Why Cheap Shampoo and Conditioner Will Wreck Your Look


I recently went to Pasadena, CA for the Rose Bowl and had the tragic experience of using cheap shampoo and conditioner. After years of using Kerastase, I made the error of using a travel size of the Aveda Mint Shampoo and Conditioner set while on the road. Not to say that Aveda is a cheap brand by all means, it’s the product I used afterwards to attempt to soften my hair.

It is SO important that you choose a shampoo and conditioner that is right for your hair type and how you style your hair on a regular basis. It will make or break your style and determine whether your hair shines in a good way or a bad way. In this case, I brought a combo that was not good for my hair leaving it dry, and tangly.

They say two wrongs don’t make a right. True. Clearly the conditioner was not enough for my hair so I added a cheap conditioner that was in the guest bathroom of the beautiful home that I was staying in. A) It was designed for kids B) it was an all natural product which is great, if done well. In this case, it wasn’t. My hair was brassy, dull, hard to comb and even harder to blow out. It took twice as long to style and there wasn’t a lick of volume in it. My tresses were flat at the crown, stressed out and frizzy at the bottom. I looked a mess and the sad part about that was, I was seeing people I hadn’t seen in 10 years. Hey frizz face, how are you? Great.

Moral of the story, invest in product. It truly will save you time and money even though it seems like more up front. It’s not in the end. Why? You use less, your color lasts longer and you aren’t wasting hours trying to fix your mediocre mop. Plus, it isn’t leaving that dull, disgusting residue on your hair. Win-win.

Things To Consider When Selecting a Shampoo and Conditioner

1) What kind of tools are you using on your hair? Tools such as a hair dryer, curling iron or flat iron give off varying amounts of heat. It is critical that you are protecting the hair from getting heat damage.

2) Are you exposed to the sun? Protect your hair from environmental damage and prolong your color with UV protection.

3) How often are you washing your hair? Consider cutting back to 2-3x per week. It helps even out the oils in your hair. Trust me, you have spun them so far out of control by daily washing, they are working overtime to keep up. Experiment over a few days off.

4) Do you color your hair? Find a color preserving set that will help keep your color bright and rich.

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