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The Difference Between Professional Hair Products and Store Brand

Have you ever asked yourself, "What is the difference between professional and salon hair products?" Do you believe drugstore products do what they say they will? If so, is there really any reason to spend money on expensive professional products? In short, professional products are said to be better for your hair, and you may be surprised to know that they will cost you less in the long run.

Salon vs. Drugstore Hair Products


Drugstore hair products are ones that you may find at your local Walmart, Target, or Walgreens and can seem appealing for varying reasons. Besides being affordable, they are easily attainable and available in many varieties. Have you wondered about the price gap between drugstore and professional hair products? While many of these products contain the same or comparable ingredients, they are diluted, and you lack receiving the benefits.

Typically, they are diluted with fillers, water, and chemicals. This means that your hair will reap nothing in terms of health benefits. Instead, they could actually cause damage to your hair. Sulfates can strip out your hair’s color, resulting in dry, brittle hair. Maybe you’ve just gotten your hair colored and spent $70 on the service. It wouldn’t make any sense to use a $5 bottle of shampoo on your new color, would it? Since you have already invested money in coloring your hair, you should invest money in keeping that color just as vibrant as it was when you first got it done at the salon.

Salon Products

There are many reasons why you may want to consider switching to salon hair products, with the most common being the ingredients. Salon products contain highly concentrated and high-quality ingredients that hydrate and nourish your hair. You will notice a huge difference between salon and drugstore hair products upon reading the ingredient labels. Drugstore products are comparable to canola or vegetable oil, while salon hair products are equivalent to extra virgin olive oil that has not been processed.

Even though salon products cost more money, you don’t need to use as much product in your hair, saving you more money over time. All you need is a dime-sized amount. It is typical for people to use a palm full of shampoo, but highly concentrated products only require a dime-sized amount. You can count on your salon bottle of shampoo to last you months versus just one month when using drugstore shampoo.

It is likely that your stylist has tested and done a lot of research on many brands and products before making a recommendation to you. It may be wise after all to take his or her advice.

Final Thoughts

You should look at the products you choose to put in your hair, like what you choose to put into your body. If you put good things in, you will get good things out of it. For the best results, you should consider choosing a branded line and sticking with it. While you may not notice results overnight, you will if you use the products consistently.