I pick up a generic Paul Mitchell shampoo at Sally's Beauty Supply but they are all the same.
My dermatologist told me long ago that spending money on these high priced concoctions for the skin or the hair is throwing money into the wind. He said the most of the generic brands are made by the same manufacturers as the name brands. They just stick name brand labels on some bottles and generic lables on others and you pay a minimum of 1/3 less for the generic.
Alterna Ten shampoo with Arabian Frankincense, champagne grape seed oil and truffle oil,
Not to expensive either at 60 dollars for 8oz.
I base my decision on the fragrance. Origins are my favorites but they've gotten ridiculously overpriced.
Whatever is on sale for $1.00
nothing over $10
Shampoo bottles ruin the look of my shower stall so I use one simple shower gel for hair and body.
Diet determines the beauteousity of my head hairs.
I like Nioxin for the tingly feeling it leaves on my scalp. $20 per liter or 33.8oz.
Kirkland brand shampoo and conditioner make my hair look the nicest - more good hair days.
Best conditioner is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle.
I know reports say all shampoo and conditioner is the same, but I have to disagree. There are formulas made for curly hair that leave my hair more manageable. Also formulas for color treated hair extend the life of the color. Baby shampoo won't hurt your eyes. Head and Shoulders works for dandruff and exema. So they really are different ingredients.
Alberto VO5 shampoo, which I get at the drugstore for $1 a bottle. I've been using it for years and my hair looks and feels great. It works exactly the same on my hair as the expensive salon stuff I used to use.
Pantene, priced right and has been my standby for 15 years.
I don't have enough hair anymore to bother with fancy crap anyway. I buy whatever is on sale or cheapest, usually VO-5.
I stock up on VO5 when it is onsale for .89 cents at CVS.
You should NEVER use the same conditioner for more than 2 weeks. Any hair stylist will tell you that your hair becomes immune to the chemicals in hair conditioner and after about 2 weeks normally you need to switch to another brand that uses another formula. Later on you can switch back to the original brand.
[quote]Shampoo bottles ruin the look of my shower stall so I use one simple shower gel for hair and body.
Bergdorf's sells the most cunning little crystal dispensers. You'll adore them.
As if they aren't all the same, R15? At least the same active ingredients.
Trader Joe's citrus scented shampoo, about $2.
Make sure you lather, rinse, repeat.
[quote]My dermatologist told me long ago that spending money on these high priced concoctions for the skin or the hair is throwing money into the wind. He said the most of the generic brands are made by the same manufacturers as the name brands. They just stick name brand labels on some bottles and generic lables on others and you pay a minimum of 1/3 less for the generic.
Same goes for other products, like for example dairy products.
[quote]Same goes for other products, like for example dairy products.
Yes. Cheese is cheese. Why bother spending money on the fancy French stuff?
Burt's Bees. It's the cheapest sulfate-free product out there that seems to do a decent job and smell decent. Sometimes at the salon I splurge on the pricy stuff tho.
I don't use a separate shampoo. I use whatever body wash I'm using, usually the 365 unscented shower gel from Whole Foods or Sebamed.
[quote]Make sure you lather, rinse, repeat.
It's an infinite loop. You'll never leave the shower.
Only white people repeat!
My mother's of french extraction so she only uses water.
I wear my hair super short, buzz cut with #2 clipper guard. The Old Spice body wash is good enough.
I like 2-in-1 Pert type shampoos because of the convenience, but I got sick of Pert's smell and had to switch to Fructis 2-in-1. Your hair does look a little better if you take the time to use separate conditioner, but most days I don't care.
I like the Vidal Sassoon line. It has separate conditioner and finishing rinse, to seal and protect!
Garnier Fructis or Herbal Essences - I tried Suave shampoos, but they were too harsh.
Sally's beauty supply, I can get the generic Paul Mitchell for $5.
Another buzzcut here, so it's CVS body wash all over.
Use dollar store shampoo. It is all the same crap anyways. You are paying for packaging and fragrance.
why do obese people have such great hair?
It goes with the wonderful personality, R36.
I tried Pert Plus years ago and it made my hair feel like I'd washed it in cooking oil, it was such a greasepit when I was done. And it smelled like pure chemicals - rancid stuff.
Pantene products work fine for me.
I bought some Kiehl's just to see. Total waste. My standby is still Joico Moisture Recovery. Not too expensive, and I like how it makes my hair look and feel.
I use Yes to Carrots. For the sole reason I like the idea of my hair smelling like carrots.
[quote]I tried Pert Plus years ago and it made my hair feel like I'd washed it in cooking oil, it was such a greasepit when I was done. And it smelled like pure chemicals - rancid stuff.
You are [italic]such[/italic] a delicate and sensitive flower!
I started using Pravana sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner after I had a keratin treatment done. It's $40 for 33.7 oz and I have to say, I've noticed much less hair loss ever since I've had the treatment and began using those products.
Anybody use Wen?
Pert Plus are you kidding? That's like ajax for your hair. So it Prell. I didn't even know they still made it?
I use Nexus. Honestly for the money there is nothing better. Trust.
Do they still sell that shit?
Yep, they still make Prell, but it hasn't been the same since the stopped putting it in the glass bottle. It started going down hill when they removed the pearl.
R18 I use Trader Joe's Citrus too. Great shampoo, nice aroma.
Was it Prell shampoo that had the old commercials that showed how it could take the grease off of a frying pan? It's still sold in stores but I've never used it.
Read Paula Begoun's books and you'll learn that all high-priced cosmetics are EXACTLY the same as the cheap stuff sold in drug stores. This goes for everything from shampoos and conditioners to moisturizers to speciality treatment creams to make-up.
[quote]Read Paula Begoun's books and you'll learn that all high-priced cosmetics are EXACTLY the same as the cheap stuff sold in drug stores. This goes for everything from shampoos and conditioners to moisturizers to speciality treatment creams to make-up.
Example: Except for the seaweed extract, Crème de la Mer is basically the same as Nivea Creme.
Suave Shower Gel for Men is great - lathers really well, smells good, and is super cheap. Keeps my skin fairly well hydrated (I know I know...soap doesn't do that...but my skin isn't as dry once I started using this gel)
Insecure sheeple will buy anything we tell them to.
Have very short hair and often use my bar of Dove on the head.
The best "eye cream" I've ever used was straight up Vaseline.
I'm a 40-year-old blond hair, blue-eyed sun worshipper, and I don't have the first wrinkle around my eyes. So the Vaseline must do something.
As for shampoo, I like Garnier Fructis. I also like citrus scents, so maybe I will try the Trader Joe's suggestion.
Top Paw™ Oatmeal Baking Soda Shampoo. It leaves my coat all smooth and shiny.
I use Aussie. They sell a big bottle that lasts me about a year. I think I got it on sale for 5 bucks and some change. I use their hairspray too, and people often tell me how good my hair smells. I especially like it because they don't test on animals.
I'll use Herbal Essence too, if it's got a good sale.
R50, Paula Begoun used to have street cred, but her own line of skincare is overpriced. She's become just as greedy as the department store brands. I've tried several of Paula's products and have been very underwhelmed. The inexpensive drugstore products she recommends are much better than her own line.
R54 you use BAR soap?!?!
Fortunately, I get placenta straight from the hospital maternity ward.
R44 I do. I have wavy hair so I like that it takes care of the greasiness near roots without drying out the rest of my hair. I get it from QVC so I don't have to deal with the infomercial crap.
I use drug store shampoo-and-conditioner-in-one and hair serum, and I'm 50+ years old.
My low-maintenance hair is long, thick, shiny, and fabulous.
R50, what hair serum do you use?
the Trader Joe's citrus-scented shampoo is called Refresh.
Be forewarned: the Refresh Shampoo bottle is nearly identical to the Refresh Conditioner.
I let my cat suck and lick my hair. She likes to groom her daddy.
Of course, I have catlicks instead of cowlicks.
Just because two products have the same ingredients doesn't mean they're put together the same way. I know for a fact that many generics don't work as well for me as the originals. This goes for toiletry items as well as prescriptions/OTC drugs.
Using the same ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies doesn't mean they'll come out tasting the same.
As for the subject of this thread I use Shea Moisture brand.
Well, Tessa my PA handles all that for me, all my products are made for my hair in Paris
Nature's Gate from Whole Foods.
OMG, how CUTE!, r65. Online oink, PLEASE!
I mean link.
My partner gets steep discounts on Estee Lauder owned company products, Bumble & Bumble being one of them. He buys a large bottle of the shampoo, it's ok. I don't think it's any better or worse than Suave or whatever else is sold in the drug store. He used to buy these tiny bottles of Kiehl's for like $30 each, I tried it a few times I thought it was awful Didn't lather up much, no matter how much I rinsed I felt like it wasn't moving off my head and then I could barely get the comb through it.
When I was in college in the early 90's I used Pert Plus. I didn't mind the smell, I liked it. My hair was always so fluffy and then after a few months I'd do a quick switch to Prell for a few weeks and then go back to Pert Plus. The girl who used to cut my hair said that Prell was good for getting rid of build-up.
You get what you pay for. Moroccanoil Is hands down the best
Ah worsh my harr in the sink with leftover bacon grease! It makes it smell beautimous when ah do!
[quote]You get what you pay for.
Isn't that exactly what the hateful materialistic mother-in-law Mimi Kennedy played kept saying to Owen Wilson in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS?
Most of the 'salon quality' products are multilevel marketing scams.
I use Redken Color Extend. I color my hair and it keeps the color really well.
For the person using Nioxin, you can get the same tingly feeling for a lot less using John Freida's Root Awakening shampoo.
As my hair started thinning, I also started to get scalp pain, the Nioxin didn't do much for the thinning or the scalp inflammation, in fact it seemed to irritate my scalp even more. A female friend recommended Root Awakening because she also had scalp issues.
Root Awakening is amazing. I use the type for breakage prone hair. Besides my scalp feeling great, it leaves my hair fuller and shiny.
It has peppermint oil, menthol and Eucalyptus oil in it. It really soothes a sore scalp.
The no-SLS shampoos were awful, I've tried so many, what a waste. If you are concerned about too much detergent in SLS shampoos, use less!
Dove shampoos are also great.
I make my own shampoo that works better than anything I've ever bought.
The simple fact is that if what product you use lathers it's destroying your hair.
Pureology Nanowork Shampoo and Conditioner
We buy 1 gal. of Kirkland from the Costco. good shit.
"The simple fact is that if what product you use lathers it's destroying your hair."
Yes, blah, blah, blah, so WTF are you supposed to use to cleanse your hair, you know to get the dirt out from the filthy air, too get the natural oil build up out and for people who use styling products which coat the hair such as hairspray and silicons....well, exactly HOW are you supposed to clean your hair if you don't want to use a shampoo since it has soap/detergent in it?!
What's your recipe, R78?
The green stuff off the bottom shelf, the one with all the dust on it.
btw, baby shampoo is not good for thinning hair and for people with scalp problems. Don't let the claims of mildness fool you, the ph is all wrong.
The ph balance in baby shampoo is bad for people with thinning hair and scalp issues, such as Seb Derm, dandruff etc.
I brush my teeth with baking soda twice a day with no issues.
I was convinced by a stylist that Nioxin mousse rubbed in at the front of my head where the hair is thinning would restore hair lost to my receding hair line. Is that true? Does anything help? Rogaine? I'm pretty desperate.
I use Pantene products, they're great. Every once and a while I buy something else.
I know that L'Oreal is made by the same company that makes Lancome. Other than packaging, some of their products differ slightly but are essentially the same thing. With some of them they don't even bother to change the packaging, just the name on the label.
R83, I buy Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Liquid Soap by the gallon.
Using an 8-ounce bottle, I dilute the soap to a ratio of one part soap to five parts water, then I add a tablespoon of jojoba oil. I add a few drops of essential oil if I want the shampoo to have a fragrance.
It's also the best body wash I've ever used, and I don't have competing fragrances.
Hello , I'm Rula Lenska. As an actress I always have to look my best that's why I'm glad I found Alberto V05 hot oil treatment.
[quote]We buy 1 gal. of Kirkland from the Costco. good shit.
The Costco shampoos get consistent rave reviews. They're rumored to be made by Pureology.
Recently bought a big $2 bottle of Prell after not having used it since I was a kid. It's an excellent clarifying shampoo used once a week in place of my regular brand -- leaves my hair really clean and full.
I've tried all sorts of shampoos, from salon brands to "natural" brands to store brands I've found the retail brands to be better than the expensive salon brands.
Nioxin - Did not do shit to help out my thinning areas and expensive as hell.
Nexxus VitaTress Biotin Shampoo - Claims to remove DHT and help thinning hair, yet again, didn't do shit except make my hair oily and greasy.
Avalon Organics Biotin Shampoo - Claims to have no harmful sulfates and to thicken hair...didn't do anything but leave my hair greasy and weighed it down (seems to be the case with Biotin shampoos).
Ion Volumizing Shampoo - This shampoo I used to love for years, but eventually my hair became immune to its benefits, so I don't use it anymore. Smelled great though.
Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Volumizing Root Boost - Currently using this retail shampoo and I love it. It smells greats, lathers great, and it really does seem to clean well and thicken hair.
I love trying new shampoos because it gets so boring using the same one all the time, so I have 5 different ones I rotate on.
You can get Prell again? Is it still "Prell Green"?
People keep telling me my head is up my ass, so I use Fleet.
Nothing but Wen goes on this head of hair. It makes a HUGE difference, too.
I've been using Renpure Tropicals Australian shampoo & conditioner (and "surf" spray) that I got 3-in-1 for $9.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond several months ago. I bought it for the sole reason that it smells like "suntan lotion," the kind I remember putting on as a little kid in the early 80s. It doesn't get my hair too clean; it's not a heavy duty hair detergent.
There's another brand of organic shampoo I like that has a coconut scent, and I buy that one for the same reason. That one, however, actually gets my hair really clean and full.
Neither of these products are tested on animals.
I used to get salon shampoos, but years ago I just said "fuck it" and got whatever was on sale at the drugstore. I haven't noticed any difference whatsoever. I usually just get VO5 or Suave. I never use conditioner because I have very soft hair so I really don't need it. Honestly, I could use a bar of soap to wash my hair (and I have sometimes) and it works the same as any shampoo.