It seems like a common sighting that a customer leaving the hair salon after a hair treatment can be seen carrying a bag full of cosmetic products. These are the special hair salon products that are usually used for the treatments inside the salon but can also be used even at home. Salons are also selling these to some regular customers who got used to the application of the said products. The products that are available in salons also have their counterparts in the grocery and other stores.
Compared to the best beauty or hair care products that are available in grocers, those used in a salon have slight differences in the ingredients used that are more effective when compared directly with over the counter products, in the most part. The right choice of the surfactants used in the salon products make them better to use and more effective than their counterparts. The surfactant composes most of the products’ ingredients next to water. Surfactants like the ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium laurel sulfate make the water look wetter and sometimes help in lathering the cleansing agents or even working as the cleansing agent. The most widely used surfactant is the sodium laureth sulfate for its gentle features on the skin and scalp. Gentler surfactants are usually used in salon shampoos and frequently in the store-available shampoos. They are used to enhance better and deeper penetration of the conditioner into the scalp, hair shaft and to lock-in more moisture into the hair. These special ingredients make the salon products more expensive than the ones that are available in local stores. Regular customers of the salon can avail these products at special discounted prices.
Other ingredients aside from water and the surfactants include the aroma, coloring or dye, and some flavorings or supposedly special additives such as aloe and honey. These ingredients are proven effective but are not really available in hair care products. In order for a product to be effective it must contain either of these two in its concentrated form. A little amount of these additives on the hair salon products won’t surely give an effective application to your hair. Stabilizers and preservatives are also added to almost every product to make them last longer especially when stored in shelves. Once the product containers are opened the contents much be used in proper time as it degrades faster than the products inside the sealed containers.