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Are Salon Hair Products of Better Quality Than Store-Bought Products?

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about whether salon-grade hair products are truly better than those you can buy at the store. This is a burning question on many of your minds, and I wanted to answer it for you.

In short, the answer is no, but let’s dive into the details.

To help answer this, I contacted an expert—a hair scientist with a Ph.D. in Chemistry specializing in cosmetic formulation. Here’s what he had to say:

The Quality of Ingredients

Firstly, it’s essential to understand that salon-grade products are not inherently better or of higher quality than store-bought products. Both types use the same “Cosmetics Grade” raw materials, meaning the quality and purity of the ingredients are equivalent. There is no distinction in the grade of ingredients used in salons versus retail products.

So, how do they differ?

The Differences in Application

Salon-grade products are specifically formulated for professional use. Hair stylists, trained in cosmetic formulation and product application, understand how to use these products to achieve optimal results. They are also aware of the potential adverse effects that can cause damage to the scalp or hair shaft.

This expertise is crucial for products involving permanent hair coloring, bleaching, perms, and hair straightening. These treatments contain strong, active chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, ammonium thioglycolate, sodium hydroxide, and guanidine hydroxide. Because of their potency, these chemicals require careful handling and application, typically guided by professional oversight.

Regulatory bodies control the active ingredients in these products, ensuring their concentrations do not exceed safe levels.

Concentration and Performance

For over-the-counter (or drugstore) products like shampoos, conditioners, and treatments, the differences between salon and store-bought products are minimal. Both categories generally have similar pH levels and comparable ingredient lists. The idea that salon products are more concentrated or last longer is a misconception. They are designed to deliver results, but so are retail products.

Consumer Choice and Testing

Ultimately, choosing between salon and store-bought hair products is a matter of personal preference and desired results. Consumers are encouraged to test any new product in a small area before using it fully. Store-bought products are equally effective and capable of delivering excellent results. It’s all about finding the best product for your hair type and needs.

Conclusion

In conclusion, salon-grade products are not superior in quality compared to store-bought products. The key difference lies in their intended use and the expertise required for application. Both product types use the same quality ingredients and can effectively care for your hair. So, whether you choose salon or retail products, you can achieve healthy, beautiful hair with the right selection and proper use.

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