Do You Really Need Professional Shampoo?

I know I am not the only one asking that question. I’m sure many stylists and professionals have their own opinions on the answer to this question, but I am going to give you the answer my stylist and good friend gave me.

It depends!

If your hair is not color treated and is generally healthy, you can probably get away with using drugstore shampoo and condition. Just beware of sulfates! Sulfates are the ingredients in traditional shampoos that make them nice and lathery, but they will do nothing but cause frizziness and damage. So if you are going the drugstore route, make sure to read the labels to make sure it is sulfate free and you should be just fine.

Then there is the category of people I fall into. I have color treated hair and I am not someone who can get away with using drugstore shampoos. Traditional drugstore products of the color you have invested in. Take care of your investment (hair color isn’t cheap!) and use the right products. I started using professional shampoos and conditioners only in the last year and have actually seen a really big difference. My hair has become much softer, healthier and I need trims much less often! My hair needs the extra love and moisture that professional shampoo provides. Most recently I have been using Redken Extreme shampoo and conditioner and have been really happy with the results.

Redken Extreme Shampoo

Now, as I have said before and I will say it again, I am not an expert! But I did get my information for this post from an expert I really trust.

So tell me, have you found drugstore or professional shampoos and conditioners that have worked great for your hair, color-treated or not?

I want to hear from you!

9 thoughts on “Do You Really Need Professional Shampoo?

  1. megan

    I do not use professional shampoo, however, when I dyed my hair I did and I felt like it kept the color in longer (I had dyed it a redish tint and have dark brunette hair). Since I do not color my hair now, I think that drugstore shampoo works just fine for my hair. I agree with what you said!

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  2. Mary

    I use the Dove Intensive repair shampoo and conditioner and i have color treated hair and I like it alot. I also use it with Aussie leave-in conditioner and Pantene overnight repair

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  3. hatredxbrews

    Well heres my story on professional shampoo!! So my cousin let me use her pro shampoo and I seen and felt the difference after just one use and my hair is beyond repair I swear! But I seen the different and me I usually get shampoo from the dolar store cause im cheap ass but I looked at the ingredients on the pro shampoo and soon realised that it is also pretty close to baby shampoo so I started using baby shampoo and got pretty good results out of it almost as close as pro shampoo! So I say that if you cant afford pro shampo at least use baby shampoo for awesomer hair! I finally just got pro shampoo and if your careful it can last a pretty good time I think it is worth the money period non the less I loved your post and I agree it really depends!!

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  4. Yasmine

    it is funny you say that you have to look at the label to make sure that it is sulfate free but look at redkan dat is so chemical so look for a less chemical shampoo and try al natural shampoo like Aveda en than you find out the points of diffrense because it is really pure and great so that is my oppion and tip
    and sorry for the mistakes i’m dutch so my english is not that well but i tried.

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  5. kat

    okay, I am a hairdresser and the approach I take to haircare is scientific, the ph of the human hair and skin in 4.5 to 5.5 to have healthy hair you need to keep it in that range. The 4.5 to 5.5 ph levels are on the the acidic side, that is the side that hair needs to be kept on, therefore the products we use need to be ph balanced. Drugstore products usually will not be ph balanced, the will be alkaline, (which is above the ph level of 7) , that opens up the cuticle of hair( the outer protective layer of hair, that gives 20 percent of hairs overall strength, seals in color), therefore it will cause frizz, damge, and loss of color if you color it.

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