There seems to be a hair product for every hair problem these days. You can buy everything from dry shampoos and dry conditioners, to frizz control products and hair fresheners.
Drugstores and big box stores are stocked with hair care products. However, not all hair care products are created equally.
Price is one major difference, and many find the products you can purchase in a salon are exceedingly more expensive than the brands in stores. We’ve had many customers ask if there really is a difference between salon options and drugstore brands. The simple answer is, yes.
Drugstore Brands Are Watered Down
Many cheap, drugstore brands are watered down, so the giant bottle you scored for $5 dollars may actually contain much less of the actual product than you think. When you check the label on drugstore brands you’ll often find that water is one of the primary ingredients. That is because the brand uses water to stretch the product, allowing them to sell a larger bottle at a cheaper price. This doesn’t translate well for your hair, however. You are likely to use more of a cheap product more quickly to get results. If you do choose to buy drugstore products, check the expiration date.
Professional products are more concentrated and contain more active ingredients, which means you’ll use less product to get your desired results. In many cases, a small bottle of professional grade product will last longer than a larger bottle of a drugstore brand.
Salon Products Use Gentler Ingredients
Professional-grade products are formulated to help hair remain healthy and maintain a natural shine. Drugstore products use whatever ingredients they can find that offer instant, but fleeting results. Oftentimes, drugstore products and brands use harsh chemicals and surfactants that can damage hair. This even includes “organic” and “natural” products.
Savings May Mask Unethical Behaviors
When you buy products at drugstores or online, there is no way of knowing what you are really buying. Many stores use wholesalers for their product supply instead of going directly to the company. Sometimes, products are further watered down or tampered with to increase savings for stores and the wholesaler. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it does occur.
The bottom line is pretty simple. While drug store brands are cheaper, they may not actually save you money in the long run. Plus, they can wreak havoc on your hair. Higher-grade products often last longer because you do not have to use as much product, thanks to the quality ingredients.
A little goes a long way with good products. If you are looking for products to keep your hair healthy and beautiful, contact the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We carry a wide supply of Oribe products, one of the top hair care lines in the industry. Their high-performance products use only the best ingredients, containing no parafens, harsh sulfates or sodium chloride or harsh sulfates.
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Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.