Hair Education

How To: Choose the Right Hair Care Products to Keep Your Hair Looking Salon-Fresh and Healthy in Between Salon Visits.

Last month, we posted about this on our social-media platforms (which you can read here if you missed it). Today, we dig a little deeper and discuss exactly why good quality hair care products are really beneficial for our hair, and more importantly, we discuss exactly what you need to look for on the back of the label, before you buy…

We all want strong, healthy, beautiful, shiny hair and for most of us, getting our hair done is a ‘treat’. It doesn’t happen often, maybe 3-4 times at most, each year, and with the average trip to the hairdresser costing us around $200+, we want our Salon-Fresh Healthy Hair to last as long as possible in between visits to our Hair Wizards, ahem hair dressers. Areweeeright?

So, it makes absolutely no sense that we then leave the hair salon and use cheap hair care products from the supermarket, which are filled with nasty chemicals (and not to mention empty promises), that are not only bad for our hair long-term but are going to strip out all the colour and treatment you just spent a lot of money on. It blows our minds, and after reading this blog post it will, and very well should, blow yours too.

“So, what exactly are deemed ‘good-quality hair products,’ and what are the key ingredients we need to be looking for when choosing these products,” we hear you ask.

There are many ‘good quality hair products,’ out there in the Big Wide World of Hair Care, but at S+ S, we personally swear by Lakme, EVO (pictured above) and Olaplex. These products are all affordable and either vegan-based or more organic and contain natural essences and fragrances, as well as natural oils such as macadamia, coconut or argan, to name a few.

Natural-based products or vegan hair products aren’t going to strip off the colour or treatments you just had, they’re going to keep your hair soft and nourished and won’t leave you ends or scalp dry.

These products also have no cleaning agents in them, because yes, you read correctly, CLEANING AGENTS are found in shampoos and conditioners. Yuck, we know, and we still can’t believe it really, but YOUBETTERBELIEVEIT as most brands you can buy off of the shelf at your local supermarket will contain cleaning agents that are not only terrible and appalling for your hair (dry ends, itchy scalp etc. etc.), and they strip your hair colour and treatment that you just spent your hard-earned money on. Thieves.

And, because the average person isn’t a scientist, or a chemist, or a beauty expert or hair dresser with over ten years of experience, we’ve done the research and put together the list of ingredients you MUST AVOID on the back of your hair care label when choosing your products.


  • Sulfate – this is a cleaning agent
  • Parabens – preservatives that are acid-based.
  • Propylene glycol – a chemical found in paint and plastics.
  • Silicone – this is a form of plastic that does absolutely nothing for your hair but damage because, well, plastic?
  • Terms such as: “for all hair types,” and “for normal hair” – WHAT EVEN IS NORMAL HAIR!? Everyone has different hair; therefore, all these generic phrases are redundant. If you aren’t sure what type of hair you have, be sure to ask your hairdresser at your next appointment.

So, there you have it. Now you know what to look for and what to buy, and what NOT to buy. At the end of the day, we want to remind you that as your hair dresser, it’s our job to ensure your hair looks and feels its best, not only when you leave our salon, but every day! If you have any questions or want to discuss the right type of products you may need to keep your hair looking shiny, healthy and on-fleek, please ask one of our team members when you’re next in the salon.

Until then, much love S +S

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