Odds are, at one point or another you’ve been at the salon or running your fingers through your tangled hair wondering what the difference is between “professional” hair products and the hair products you can buy from the discount stores for a lower price. Well if that’s been you here’s a quick run-down to help you find the best hair products for your hair from guest blogger and industry pro Barb Quinn!
What’s the Difference?
Usually the first difference people notice is the higher price of professional salon hair products (meaning high-end hair products typically purchased at salons or specialty stores), which can be a substantial difference depending on what you’re used to paying. When you pay for salon hair products, you’re paying for better ingredients, longer use and a longer color life and advice on if it is the best product for your hair type and how to effectively use the product..
It’s What’s Inside That Counts
Even if you don’t have a degree in chemistry, pick up any discount brand of shampoo and read the ingredients. I’ll bet that one of the first ingredients is water. Don’t you wash your hair . . . with water? A big difference between discount stores and professional salon hair products is that salon brands are higher concentrated, not watered-down formulas. Are ammonia, alcohol or other harmful, drying ingredients listed? Professional salon brands typically use quality, natural and less harmful ingredients. Store brands are trying to sell for the lowest price, skimping on ingredients, so you end up paying for water and drying out your hair so it needs “hydrating” products. Even when a product claims to be organic, it may not necessarily be the right product for your hair.
Since professional salon brands usually use less water and higher quality ingredients, they actually keep their promises of making your hair healthier. So not only is your hair improved, but each time you use a professional hair product you use less because it’s higher concentrated. In the end, the higher price you pay upfront might save you money down the road when you won’t have to buy hair products as often and your hair is healthier.
Longer Color Life
If you color or highlight your hair, you know to be pickier about which hair and styling products to use on your hair in order to help your color stay vibrant as long as possible. You’re more likely to get the most life out of your color by choosing professional salon products that have better ingredients to protect your hair. So, here we are again saving money because you won’t have to get your hair colored and deep-conditioned as often.
If you’re willing to switch to professional hair products, but don’t know where to start, ask your hair stylist which products are best for your specific hair type. Go ahead and splurge, you and your hair deserve it—and it will pay off!