Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Difference Between Luxury And Pharmacy Shampoo




The Difference Between Luxury And Pharmacy Shampoo

When it comes to hair products, the battle between luxury versus budget is one that has many beauty editors divided. While there are shampoos and conditioners that are worth the splurge, many budget-friendly products also deliver good results. So when it comes to hair care, what is the difference between luxury and pharmacy? And what makes expensive shampoo cost more?
Here are the main differences.

The Ingredients

The first thing to consider are the ingredients that go into different shampoo formulations. There are 'surfactants' that cleanse the hair, 'actives' that provide the results that a shampoo promises - like repairing, volumising or smoothing - and 'fragrances' that give a shampoo its signature scent. Luxury products tend to use natural, premium and safe ingredients. The selection of ingredients plays a huge role in the outcome of the results. In order to nourish the hair on the inside of the follicle, the molecules have to be a lot smaller in order to penetrate each strand. Consequently, premium ingredients are able to target the real issues on the inside.

Cleansing Powder And Molecules

'Surfactants' are the elements that cleanse the hair of any buildup and oils, but too much can be detrimental and can lead to hair damage. According to hair stylists, that dry feeling after shampooing is actually okay, because your hair is clean and ready to soak up the nutrients that a conditioner or hair mask provides afterwards. 'Surfactants' should be of the highest quality so that each hair molecule receives the best treatment from the inside out. Many inexpensive products contain large silicone molecules that are never really able to penetrate the hair follicles and just sit on top of your hair. Women who use the cheaper shampoo brands, end up washing their hair more often because their hair follicles never seem clean. Inexpensive hair products create several layers of shampoo and conditioner on top of the hair, which in turn makes it feel oily or greasy, due to the build-up of too many products over time. When choosing a shampoo, look out for good/small silicone 'surfactants' such as dimethicone copolyol, stearoxy dimethicone and behenoxy dimethicone.

The Bottom Line

In the end, you are paying for the quality of ingredients and the technology/research that goes into developing a premium brand. A professional shampoo is formulated with high-quality ingredients that fit perfectly with your hair's needs, and this is the difference between potentially damaging hair further and improving the condition of your hair.

Love, Elle xo
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