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Pregnancy Safe Products from Alterna

Pregnancy Safe Products from Alterna

Pregnancy safe beauty products can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find pregnancy safe products from Alterna as of 4/1/2020. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

How to Request a Product Review

I try to review all of the products that I can when I publish a list. Note, I am in the US and I only have access to US products. Please don’t be rude if I skipped your favorite cleanser, when items are out of stock sometimes they aren’t on the brand’s site, or maybe you are in Asia and I am in the US.

I reserve the comments on each post for reviews of product from that brand, this makes it easier for others to find products later. Please only ask about Alterna on this post, I will delete other product questions. You can find other brands here. If your brand is not included, please ask on the brand list post.

Which hair products do you need to worry about?

Technically, none. Most OBs will tell you not to worry about any hair products. Your hair is a dead protein, and it can not absorb anything. It’s amazing how pregnancy brain can take over and we forget that simple fact!

Personally, I screened products that would sit on my scalp for a few minutes (aka- shampoos, scrubs, etc). My thought process was that those products would be similar to a face wash, even if washed off right away it sits there for a bit. So, on this list you’ll find products that sit on your scalp. This is shampoo, scalp treatments and root styling products. Other styling products should just be on the hair shaft, and you don’t need to worry about them. If you’re worried about sprays being inhaled, I recommend holding your breath while you spray and then step away a few feet.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Alterna

CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Clinical Densifying Scalp Treatment
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Clinical Densifying Styling Mousse
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Infinite Color Hold Shampoo (at Sephora)
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Multiplying Volume Shampoo (at Sephora)
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Multiplying Volume Styline Mist
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Multiplying Volume Styline Mousse
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Professional Styling Invisible Roller Spray
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Professional Styling Sea Chic Foam
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Shampoo (at Sephora)
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Restructuring Bond Repair Shampoo (at Sephora)
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Sheer Dry Shampoo Powder Spray (at Sephora)
CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Smoothing Anti-Frizz Shampoo (at Sephora)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

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Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Clinical Densifying Shampoo (at Sephora): Retinoid

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11 Comments

  1. 7.14.20
    kait said:

    Hi Doctor! I am wondering about another Alterna product: The Caviar Anti-aging Clinical Densifying leave in root treatment:

    Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Oleth-20, Polysorbate 20, Rice Amino Acids, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Taurine, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Menthol, Limonene, Azelaic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Calphostin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Salicylate, n-Carboxyethyl Butyric Acid, Niacin, Ornithine Decarboxylase, Phosphorus, Retinyl Palmitate, Threonine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Linalool, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Gastrodia Elata Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Extract, Robinia Pseudacacia Flower Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Geraniol, Dextran, Citral, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Panthenol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Polysilicone-15, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Pikea Robusta Extract, Polyquaternium-10, Silanetriol Melaninate, Superoxide Dismutase, Bromelain, Glycine Max (Soybean) Symbiosome Extract, Papain, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Adenosine Triphosphate, Hexapeptide-11, Niacinamide/Yeast Polypeptide, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Caviar Extract, Phospholipids, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Pantothenic Acid/Yeast Polypeptide, Soy Amino Acids, Fragrance

    • 7.14.20
      Christine said:

      This has a retinoid and salicylate. Avoid in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative avoid in nursing as well

  2. 7.16.20
    Anna H. said:

    Hi,
    Is this OK to use during pregnancy? Thank you so much!
    ALTERNA HAIRCARE
    CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Smoothing Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter
    -Caviar Extract: Contains amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids that help smooth the hair shaft and increase shine.
    -Camellia Oil: Rich source of omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants that restores hair’s natural sheen, forming a barrier against environmental pollutants, with repairing and treatment benefits to soften and make hair more manageable.
    -Abyssinian Oil: Provides high level of conditioning and shine without adding weight
    -Avocado Oil: Moisturizes with nutrients such as vitamin A, B, D, and E, proteins beneficial for nourishment.

    Water, C32-36 Isoalkyl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl Laurate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Dimethicone, Algae Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Behentrimonium Chloride Bis-Cetearyl Amodimethicone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caviar Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phospholipids, Polyacrylate-1 Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-11, Polysilicone-15, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Stearic Acid, Superoxide Dismutase, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed

    • 7.16.20
      Christine said:

      This only goes on your hair, not the scalp, so you don’t need to worry about it.

  3. 9.10.20
    Chloe S. said:

    HI! I am so thankful for your site. Thank you so much for your continued research to help all of us! <3

    What about ALTERNA HaircareCAVIAR Anti-Aging® Restructuring Bond Repair Conditioner.?

    Ingredients: Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol,Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycereth-26, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunfl‹ower) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Polysilicone-15, Superoxide Dismutase, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Caviar Extract, Potassium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Phospholipids, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Coumarin, Citral, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol.

    • 9.11.20
      Christine said:

      This is fine for pregnancy and nursing. But please read above about which hair products you need to worry about, conditioner should NOT be applied to your scalp, only the hair shaft, so it would be fine anyways.

  4. 10.28.20
    Maria Stocks said:

    Good morning Doc,

    Would you please advise if the following is safe for pregnancy/nursing:

    Alterna Bamboo Volume Shampoo:
    Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Root Extract, Panthenol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Seed Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Rice Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Cottonseed Protein, Silicone Quaternium-8, Lauramide MEA, PEG-150 Distearate, Methyl Gluceth-10, Polyquaternium-55, Silicone Quaternium-16, Amodimethicone, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Undeceth-11, Linalool, Butyloctanol, Disodium EDTA, Undeceth-5, Aminomethyl Propanol, Limonene, Phospholipids, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Azelaic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Calphostin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Salicylate, n-Carboxyethyl Butyric Acid, Niacin, Ornithine Decarboxylase, Phosphorus, Retinyl Palmitate, Threonine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, Polyquaternium-10, Silanetriol Melaninate, Superoxide Dismutase, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Bromelain, Papain,Fragrance (Parfum).

    Alterna Bamboo Volume Conditioner:
    Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetrimonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Panthenol, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Peroxidase, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Tyrosinase, Algae Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Hydrolyzed Cottonseed Protein, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Corn Oligosaccharides, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Quaternium-87, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Polyimide-1, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Linalool, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Limonene, Polysilicone-15, Phospholipids, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Superoxide Dismutase, Saccharomyces/Lysate Ferment, Retinyl Palmitate, Azelaic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Calphostin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Salicylate, n-Carboxyethyl Butyric Acid, Niacin, Ornithine Decarboxylase, Phosphorus, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Threonine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, Lactoferrin, Phytosphingosine, Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Fragrance (Parfum).

    • 10.28.20
      Christine said:

      I don’t review conditioners, please see the post above for the reasons why.

      The shampoo has a retinoid. Avoid in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative

      • 10.30.20
        Maria Stocks said:

        A retinoid in a shampoo?? Wow, I am so glad I asked… this one will be given away!

        Also, would you please advise on the following volumizing mist? I tend to scrunch it into my scalp/roots to try to get some volume in my sad, thin hair. 🙁

        Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist
        Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Polyimide-1, Panthenol, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Biotin, Phospholipids, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Polysilicone-15, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Superoxide Dismutase, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum). (10-15-34646)

        Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Volume Styling Mist
        Water/Aqua/Eau, Polyimide-1, Panthenol, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Biotin, Phospholipids, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Polysilicone-15, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Superoxide Dismutase, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum).

        Phyto Phytovolume Actif Intense Volumizing Spray
        Ingredients: Alcohol Denat. (Alcool de Betterave), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (Extraction de Romarin), Water/Aqua (Constitutive des Matieres Premieres), VP/VA Copolymer, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (Capucine), PEG-12 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer (Derive de Ble), Vinyl Caprolactam/Dimethyl Aminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance/Parfum, Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk (Derive de Soie), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. Botanical & Natural Origin/D”Origine Vegetale & Naturelle.

        Thank you so much

        • 10.30.20
          Christine said:

          These are all ok for pregnancy and nursing.
          You should check this out for adding volume. It’s really mean for all over and not as much at the root, but it’s the best I’ve found. It’s pregnancy and nursing safe.

          • 11.6.20
            Maria Stocks said:

            Thank you so much! I will absolutely look into it!