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Selsun Salon 2-In-1 Pyrithione Zinc Dandruff Shampoo For All Hair Types

Product Description: Ultimate daily care. Shampoo and Conditioner. Leaves hair healthy and manageable. Clean, fresh scent.

Article by: Damien Richard von Dahlem 

What makes salon products better

Ingredients.  When you examine the ingredient list on a bottle of shampoo, what you see listed first is what there is most of in the bottle and so on until the end of the list which is what there is least of in the bottle.

The first ingredient will frequently be water and the last ingredient is often a dye.  Toward the top of the list you will notice an ingredient such as ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate.

These are surfactants.  Their purpose is to make water wetter, or to put it differently, to help the cleaning agents lather.  A surfactant can also be a cleaning agent in and of itself.  Salon products should contain gentler surfactants than your store bought shampoo.

You will then see some conditioning agents listed.  Your salon shampoo should contain higher quality protein based conditioners or moisturizing conditioners, thus enabling the conditioner to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft or scalp and lock in moisture.  These quality ingredients contribute to the cost of the product and is why they are not typically found in store bought products.

The remaining ingredients are largely consumer appeal ingredients, or what we call 'fluff'.  These contribute towards color, aroma, and consumer buzz words such as honey and aloe.

Although it is true that honey can have beneficial affects on your hair, it is very unlikely that it can do anything in the quantity available in the bottle.  Honey is added as an ingredient to appeal to your idea of what is good, whether it is based on scientific fact or not.  Aloe is nothing more than water unless it is stabilized aloe.

Lastly, a few ingredients are stabilizers and preservatives, but the most important ingredients to keep your eyes on are the surfactants.  We prefer the sodium laureth sulfate.  It is the gentlest of the surfactants but will lather very little which is why most shampoos won't use it.  Consumers believe their hair isn't getting clean unless there are tons of bubbles.  In truth lather has no beneficial affect and contributes little to good cleaning.

Of late there have been rumors making their way about the Internet that sodium laureth sulfate causes cancer.  To the best of our knowledge this is pure bunk.

Which is the best product line?

Salon products vary in their quality and many product lines were build around only a few exceptional products, with the remainder being only average.  To address this problem it should behoove a salon to carry a good variety of product lines to address the needs of all clients. 

The rest is a matter of consumer preference to aroma, color and packaging.  Our current personal favorites are, Graham Webb Classic, Graham Webb Intensives, Graham Webb Head Games, American Crew, and Dudley's for African American hair, but there are many more good lines.

I bought the salon products and they didn't work, or they worked for awhile and then didn't work anymore.  What's up with that?

Sadly, very few stylists know anything about ingredients, (or for that matter the manufacturer reps), and what they do know is what the manufacturers have told them, which is to say the least questionable data.

In our salon we listed two common ingredients on the back board every week and stylists are expected to learn what their benefits and detriments are.  Stylists were then quizzed on these ingredients on a regular basis.  You might want to recommend to your salon that they do the same.  Hair is 90% chemistry, and 10% creativity.  (This comment is certain to result in letters of choice words to me).

If your products didn't work at all, chances are your stylist prescribed the wrong product for your hair.  It is not a reflection on the line itself, but of the stylist or the salon.

If the product worked at first but then stopped working after a few months, chances are that the climate changed.  Products that are right for you during one season are not always the best during another. There is also the possibility that the stylist prescribed the wrong product for you or that you are undergoing hormonal changes.

What about salons that carry ten or more lines? 

Many of  these are what we call "phantom" salons. 

Typically they have a large store front brimming with salon products and a few salon stations tucked away in the back.  They are more dedicated to selling retail than meeting their clients needs.  There is simply no way you can carry that many products and really understand the benefits to any of them. 

The only reason these salons even bother to cut hair is because they are not otherwise allowed to sell salon-only products.  They are really retailers, hence the term "phantom" salon.  I would not buy my products there as you also run the risk of purchasing low quality fakes (counterfeit products).

What about salons that carry only one line?    

A salon should never be a slave to a manufacturer.  When a salon does this they are more concerned about what is good for the manufacturer than what is good for the client.

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