Store Bought vs Salon Quality

A question I often get asked is if there is really that big of a difference in our products, and drug store brands?

So I figured I’d put it to the test, and experiment on a new mannequin with human hair.


I used a popular shampoo that you can buy in all the drug stores and super markets and compared it to our professional salon brand shampoo, P2 Age De Phy.

The Experiment:

I washed the left side of the mannequin hair 5 times with our P2 Age De Phy shampoo and conditioned once, then I did the same on the right with the drug store brand’s  “natural” shampoo. Then when I blow dried I did not add any extra styling aids or a brush.

The Result:

Looking at the mannequin you can tell that the side treated with our professional shampoo looks a lot healthier. It was also easier to blow dry with just my hand.  My fingers were able to slide a lot smoother through the hair as I was blow drying and there are a lot fewer fly always.

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The right side, washed with the drug store brand, was very gummy feeling when I was blowing it dry. It is fuller LOOKING and that is because of the product build up that is on the hair.  It was also more strenuous trying to pull my fingers through it while I was blow-drying and combing it out.

p2_vs_leading brand_back

You’d be amazed how much nicer the P2 Age De Phy hair felt!!

Stop by the shop & feel it for yourself.

Taking it a Step Further:

I decided to look up the ingredients on this “NATURAL” drug store bought product.  The first ingredient is water, which means the product is diluted and you need to use more.  I also looked up a few of the scarier looking ingredients, like ethyl ether (a volatile flammable solvent), and methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (known irritants used together as an antibacterial/antifungal)!  Further research showed the shampoo had a whole cocktail of preservatives, dyes, and artificial fragrances.

If you are only concerned with making your hair smell good then by all means use this product.  But if you want to actually preserve the integrity of you natural hair then an over the counter product is NOT going to do that!  It is going to pump your hair full of waxes, dyes, silicones (BTW, not ALL silicones are bad but that’s a whole other topic) and who knows what else?

-Mary Facemire

*Disclaimer:  The statements in this article are not meant to be final results on the efficacy of these products.  They are our personal observations.*