HAIRCARE: Salon vs. Drugstore


Ladies, listen up! If your shower is starting to look like the walmart haircare isle, we need to have a talk. 

I know first hand how cheap and convenient it can be to grab some shampoo and conditioner as you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping. You’re probably thinking you’ll save some cash, and don’t have to make a trip into the salon, right?

There’s a lot of misconceptions about drugstore haircare, and I’m here to tell you the truth.

Cash Money

This is the biggest reason why millions reach to the drugstore isle for their haircare, because they are cheap! And don’t get me wrong, I know how it is to be ballin’ on a budget, But are you really saving money?

If you’ve ever seen a professional salon product inside a target or drugstore (Such as Paul Mitchell, Bumble and Bumble, Etc.) you may think you’re getting salon quality at a discount. They’ve done their job right because you my friend, have been tricked! In most cases these salon products are not coming from the manufacture themselves, so you could be getting an expired or watered down version. The pro’s have even done testing on these products and found high levels of bacteria in them! (Most likely from sitting in a warehouse for a few years). 

So let’s break it down, Target has this Bumble and Bumble creme de coco shampoo for $26.49 and although it’s not coming directly from the source you may be thinking it’s cheaper.. think again!

Buying this same shampoo directly from the Bumble and Bumble website is only $25.00!       So you’re not only taking a serious risk on these unknown products, but you’re also spending MORE money! 


Less is more

If you aren’t gravitating towards salon products down the drugstore isle, you’re probably reaching for a shampoo or conditioner thats a couple bucks. Some companies will even give you a liter for less than $10, sounds too good to be true? Well unfortunately, It is. When using these cheap shampoo’s and conditioners, other than poor quality ingredients (that aren’t doing your hair any favors) guess what those products are mostly made of, Good old H20.

Ever wonder why you have to use an entire handful of shampoo to get a good lather, but with your salon products you only use a quarter sized dollop? The large amount of water in these products make it seem like you have a lot of shampoo, when really you just have a big bottle of watered down Sh**

It comes down to quantity vs. quality, these giant tubs of product may look like they will last you all year, but in reality you’ll use way more than you ever expected. 



Speaking of harsh ingredients not doing your hair any favors, let’s talk about some key ingredients found in these drugstore products and why you need to be avoiding them.

Silicone based ingredients are used in tons of cheap hair care products, mainly because it gives the illusion and feel of healthy, shiny hair. The silicone actually creates a barrier around the hair shaft which prevents nutrients from getting through and causing it to dry out even more! 

Alcohol is also a mega moisture sucker, and found in almost every drugstore shampoo. It can dry out the natural oils in your hair, leaving it brittle and dehydrated inside the core of your hair shaft. 

Sulfates are your colored hair’s worst nightmare. If you have a difficult time keeping your hair color from fading, this is most likely the number one offender. Sulfates create lots of lather that strip natural oils and artificial color every time you shampoo. 

Parabens are not only harsh on your hair, but can also be cancer causing when absorbed into the skin. They are key ingredients hiding under common names like methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben just to name a few. Parabens are essentially used to kill bacteria, allowing products to last months, or even years on the retail shelves. These ingredients can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system, causing it to play a role breast cancer risk!


So the next time you reach for drugstore hair products, think about these risks and maybe take that extra time out of your day to give your hair and your body what it deserves.


You can find trusted Salon products at Ulta, A licensed salon, or Online directly from the company website.