Professional Hair Care Products – Are They Really Better?

Do you color your hair or chemically alter it in any way? Are you always searching for the best hair care products?  Ever stop and wonder if there is a difference between professional hair care products and drugstore products? Everyone knows that if you have dry, color treated, or chemically altered hair you need a good shampoo and conditioner. So here it is,”What is really the best hair care products for your hair?”



Salon Products Versus Drugstore Products

I have said this before and I’ll say it again. Do not purchase drug store hair care products.

Believe me, I understand the cost can be considerably more for a professional product but if you can at all manage to purchase even the cheapest salon product, please do. Your hair will thank you in ways that you can’t imagine right now. It’s like being in one of those cheesy Pantene commercials, where you know damn well the beautiful actress in the commercial, isn’t using Pantene. (insert women walking down the street shaking her beautiful hair, feeling fabulous) 😉        Professional products are they really worth it

If you can’t afford to purchase the most top rated and performing shampoo and conditioner, don’t fret, I’ve got you covered. Any shampoo and conditioner is going to be better than your typical drugstore brand. It seems to me, the cheapest alternative is going to be Biolage Colorlast shampoo and conditioner.  This product line by Matrix has been around for a long time and you can count on the fact that there are no harsh chemicals or wax in them.

—>Read my review on the Pureology Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, here. <—


Drugstore Products That Are a Complete “no-go”

  • Pantene (any of the lines)
  • Herbal Essence
  • Head and shoulders
  • TRESemme
  • Dove – If they have a body wash or soap; do you really want to use a similar product in your hair?
  • OGX
  • Batiste

Feeling unsure about  if a hair care product is a professional line or not? Then please feel free to comment on any of my articles and I will be happy to help you figure it out.


The Truth About Wax In Your Hair Care Products

Truth is you may have used Pantene at one time or another and thought it smelled pretty and made your hair shine; right? Well, how did your hair style after that? Did you have a lot of body and volume in your hair? Or the next time you went to the salon did your color turn out uneven, didn’t lift or didn’t cover? – These are all typical side effects from using drug store shampoo and conditioner.

Those results are due to the amount of harsh wax build up in your hair from the drug store products. Trust me, I have spent years in the salon coloring my client’s hair and listening to them lie to me about what is in their hair. Or rather blame me when their color doesn’t turn out quite as vibrant as they wanted it. Then, the best part, I get to style their heavy, dull and lifeless hair. (or pull out my magic wand as we say)

Magic Wand

Most of my clients knew better than to use drugstore products on their hair or listened to my advice and switched after I had made the recommendation. However, there is always a select few that either were too lazy to come purchase from the salon, thought they were too expensive, or I would have a new client that just didn’t know better.


Knowledge Is Key, When Purchasing Hair Care Products

It is my job as a hair dresser to inform my clients about the products they use in their hair. I have always taken this seriously when it comes to my clients. Now I am trying to help you (the reader who stumbled upon this article). While I won’t bore you with the ingredients to stay away from, I am going to explain the “why” behind it.

My big “why”

What drugstore products really do:

  • Weighs down your hair
  • Coats your hair
  • Prevents your hair from actually getting any nourishing ingredients
  • Prevents color from penetrating the hair strand
  • Keeps your hair color from lasting – yes, this is truly not your hair dressers fault
  • Prevents your hair from lifting evenly

Why Use a Professional “Trusted” Product

Here are just a few reasons that are worth considering when choosing to make the switch to salon product’s.

Salon products will:

  • Nourish and repair your hair
  • They will not coat it or weigh it down
  • Your hard-earned money will NOT get wasted at your next hair color service (big aha here)
  • Hair color will last longer
  • Your lovely stylist will thank you 🙂
  • Last longer because they are more concentrated
  • Look more inviting in your shower- no, just kidding!!

Cost comparison

Cost comparison

If you really do a cost comparison, there is no comparison. Let’s take a minute to really analyze this in case you are a numbers person. On the average, a color treatment can cost $75 and up. For round numbers let’s just use $75 and go from there. Long hair clients are probably paying more for color, so if that is you then you should really pay attention to what I’m about to say.

What It Really Cost You 

You have to color your hair every 6-8 weeks. So, let’s just say you are adamant about coloring your hair and do it every 6 weeks. That will run you on average $650/ yr. of coloring your hair (that is with no haircut or tip). If you purchase drug store products than you are ultimately damaging your hair and preventing it from truly holding onto the color.

The result, you will end up coloring your hair every 4 weeks. That brings you to $975/ yr. in just your hair color services alone. Now let’s run through in the products. Your average shampoo and conditioner from the drugstore cost $13.98 and last for 1 month (this varies upon thickness and how often you shampoo). If you purchase professional products they cost on the average, $34 for shampoo and conditioner.

The professional products are going to last longer than any drugstore product so they will last 2 months. If you purchase salon products you will spend $221/ yr. on hair care products. When you purchase drug store products, you will spend $181.74 / yr.

That is simply astonishing! You will be ultimately saving $39.26 for the year on hair products but on your hair color services you will be spending an extra $325/ yr. on your color services, and remember that is if you don’t need extra color.

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I hope this helps everyone make a more informed decision when purchasing hair care products. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Are you using professional hair care products now?     

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  1. I use to dye my hair thanks for your post this really make sense and next time I will go purchase products from my local salon. Thank you

    1. That is great, Knox. Professional products are always better for your hair. 🙂 Don’t forget to take a look at for professional products at a discounted rate.

  2. oska says:

    Great beauty tips for our beautiful stylish women. I shall surely recommend this site to my significant other. Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much. 🙂

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