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Hairdressers or drugstores hair care. What is better?

Published on 13 October 2019 at 20:35

Isn't it typical 'Dutch' that we always doubt the sincerity of a product advice at the hairdresser's and think that we are getting a product that we don't need?

On the other hand, is it possible that there is an important quality difference between professional hairdressing products and retail products from the drugstore?

Every day you see commercials on TV of shampoos and condtioners with the most insane claims and stunt offers of a well-known drugstore. They are so well put together and so cheap that you want them right away. But are these products really that good for your hair? Do these products really do what they promise?

Every day you see commercials on TV of shampoos and condtioners with the most insane claims and stunt offers of a well-known drugstore. They are so well put together and so cheap that you want them right away. But are these products really that good for your hair? Do these products really do what they promise? 

 

Sulphates:

The most aggressive sulphates are: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) It is this aggressive foam and degreaser that over time causes many hair and skin problems;

  • Dry hair 
  • Dry scalp with flakes
  • Hair loss and/or breaking down of hair
  • Itching


Due to the strong degreasing of Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), your skin will produce more sebum, which will result in a greasier scalp, drier hair and you will have to wash even more often. Congratulations! Of course, this is exactly what the producers of these products want.

 

In professional shampoos you will therefore find the milder variant: Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES). This also provides enough foam, degreased in a mild way and is therefore much softer for your hair and scalp.

 

Sulphate-free hair care:

Of course you can also opt for sulphate-free hair care. Because they are free of detergents, these products are often "creamier" and do not foam as well, but are much softer for your hair and scalp. The only disadvantage of sulphate-free shampoo is that when you use oil or styling products you often have to "pre-wash" your hair once.  

However, some 'sulfate-free' shampoos also contain a form of sulphate such as the sulphate Sodium Coco-Sulfate (SCS). It is a very mild sulphate, which makes it a much safer alternative for more aggressive sulphates such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and the slightly milder Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). After all, you still want your hair washed clean.

 

Silicones:

Silicones are placed around your hair like a little film. They fill the brittle and damaged parts of the hair. In some cases, such as bleached or permed hair, this is not such a bad idea at all. This makes the hair look repaired and healthy again. So not all silicones are bad. There are water-soluble and non-water-soluble silicones and that's where the difference lies. 

 

Non-water-soluble' silicones;

Nearly all cheaper retail products use 'non-water-soluble' silicones, so you add silicones every time you wash your hair and the layer around your hair becomes thicker and thicker.

Often your hair starts to look 'dull' over time and you notice that your hair no longer absorbs water in the shower. This is called a silicone 'build-up'. This build-up can only be removed with an aggressive Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate shampoo and then the circle is complete again. Your hair is dry again and your scalp is stripped of all natural fats.

 

All ingredients that end with;

  • cone,
  • "conol",
  • Col
  • or "xane

relate to water insoluble silicones. With the exception of the ingredients that have 'PEG' or 'PPG' behind them. This indicates that they were made in such a way that they still dissolve in water.

 

Water soluble silicones;

In contrast to the cheaper retail shampoos, professional brands use 'water-soluble' silicones. One wash with a milder Sodium Laureth Sulphate, or even sulphate-free shampoo is enough to remove them. In addition, these silicones allow oxygen to pass through, so your hair doesn't suffocate. In many professional sulphate free shampoos these have even been replaced by natural oils. For hair that has undergone a chemical treatment, a conditioner with 'water-soluble' silicone is therefore recommended.

 

All ingredients that end with;

  • PEG-8 like Dimethicone and others that start with 'PEG',
  • Dimethicone Copolyol
  • Lauryl Copolyol
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein (Hydroxypropyl Polysyloxane)relate to 'water-soluble' silicones and are safe to use.

Especially people who often colour their hair, have bleached or have permed hair benefit from this addition in a shampoo or conditioner.

 

Difference in quality

 

Active substances


Many retail brands advertise with special additives such as Jojoba, Argan oil, Caffeine Alloë Vera etc. The law stipulates that for retail products, only 3% of an ingredient in a product needs to be included in order to be allowed to name the product after it.

This has proven to be far too little to make any difference. For example, the active effect of caffeine in shampoo is only relevant from 48%.

Professional shampoos do contain the right amount of active ingredients, i.e. high-quality active ingredients, which explains the price difference with retail shampoos and conditioners.

 

Higher concentrations


Professional hair care is much more concentrated than drugstore or supermarket shampoo. If you get out of your 3 = 2 retail product soon need a palm, because you pay mainly for the ingredient water, you can use the shampoo of the hairdresser already suffice with half less.

 

Conclusion:

With regard to the condition of your hair, the health of your skin and the economical use, professional hair care products appear to be a safer and more conscious purchase.

 

Buy where you've been advised.

Reward your hairdresser's personal advice by buying your hair care and styling products in the salon and not online. This is really appreciated because the online salesman didn't bother or take this time for you. 

 

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