It’s no secret that there are a lot of hair care products on the market. The long rows of shelves at your local store can make for a dizzying experience when looking for the best product at the best price. The question is, how do you know what’s best for you and your specific hair type, texture and condition? And, why would you opt for more expensive pro products from a salon when you can find plenty of “soap in a bottle” for less?
First of all, let’s address the whole consumer versus professional product difference right off the bat. The truth is that there really is a difference between most professional brands and those only found on your supermarket or drugstore shelves.
Professional products typically use a higher grade of ingredients in their formulations. That includes everything from cleansing and conditioning agents to fragrance and any active ingredients. One example, many of the cheaper direct-to-consumer shampoos use sulfates, which are technically a less expensive cleansing agent. A slight step above an industrial degreaser, sulfates can make these products be very drying and harsh on your hair. Their high pH reacts with your hair’s natural balance and can cause color fading and even severely dry out your hair. As sad as it is to think, you could actually be doing more harm than good by simply trying to care for your hair. So, the lesson here? Go for quality ingredients formulated with your hair health in mind. (Plus, it helps if you follow the shampooing advice i gave you in this post.)
Pro Products Found Elsewhere
Professional products are supposed to only be available at salons, and it’s set up this way for good reason. They are meant to be prescribed by a salon professional. After all, my goal is to get to know your hair best and I can save you the time researching what to buy. In fact, i’m currently updating my education on several lines of products now to be sure I know what is out there and how they compare.
Finding professional hair care brands online or at the supermarket or drugstore may seem like you scored a great deal or convenient way of shopping, but the truth is that these products may not be authentic. These products also don’t come with the advice of your salon professional. I can make recommendations based on your hair type, condition and desired result. You are a walking advertisement for my services and I truly want you to look good, so I am always willing to help find the right solution for your needs.
Let’s talk about the care products you use at your next appointment. You can book it right here.