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Are salon hair products worth the cost?


When is shampoo shampoo? I have heard that all conditioners are not created equal, but is the same true for shampoo, styling products, and others? I would like to start using some more high-end products but there are so many to choose from and I don't want to waste my money. Even in the product reviews there are a wide range of opinions. I guess I'm asking you all if you think that salon products are way better than drugstore.
Jan 10, 2007 @ 02:08 pm

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Mamaluv, I used to use salon quality shampoo years ago when my mom knew someone who owned a salon and gave us products at a discount.

There is a shampoo I remember using that is really good for colour treated hair. It is called Goldwell Definition, and after using it on my hair treated highlights for months it really kept the shine and colour.

I don't have coloured hair or highlights anymore, though so there is no point in using a shampoo for colour treated hair. Do you have colour/highlights...?

I think that salon products are good if you have some sort of damage from colouring, perming, straightening etc.. because they do help in doing some reverse damage.

However, if your locks have gone au natural and don't do much damage from styling, etc. I find that using any shampoo of your preference (whether it is a drugstore shampoo) works fine.
Jan 10, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

yes I have highlights

I always wondered about that, for colored hair. I will certainly keep that in mind. I have both blond and caramel tones, so I definitely need moisturizing and protection. Thanks!
Jan 11, 2007 @ 09:14 am

Colored or au naturel

I find that when my hair has highlights in it that I am better off going with salon products so my highlights don't turn brassy. In the winter when my hair is au naturel I tend to stick to store bought stuff with shampoos. Conditioners I always try to buy better quality stuff because I tend to have dry ends.
Jan 11, 2007 @ 10:34 am
Ali de Bold

I'm a sucker for the salon stuff

My hair is very color treated so I always use salon stuff to keep the color lasting as long as possible. However, I'll sometimes swap in pantene ProV every 3-4 washes to save a bit of my precious Aveda and to avoid buildup from using too much of the same. Generally pantene or Garnier Fructis do a good job.
Jan 11, 2007 @ 05:45 pm

So salon products cause buildup too, huh?

I was always under the impression that salon stuff worked much better than the cheap brands, especially when it comes to buildup and stuff. That's too bad. What about styling products? Do you ladies have any wisdom there?
Jan 12, 2007 @ 07:37 am

I have only tried hair serum...

I have tried a hair serum from the salon, you can kinda call it a styling product and a conditioner of some sort because it helps to nourish the hair (especially the ends!) and you put it on your hair when it is still damp before you style it.

It does make your hair more shiny and healthy. Once again, I think this works well for those with colour treated hair, or with dry hair. I can't use it anymore because it would make my hair too oily.

The good thing is that you only need like 2-3 drops of it. They have these kinds of things in drugstores as well (like John Frieda) but the ones from the salon are better. The only issue from styling products in general is you have to make sure that they don't have so many chemicals.
Jan 21, 2007 @ 06:24 pm

I was always told...

I was always told that you should switch up shampoos and conditioners half way through a bottle to make sure that you don't end up with too much buildup of either the high end or lower end products in your hair. I normally have two bottles of shampoo and condititioner going at the same time to avoid the buildup thing. Both conditioners I spend more money on, in terms of shampoo I keep one salon grade shampoo and one drug store shampoo in my tub....
Jan 24, 2007 @ 03:57 pm

In terms of hair products...

I am a sucker for salon stuff when it comes to styling products...part of this I guess is quality but it is also a smell thing too. I tend to like the fragrances of salon stuff better!
Jan 24, 2007 @ 04:13 pm

avoiding buildup

every 2 or 3 weeks you should be using a purifying shampoo to strip your hair of buildup products, residual shampoo and/or natural hair oils.
i swear by Pureology. their entire line is anti-fade for those that colour their hair but is completely fine for those that don't (i don't and i use it)
they also have teh purifying shampoo.
Oct 08, 2007 @ 07:17 pm

I notice a difference

I prefer salon stuff from a smell standpoint...and for conditioners they can't be beat. I never used to noticce much of a difference in the shampoos until recently when I switched to an organic store brand...I started to break out all around the hairline (both on my face and on the back of my neck...as soon I switched back to my beloved BedHead - the breakouts cleared up.

I find that with the styling products - a little goes a long way and it doesn't seem to be the way with store brand stuff. I used to go through a bottle of leave in conditioner spray every 2-3 weeks...and since switching to a salon brand one it is lasting alot longer (and it is a smaller bottle to boot)

Nov 08, 2007 @ 10:47 am

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