Choosing the right Shampoo and Conditioner

This blog is dedicated to the girl in front of me at Stop & Shop that bought a shampoo for $1.05.  I’m not going to lie, it took alot for me to not intervene and stop her. I wanted to give her a consultation right in line! Maybe it’s the Stylist in me but, what I do is my life and goes with me everywhere!  It’s like when you know your in a room with a hairdresser and you say, “OMG, your probably looking at my hair. I didn’t do it today.”  Yes, we noticed you haven’t done your roots either. lol   It’s just natural for us!

As for shampoos and conditioners I find most people have complaints about their hair that most often could be solved by what they are putting on it or in it I should say. If you color your hair you have to understand that colored hair needs to be not just maintained but, nourished. If you spend $150 on your hair but skip the $25-$30 on shampoo and conditioner  that is going to protect your investment then the least of your worries is saving a buck on what you buy to wash your hair.  Your expensive color service is slowly getting washed down the drain with the harsher products you are using.   Most professional products these days won’t cause direct damage to your hair but there are definitely ones that are better than others.  One of my favorites for color treated is KMS California’s Color Vitality. (retail shampoo $15.78, conditioner $16.78)   If you have blonde hair they have Blonde shampoo as well thats is apart of the color vitality line (retail $15.78) . I highly recommend especially in the summer. It keeps your blonde shiny and bright. The purple hue helps kick out any brass or keep it out.


Do you have well water?  I feel for you ladies! Your hair is going to battle with what’s in the water every time and most often than any it is losing. Well water can dry out the hair and severely alter a color. Especially blondes. I would recommend a clarifying shampoo to just use once a week. A clarifying shampoo is going to help get the minerals out and clean the hair really well to prevent build up. Don’t use more than that because it will dry out your hair.  We carry Hair Stay Clarifying by KMS (retail $15.78)  Honestly, any clarifying will do, they are just not always easily found just anywhere.  I also recommend this if your hair has excessive oil. It will help prevent oil buildup as well…. Sometimes I come across ladies that have a bad habit of tying their hair up while it is still wet and leaving it like that for hours. I DO NOT RECOMMEND. Not only does this cause breakage but believe it or not you can get mildew in your hair.. It has a particular smell. I don’t know how to explain it but, I can definitely know immedietly if a client is a culprit for doing this.   Another great option is using Malibu for well water. They have a shampoo or they have packets with powder in them. The powder you use once a week and is left on for a minimum of 10 min. This helps pull the minerals and metals out specifically. We carry the shampoo (retail $13.00) or the packets ($3.00 each)   The shampoo I would say is ok for my blonde clients but if you have other colors in your hair or darker color I would use the packets.


Do you wash daily or just have average hair you want to keep healthy?  Sebastian Professional Light is perfect.  It’s just that LIGHT on your hair. It’s great for daily use and won’t dry out the hair. If your hair is dry I would recommend Sebastian Drench or Penetrait. The Drench is more for thick and dry hair where as the penetrait is for deep repair. So breakage and over processed hair would definitely benefit even more from penetrait. It’s one of those you definitely notice over time that will mend your hair back to health.  Once you nurse it back to health switch it up.  I think that’s the biggest problem is people use the same thing for so long, their hair may just need something different over time because the climate changed or their styling needs have changed. It’s not that the product doesn’t work anymore, your needs just might be different.  Other great moisturizing shampoos and cond: Moroccon Oil (retail $22.00 for shampoo and $23.00 for cond.)  and Q10 by Scwarzkopf. Q10 was designed for women over 40 to fill the collagen in the hair and to help women with wiry gray hair. It’s great for that but what I LOVE it for is for clients with severe damage. Like broken over processed blondes. This stuff is gold. (retail $23.00 each)


Volumizing.  I’m on the fence with volumizing shampoos and conditioners. As a colorist I don’t recommend as often because volumizing products leave the cuticle open to plump up the hair which is leaving it wide open for your color to come out.  Color lives deep in the hair but shine doesn’t and to me the color does fade and doesn’t look as good over time. For blondes I would say it would be ok but for red heads or darker shade I would say no.  If your worried about weighing your hair down then go with the Light shampoo and cond by Sebastian and then use a great volumizing styling aid like Add Volume line by KMS. Their mousse is pretty great! Add lift and thickness all over. Or if you need just a lift then the root lift would be used. (retail $15.78)


Curly Girls.  Do you wear your hair curly all the time or most of the time? Well I have the best recommendation for you!! I recently got more in depth with this line to know the ins and outs of it. Curly hair needs moisture and most over the counter grocery store brands are so bad with chemicals and detergents in their shampoos that it severely deprives  curly hair the moisture it needs causing frizz and dry hair.  Deva products are specifically designed with the curly girl in mind. It’s a vegan line with no sulfates or parabans.  I also recommend this product for ethnic hair. Because the hair tends to be coarser and dry it helps maintain your own natural oils instead of stripping it while also putting other goodness in there.  Their gel is amazing and doesn’t leave behind hard crunchy curls either.  One note with this product, when you shampoo there is not any lather. So it may feel like you are not doing it right or something is wrong with the product. It’s OK!  Friction from your fingertips will cleanse the scalp with this product. Pair this with a Deva cut by one of our specialists and you will be a believer and will never go back!  In 12 years of my salon experience curly hair was the most challenging for me and was so complex. After discovering Deva I’m instead empowered to educate my curly clients and confident I found what they have been looking for!!  (All products retail $18-$19 a piece)


Hopefully,  these tips helped give you some insight or make you think more about what you use the next time you step in the shower.   Shampoos and conditioners are the foundation to your style and to the health of your hair.  I have seen first hand the damage or the repair the right one can do and I am a BIG believer in making the right investment for your hair when it comes to choosing your shampoo and conditioner.  These aren’t the only products you can use these are just a few recommendations.  Our salon offers a few ways you can save. We offer monthly specials that usually reflect in some of the lines we carry, we have a loyalty program that you can save on your service and maybe splurge on some products, or buy liters! If there’s something you don’t see in stock we special order any of our products in bigger sizes if needed. Just let us know before you come for your appt. If you have to, skip the styling product but never skip the right shampoo and conditioner.

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