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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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Why I'm Banning Drugstore Hair Care From My Life

About two months ago I dyed my hair for the first time ever. As soon as the wedding was done I planned my 'dramatic' change and off came the hair and in came the colour. Since then, my hair care regime has dramatically changed. After a bit of a lecture from my hairdresser (the beautiful Kate Lily Dressing Hair) I made some dramatic changes to my hair care and I honestly haven't looked back.

For a long time I haven't had the best or most exciting relationship with my hair. It's always been kind of flat, dull and boring and I have never really felt enticed to do much with it. I decided, post wedding, it was time to change that. For the first time in my 22 years of life, I coloured my hair. While the first stage wasn't super dramatic (compared to wear it's at now), I still knew I had to make some changes in order to keep my hair looking it's best.

Now, before I start, this (of course) is an opinion post and your opinion may be different to mine and that's ok. I know not everyone can afford to be using salon and high-end brands and not everyone wants to either. I am not slamming or having a go at anyone else for their choices either. 

Whenever we go into the hair salon we are always told that our hair care regime is wrong and that we should buy whatever in salon brand they sell. Yes, they are trying to make a sale, but maybe they have some reasoning to it as well. In my first appointment with Kate we discussed a variety of different brands, including their in salon one, and guess what - most of my hair care didn't end up coming from the salon. Now, is it all just some money making scheme or is there are actually a good reason behind banning drugstore brands from your regime. I did some research, just to make sure I understood why drugstore brands might not be as good for my hair.

Just like we look at different qualities of food, salon, and drugstore products all differ based on the types of ingredients used. They differ based on sulfate, silicone, water and alcohol levels, which all impact the overall health of your hair. Drug store brands can differ in a number of ways to salon brands. Many of them have lower amounts of the ingredients than drugstore brands, meaning you actually have to use more to get the result you want. Meaning that while you might be paying twice as much for something else, you might actually be getting the same amount of value out of that higher end product as you don't need to use nearly as much. 

The other main reason that your hair dresser is trying to steer you clear of drugstore brands is because of the ingredients. Drugstore haircare can have a number of harmful ingredients in them. That delicious scent that you love? It might be stripping your hair of it's natural oils and essentially drying it out (so naturally you use more conditioner to try and get moisture into it). They can also have additives such as silicone, which can cause dullness over time. Many of them also contain sulfate which is a mixture of chemicals that attract both water and oil. Their ability to effectively cleanse the dirt and oil from your hair can also strip out your natural oils, and cause a chemical irritation. Even that 'sulfate-free' shampoo might not actually be telling you all the truth as sulfate is one of the main ingredients in a 'cleansing' shampoo. 

While drug store brands have come along way recently, the ingredients in them can still be damaging your hair. While it might give you that instant softness and shine, in the long run you will pay the price. When you're paying upwards of $100 for your hair cut and colour, you want to get the most out of it and salon brands are going to help you do just that.

Think of it this way - there is a reason that a brand has been placed in a salon. It's because the professionals approve of it and the salon owners also approve of it. Just like I wouldn't try to sell you something I don't believe in, your hairdresser wouldn't either. They want you to get the most out of your hair and your hair care. 

Since converting to only salon and high-end hair care brands I've actually noticed quite a change in my hair. It is softer, shinier and less greasy (which a lot of you will remember was a big problem for me). I am finding I am getting an extra day in between washes and my hair (some days) looks like I've just come from the salon. I think that alone is enough of a reason to stay converted. 

I am not going to go into the products I am currently using in too much detail here as I do have some hair care posts that I am planning on sharing with you very soon, but there are a couple of brands that I wanted to highlight that I have been loving recently. Those five brands are: Sachajuan (which has changed my life), Bumble and bumble, Oribe, R&Co and DNA Organics. There will be more information VERY soon about my favourite products from each of these brands, but I just wanted to give you a taster. 

Now, each to your own - I am not going to judge anyone for the hair care that they used, because I loved my drugstore brands for a long time. But I just wanted to share my change and why I decided to stick by this (SEE KATE! I AM NOT LYING TO YOU ABOUT WHAT I'M PUTTING IN MY HAIR!) 

I'd love to hear what hair care you use! If you're a salon brand lover like me, I'd love to hear your recommendations! Let me know in the comments below xx

*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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