A guide to over-the-counter hair products

Then there are endless discussions about the differences between professional and non-professional hair care products. Once upon a time, this debate could simply be answered with the famous saying, “You get what you pay for.” However, with the proliferation of affordable professional products and expensive non-professional products, the distinction between professional and non-professional products has become more blurred.

You know, back in the day a bottle of salon shampoo was almost always $10. But things have changed. By comparison, non-professional shampoos only cost a few dollars. On the other hand, these days a bottle of shampoo from your local department store can cost as much, if not more, than a bottle of shampoo sold at a salon. As a result, most professional lines haven’t raised their prices in years, but the packaging and price tags of new non-professional shampoos and conditioners are designed to compete with salon counterparts.

Therefore, the only thing that separates non-professionals from professionals is the quality standards that each product line adheres to in the manufacturing process. In short, the following should be taken into account: All goods intended for use by a specialist in the salon can only be purchased in the salon and not elsewhere.

This means that the goods must be of the best possible quality. If not, the beautician wouldn’t bother using them in the first place. You will never find a professional product on the market that promotes hair growth or makes your hair dry and brittle. Professional shampoos also do not strip hair of color or moisture, which is essential for healthy hair. It’s hard to imagine why your beautician wouldn’t use these cosmetics when you can buy them or equivalent quality products at any department store.

But while not all non-professional products are harmful, the products you choose can put you at risk of build-up, dryness, breakage, fading, dullness, frizz, and a host of other issues. This means that if you decide to use a non-professional product, you should regularly monitor your hair to see if the product has any negative effects.

Also keep track of how much money you have invested. It makes a lot of sense to buy a non-professional product that will save you a lot of money compared to a professional product. But it doesn’t make much sense to spend as much money on a non-professional product as you would justify on a professional one. The final decision to use a professional program is entirely up to the individual. Remember to keep an eye on your wallet and more importantly, your hair. Choose projects that are friendly to both of you.