Salon Products Vs. Drugstore Brand Products

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Salon Products vs. Drugstore Brand Products Is there a big difference between the shampoo and conditioner that you get from a salon vs. a drug store? I am a licensed cosmetologist and have been doing hair for over 5 years. I’ve been asked this question many times. People want to know whether they are wasting there money for the more expensive ones and if they are even actually better than the ones that the drugstore sells. Well, I am here to set the truth on the matter once and for all. There are several things to take into consideration when choosing your shampoos and conditioners. I will be comparing the store bought vs. the salon bought to give you an idea of what will work best for you. All shampoos have the same basic ingredients. The main ingredient in shampoo, surprisingly, is water. The most important ingredients in shampoo are the surfactants. Surfactants are the type of soap used in shampoos. There are 3 different kinds of surfactants; ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate. The sodium laurel sulfate is the most expensive of the three, but the gentlest. Salons shampoos typically have the, gentlest, sodium laurite sulfate in them. Shampoos containing this are pricier because of this ingredient, but has better quality. It is very hard to find this ingredient in drugstore shampoos. The type of surfactant typically found in drugstores (Suave for example) is the ammonium laurel sulfate; the harshest of the three. This strips your hair of its basic oils and strips the color ,from people who have there hair chemically colored, much faster than other shampoos. Try to remember “laureth” as good and “laurel” as bad when you are checking labels. Again, this is the least expensive surfactant which is why some of these shampoos are so cheap, making you think you’re getting a good deal. Salon brands also usually always have higher

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