Shampoo, Expensive vs. Less Expensive

United States
January 26, 2008 8:16am CST
OK ladies, I am trying to cut corners every way I can. I have my hair cut and colored and was talked into the very expensive "Pureology" shampoo from my hairdresser's salon. Do any of you out there have an opinion as to whether or not any of the less expensive shampoos formulated for colored hair is just as good? I have kept old bottles and filled half water/half shampoo to make it last twice as long. I have shampooed every other day, etc. The main concern, and question, is there really a differnce in shampoos? What is in the expensive shampoos that is not in the less expensive, and vice versa?
11 responses
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 Jan 08
My best is any shampoo diluted with water. I use my own home made conditioner. Eggs, lemon and grape oil... What makes your hair look good is not shampoo but conditioner....:)
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• United States
26 Jan 08
What a great idea! I have a book for homemade home products, but have not yet tried shampoo or conditioner. How long does your conditioner last with the perishable food items in it? Do you keep it in the fridge?
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 Jan 08
it takes 3 minutes to mix, I make it fresh each time I wash my head....no need to store...
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• United States
26 Jan 08
Oh, I'll have to check my book for a recipe, thanks again for the comment. I'll bet it smells good as well!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I am a hair dresser and have been for years..I have had more college and hair studies than anyone i know of..The fact is you got taken in by a sales pitch..They buy that high dollar shampoo for a very low price and double sometimes triple the price to their customers, its just another way of making money...There is all kinds of shampoo out there and it is basically all the same..Cheap shampoo is just as good as the expensive kind..None of it will help you keep your color any longer..Prell is the harshest shampoo..Sauve will do just fine..Now when it comes to conditioner, that a different matter...Real cheap conditioner is like a cream rinse..You will need something a lttle better , but suave conditioner is fine..There is nothing in the expensive stuff thats not in the cheaper stuff..What you are paying for with the expensive stuff??????? you are paying for the "Name"
• United States
27 Jan 08
I was afraid of that. Thank you so much for your input. I have heard in the past that Prell was real harsh. My parent bought that when I was a little girl. I will more than likely get the Suave and be done with it. That Prueology was either 18 or 25 dollars, I forget. But, I kept the old bottles and split in half and diluted to save a bit there. Then, I went to shampooing every other day.......How do you like the hair dresser as a profession? My son is in the cosmotology/barber school now and seems to be liking it fine so far. I asked him to ask his instructor this question, but he keeps forgetting. Thanks again!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
27 Jan 08
i love doing hair..I went to Kingwood College in Kingwood texas..I started in 1986 and graduated in 1988 and have been doing hair ever since..I have always worked in a neighbor hood salon..I always wanted to do hair since i was a young kid...
• United States
27 Jan 08
It's real good to find something you really like to do for a living! I hope my son enjoys it as much as you do! Thanks so much! Have a good day!
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• United States
27 Jan 08
Hey there... I work as a Nurse's Aid, and one of my clients went to beauty school in 1952... We were discussing my very straw-looking hair one day, and she told me to give myself a hot OLIVE oil treatment. I started doing that, and within the first month, my hair became SO shiny and silky, it was unbelievable! She also told me that it does NOT matter what shampoo we use, but that we *do* need to switch off every other day between two shampoos, as using one shampoo will cause buildup on the hair that makes our hair look dull and lifeless. I also do that, switch off my shampoos. I *do* have to get back in the hot olive oil treatment... I also color my hair. My client prescribed my program like this: First month, weekly treatments. Second month, every 2 weeks, third month and thereafter, 1x/month. Switch off shampoos every other day, and for conditioner? She also said that doesn't matter, either. HTH! Katt
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• United States
27 Jan 08
Thanks Katt! Do you just heat up the olive oil and work through the hair? I remember a long time ago some company had a hot oil type treatment in a packet, you stuck it in a glass of real hot water. Thanks again! I am real happy with the resopnse here. Now I need to find another person to cut the hair. Have a good day!
• United States
27 Jan 08
I have microwave plastic bowls, so heat up water in one of those. Put the olive oil in a *small* jar, and place in the hot water. If you have acrylic nails, you'll want to use gloves for the next step. You'll need some cotton balls to sop up the oil, which you will then press that cotton ball to your scalp in order to get the olive oil into your hair follicles. You want to do this for your entire scalp. Your hair is longer than mine, so you'll prolly need half a cup of olive oil... After you have saturated your scalp, distribute the remaining oil onto the rest of your hair all the way to the ends. I wrap my head in plastic wrap to keep in more of my body heat, then a regular bath towel, again for body heat. Leave in for 30-45 minutes then shampoo as usual. HTH!
• United States
27 Jan 08
I think I will try this treatment tonight, thanks so much!
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
26 Jan 08
There is very little difference between shampoos, but you need to find the best one for your hair. My husband can use the Sauve stuff no problem, but it dried my hair out so I have to spend a bit more. When I dye my hair is use the Pantene brand for colored hair. I really like it and I find that it doesn't fade my color out, dry my hair, or over condition my hair.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
Thank you! You are the second to recommend Pantene. I think it smells good. If I continue to color my hair, I want a shampoo that will not wash out the color. Maybe baby shampoo, what do you think? It should be quite mild.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I don't know about baby shampoo. It may be mild, but I don't know how soft it would leave your hair. Of course, there is always conditioner to go with the baby shampoo. I use to use that stuff a lot when I was younger and would get my hair permed and dyed. The conditioner smells really nice too. You could also get the shampoo that has the color in it (I think Pantene may make a type of this) and just buy the color that closely matched the dye in your hair. I use to buy this stuff when it was only available in Sallys, you can actually use it to just add that color to your hair (it adds the color to the lighter highlights in your hair).
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• United States
27 Jan 08
Thank you for your input, I have a lot of good ideas to work with now. Have a good day.
@Fishmomma (11467)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I have tried a lot of brands of shampoo. Suave is a great low cost shampoo that has a lot of different scents, which I'm buying again. I couldn't see any difference in my hair and decided why spend lots for shampoo that wasn't improving my hair.
• United States
26 Jan 08
You're the second today with the Suave suggestion. I think for sure not to purchase the 18 or 25 dollar bottles anymore. Even with the diluting them, it is still 9 or 12 dollars per bottle! I think I felt I needed to because my hair looked so nice after he did it. I need to cut costs dramatically. Thank you for your suggestion. Now I need to find a less expensive hair dresser, any suggestions there?
@Fishmomma (11467)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Ask your friends who their hairdresser is now. I discovered each one of my friends was going to a different place sure surprised me. I made a list from each lady of services available and the price of the service. This saved me $5.00 on my recent trip, as just needed a cut, but when I want a perm, then I save a lot of dollars.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
Yes, the cuts are not so bad, it's when I get the color! Last trip was 140, 150 with the tip! I think I will just walk into salons around here and see how they approach me, with friendly smiles, or not. If I feel comfortable, it may be the place! Thanks for your suggestion. I have asked a few of my friends, but most do not live near me :(
@my52cents (569)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Try Dove shampoo for color-treated hair. I love Dove shampoo and tried that one when it came out, when I was still coloring my hair. My husband is happy with Suave, and I am happy with some Suave products, the nicer, creamier shampoos, but spending just a little more for Dove shampoo is worth it to me. My hair feels so good when I rinse it and it "wears" well, too. I love Dove products.
• United States
26 Jan 08
I tried the Dove when it first came out too, and remember liking it. I will get some when my real expensive watered down stuff runs out. I don't like to have tons of bottles of shampoo in the bathroom.
• United States
26 Jan 08
Watering down that shampoo was a very good idea. Believe it or not, I've used Dove liquid soap in the kitchen (love it, too - kind to the hands) and when it got low and didn't pump well I added a bit of water just to use up that last little bit and was surprised at the result. It lasted quite some time and was just as effective as before. I was really surprised.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
I ran out of shampoo once and used the Bath and Body bath gel! That was before all of the gray and color. I don't know how harsh that was, but I sure did smell good all day! I once bought a shampoo soap at Restoration Hardware. The smell reminded me of the "real" olden days. I am sure it was almost pure lye or something and would be quite harsh, but it was very inexpensive!
• Canada
26 Jan 08
i do know that all shampoos have crap in them though... best one is abba vegan shampooo
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• United States
26 Jan 08
That sounds expensive, is it?
• United States
26 Jan 08
I used to use the most expensive crap for my damaged hair. Finally, I got sick of spending so much, so I stopped. I bought Pantene or however you spell it instead, and I also got a pretty cheap bottle of spray to use after the shower to help with damaged hair. You should try something like that.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
I like the way Pantene smells. I am really trying to cut corners as well. Does the Pantene and the spray work? I assume it was a leave in conditioner or something like that?
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I'm sure you will get many different opinions on this topic. My daughter-in-law is a cosmotologist and was told in school that there is very little difference in the expensive shampoos and hair products and the over-the-counter shampoos and hair products. Apparently if one gets a mid-priced over-the-counter brand it is just fine for hair! Again, I'm sure there are schools which would have taught her differently.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
Thank you! I wonder often if my guy is acting in my best interest or not insisting the Pureology is best for the hair that is colored. He does receive a portion of the sales, so he "may" be thinking of himself and not me. In my job as a realtor, even if it is not best for me, I always try to make the best suggestions for all of my clients. Does your daughter in law enjoy the cosmotology? My son a junior in high school began that program to cut hair just this year. I asked him to ask his instructor, but he forgot. :)
@ky1119 (699)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I use Suave. I've used it for years. I like it better than anything else I've used, and I've used some expensive shampoos. I like it better than any of the other less expensive shampoos as well.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
I like Suave too and used it prior to the coloring of my hair. Does Suave have a shampoo for color treated hair? I don't think I have even looked. I know it would have to be less expensive than the other brands! They all smell good too!
• United States
27 Jan 08
I hate the shampoo that my hair dresser uses. It always feels like it makes my hair heavy-feeling. I use Aussie shampoos and conditioners. They aren't very expensive, a little goes a long way. If my hair needs conditioning, I use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. I've always rotated shampoo, though. My other shampoo choice is Tresseme. It's relatively inexpensive, too.