Archives for March 2013

Are Salon Products Identical To Drugstore Products?

While there is an exception to every rule, salon products are generally manufactured to contain higher quality, more expensive ingredients that are designed to consistently provide more intensive cleansing, moisturizing and conditioning results. The quality ingredients found in salon products are not usually found in drugstore brands.

Years ago, I was attending a class for hair and the speaker up front said “why would a client invest money into their hair at a salon and then go to a drug store or supermarket to buy their products” No one in the class had an answer. He told us (the students) that this didn’t make sense; if a client was willing to spend time and money to look good, why would they stop when it came to their hair care regimen? Well I have the answer for you it’s their hairdressers fault for not telling them about it. So many of us (hairdressers) get caught up with the cut,the color and the conversation that we forget the client is going to take her hair home with her and we aren’t going to be there to help them recreate what we did in the salon. Shame on us, as hairdressers for not taking the responsibility to ensure our clients have the same experience at home that they did in the salon.


     That was my first thought my second was this; the client doesn’t believe there is a difference between a store bought product and a salon product. In a sense all products are made the same but are not created equal. Without diving into every ingredient found in the bottle I will try to explain this way. When you go to the gas station to fill up your car you usually have three choices 87, 89 and 93 octane. Now if you’re like me you probably go for the cheapest gas, regular. Know when I went car shopping one of the benefits of the truck I bought is that it can take regular unleaded gasoline and run just fine. Another words my truck doesn’t need 93. Now if I had went out and bought a Ferrari and put 87 octane gas in it you would probably blow a 150 thousand dollar engine. You know how touchy those Italian cars are 🙂 but seriously if you were doing home hair-color you might as well use the cheap stuff it won’t make that much of a difference. Concerning ingredients, one of the most basic ingredients in a product which is common to all products is water. Past that you can’t compare the ingredients in salon bought products to products sold in the supermarket.


Now just for a side note after hurricane Sandy when there was a gas shortage I was stuck getting super unleaded and not the not so cheap regular gas because the gas station had nothing else left. The guy told me he would charge me the same (awesome right)? To my surprise my tank of gas lasted a lot longer than it usually did. I still put regular in, but I am frequently tempted to use the good stuff 🙂

The best example I can give you for the upgrade to a better hair care product is skin care products. Now I know you will see on T.V. A 60 year old women with beautiful skin claiming to have used Dove beauty bar her whole life and nothing else on her skin. SERIOUSLY come on, she’s lucky if she used it once in her whole life and if she did she probably ran straight to her esthetician for a chemical peel. Cheap skin care stinks, it does the job but you will definitely notice the difference in your skin years from now if you start using the good stuff.

Listen if after this blog you still want to use the store bought stuff go for it nobody is going to die. Just giving you this guy’s opinion, see you next blog.

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Myth or Fact: Hair Should Be Washed Every Day

Myth or Fact: Hair Should Be Washed Every Day


     Myth, there is no correct schedule for washing hair. Every person should shampoo according to the specific needs of their hair type and texture. While some people do benefit from a daily shampoo, others benefit from a variety of shampooing schedules.

So who should wash their hair every day and who shouldn’t. Well, it goes a little further than knowing your texture, you also need to know your product. If you have hair that is fine,straight or thick, straight, flat and gets oily quickly, shampoo everyday. My recommendations would be to have two different shampoos on hand, a volume shampoo and a normal to fine shampoo. Interchanging these products from week to week or day to day will give you and your hair a little variety, this in turn will help you to have voluminous hair all the time, well most of the time any way. I’m not doing a shampoo commercial here so lets be realistic.

 voluminous fine hair

Medium density and slightly wavy hair and your wash schedule will depend on how healthy your hair is and how lazy you want to be. This hair type can be washed everyday with a gentle to normal shampoo depending on how curly or healthy your hair is. If you would like to wash your hair every other day than lay off on the product and try a dry shampoo on the second day.


Thick, dense, curly or wavy hair requires less washing than the other hair types. If you wash this hair every day you are doing it an injustice. This hair type can go as long as three days with out washing and in some cases longer. Washing this hair type every day means you are stripping it of it’s natural oils that help keep the hair shiny and lustrous. Although you can artificially replace this shine with products and treatments why bother when you can solve the issue by washing your hair less. This hair type does well with moisturizing or smoothing shampoos. I also recommend using a heavy duty moisturizing treatment once a week this will help maintain the health of the hair and make it a-lot easier to style. If you leave your hair natural and let the curls come through then a treatment seal the cuticle making for a nicer curl.

makeover spray

Just a F.Y.I. There are hair treatments made for every hair type; for the fine girls they will make your hair stronger and more voluminous for the medium to thick hair girls it will add shine, moisture and smoothness. For the girls that want to wash their hair every other day or even longer a dry shampoo will be a lifesaver, or at the least help you get through another day of not washing your hair. A dry shampoo like KMS Makeover Spray, should not leave any type of film or powdery look to your hair when you spray it into your hair. A good dry shampoo will maintain body and dry up any of the greasy’s.


Your hairstylist is the best source to help you choose a shampoo for your hair. He or she will be familiar with your hair type and condition. He or she will be able to choose a product for volume, nourishment, color care or keratin care. It is truly a shot on the dark by just reading the back of a bottle or buying a product because it has a nice package.


See you next blog 🙂 Duane



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