When we ask our client's what shampoo they use on their immaculately cut and coloured hair.....

we can sometimes feel like crying at the answer!

Considering our clients are willing to pay to have us make their hair look it’s absolute best, it can be surprising to hear how little knowledge they have when buying a good shampoo and conditioner to maintain it.

However, we as hairdressers do understand how the lack of knowledge around shampoo ingredients that can damage the hair and the benefits of using a good salon shampoo, all need to be highlighted to show clients that they really are worth the extra cost.

So, we’ve decided to step in and give you a helping hand! We’ve put together an info sheet of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to ‘shampoo nasties’,

plus our top salon shampoos we recommend for our clients…

Are Salon Shampoos Really Better for Hair?

When your salon retail shampoo costs 2-3 times the amount of one you can buy in a supermarket, you might find it hard to convince yourself that it is worth the investment in professional hair care.

But, the truth is that salon shampoos really are better for the hair.

There are a number of ‘nasties’ that can be found in shampoos. These ingredients might be effective in cleaning the hair of dirt and oils, but can often lead to damage and scalp complaints if they are too strong.

Our professional salon shampoos are formulated without, or with less, of these chemicals, and more of the good stuff. Salon shampoos contain a bigger proportion of high-grade ingredients that protect and nourish the hair, and less of those that strip the hair of its natural oils and strength.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


Sodium Chloride

Polyethelene Glycol (PEG)

Mineral Oil


So, let’s take a look at some of those unwanted shampoo ingredients to avoid and find out exactly what they do to the hair…

Why is Silicone Shampoo Bad?

You may have heard about the use of silicones in shampoos, but you might not understand exactly why it isn’t the best ingredient to find in your shampoo.

Silicones are a type of mineral that are often used in shampoos and conditioners to make the hair feel soft and look shiny. While this does appear to tame frizz and split ends, this is only half the story!

Silicones act like a plastic, they coat the hair with a waterproof coating that actually keeps moisture out of your hair. While hair may look shiny to begin with, with repeated use the silicone will build up on strands over time, resulting in brittleness, loss of lustre and the hair looks dull.

What is SLS Free Shampoo?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, otherwise known as SLS, is a common ingredient found in shampoos, soaps and many other cosmetic products. They are one of many types of sulfates that are often used as a foaming agent in shampoo that achieves that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling.

However, your hair might feel clean after a wash but it may also feel dry and brittle. This is because along with that dirt, SLS will also strip away all of the natural oils in your hair. If you have sensitive skin, this can also irritate the scalp.

A shampoo that is free from sulfates (SLS) uses a milder cleanser that isn’t as harsh, resulting in healthier hair that can retain its own protective oils.

Why Is Sodium Chloride Bad in Shampoo?

Commonly known as salt, sodium chloride is often used as a thickening ingredient in shampoos so you get a manageable texture that can easily be distributed through the hair.

However, the downside is Sodium chloride attracts moisture, so it can again leave your hair feeling dry – NOT GOOD if you are already experiencing dryness and need as much moisture as you can get!

What is PEG in Shampoo?

PEG – full name ‘polyethylene glycol’ – is another chemical used to improve the texture of the shampoo. Again, this can be bad for hair, as this synthetic ingredient can be very harsh on the scalp and hair, leading to dryness.

Why is Mineral Oil Bad For Your Hair?

While there are plenty of oils which are moisturising and nourishing for your hair, don’t be fooled into thinking that mineral oils is one of them.

While it does act as a lubricant that can help detangle the hair and retain moisture inside it, mineral oil is sometimes used to ‘pad out’ the oil content of other, more expensive oils. So, if your shampoo says it contains argan oil, for example, but it is listed as one of the last ingredients in the list, it is likely mineral oil has been used as a cheaper way to dilute it.

What is the Benefit of Paraben-Free Shampoo?

You may have heard about the use of parabens in hair and beauty products. They have been used for many decades to preserve shampoos and prevent them from growing any unpleasant bacteria, however, recent studies have shown that they can cause skin irritation and even hormone imbalances.

Many shampoo brands have chosen to go paraben-free, with plenty of consumers now preferring them.

The 3 Best Salon Shampoos we Recommend to You...

Goldwell Duel Senses


Balmain Hair Couture

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