Salon Hair Products
Our Products Make A Difference In Your Hair
The difference in Healthy Hair Plus hair products and chain store bought products are the ingredients and the amount of them. Anybody can place a small amount of an extract in a shampoo bottle and list it as an ingredient but a small amount does you no good.
Our products ingredients are unique and were developed for specific purposes. The amount of the active ingredients that we use is second to none. Our products are natural based! Read the article below for specific information on salon grade versus store bought products. You'll be glad that you did.
Are Salon Products Really Better?
"You left the salon with a bag of goodies that your stylist swore you could not live without and now you wonder if what they sold you is nothing more than well packaged snake oil."
The simple answer is that salon hair products are for the most part much better than the products sold at your local grocer, but that is only the simple answer to a rather complex question.
What makes salon products better than over the counter products?
Ingredients. When you examine the ingredient list on a bottle of shampoo, what you see listed first is what there is most of in the bottle and so on until the end of the list which is what there is least of in the bottle. The first ingredient will frequently be water and the last ingredient is often a dye.
Toward the top of the list you will notice an ingredient such as ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate. These are surfactants. Their purpose is to make water wetter, or to put it differently, to help the cleaning agents lather. A surfactant can also be a cleaning agent in and of itself. Salon products should contain gentler surfactants than your store bought shampoo.
You will then see some conditioning agents listed. Your salon shampoo should contain higher quality protein based conditioners or moisturizing conditioners, thus enabling the conditioner to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and lock in moisture. These quality ingredients contribute to the cost of the product and is why they are not typically found in store bought products.
Lastly, a few ingredients are stabilizers and preservatives, but the most important ingredients to keep your eyes on are the surfactants. We prefer the sodium laureth sulfate. It is the gentlest of the surfactants but will lather very little which is why most shampoos won't use it. Consumers believe their hair isn't getting clean unless there are tons of bubbles. In truth lather has no beneficial affect and contributes little to good cleaning. (Healthy Hair Plus uses sodium laureth sulfate)
To combat salon products taking an ever greater hold on consumer preference. To the contrary, it is our opinion that the sodium laureth sulfate is infinitely safer than the sodium laurel sulfate which is usually found in the cheaper brands.
My salon has put me on a line of pure organic products, is that good? Yes, its great, but unless they actually blended the products right there from fresh ingredients, its also bull hooey. You simply cannot create a store line without preservatives. The ingredients would spoil before the product made it onto the shelf.
Some over the counter products are just plain bad for your hair. In our opinion just a few of these are, "Pantene" which leaves heavy deposits on your hair of a silicon like substance that will eventually cause static hair and hair breakage, and we detest all of the non-prescription type "dandruff" shampoos.
Almost nobody has dandruff, and those who do need prescription medication. Dandruff is not flakes. Flakes are caused by dry scalp, not dandruff. The dandruff shampoo industry has made billions convincing Americans that they have dandruff. Dandruff is like a yellow or gray oily powder and clumps together in little balls, not flakes. If you use a good shampoo and conditioner, your scalp will soon stop flaking. I know. I used to be a diehard "Head & Shoulders" user. Not anymore.