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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Drugstore VS Salon: Shampoo and conditioner


Which is better? We are told that salon brands are better for your hair, which is why they are so expensive.I have used both drugstore and salon brand shampoos and conditioners and...

I have noticed a VERY slight difference. Salon brands seem to make my hair feel smoother and softer...though drugstore brands do basically the same thing. I will go back and forth between salon and drugstore and be happy either way. So for me, it really just comes down to how much I am willing to spend. I will say that Paul Mitchells Lavender Mint shampoo and conditioner is my favorite. I love the smell and the smell stays in my hair.

One thing I will caution you against...DO NOT buy salon brand shampoos and conditioners from drugstores. I had a friend who worked at a salon and she also worked at Rite Aid, She bought a bottle of Paul Mitchell at Rite Aid and compared it to the same bottle at the salon. The color, smell and consistency was off between the two bottles. I always buy salon brand products from a salon, or somewhere that is an authorized seller such as Sephora or Ulta. 

Do you notice a difference between salon and drugstore brands? Leave a comment!



  1. I definitely notice a difference between salon and drugstore brands, but like you said, the difference is very small. I alternate between drugstore and salon products as well, but have been using more drugstore products lately, as some of them provide really good results for cheap.

    Have you tried Loreal's sulfate free Eversleek conditioner? It is amazing, and is equivalent to a deep condition at the salon. :)

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  2. I don't notice a difference at all, they're all the same, with the same ingredients. With Salon brands, you're paying for the name. A lot of those fancy salon brands have added junk in them that you're hair can't even absorb. Your hair is actually dead, the only living part is the follicle, which you can't see unless you pull your hair out. Shampoos that claim to 'repair' hair and fix split ends, it's all marketing and hype. All the Salon brands do is coat your hair in vitamins and oils that eventually get washed down the drain, along with your money.
    If you want to get more for your money, buy drugstore shampoo but switch off once a week with a clarifying shampoo, which will remove residue and make your drugstore shampoo more effective.