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Sharond here,in for Katie for Wednesday Hump Hair Day!…

This week I am going to do something a little different and ask you, the readers and reviewers of Meg’s Makeup, to tell me what you look for on the containers when buying hair products. Do you read all of the ingredients or only the tag lines or let name brand be your guide? I have to admit I was one who rated products by four categories based on where purchased, starting from least desirable (drug stores, discount stores, and grocery stores); discount hair salons similar to Cost Cutters or Great Clips, followed by private salons and the best is the spa’s, especially exclusive ones. Online stores were intermixed on all four categories for me.

For our anniversary this year my husband took me to Broadmoor Hotel, a five star resort in Colorado Springs with a high-end spa. I loved their private brand goods bath and body products and immediately went and spent small fortune on buying them all without reading the labels. When it written on the bottle that “the same essential oils that cleanse the hair are excellent sources of nutrition as they smooth and detangle.” I trusted the claim and assumed it would contain essential oils and other natural products; I felt safe buying these without scrutinizing the ingredients like I usually do. Imagine my surprise when I read the contents: purified water, glycol stearate, cetearyl alcohol, stearakonium chloride, diazolianiyl urea, fragrance, D & C green #5, FD & C yellow #5. Where are the organic essential oils that the tag line suggest? I only saw chemicals and synthetic urine on the ingredient list! I felt so cheated by the hotel that I don’t even want to go there for dinner anymore because who knows what ingredients might be in the food!
I decided to compare similar products which would be as natural as I believed the spa products would be. I purchased these at following at drugstores, discount salons, and private salons. In a former review, the Scalp Therapy by Nioxin was purchased at a discount salon, had lots of essential oils, and they were at the top of the list. For the private salon I chose Abba Tru Mint Light Daily Conditioner and the ingredients sounded wonderful. It contained botanical infusion of water, chamomile, matricaria extract, salvia leaf extract, aloe and many more plant based extracts before the cetyl alcohol and other ingredients that are not in my dictionary.

For the drug store brand I grabbed bioINFUSION ORGANICS Brilliant Shine conditioner. Their tag line was enough to make me want to run home and use it right away. It made me think that my hair would be just like silken, full locks seen on TV and print. Their catch line states, “enriched with certified organics and natural botanical extracts. Calendula soothes and detoxifies the scalp, helping to restore natural shine. Lemongrass’s powerful antioxidants help protect and revitalize hair.” But . . . what were the ingredients? . . . Water, artemis, chamomile, calendula flower extract, lemongrass extract, aloe vera, glycerin and then the chemical type ingredients.

The interesting thing about all these products is that they were close to the same price, with the Nioxin being the most expensive. Usually you can get that packaged with the shampoo for a very reasonable price, sometimes cheaper than just the scalp therapy alone. I felt the items not purchased at the spa were about equal and would recommend them to anyone. The conditioner from the spa was a huge disappointment. It smelled great just like essentials oils.

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