You Know You: How to Choose the Right Salon-Quality Hair Products For You

When choosing your hair care products, you probably just decide based on things like the look of the bottle, recognising the brand and price. There’s so much more to choosing the right hair products for you though.

You might think the best advice would come from your stylist; however, you know you better than anyone else, so it’s best to take the advice your stylist gives you and then use your common sense and knowledge of yourself to choose a salon-quality hair care system that addresses both of these needs. Here are a few tips for how to do that:

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Understand what hair care is for

Just like skin care, it’s important to use the right products to keep your hair protected and maintain its good condition. Most people realise that shampoo is designed to wash your hair in order to remove dirt, oils and other impurities. They might know that conditioner keeps the hair moisturised, refortifying the cuticle which coats the hair with a protective layer that helps the hair to stay strong and keep growing.

When it comes to other hair care products or specialty shampoo and conditioners though, most people use them without understanding exactly what they are. Make sure you read the bottle when you’re buying products to ensure you know what it does and what type of hair it’s suited to. Your stylist or an in-store professional – such as the professionals at Hairhouse – can help you find the right products and routine to suit your personal needs.

Know that your hair care needs to change with you

There are so many factors that can cause your hair and its needs to change. Age, biological changes (such as pregnancy or menopause), the seasons, diet, stress, lifestyle factors and even the environment you’re in can change your hair and its condition. Thankfully, it’s easy to change your hair care routine, so all you need to do is remember to do it! Making these changes will ensure you’re not wasting money on products that aren’t right for you.

An example of change – as an example of the changes you might face that may have an effect on your hair, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to experience lifestyle changes and challenges, such as:

  • A change of environment. People are working from home and this might mean a change in hair care routines, sitting in front of heating or cooling all day or even spending more time outdoors.
  • Change of routines, such as working from home, home-schooling or similar might mean a change in your hair care routine too. You may be washing your hair more or less frequently, or even sleeping or laying on your hair more often.
  • Stress or illness may cause hair change, such as dandruff, dehydration or hair loss.
  • You may not be visiting a salon as often as usual, which means you may have untreated split ends, hair changes or other issues that have gone unnoticed. A visit to a Hairhouse salon is great for spotting these issues.

All these factors mean it’s really important to ensure you’re using the correct hair care products to maintain the health of your hair and maintain colour.  

Buy Salon-Quality Hair Care

It might seem quicker, easier, and more affordable to use the mass-market products you’d find in supermarkets or chemists, but there are major differences between these treatments and professional, salon-quality products. Salon-quality hair care products generally use better ingredients of higher quality, they are more concentrated and they are more careful about doing what it says on the bottle (unlike mass-produced products, that might just add a few random oils to a conditioner for example, then call it ‘moisturising’). The quality of the surfactants (cleansing agents) and fillers is particularly important, as low-quality ingredients here will strip your hair of its natural goodness or clog it with gunk.

One of the hottest product ranges right now is the Matrix professional hair care range available at Hairhouse. This range is known for being gentle on your hair, with high-quality ingredients that will work together to give you your best hair yet. Because you only need to use small amounts of the concentrated Matrix products, it gives you great value for money over the often-diluted supermarket brands. The Matrix range has a product to suit most people, but if you’re in doubt, a Hairhouse hair and beauty advisor will be able to help you choose from their extensive range and assist you in how best to use your new products.

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