A question that I’m asked frequently is “what is the difference between drugstore and professional hair products?” I wish I had a thoroughly researched explanation for you but I simply don’t. So, in my professional opinion, let me shed some light on what I think the main differences are between the two.
first off, let’s get one thing straight. I’m the farthest thing from a scientist. The only “science” I do on a regular basis is mixing color at the salon to formulate the *perfect” caramel highlight, for example. So don’t go quoting me on anything I say here. Look at this as a “girlfriend splitting a popcorn with you at Target” type of conversation. Got it? In fact, look at almost anything on this blog that way. That would be cool.
So, the main difference between drugstore and professional products? Cost. Why? Ingredients. Do more costly ingredients always mean a better product? No. Can cheap shampoo’s be better than high end ones? Sure.
Overall, I’ve been more pleased with the quality of products I’ve purchased at professional stores than drugstores. I think, for the most part, you get better ingredients that will in turn make your hair look/feel/style better.
However, I’ve been in desperate need of a new shampoo and conditioner for my long locks. My hair is beyond in need for a trim (and by trim I mean 3-4 inches) and the length is killing me. I’m almost ready to go outside and wave a stranger down to help me cut the back of it. (I’ve cut my own hair for several years but these days I need a friend to help me with the back) After I finish up a project this fall, I plan on chopping my locks to a collarbone length. And I can’t wait!
Anyway, I popped in to Target and grabbed the Loreal EverPure Volume shampoo and conditioner mostly because Essie Button (my favorite YouTube Beauty Guru) highly recommended this line. It happens to be sulfate free, which I don’t personally care about, but that was not what enticed me. I wanted to try a drugstore brand and review it for the blog, as well as try this highly recommended shampoo and conditinoer.
And you know what? I love the shampoo. It’s fabulous. The conditioner is alright, but leaves a slight residue in my hair. It doesn’t make my hair feel super hydrated either but this could be because I need a haircut really bad too.
So, if you are in the market for a volumizing duo, I recommend this one! Again, I don’t love the conditioner so I’m still shopping for a better one, but give it a try if you are in the market!
I also grabbed this Biotin & Collagen shampoo and conditioner from Organix just to give it a go as well. Again, liked the shampoo but wasn’t overly impressed with the conditioner. Just like the Loreal one, I felt like it left a layer of residue on my hair.
I’m glad to now know about something that will work for me if I’m ever in a bind and need to buy shampoo and conditioner at the drugstore (kind of like if this scenario happened in real life).