Should I Use Cheap Shampoo?
At some point in our lives, we’ve all wanted to be the girl on the Herbal Essence commercial. But let’s face it Austin, using products of that caliber aren’t going to give you those shiny healthy locks your trying to achieve. The truth is, cheap shampoos and conditioners are loaded with filler ingredients made to mimic and feel like their more expensive competitors. Not only that, but there are some hidden ingredients in these products that are linked to various health issues. As an Austin hair salon, we are asked this question occasionally, but many of you don’t ask so we want to share our knowledge on the subject. Let us explain…
Silicones in Your Cheap Shampoo
Drug store grade products that are specifically for smoothing or hydrating typically contain a silicone base in the ingredients. This form of pliable plastic coats the hair making it appear smoother and shinier. The truth is, they aren’t particularly damaging, but they don’t treat dry or damaged hair in the long run. They also require heavy sulfates to remove the buildup caused by silicones…more on sulfates later. Instead of coating the hair shaft with silicone-based products, trade it in for an oil-based product that will penetrate the hair to repair and reconstruct. We recommend the HYDRATE.ME WASH & RINSE from Kevin Murphy. These products are infused with Kakadu oil from the Australian Kakadu plant that repairs damaged hair and offers immediate smoothness.
Sulfates & Shampoo
Sulfates have had their share of the spotlight with recent studies that the overly used molecule can be linked to various types of cancers. The truth is, sulfates are still being studied and aside from the possible cancer causing side effects, the immediate effects are obvious and noteworthy. Sulfates strip the hair of natural and vital oils and nutrients it needs to remain healthy. These oils protect the hair and scalp from daily wear and tear as well as chemical services. Using a shampoo full of sulfates removes that protective barrier and leaves hair feeling dull and lifeless. There are plenty of sulfate free options that will still keep your hair clean without stripping it of the necessities. We love using Kevin Murphy products because all of their washes & rinses are sulfate free.
Water To Dilute Your Shampoo
This may not sound like a bad thing, especially because we use water to help lather our shampoos and rinse them out. Don’t be fooled. Product lines can use water to dilute the active ingredients and make the batch of product go further, meaning more money for the company. Although water is the number one ingredient in almost ALL products, cheaper products use less of the active ingredients and more water to keep the prices low and profitability high. Look for products that have active ingredients and read consumers reviews before investing in a new shampoo or conditioner.
Alcohol and Perfumes Damage Your Hair
Let’s be honest, some of the cheapest hair products have some of the strongest scents and to a lot of consumers, that’s a big deal. We all want our hair to smell like a bouquet of roses slathered in honey and jasmine. The way that these companies achieve these scents is where the problem comes into play. They use heavy doses of alcohol and artificial perfumes to give your drug store products a high-end scent. Using these alcohol based products can cause dryness and dullness and can break down the essential natural oils found on our hair and scalp. Using products with naturally derived scents is always a better alternative. Kevin Murphy shampoo uses essential oils to add a light scent to their products and these essential oils actually repair the hair on a cellular level! Unlike artificial scents, these oils have reparative properties and work double time to make your hair feel and smell amazing.
Beware Cheap Shampoos Austin!