Professional hair products: worth it?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

There are some really great brands at Target, CVS and other similar stores. I personally buy a mix of high-end and what I will refer to as drugstore brands. My favorite drugstore brands are Pantene, OGX Argan Oil of Moracco shampoo/conditioner, and Thermasilk hair protectant spray. They are basic though…I do a fair bit of heat styling and found that most drugstore brands don’t do enough to protect. To keep my hair pampered, I splurge on Keratase (worth every penny!!) – favs are Ciment Thermique and Elixir Ultime! Keratase keeps my hair really healthy and soft! I noticed an immediate difference after two uses of those products and results have not waned. No more split ends or dry hair. I like Joico as well, effective but I just got better results with Keratase! 

Post # 3
2706 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My hair sucks.  It is very dry, frizzy and always has been. I am 50 now but it has been awful since I was 3 years old. It doesn’t matter what products I use. However, it always looks fabulous after a professional blow out, not even recognizable as my hair. That seems to be the key. If the woman who is selling you the products has amazing hair, it might be from the styling, not the products. Also, different products work differently for different people. John Frieda anti frizz stuff does not work on me at all but biosilk silk therapy works much better

Post # 4
357 posts
Helper bee

Yes, absolutely worth it.  I will only buy salon shampoo (i.e. not type that you can get at a beauty supply store.)

They Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me shampoo and conditioner works wonders.

Have you thought about having it professionally treated to you don’t have to use heat on it?

Post # 5
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have very thick and healthy hair. I honestyly think that professional shampoo is not worth it but the conditioner is. I always mix the two and my hair always remains healthy. I don’t have a brand I prefer, I just buy what’s priced best currently. I use a nice leave-in conditioner once a week as well. I also rarely use heat products and use a wide tooth comb to brush my hair after a shower to avoid breakage. I hope this helps!

Post # 7
4015 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My #1 favorite higher end hair product is Its a 10 leave in conditioner! I used to work in a salon and have always used professional hair products (redken, biolage etc) but I absolutely love what Its a 10 does to my hair! Its never been softer or silkier or look healthier! I got a sample size at Sephora and got hooked after using in once! (And it smells amazing!) 🙂

Post # 8
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If you want to wear your hair wavy and get it healthy, looking into the Deva product line and the Deva hair care method. My hair is fine, but I have a good amount of it, and it is so, so, so healthy. When I was having my hair styled for a wedding I was in, the stylist remarked that she’s never seen hair as healthy as mine. I even color it, and it’s still super healthy. Let me know if you have any questions about Deva. I’m not a salesperson or anything, just a huge fan.

Post # 9
263 posts
Helper bee

I’ve started using this Tresemme 7 day Smooth routine and it is amazing. I’ve spent years on fancy products and hundreds of different shampoos to find something that works, and now it’s a drug store brand. I think the serum is all you need really, because I ran out of the conditioner and it still makes my hair amazing.

My hair is frizz free when I leave it to air dry (see below for why), but when I use a hairdryer is automatically poufs up like mad. However, since I started using this 7 day smooth thing, I literally just wave the hairdryer on my hair on a medium heat until it’s dry, and it comes out lovely, healthy and straight looking. Not poker straight like you get with irons, but just nice. No brushes needed. So it’s not really a “blow dry”, and yet it still comes out amazingly straight and healthy looking.

I also had a Yuko straightening treatment on it, which made it so much more healthy looking. Strangely enough, it didn’t actually make my hair poker straight but the frizz is completely vanished.  I think I tied it up too soon after the treatment, so it’s straight to just below my ears and then waves from there. So that might be worth considering even if your hair is already straight- it makes the frizz permanently disappear.

Post # 10
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Try it’s a 10 miracle leave in conditioner. It’s amazing!

Post # 11
537 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

cls9q:  What products do you use in your hair to help keep it straight/not frizzy? I have really straight hair to being with, but I swear by Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to keep my flyaways and a bit of frizz down. This allows me to not have to even use a blow dryer let alone a flat iron! Maybe finding the right product instead of heat would help out.

Post # 12
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I definitely think heat protectant and treatments are worth investing in. My hair gets styled every day for work, and Moroccan Oil is a godsend. I just put it in towel-dried hair (instead of conditioner) and comb it through to the ends. It keeps my hair in amazing condition, even with all the blow-drying, curling and straightning it endures. 

Post # 13
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

cls9q:  Like a lot of PP, I use a mix. I use cheap shampoo and conditioner (although I find the ones I like really nice and have been using them for years) but for the rest of my products I totally splurge (and it’s one of the few areas I do!).

I use a Kerastase masque deep treatment once a week (ok, let’s be realistic here, it’s more like once a fortnight when I actually get my a** into gear), and I always use Kerastase nectar thermique for heat protection. I also started using Kerastase elixir ultime creme just before my wedding a few months ago and I swear it is amazing, and smells incredible.

I’m a total GHD hair-abuser. My poor hair is probably pretty beaten up, but it is just too meh to get away without heat styling (not straight, not wavy, just sort of… frizzy). I figure so long as it still looks ok once I’ve styled it, I may as well keep going! And if one day you see me start a post asking if I’d suit a pixie cut, you’ll know what happened.

EDIT: Wow, I never realised what a Kerastase w**** I was until I re-read this post. I swear I don’t have a vested interest. Hope you love the new products you’re trying!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Miss_Mae.
Post # 14
10840 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

cls9q: I’ve wondered this. I do use a shampoo from the expensive shelf in a supermarket, but I know I could spend way more too. It’s a hard one, I do find my hair doesn’t feel right if I use a cheapie. 

Post # 15
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I never buy expensive shampoo.  Or conditioner.  I use all different drug store products.  I like the John Freida line for curly hair.  My hair is thick and healthy and I have never noticed a difference when I blow money on pricey products.  I do get a cut and color every 6-7 weeks.

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