Fact #5. PH doesn’t (really) matter.
The pH between salon shampoo brands and grocery store shampoo brands are going to be about the same. You see, your hair needs a shampoo that is between 5 and 7 on the pH scale. So no matter where you buy your shampoo, iIt is going to be very close to this range.
So, generally speaking, buying your shampoo from a salon is not going to greatly affect the pH balance.
Fact #4. Organic hair care products are a myth.
Unless the salon is blending you up a special concoction of mayonnaise, olive oil and avocado to carry home in a baggie, the products they are selling is probably not as natural as it would like you to think.
You see 100% natural product would rot almost instantly. Even the most natural hair products have to have a certain amount of preservatives and chemicals to keep them marketable and on the shelf.
Fact #3. Costlier is not always better.
The shampoo you buy off the shelf at your local Walgreens is likely to contain very many of the same ingredients as that of the shampoo you buy from a salon. If you learn which ingredients are harmful to your hair, and how to avoid them, you can often find off-the-shelf shampoos that are as helpful as the shampoos sold for top dollar in salons.
There are two major differences between the shampoo you buy at your local Walgreens and the shampoo you buy from a salon. The first is the surfactants used to help clean the hair. The second difference is that many salon products contain a better protein – its more like your natural proteins – to better condition the hair and help the hair hold the conditioning longer.
Shampoo expert, Paula Begoun, author of “Don’t Go Shopping For Hair-Care Products Without Me says,
“There is absolutely no difference between expensive products and inexpensive products, and I say that unequivocally.” (Interview on CBS News Febuary 11, 2009)
In many cases, the shampoo you get at your grocery store was bottled in the same plant as the high-dollar shampoo your salon is selling you. During my college days, when looking my best was my absolute top priority, I found myself being suckered into buying the American crew product at my favorite salon. (I will say, it is a great product, and it did work pretty well)
After I left the stylist, I went to my local supermarket where I found the exact same product for 20% less. Turns out that in many cases these high dollar shampoos are just another way for salons to pad their bottom line, and leave college students with enough cash for some Ramen Noodles.
Fact #2. Spend your money right.
The one thing that you will want to spend more money on is to get a shampoo that has a good-quality surfactant in it. Surfactants are what bind the water to the crud in your hair to help give you that nice clean hair. However, many surfactants are very damaging to the hair and if you get a cheap shampoo. You could actually be damaging your hair very rapidly.
So to keep your hair in its best possible health, buy a shampoo that has sodium laureth sulfate in it. This sulfate is by far the most gentle surfactant available right now.
Using a shampoo that has a gentle surfactant in it helps your hair maintain its color better, as well as helps keep from stripping the hair of its natural moisture. Chaz Dean, who is well known for his appearances on the Home Shopping Network, with his all-natural Wen hair care products have touted this for many years.
Now, you may not want to spend as much as Mr. Dean suggests on your hair care — but you’ll have to find a great product that avoids the harmful surfactants such as ammonium laurel sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate. Ammonium laurel sulfate is especially harmful to your hair, but so you laurel sulfate should also be avoided when possible.
Fact #1. Don’t over-wash your hair.
While using a quality shampoo will not strip as much natural moisture from your hair, it still does strip your hair and scalp of needed oils and moisturizing agents.
The amount you shampoo your hair depends on your hair type. Fine hair will need to be shampooed more often because without shampoo it tends to get weighed down by the grease and grime of the day. Nobody wants flat hair.
Medium hair does not need to be shampooed as much. If you were to shampooed two or three times a week, that should be enough. Just conditioning on those days when you don’t shampoo the hair.
Coarse and dry hair needs some extra care. So only wash it only once, or maybe twice a week. And mostly just condition dry hair. It needs all the help it can get to stay moist and to not be stripped of its essential oils and moisture.