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I get the salon stuff at Ulta or JCPenney salon when it’s on sale. It’s worth it for me because I have pretty long hair that is fine and tangles easily. I also dye it…and backcomb…and straighten…and curl it. LOL. For me it’s more about the conditioners than anything.

I stock up on the jc penny salon sales, I have very curly hair so I need a lot of moisturizing shampoo and conditioners but I also use pantene for curly hair.

I think i just prefer salon because I used to use pantene which made my hair fall out. Which is your favorite shampoo? I’ve been using Joico K-Pak which works pretty well.

I am using Pantene right now, have for awhile and I ahve been having problems with losing more hair then usual…I actually thought it was my thyroid giving me problems but I had it tested and its just fine…now I amwondering maybe my hair doesnt like Pantene as well??

That’s weird, my hair was shedding like crazy too. I never even thought that it could be the Pantene that I was using. Hmmm…

I love the scent of the new pantenes, but I can’t use them for this very reason, once I start to use them my hair starts shedding like crazy….

I don’t do much to my hair at all…Combing is a good day!! But I do use a salon shampoo. It was £14 ($20 I think…?) but I have had it 6 months and still plenty left. I also used to have to wash every 1 1/2 or 2 days, now it is 3 🙂 Then I use a little drugstore conditioner on the tips of my hair and nothing needs to be done for days 😀

Honestly, Salon shampoos and conditioners are better for you because they contain nutrients that go deep into the hair. Drugstore brands have some too, but also contain wax to just coat the hair and make it glossy. Natural/organic brands are the way to go if you are on a budget.

I do notice a difference when I use higher end shampoos/conditioners. My hair is SUPER thick and a pretty weird texture – not straight but not really naturally curly either. it gets very frizzy, but strangely enough it straightens very nicely – but takes a while! My favorite is ISO Bouncy Cleanse. I use it even when I’m going to straighten my hair because it just leaves it SO soft.

To save some money I alternate with drugstore (I have Pantene and tresemme right now) when I know I’m just going to throw it up in a ponytail.

While we’re on the topic tho, I want to know if I’m the only person who is OCD and has to use the same brand/type of Shampoo and Conditioner when I wash my hair?
This leaves me with a problem because I usually use Shampoo up first (b/c of washing twice when my hair is oily or not using regular Conditioner b/c I’m doing a deep conditioner/mask). I end up using the leftover conditioner to shave with!

I use a set too, but if I don’t condition after shampooing, I deal with tangles and unmanageability when I style it.

Ahahaha..I have the same OCD then. I MUST use the set of shampoo/conditioner of the same brand as well. Right now I’m using Shiseidos’ TSUBAKI Damage Care Shampoo and conditioner but I also love Redken and L’Oreal ones.

what redken do you use? I’ve tried the so soft and it was okay…I need a bit more moisture. Any recommendations?

If you need something for A LOT of moisture/protein, try Redken Extreme. I really like that one for damaged hair. My sister destroyed her hair by bleaching/coloring too much and it’s helped get her hair back to feeling somewhat normal. Otherwise the Redken Real Control is a great one too. That one is good if your hair is just feeling dry and makes it nice and smooth and shiny (I think this one may be the best for what you’re looking for based on your above comment about the type of styling you do). It used to use it for a while when my hair was just feeling a little dryer and more dull than usual and it helped a lot. I have fine hair so I usually use something for volume and body (like Body Full) but this wasn’t too heavy at all. All Soft is great (I love the smell) but I think it’s better for frizzy or brittle hair. I think it’s a good one for high textured hair.

Hope that helps! Where in WI are you from? I live in Grafton (20-30 mins north of Milwaukee).

Glad I’m not the only one with this kind of OCD! I’ve used a couple Redken ones before – the one I really like is Smooth Down, which a sales girl once told me in a super hush-hush voice “this is usually for black girls type of hair”…glad I didn’t listen to her, because it worked really well for me! it was super funny that she said it like that tho.

I also liked all soft, but it didn’t do anything magical for me. Same with the Fresh Curls. It did the job, but I didn’t find it was any different that something 1/3 the price (like from the drugstore)

I do this too! I hate using a shampoo without it’s ‘partnered’ conditioner. Drives me nuts. I currently have a number of shampoo’s lining up waiting for a friend to be used again!

I currently use OJON shampoo and conditioner for dyed hair. I’m quite obsessed with shiny hair and find drugstore products just make it look dull.

I’m OCD like that too. I also run out of shampoo first, but instead of using my conditioner to shave, I buy a travel size bottle of “matching” shampoo to use until my conditioner is gone.

I read somewhere that it’s important to consistently use the same brands of shampoo/conditioner on your hair. It’s not good to constantly change ingredients and formulas. So in this case I think it’s good to be a little OCD! 🙂
And I don’t care how good it smells or what it promises, Pantene Pro-V is not good for your hair! The girl who cuts my hair says its full of wax and she tells all her clients not to use it.

I’ve also heard that about Pantene, and while I do use it on occasion, I don’t use it consistently.

I’ve heard both ends of the spectrum – some people say changing up your shampoo/conditioner routine is good for your hair, and I’ve also read that it really doesn’t make any difference.

I don’t do much to my hair apart from dye it 2-3x a year and I’m really loving Lush Rehab Shampoo with their conditioners (any). It lasts me 2-3 days between washes and never greasy or gross.

Shiseido Tsubaki line is the same, but its a little harder to find.

I HATE drugstore hair stuff because its all just silicone, nothing is really absorbing into the hair and it really weighs it down, plus it gets greasy fast!

I must be really low-maintainance… My hair is good with whatever, so I basically buy whatever’s on sale at the drugstore…

I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp, so I alternate between three different drugstore dandruff shampoos (each one has a different active ingredient). For conditioner I do use salon brands, but I purchase only when on sale. I don’t dye or blow dry my hair that much, so this works for me.

I’ve yet to find the best shampoo/conditioner combination for my hair. Half the time, the conditioner just makes my hair greasy, and the other half makes it drier. It get so static-y in the winter, no matter what I do. I’m currently using Redken Clear Moisture shampoo/conditioner, and, while it cleans and shines my hair, it’s still full of static.

I welcome any suggestions =) I’m so sick of winter static!

Unfortunately, my hair has always been high maintenance. Being naturally fluffy/frizzy, It requires salon formulas that provide a smoother, sleeker texture. I mix it up but currently I’m using Matrix in the orange bottles.

so do you think they’re working out well? Thinking about tryin’ em! Ulta has liters of them on sale I think.

Suave has an orange bottle system that is almost identical to the Matrix Sleek. I had a lot of success with it. If you hate it, you only wasted a couple of dollars.

all of my hair products are paul mitchell. i used to use various store brands and my hair was never shiny and always super brittle. i blow dry about 50% of the time, no other heat, no dyeing. other than the products, i treat it the same… and i’ve like a complete difference. super shiny and silky now

Yes, mainly because i don’t have to wash it as often when I use the pricier stuff (as you said). I have pretty good hair, but it really gets an extra oomph with Nexxus Therrape and Humectress. I get these gargantuan 44oz bottles from costco and I don’t need to use nearly as much product as I did with Pantene, so they usually end up lasting me several months.

I have a sensitive scalp, so I’m very careful what kind of shampoo I put on it. I would never buy a drugstore brand that dries out my scalp even more. I could use cheaper conditioners, but I like to spoil myself with something Redken, Kerastase or Sebastian 😉

I have thick, wavy hair that I color, and I used to only use salon brands like Pureology, Matrix Biolage, etc… but I started using the L’Oreal Everpure to try to save money, and I’ve been really happy with it! I like the smoothing kind. I don’t know if it’s better or worse for my hair, but I don’t have to wash it every day, and I haven’t noticed any difference in breakage. I’d definitely recommend trying it to anyone who is used to salon brands and looking to try something from a drugstore brand. However, when I tried other drugstore brands like Pantene and Herbal Essences, my hair got really dry and stopped looking shiny from all the product buildup 🙁

I have really problematic hair, so i have no choice but to use professional haircare. My scalp is very sensitive and flaky, hair is dry and fine, so i use special products for scalp (Philip Kingsley tonic, Leonor Greyl sulfate-free shampoo) and for revitalizing my hair (Philip Kingsley Elastizer). I also need a good serum to make my hair look healthy..

I used to do hairdressing for a little bit so I’ve heard all the sales talk but honestly, it really doesn’t make a difference to me. It may to other people who have special needs–really fine hair, really damaged hair, etc–but my hair just needs a nice shampoo and conditioner. I get Aussie’s and that’s about as high as I’ll go. I just don’t buy into the whole “salon products are better” deal because it really honestly is chemical procedures and heat procedures that mess up your hair, such as dyes, perms, straightening, etc. I was taught all the sales gimmicks and lingo but honestly it’s a lot of BS so I didn’t like it… and now that I’m not doing hairdressing anymore I don’t have to sell it anymore either!

Aussie is the WORST product in the world!It coats your hair so much, that if you were going to have a type of chemical done(perm, foils ect.) the product would actually have to eat through the buildup. It coats your hair so bad and then it makes is so dirty and greasy. The smell of the product is so obvious. Salon products are 100times better. they don’t leave awaxy coating on the hair. Aussie also does not cleanse the scalp and hair! What a salon or stylist recommends is not BS. Maybe if a stylist doesn’t have confidence in themselves and their occupation& no proper knowledge they don’t know how to advise a client then they might need to talk up a sale and they probably don’t believe in themselves as a stylist and a product. I guess maybe thats why you don’t do hair any more. A stylist doesn’t know everything when they get out of school. Its all about experience and knowledge.

Now this sounds like a sales pitch! I personally love aussie and not only has it repaired my hair wayy more than any salon product (I’ve tried TONS amd spent hundreds of dollars) but also cleans much better. And I think it smells amazing, much better than the overly perfumy salon brands that often smell like old lady. I get complimented all the time and my hairdressers can never beleive how healthy my hair is despite how much I process it. When I used salon products my hair looked like steel wool. Never going back.

I used to buy drugstore shampoos/conditionners but switched when I started coloring my hair. My hair is very long and dyed every 5 weeks or so, so I think they deserve a little something special. lol I use Paul Mitchell which I think is not too expensive especially when you buy the 1000ml bottles.

I NEED super hydrating shampoo, and so far Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner is the best I’ve tried.
I would like to try a nicer shampoo. Does anyone have a good suggestion for super hydration?

Well, I’m not so sure about shampoo but for drugstore I like that mane and tail…moisturizing formula or something. I got it at sally’s. I like aussie 3 minute miracle. So far biolage ultra moisturizing has worked out the best for me overall and even though I’m always trying out new things I always go back to it.

Anything by Kerastase, it’s expensive but it’s the best IMO! I don’t even need conditioner, but if you need it they have great ones too! I’ve used other products when I’ve ran out and I can totally see and feel the difference.

My hairdresser says that even the cheapest professional shampoo is better than the most expensive drugstore one

My hairdressers have encouraged me to use salon products and I find them to be better; I also need to use less of the product. I switch around, but right now I prefer Kenra.

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