The difference between quality hair products and your basic drug store hair product is simply the ingredients and the amount of them. When you start looking for a new hair product, begin with the ingredient list. The product is mostly made of the first item listed. Generally, the first ingredient in most hair products is water. The last item on the list is often dye. What matters most is the stuff in between. Obviously, you would like the best ingredients to be closest to the top of the list.
Using shampoo as an example, next on the list of ingredients is surfactants. These are wetting agents that aid in the cleansers ability to lather and clean your hair. Ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are all surfactants and can be found in all kinds of personal care products. A higher quality shampoo will contain a more gentle surfactant than a lower quality product. It is believed that sodium laureth sulfate is much safer, gentler surfactant.
Continuing down the list of ingredients you will find conditioning agents. A quality hair care product will contain a conditioning agent that will penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and will lock in moisture. This is only possible with a high quality, more costly protein based conditioner and moisturizing conditioner. This is what truly sets apart your drug store brand from your quality hair care product.
The last few items on the list will be preservatives and stabilizers, but the most important ingredients are the surfactants and the conditioning agents when purchasing hair care products. Some over the counter hair products are just not good for your hair. Be wary of silicone based products that leave heavy deposits on your hair ultimately causing breakage. Also, most non prescription dandruff hair care products are considered to be quite harsh and unsafe for your hair.
Being born with long or short hair is a matter determined by the genetic heritage of each baby. But the baby hair deserves special bath time, treat it with love and use the right baby products to keep baby hair healthy.