Today I want to discuss the difference in professional hair products vs. drug store products! There is a lot of information to give so I am going to get right to and try not to bore you too bad with the “science” portion! Now the last time you were thinking of pH Levels it most likely had nothing to do with your hair…. But that is where we are going to begin!
Your hair’s pH level typically is between 4.5 and 5.5 so lets just split the difference and say it’s 5.0! So naturally we are going to want to keep the products that you use on your hair close to that natural pH right? Most drug store products are generally between a 6.0 and 7.5. The popular brand, Dove, is roughly a 7.5…. which is on the alkaline side of the scale while hair is on the acidic side. One of the brands we carry at Freshair Salon is Oribe and all their products are between a 4.5-6.0. That’s enough to clean and condition the hair without damaging it or stripping any color! I am sure you are thinking why does it matter what my shampoo's pH level is? Well if your shampoo has a pH closer to your hair then is keeps the hair cuticle flat. Which means your hair stays stronger and locks in your color. Whereas if you use something like Dove that is on the alkaline side (higher than 7) then your hair cuticle could swell. This allows moisture to escape causing your hair to damage easier AND can allow the color to fade much faster. You pay your stylist for a beautiful color so why not pay a little more for products that will ensure your color!!
Now some of you are going to say, “Well, I use professional products, but I buy them at a drugstore to save a few dollars!” Well you may be buying what looks like the products at the salon, but it won’t work as good as the real thing! Chain stores will buy bootleg versions of professional products. These “bootleggers” will buy them off of authorized distributors and then hold on to them until the barcode expires (so they don’t get caught) and then sell them to the big companies like Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc. This is called diversion. But what you don’t realize is while these little products are waiting to go to their new home with you they are sitting on a shelf somewhere basically expiring. They won’t work as well as they are supposed to. You trust your stylist with your hair… so why not with your products?