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Alabaster Crowley
Posts: 8,255
Tucson, Arizona, US


I need a cheaper shampoo and conditioner. (Like under ~$10 each.)

I've been using Paul Mitchell for color but it's just too expensive right now. I know drugstore brands are probably not going to be as good as salon brands, but I'll take something at least sort of comparable.

My color does fade (I'm blonde and dye it black, and it is professionally done), but less so now that I only wash it once a week. I obviously need something that will minimize fading, and isn't going to make my hair unhealthy or otherwise icky.

I'm also looking to get it in a store, and not online.

My stylist said she was thinking the Dove ones might be good, but that she hasn't tried them or any other drugstore brand in a while so she's not really sure.

Thanks.
Jan 21 13 04:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Paige Morgan
Posts: 4,058
New York, New York, US


When my hair was high lift bleached, I used to use L'Oreal Color Vive when cash was tight and my favorite brand was a bit too pricey
Jan 21 13 04:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Alabaster Crowley
Posts: 8,255
Tucson, Arizona, US


Paige Morgan wrote:
When my hair was high lift bleached, I used to use L'Oreal Color Vive when cash was tight and my favorite brand was a bit too pricey

But bleached hair doesn't fade like colored hair, so I'm not sure if that would be as good for my black hair... Hm.

Googling has brought this one up, though.

Jan 21 13 04:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Paige Morgan
Posts: 4,058
New York, New York, US


Alabaster Crowley wrote:

But bleached hair doesn't fade like colored hair, so I'm not sure if that would be as good for my black hair... Hm.

Googling has brought this one up, though.

It was bleached out and dyed flaming red big_smile Red fades a LOT. smile

Jan 21 13 05:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Alabaster Crowley
Posts: 8,255
Tucson, Arizona, US


Paige Morgan wrote:

It was bleached out and dyed flaming red big_smile Red fades a LOT. smile

Oh! That's different tongue

My bangs are red, but luckily don't fade toooo much.

Jan 21 13 05:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Laura UnBound
Posts: 27,259
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


I use the john frieda colored hair line. I know it works better than the super cheap crap (suave, white rain, etc) but I dont know that its necessarily any better than any of the other color-saver types.

I do know that it doesnt leave my hair greasy or strip the natural oils out like some of the other color saver ones do (herbal essences) but thats more about what my hair is like, and not necessarily helpful for you since your hair is not mine.
Jan 21 13 05:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kristie MacLean
Posts: 12
Austin, Texas, US


I would try the new L'Oreal Ever Pure line. They're sulfate free, which is the most important thing to look for when it comes to keeping hair color from fading.
Jan 21 13 05:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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KA Style
Posts: 1,583
Syracuse, New York, US


Laura UnBound wrote:
I use the john frieda colored hair line. I know it works better than the super cheap crap (suave, white rain, etc) but I dont know that its necessarily any better than any of the other color-saver types.

I do know that it doesnt leave my hair greasy or strip the natural oils out like some of the other color saver ones do (herbal essences) but thats more about what my hair is like, and not necessarily helpful for you since your hair is not mine.

Love, love, love that line! The Brunette line smells fantastic, I want to bottle it up and wear as body spray! lol

Truthfully most salon brands are not better than a quality drug store shampoo. I like the Loreal, Dove, and John Frieda.

Try to wash you hair less, wash less fade less. If you get greasy try dry shampoo.

I use Suave or the cheap likes conditioner to shave my legs! big_smile Love using conditioner over shaving cream. Way cheaper too!

Jan 23 13 07:51 am  Link  Quote 
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Frances Jewel
Posts: 9,149
Dayton, Ohio, US


Go to Sally beauty, if there is one near you, and buy the generic line. They have Paul Mitchell clones that work very well. We switched from PM teatree to the generic, no difference that we can tell!
Jan 23 13 08:09 am  Link  Quote 
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Alabaster Crowley
Posts: 8,255
Tucson, Arizona, US


I bought the Paul Mitchell because I'm a terrible person to my bank account.

I'm sorry, bank account. Please forgive me.

I was looking for this Dove Advanced Color Care for darkened hair, but it was nowhere to be found. L'Oreal Color Vive wasn't at the store I went to either.

The huge bottle of Paul Mitchell lasts me like 6+ months so I'm trying to justify that.
Jan 23 13 11:41 am  Link  Quote 
Hair Stylist
Keila Sone
Posts: 126
Harrison, New Jersey, US


with professional brands you actual use less shampoo,because it has more of the essential oils and its concentrated with drug store shampoo they use car wash detergent as the main cleaning agent thats why it's cheap and end up poring more.I would wait till your salon or beauty supply store has a sale and buy the large bottle,some time store like Cosmo sale professional brands of shampoo and you can buy like a 2-3 year supply of it.

Also with shampoos that are specific like the one that are for brunette there is color add to the shampoo to,its depositing color in your hair,my natural blonde friend when light brown just by shampooing with a brunette shampoo.
Jan 26 13 08:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Katie Pagani
Posts: 239
New York, New York, US


Try Organix! They are infused with a lot of essential oils, are easy on the hair, and smell amazing!
Jan 27 13 05:46 am  Link  Quote 
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AnaMaria04
Posts: 349
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


For drugstore brands, I'm always a fan of Dove (especially if you have dry or sensitive skin) and Fructis Garnier.  I use Satinique right now (from Amway)- a HUGE bottle costs about 10 dollars and lasts me a year, but you have to order it online.
Jan 27 13 06:03 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 718
London, England, United Kingdom


Seconding the person above who pointed out that you need sulphate free shampoo. Look for sodium laureth sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate in the ingredients list. I don't know if you get Dr Organics over there, but their manuka honey or aloe vera shampoos are recommended for coloured hair. They are very reasonably priced too.

Both salon and drug store shampoos tend to use SLS - and industrial strength degreaser. It's bad for flyaway hair and colour, but is sometimes needed to remove heavy product build up, for example the silicones that most conditioners contain (look for ingredients ending in 'cone'). They create a vicious circle.
Jan 27 13 03:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Alivia Autumn
Posts: 610
Albuquerque, New Mexico, US


Drug store brands are very different from salon brands.  Most salon brands in my opinion are much gentler on the cleansing process.

If you are going to use suave or vo5 you may as well use dawn dishsoap to wash your hair.

I know this because I suffered with seborrheic dermatitis for years.  The shampoos were too harsh for my scalp.  And I ended up over washing thinking I was the problem.

I also save money on only having to wash hair twice a week and I no longer suffer from the skin issue I had years ago.

I would suggest nexus, it lather's well, you can get it at a drug store and it's fairly cheap.

I have dark hair also and to be honest what's worked best against fading is Aveda's Color Conserve line.  But I don't like the way it lathers so I'd only use it for the first couple weeks and then switch to what you like.
Jan 28 13 07:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
A-M-P
Posts: 18,188
Orlando, Florida, US


I love John Frieda Red bottle repair something forgot the actual name it is really good about $7 a bottle leaves your hair super soft and I actually found it did repair my hair and left it  super soft I do a lot hair coloring and bleaching to my heair so it gets quite damaged from chemicals. When I'm not using that I used RedKen extreme repair $14 per bottle.
Jan 30 13 05:21 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
A-M-P
Posts: 18,188
Orlando, Florida, US


Also ULTA usually has a sale of the big Salon bottles of Paul Mitchell, RedKen, Matrix for half off only $15 and that should last 6 months or more I always go when there is a sale and stock up
Jan 30 13 05:25 am  Link  Quote 
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