Women are known to blow a hair-raising amount of money on personal grooming and looks, but we’re often spending big bucks on products that are available for much less. When it comes to our hair, we want only the best, and though we know we could buy the 99-cent shampoo, we swear the $24 bottle does wonders for our curls.
LearnVest checked in with celebrity stylist Helena van Zandbergen to get the down-low on whether you should spend money on salon hair products. Her best tips? When it comes to shampoo, head to Walgreen’s; when conditioning, stick to the salon. She says the active ingredients in shampoos are all basically the same, so you might as well go with an over-the-counter-brand for your lather. (She likes Pantene Pro V and Garnier Fructis.) Salon-brand conditioners are a better way to splurge, if you’ve got the cash, says Zandbergen. She says she usually finds them superior, plus they’re more concentrated, so you end up buying them less often. But she also adds that even for salon-brand conditioners, it’s not necessary to lay down your entire fortune on a bottle: Bumble and Bumble and Terax, for example, both sell full-size conditioners for less than $15.
For more of Zandbergen’s advice on when to spend money at the salon and other fantastic financial tips, check out Learnvest.com.