The Truth About Drugstore Shampoo + Conditioner

We’ve all heard it- don’t you dare buy your shampoo and conditioner from the drugstore. But why? It’s cheaper and doesn’t like totally kill my hair, so what’s so wrong with it? Now, I’m going to be totally transparent with you guys. I’m 22 years old, so fairly young. I only have so much money to spend too. But I do believe there is a time and a place where we need to think of quality we receive over worrying about the quantity we spend.

So let’s dig into what shampoo really is and what it’s made of. Shampoo is a hair care product, typically in the form of a viscous liquid, that is used for cleaning hair. The typical reason of using shampoo is to remove the unwanted build-up of sebum (or grease) in the hair without stripping out so much as to make hair unmanageable. What makes shampoos lather and actually cleanse the hair are what’s called surfactants.

Ok so what’s a surfactant you ask? Surfactants in shampoos are used as cleansing agents. They also make shampoo foam and lather. And I’m sure if you’ve shopped for shampoo before, you’ve seen a lot of shampoos advertise as being sulfate free. But it’s hard to be excited about a product being free of something if you have no idea what it is. Sulfates are a type of surfactant commonly found in products like shampoo, body wash, face cleanser, and toothpaste (in addition to household cleaning products, like laundry and dish detergent).

So you kinda see how the list of sulfates starts off normal. Like most of our toiletries has sulfates in them, so they’re not bad, right? Then you keep reading, and the same thing that can be washing your dirty dishes and clothes can be what’s washing your hair.

Hair is a living part of our body and is very fragile. No matter how ‘strong’ our hair is, in my opinion, it has no business being washed the same way we wash our household items.

Harsh sulfates can do a number of straight up bad things to our hair. They strip color, and our natural oils. Which in turn, causes our hair to overproduce oil to compensate for the stripping, which in turn again makes us feel like we need to wash our hair sooner, because ‘it’s so oily it can’t go a full day without becoming a greaseball again.’ Now, I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do and point the finger. There are sulfates out there that are just fine for your hair. They’re not too strong yet clean the hair perfectly. Tons of articles are out there from health professionals that I highly suggest you do the research on to see what they do and what they’re fully capable of.

Now let’s get to conditioner. We see those commercials of celebrities with the shine comparable to glass in their hair and think ‘oh yeah I want my hair to have that!’ What isn’t shown though, are the waxes, plastics, and silicones derived from petroleum by-products that are formulated to simply coat the surface of the hair shaft to give it that temporary glow.

And the worst part is that the product buildup of these products are atrocious. It can in time, leave hair looking dull, lifeless, frizzy, unmanageable, you get the picture. Which is where you think it’s time to switch shampoo and conditioners. Again, do your research on the harsh waxes and silicones you should be on the lookout for, and what exactly they do and why they can be deemed harmful.

Another thing to be on high alert for with both shampoo and conditioner, is even when they can be advertised as ‘all natural’ they can still have harsh products in them.

With all that word vomit being spilled, I am leaving some of my favorite shampoo and conditioner lines that I absolutely adore that are very safe for your hair, formulated without sulfates, silicones, waxes, etc.


R+Co Television Perfect Hair Shampoo

R+Co Television Perfect Hair Conditioner

R+ Co Gemstone Color Shampoo

R+Co Gemstone Color Conditioner

So there is a hairstylists spill on the truth of drugstore shampoo and conditioners. I hope this really helped you to kinda see where your hairstylist is coming from when she says leave the drugstore shampoos at the drugstore. I plan on going in soon on why we also should be extremely careful with purchasing what we believe are professional products at the drugstore too. That very well could be just as bad as purchasing drugstore hair product. Thank you guys for reading💕 leave me a comment on what you found most interesting with reading this!