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We Think We're Saving Money, But at What Cost? When It Comes to Hair Products, Listen to Your Stylist

02/06/2015 05:49 pm ET | Updated Apr 08, 2015

Who hasn't been seduced by a pretty package on the grocery store shelf? And there are so many promises, "silky smooth, lasting body, won't fade color." How do you chose?

You may even like one of these off-the-shelf impulse purchases at first. It lathers a lot and smells great, but that's not always a good thing. A lot of lather, for example, may indicate the shampoo has more sulfates, which can over time dry out hair and make colors fade more quickly.

First hair product tip: Listen to your stylist. Let her advise you. She truly is knowledgeable, not just about hair products but also, more importantly, about your hair specifically. She knows what will work.

Second product tip: Buy the recommended products from your stylist. Sure, you may find it cheaper somewhere else in town, but how much time and gasoline will you spend searching for that pocket change.

Your stylist has a reputation to protect. It is very unlikely that she will steer you into regret. She knows you can walk at any time. Also, she simply wants you to be happy. She wants you to be beautiful. That's in her nature. That's what it means to be a stylist. You can bet the products on her shelf will be professional and high quality and if she doesn't think they're right for you, she'll direct you elsewhere.

Use a lot of hairspray? Most of us use it a couple times a day, which can cause build-up on your hair that can weigh it down and leave it crusty and unmanageable.

Third product tip: Especially if you use a lot of hairspray and other styling products, it is important to use a clarifying shampoo treatment intermittently that will get your locks really clean, removing all the residue of life, some of which comes from our hair products but also from hard water and medications.

This is particularly important before you go to a stylist for color on a perm, for example. These treatments will work much better if you've removed all the build-up first. Your stylist will almost certainly use a clarifying shampoo before one of these treatments, but I also recommend using a clarifying shampoo at home a couple days before your appointment.

Really clean hair is a wonderful thing. It feels great and, if you haven't done this in a while, you may be surprised at just how beautiful your hair really is. Always follow a clarifying shampoo with a high quality conditioner to keep your hair moisturized.