• Forum Upgraded: https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/recent-forum-upgrade.849851/

Spin-off: It’s 2020 and years into natural haircare, Salon Products vs. “Natural” Products

Dayjoy

Old School Member
There was a thread that got bumped the other day when @Theresamonet asked about Aveda Universal Styling Cream. She and @LiLi talked about realizing salon products work better for them than “natural” products. They mentioned the heaviness of natural products and use of lots of oils in their recipes. They made me think about how I did enjoy using salon products “back in the day” and how much trial and error is involved with natural products. But I wasn’t natural back then either. What do you all think? I’m rethinking my stash and staples.
 

toaster

Well-Known Member
I think, like everything, people go through phases in their natural journey.

From DIY to online only natural shops to products at Sally’s to professional products.

For me, it really depends on the styling I’m doing with my hair. A roller set? It’s a 10 leave in is perfect. Twists on my natural hair that could eventually be a twist out? I can use heavy butters and oils from a natural brand. Wash and go? Gel and foam that are easy to find works for me.

I think more than whether the products are professional or natural, and more whether we retain our standard hair care practices. Are we properly cleansing our hair? Are we clarifying every few months to remove potential product build up?
 

Dayjoy

Old School Member
I think, like everything, people go through phases in their natural journey.

From DIY to online only natural shops to products at Sally’s to professional products.

For me, it really depends on the styling I’m doing with my hair. A roller set? It’s a 10 leave in is perfect. Twists on my natural hair that could eventually be a twist out? I can use heavy butters and oils from a natural brand. Wash and go? Gel and foam that are easy to find works for me.

I think more than whether the products are professional or natural, and more whether we retain our standard hair care practices. Are we properly cleansing our hair? Are we clarifying every few months to remove potential product build up?
Great points, especially the bold.
 

oneastrocurlie

Well-Known Member
For me I think it's been more techniques than products. I think. The salon I go to use first used NYC Curls and then Briogeo on me once my hair got longer. NYC Curls isn't natural and Briogeo is mostly natural. I'm pretty sure my stylist is going to use Innersense when I see her next.

However I can only speak for my natural hair (that I haven't straightened in almost 3 years). Not sure if my answer would be the same if I was relaxed or wore my hair primarily straight.
 

toaster

Well-Known Member
Great points, especially the bold.
Im seeing a lot of stylists on Instagram that focus on natural hair saying we got away from the hair care practices we’ve known for years.

They mostly blame salons and stylists and manufacturers for missing the boat on natural hair. In the interim, YouTube and diy took over and now stylists and professional manufacturers are trying to tell us everything we’ve been doing is “wrong.”

And wrong isn’t the right word at all. Some people have seen their hair flourish since the mid 2000s with their hair care practices. Others have had several setbacks and might benefit from trying a new avenue.

All parties are trying to make money off of us as consumers, so I take everything they say with a grain of salt.
 

ChemistryGirl

Well-Known Member
Hmmm, good question.

if I had to choose, I’d choose natural Haircare products. No salon leave-in product has ever kept my hair moisturized. So I use mostly natural Haircare products. I only use salon products to clarify (Redken cleansing cream), strong protein treatment (Joico k-pak deep penetrating reconstructor) and heat protectant (Paul Mitchell super skinny serum & Tresemme heat protectant spay).
 
Last edited:

Dayjoy

Old School Member
Im seeing a lot of stylists on Instagram that focus on natural hair saying we got away from the hair care practices we’ve known for years.

They mostly blame salons and stylists and manufacturers for missing the boat on natural hair. In the interim, YouTube and diy took over and now stylists and professional manufacturers are trying to tell us everything we’ve been doing is “wrong.”

And wrong isn’t the right word at all. Some people have seen their hair flourish since the mid 2000s with their hair care practices. Others have had several setbacks and might benefit from trying a new avenue.

All parties are trying to make money off of us as consumers, so I take everything they say with a grain of salt.
True.
 

Dayjoy

Old School Member
Hmmm, good question.

if I had to choose, I’d choose natural Haircare products. No salon leave-in product has ever kept my hair moisturized. So I use mostly natural Haircare products. I only use salon products to clarify (Redken cleansing cream), strong protein treatment (Joico k-pak deep penetrating reconstructor) and heat protectant (Paul Mitchell super skinny serum & Tresemme heat protectant spay).
I can see the bold being true for a lot of naturals.
The categories you mentioned (and some of the actual products) are the same ones I was thinking about as well as regular shampoo.
 

mzteaze

Pilates and Yoga Kinda Gal
I think it comes down to technique AND what you need from the product in the final end result. For example, the products and technique needed to straighten natural hair are different than those for defined curls.

I have fine hair with a lower density so buying salon products are fairly economical for me because the bottle can last longer than say the typical long haired popular social media personality. But for a person with a lot of hair that uses an entire bottle in one setting, they may prefer professional products that get the job done and stay fairly economical per use at the same time.
 

Rocky91

NYE side boob.
I do think that for some people, salon lines simplify their lives. My little cousin buys everything Keracare (thick 4b natural) and keeps it moving. She has never had a product junkie stage, lucky girl :lol:

it does sometimes seem like more consistency can be found in a salon line for me. I can use design essentials (for natural styles) or biosilk (when I straighten) from top to bottom but for most natural lines, I’ll hate the leave in but love the shampoo, etc. Mane choice is kinda consistent but sometimes feels too heavy for my fine hair.
 

keranikki

I am me, me I am, please be you
I choose natural products over salon products for economical impact reasons. Most of the natural products I use are from small businesses.
I experienced more consistency issues with salon brands vs natural products. Even after clarifying, I couldn’t achieve the same wow factor I received during the first use of a salon product.
Once I realized my hair hates coconut oil and glycerin, choosing natural products became easier. I have my staples and my hair is healthy.
I do agree that product amount versus price point can be a cause for contention when trying to choose between salon and natural products. So far, I’m okay with the product amount I receive.
 

GGsKin

Well-Known Member
I wish I could get larger products for the money I spend on 'natural' products, i.e conditioners.

I have a good mix of salon and 'natural' products in my arsenal and depending on what I am doing (how I intend to style the hair) I'll use them interchangeably. I still try not to use too many products with dimethicone or too many polyquats.
 
Top