Professional Hair Care Products vs. Drugstore Brands

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (All day)

There was a time when if you wanted to have luscious locks, you had to invest in salon-level hair products. But is that still the case? Today’s consumers are much more conscious about the products they use, meaning drugstore hair care has had to step up its game in recent years. 

Drugstore products are definitely cheaper, but why? Are they just as good? Today we’re breaking down what the drugstore has to offer and whether it’s worth it to splash out on professional hair care products.  


Why are Drugstore Products Cheaper?

Drugstore brands invest millions of dollars in packaging design and marketing tactics to make them out to look good for your hair. The problem with cheaper shampoos and conditioners is that they’re often packed with fillers and potentially harmful ingredients to cut costs. Fillers make your hair feel soft at first, but can build up and weigh it down over time, while ingredients like sulfates cause that soapy lather but dry out your hair and scalp. 

Even many brands that claim to use “natural” ingredients still rely on artificial detergents to create that foamy lather we’re all used to seeing. Overall, with the drugstore brands, you’re getting a much smaller concentration of the good ingredients along with a heavy dose of things that can harm your hair. 


Why Salon-Quality Matters

Professional-quality products are your best friend if you really want to see a difference in your hair. If you have a particular concern you’d like to address, such as frizziness, curls, dryness, or lack of volume, salon products typically have better ingredients and a higher concentration of them, so you’ll see better results, faster.

Your hair stylist will use the products they sell in the salon and can recommend the best products for your hair type. Trust their judgment! They have a wealth of knowledge and can help you find products that are perfect for you. Know that you can always ask their opinions and use them as a valuable resource. 


Is There Really a Difference?

While drugstore products are cheaper at first, you’ll likely end up using more and purchasing them more often than you would a professional product. In the end, you could end up spending more on drugstore brands to get the results you want and in the process, do more potential damage to your hair. It’s not the best combination!

As salon brands are made with higher quality ingredients and actually require less product to get what you’re looking for, it’s okay to use smaller amounts. Your more expensive salon brands may cost more, but they’ll also last longer. In the end, you’ll still come out on top. 

Although there are arguably pros and cons to using both drugstore and salon products, ultimately the decision comes down to what you feel is the best route for your own hair. Whichever you choose, you can find products that give you healthy, shiny hair at a variety of different price points.