If you think it’s enough to buy the cheapest hair products you can find, slather them on your scalp, and hope for the best, think again. High-quality hair products are worth their weight in gold, but the low-quality stuff can leave your hair ravaged with damage. The good news is that high-quality products don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Instead, your stylist can recommend a bevy of low-cost but high-quality brands. Here are four reasons it’s time to give up on second-rate generic stuff and give your hair what it deserves.
Low-Quality Products Cost You More
Higher quality products might come with a slightly larger price tag, but don’t be fooled. Low-quality products can damage – and even destroy – your hair, leaving you and your hairdresser stuck fixing the damage. From costly keratin and oil treatments to trimming away damaged ends, cheap products can ultimately cost you much more than you bargained for. When you opt for better products, though, you’ll have healthier hair, which means fewer trims, fewer expensive treatments, and less time wasted trying to tame unmanageable tresses.
You’ll Run Out of High-Quality Products Less Quickly
Low-quality products are often heavily diluted, so even if they contain the “right” ingredients, those ingredients are present in lower proportions. Consequently, you’ll have to use more product to get the same results. If you use cheap products, you’ll find that you run through the bottle more quickly, costing you more over time. And with the lowest quality products, you may have to repeatedly apply the product to get a decent result, yielding lots of lost time and tons of frustration.
Cheap Chemicals Can Lead to Costly Damage
Low-quality products often contain unsafe chemicals that can harm your hair, or even undermine your health. Generally speaking, it’s best to shy away from products that contain the following ingredients:
• Sulfates. These harsh chemical detergents suck the life out of your hair, and include ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate, TEA lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and ammonium xylene sultanate
• Silicones. Look for products with a -con suffix. These products make your hair look temporarily shiny, but can damage it over time.
• Isopropyl alcohol, which can dry out your hair and cause split ends.
• Mineral oil, which disrupts the hair’s natural barrier.
• Propylene glycol, which some studies suggest may cause cancer.
Manufacturers of low-quality products are also more likely to test on animals, use dangerous and untested ingredients, or to mislead you about the ingredients in their products. Pick the better brands to avoid this nightmare.
Your Hair is Dead Tissue
You might have heard that shampoos and conditioners can improve your hair’s health, but this is a misleading claim. Hair is dead tissue, so you can’t really improve its health. Instead, healthy hair begins with healthy skin and a healthy scalp. Higher-end shampoos and conditioners offer this benefit, ensuring long-term good health. Cheaper products may coat your hair, making it look temporarily better, but these products do nothing to improve the long-term health of your tresses.