For many women justifying the cost of salon exclusive hair products is impossible, while others will avoid cheap supermarket brands like the plague.
This week’s discussion is about whether salon brands really are superior and I will let you fight it out (in a calm and friendly manner of course) in just a moment so bare with me.
I was born with unruly, unmanageable hair. It’s thick, it’s curly and it’s prone to frizz. My poor mum didn’t know what to do with it as a child so she always cut it short so she didn’t have to deal. Hairdressers used to make me cry by curling it up as much as possible so I’d look like Nicole Kidman (in case you don’t remember her hair was indeed, once curly!)
The hair straightener changed my life, and Nicole’s too it seems, and ever since I’ve worn my hair straight to some extent. Where am I going with this? The fact is, I always had hair issues and I have tried almost every product and brand out there.
Four personal hair lessons I have learnt are:
1. Always let a hairdresser cut my hair, and do it regularly: Split ends only get worse and having hair slightly shorter will always look and feel better than having long hair that looks damaged.
2. Never use at home hair colours: I used to be a big at home hair colour girl in my teens and some people look really great with an out of the box colour – but for me they dry out my hair and the colour just doesn’t stick.
3. Salon brands work better but there are exceptions: Having naturally dry hair I find the more expensive brands often do improve the condition of my hair, especially masks. That being said you can get some little gems right there in your supermarket aisle.
4. Short hair makes me look like a boy...and that has nothing to do with this discussion so I’m not even going to bother thinking up a fifth point.
I have the luxury of testing products for a living so the price point isn’t a factor when it comes to haircare so they all start on an even playing field. Personally though, I am going to say that salon brands win – but not always by a long shot. However, salon colour always wins over home hair colour!
One of the most common things a hairdresser will tell you is that “supermarket brands coat your hair”. A lot of the time this is true, but what if you WANT your hair coated? What if your hair looks BETTER when it’s coated? The downside to this is you are likely to get flakiness and product build up. Is this really such a bad thing? What do you think?
Many women also feel pressured to buy when they are at the hairdresser, a haircut can be quite expensive already but it can be hard to say no.
So, who are you? What kind of hair do you have and do you prefer salon or supermarket brands? Is the cost the only factor holding you back from trying a salon exclusive product? Do you opt for DIY or is a hairdresser essential? What brands do you use on your hair and why?
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