Don’t you want the best products for your hair? After years of trying both drug store and salon product, I surely have an opinion.
There’s a huge debate whether or not drugstore hair care products work the same as upscale brands. As a former cosmetologist, I think I can confidently weigh in on it with many years of experience. I’ve been down both roads, and I can firmly attest to the difference between them. I’ve discovered that higher end products truly live up to their price tags.
Here are my reasons why using the best hair care products really do make a difference in your hair.
1 – High-end hair care products have much more of the necessary vitamins and proteins your hair needs to maintain and restore its health. That’s not just a blanket statement, it’s a fact. It really does relate to the saying, you get what you pay for. Generally, professional products use gentler surfactants (cleansers), are more concentrated, and have higher levels of ingredients that produce true results. Morning importantly, the typical pH of hair ranges from 4.5-5.5 and averages at about 5.0. Salon grade shampoos are tested and have a pH that ranges from 5 to 7, which is considered neutral. Drug store grade shampoos range greatly from 4-9 on the pH scale. It’s a sad statement but true – At this point you might as well be washing your hair with baking soda which has a pH of 8.4.
2 – Drugstore products generally contain 90% water and 10% ingredients. While high-end hair care products have the opposite – 10% water, 90% ingredients. Theoretically, you are saving money using high-end products because you need far less of them to get the desired results. They contain more active ingredients and are highly concentrated. They are also loaded with mostly fillers and chemicals which are clearly not good for your hair.
3 – Drugstore products cause build-up. This build-up makes your hair dry and brittle. I’m sure many of us can attest to that happening. That’s why many folks that use drugstore products keep switching brands week to week. While I do like to occasionally change my hair care brand from time to time – it’s only because I love trying new products and almost always end up going back to my staple hair care products. It’s build-up from cheaper ingredients that cause most of our bad hair days woes.
4 – Many drugstore products use ingredients like wax to work as a conditioner. That wax is what ends up creating build-up on your hair. The ingredients in high-end products tend to be more gentle with less fillers, sulfates, and build-up from wax. Also, something to think about – cheaply made products results in harm to the environment due to higher energy wasting and excess landfill waste as well.
Let’s be honest when your hair doesn’t look good – you don’t feel good. I recommend you take a journey into the world of professional products and see and feel what your hair has been missing. The bottom line is it’s worth it when we can consistently have soft, shiny, frizz-free, volumized, healthy, amazing hair. We’re willing to spend if it means better results.
I have some exciting news to share! The makers of a groundbreaking skin care products have now jumped into the world of hair care with a new line of hair care products.
StriVectin, a brand known for combating fine lines and wrinkles with their anti-aging skincare line. I’ve been using StriVectin skincare products for years and have to know, love, and trust them.
Introducing the Max Volume line – this holy grail of hair care addresses three of the top concerns – lack of volume, fine hair, and fullness – all without weighing hair down. There’s no need to settle for just one benefit. Max Volume strengthens and plumps strands to deliver weightless luster, lift, and body. This revolutionary range of hair care solutions was over 10 years in the making.
Retailing for $23 – $35 at Sephora.com and ULTA.com, the Max Volume line promises to strengthen and plump strands delivering a weightless luster, lift, and body. It’s formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, and synthetic dyes, and it’s are gentle enough for color treated and chemically treated strands.
Their new product line targets a wide range of concerns. Whether you’re dealing with breakage, lack of volume or dry abysmal hair – StriVectin has got you covered.
Each Formula combines NIA-114 technology, with skincare inspired ingredients to optimize the signs of ageless hair from the very first use – StiVectin
Max Volume Conditioner & Max Volume Shampoo
Max Volume Shampoo – This shampoo is a sulfate-free volumizing shampoo for fine or flat hair that cleanses scalp and hair of excess buildup and impurities for weightless movement and intensified fullness. It truly delivers maximum body and volume, without weighing hair down. It lathers easily, and it has a pretty citrus scent
Flat hair is a drag! That’s why I need products that prevent my hair from looking dry, dull, and flat. Even those of us with thick hair benefit from this formula.
My experience using it for the past two weeks is it truly delivers maximum body and volume, without weighing hair down. It lathers easily, and it has a pretty citrus scent. The scent alone is worth the experience. Your hair feels squeaky clean after using it and personally, I love that feeling. It does it without drying my hair out and that’s something you just don’t find with drugstore products. It’s also safe for color or chemically treated hair. It is free of synthetic dyes.
What it is formulated to do:
Max Volume shampoo is formulated with patented NIA-114™ and Protensile Amplifying Complex™, which protects hair strands as it amplifies body and bounce and provides weightless shine. The formula delivers softness, luster, and enhanced lift to even the finest hair, and is fragranced with bursts of fresh citrus.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
Based on laboratory swatch testing vs. untreated control:
– 47% more volume measured when used with the full StriVectin Hair™ Max Volume regimen
– 184% increase in shine measured
Max Volume Conditioner – This conditioner is a volumizing conditioner for fine or flat hair that nourishes weightlessly and supports hair thickness and strength.
The conditioner has the same great scent. After use, I notice an increase in the strand thickness of my hair and experience maximum volume and weightless bounce. It has a great texture that easily glides through my hair, instantly detangling, while delivering a dose of hydration. That’s exactly what you need after shampooing. It rinses out easily and leaves my hair feeling nourished and not weighed down.
What it is formulated to do:
Max Volume conditioner is formulated with patented NIA-114™ and Protensile Amplifying Complex™, with proteins that form a film around the hair shaft. Panthenol penetrates strands to amplify body and bounce while providing weightless shine and luster. Fragranced with bursts of fresh citrus, the formula delivers enhanced lift to even the finest hair to leave it full, soft, and radiant.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This product is safe for color or chemically treated hair. It is free of synthetic dyes.
Based on consumer in-use evaluation of results after just one application:
– 97% agree hair feels soft and smooth
– 97% agree hair feels moisturized and nourished
– 90% agree hair looks and feels shiny
The shampoo is clear in color and lightweight when applied. It works hard to remove buildup too which is a benefit I appreciate. The conditioner is very lightweight as well and doesn’t weigh my hair down.
There are two other products from this line that I’m flipping out over. The Root Lifting Spray and the Bodifying Radiance Serum.
The Root Lifting Spray promises to deliver instant volume and lift that lasts all day and delivers even for the finest hair strands – and it does! It’s a volumizing hair mist that primes hair for maximum weightless body and bounce. It comes in a typical root spray bottle, with an easy to use a skinny nozzle. It can be used on damp or dry hair, and the spray is fine and even so it doesn’t saturate the roots. Even though my hair is thick, I can still experience flat lifeless hair. This root lifting spray gives my hair the lift it needs, and the bounce I crave!
The Bodifying Radiance Serum is formulated to enhance body and volume while delivering softness, luster, and enhanced lift. It’s to be used on damp hair, and it has a thin liquidy texture that disappears instantly without leaving behind any residue. It’s a weightless volumizing hair serum that delivers leave-in luster and enhanced fullness. Best of all, it doesn’t make my hair greasy or weighed down! If there is one thing that drives me batty it’s greasy hair. I was so amazing at how this product delivers that soft, shiny, bouncy hair without the weight and the grease!
The folks over at StriVectin were kind enough to supply me with these sample for my evaluation. And I’m so thrilled they did! They are always working hard to empower us to look and feel ageless and that means everything to me in a beauty product line.
Let me know if you have any questions about these products. I’d more than happy to answer them. I’m so excited to have discovered these amazing hair care products and I hope you get a chance to experience them too!
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