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Does Shampoo Brand Really Matter?

  • Absolutely! The brand I use really does work best for my hair.

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  • No, I use whatever--they all seem the same to me.

    Votes: 16 36.4%
  • Other (please explain)

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Just wondering---Consumer Reports said awhile ago that shampoos are pretty much equal in performance & to skip the pricey ones & just buy the one that smells the best. What do you think?
 

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IMO all shampoos are not created equal. Cheap ones are well cheap and do a terrible number on my hair. I am however to cheap to buy good stuff from my hairdresser so I'll stick to the more pricey stuff from stores.
 

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my hair is fine and curly. in my experience, the products i choose can have drastically different effects on my hair.<br>
i agree that most shampoos are pretty similar, but when you have funky hair, you need a special set of shampoo and conditioner. colored hair, curly hair, naturally gray hair -- all of these types can be affected by which brand you choose.
 

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other..<br><br>
It's not so much the brand of the shampoo as it is the ingredients.. Yes, they may all be similar, BUT they are not all the same..<br><br>
I compare ingredients.. Suave shampoo is cheap. .It doesn't have the best ingredients, and it leaves my hair drier than the sahara desert.. I use CitreShine.. A little known brand. About $5 for shampoo and conditioner. .(That's both of them for just over 2.50 each) They work just as well as the $20.00 types i bought in my 20's..<br><br>
There is a difference.. Anyone who says other wise doesn't have hair..<br><br>
Warm Squishy Feelings..<br><br>
Dyan<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We go for inexpensive and they work fine, but I do notice a difference when I use Head&Shoulders instead of whatever more regular type of shampoo I have.<br><br>
Last stuff I bought I went for scent, a nice citrus.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i have thick curly hair and it definately makes a difference which shampoo i use. not as much as conditioner though, that's the biggie for me. it has to be thick to control the frizz. sometimes i'll buy a cheaper shampoo because $$ are tight, but i see the difference by the 2-3 shampoo.
 

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I voted other.<br><br>
I take many things into consideration before even considering trying a shampoo, one is if it is cruelty free (not tested on animals) next is if the ingredients are SLS free (sodium laurel, sodium laureth sulfate) both are foaming agents and carcinogenic.<br><br>
I love Avalon Organics Rosemary shampoo. It makes my hair so clean, smells great and healthy as well. It has a rich lather without the harmful and dangerous chemicals.<br><br>
St. Ives is a cruelty free drugstore brand (although not sls free)
 

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Moving this to Healthy Home and Body forum<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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I'm with Consumer Reports. I use whatever is cheap, including Suave and VO5 and my hair is fine. I've also used the expensive stuff and don't notice any difference.
 

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This is me....PLUS, I have skin sensitivities, so I can not use shampoos with certain fragrances/coloring agents. I remember the last time I bought a grocery store brand shampoo: I was 17, and was seduced into buying Pantene to make my hair super-beautiful for the Prom. My hair looked fine, but I had a rash on my back from the shampoo rinsing down my skin <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
My fav product is Nature's Gate Rainwater and Awapuhi shampoo and conditioner....although I have had some skin reactions to other products in their line. Dh buys something called "African Formula Let-it-Grow" online....it smells like bubbles, and claims to grow thicker hair (keep dreaming <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ), but it is cruelty and SLS free. I like that very much, too.
 

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I have eczema and must use a certain shampoo 2-3 times a week or else I get a breakout. On the other days I use Kirkland brand. But for conditioners, there are only a couple I like. I think you get what you pay for.<br><br>
Darshani
 

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If you already have great hair I doubt it would make much difference but like many others who have posted I have curly/frzzy hair and definately notice a difference when using products specifically for my hair type.
 

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I have used both the expensive salon stuff and the cheapo stuff and honestly, I really can't see any difference. So I just buy the cheap stuff now.<br><br>
Okay, wait, I should say that the really really cheap stuff in the huge 1 litre bottles is usually diluted so it isn't so cheap in the long run. That's the only difference I've noticed.<br><br>
I buy what smells nice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
But I guess it really does depend on your hair type.
 

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I have found that i have to take my whole hair care routine into concideration when choosing a shampoo/conditioner. I have long, supper thick hair, adn everytime I am pregnant or menitrating my hair's needs change. My goal is to achieve a balance with nature to have shiny, strong and not too snarled hair.<br><br>
When I moved to the city, the water changed and the shampoo/conditioner set I was using in the country was not strong enough to deal with the challanges of city life. Also brushing the oils down into my hair seems to be nature's way of cleaning and organizing it. My hair and scalp seem to like that most.
 

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I was a hairstylist once upon a time, and I can tell you there are VERY big differences among some shampoos. As far as drugstore brands the big differences are:<br>
pH level-some shampoos are so high in alkaline you can actually perm hair with them (an instructor of mine tested this theory on a maniquin)<br>
wax content-brands that claim to smooth out dry hair often contain wax, the wax will build up on the hair (sometimes you cannot even perm or color the hair without several treatments to strip the wax coating off the hair). Conditioners are worse for this, but it happens in shampoo too.<br>
consentration-some shampoos are diluted, so you pay less, but use more so you aren't really saving money (if you are using a good shampoo you will need to use very little, then just emulsify with water)<br><br><br>
There is more, but I won't bore you all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I just wanted to add that I can tell the quality of the shampoo and conditioner someone is using just by feeling their hair, it makes a HUGE difference <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I think it depends alot on your hair. More expensive brands do give me the best result.Cheaper brands make me lookk like who did it and why by the head.
 

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The cheaper shampoos are horrible to my hair. They either leave it REALLY dry or so oily it's ridiculous. I ususally buy shampoo in the salon when I can afford it and don't use a lot so that it lasts me a long while.<br><br>
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I think there is a difference, although water hardness ultimately determines how any shampoo works. I've discovered I'm a bit sensitive to artificial fragrances so I try to stick with natural products. Right now I'm happy with Nature's Gate organic lemongrass & clary sage; it cleans my somewhat oily hair well and it smells nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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A month ago I would have said it makes no difference, but then I bought a Burt's Bees shampoo bar and I'm hooked.<br><br>
I actually got a compliment on my hair because it's not so frizzy. Also it's great for baby shampoo because it doesn't foam all up and drip in the baby's eyes.<br><br>
No more bottle shampoo for me!<br><br>
--AmyB
 
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