment, I appreciate that! :-)


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Hey Kath. I have never colored my hair before

and don't think that I will but I know a friend that does color her hair

thanks for the review will definitely pass this along.

Voted up.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks Torrilyn for passing this along, I really appreciate that! :-) Thanks so much for your nice comment, much appreciated as well! :-)


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endenfin 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

I color my hair too Kathy, and sometimes it gets really dry, so I make a mix of avocado (like if you were going to make guacamole, but without the seasonings lol) and I apllied it to my wet hair massaging for 7 minutes. Then wash and rinse as usual. Once every 45 days is more than enough. The hair recovers moisture and it looks healthy.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

What a great tip, endenfin! I'll have to try that! :) Thanks so much for your great comment! :)


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endenfin 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

Now, if you save half of the avocado...you can still make guacamole that night Lol


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Great idea, endenfin! I didn't even think of that! :-) I am a guacamole fan anyway! :-) Can't see letting it go to waste!:-)


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endenfin 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

I was just joking, but I don't waste either, so there you go! Lol One question about this product Kathy, how do you do to match your tone of blonde? Or do they have different tones? Sometimes the roots are darker and some products will make them "redish".


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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is such a new trend and I am glad to see a post on it from someone's experience. I have been toying with a similar product for those roots that show too early. You have inspired me to try one soon. I am glad you mentioned the lighting had affect on your photos, from what you write it was still a good cover-up.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Hi Dianna! Hope you have good luck with it if you try it, I think it would be really effective on darker hair, but it worked pretty well on blonde hair, too. Thanks so much for commenting! :)


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Hi Lizzie! As far as I know, it only comes in one shade of blonde... I think it would work ok even for reddish shades, especially if it was applied a little bit lighter than I applied it here. Good question! I believe this Alterna only comes in blonde, light brown, brown and black.


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endenfin 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

Thank you Kathy! I'll give it a try.


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donnah75 3 years ago from Upstate New York

Once it dries, how does it feel? Crunchy? Like dried make up or paint? Or like your regular hair? Interesting product that could be useful. I had never heard of it before. Is it sold just online or can you buy in stores? Thanks for introducing and reviewing it.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Hi Donna! Those are good questions! When it dries, I thought it felt kind of like dried makeup. They advertise that it won't flake off or anything, though. I've only found it online. I'm not sure if you can find it in beauty supply stores, maybe! The cheapest place I found it online is through Amazon. Thanks so much for your comments and great questions!

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