5 Hair Products To Ditch (And Their Replacements)

I hate to see you waste money but I care too much about your hair to see it be wrecked. Remember, your hair is an investment. If it’s longs, the ends have been with you for close to three years, treat it well. These five products are doing more harm than good and should be tossed immediately. Even if you love the product, I promise, there’s a better alternative that you’ll be just as happy with.


Heat Protectants Containing Silicones
Or throw them out all together if you’re not using a curling iron or flat iron

Silicones (anything ending in -cone) create build up on your hair, masking it’s sheen and weighing down it’s movement. There’s also zero long-term benefits, so toss them. Quaternium 70 and PVP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer are proven ingredients that make a difference and aren’t a hazard to you or the health of your hair. The jury is still out on natural alternatives but oils with a high smoke point are a modest alternative.


Baking Soda
This is a classic “Don’t trust everything you read on the internet”

A few years back a few blogs started circulating a myth that baking soda was a good alternative to shampoo. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Baking soda has a pH of 9. Why is that important? Hair has a pH of 4.5-5.5 and anything out of that range damages the hair cuticle. One particular client of mine had been using baking soda regularly for over a year and a half, the result? Even her new growth had damage, it took us another year and a half of regular trims before it was all gone (the alternative would have been a pixie cut)
Want to ditch conventional shampoos? Try a cleansing conditioner like Hairstory New Wash

Shampoos With Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Not to be confused with Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate or Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, of course

The biggest issue with SLS is that it’s a known irritant that can cause dermatitis and eczema. It’s harsh, in fact just last week I was mopping my floor, I took a glance at the ingredients and what did I find at the top of the list? That’s right, SLS. SLS and most other sulfates create the bubbles in your shampoo and help break down oils on your hair and scalp. Not all sulfates are bad. For those who love that squeaky clean feeling you can still use shampoos with other, more gentle, sulfates.
La Tierra Sagrada has a short but impressive ingredients
list that doesn’t include sulfates  

Drugstore Hair Products
They very likely contain the bad ingredients I’ve mentioned as well as a lot of the ones I haven’t

Let’s say you spend $5 on a bottle of shampoo at the drugstore. The average retail markup is 50%. That leaves $2.50 to cover the marketing campaign, which includes commercials and the A-list actress in the commercials; the label and the firm that designed it; the shipping, handling and, oh yes, the stuff inside the bottle. It’s not unlike washing your face with dish soap. I respect everyone’s budget but if I find out you’re spending your extra money on a rose quartz filtered, cbd infused, oat milk cleanse instead of quality products, I’m not going to be happy.
Try Acure Mega Moisture Shampoo for affordable quality

Toning Shampoos
Okay, maybe don’t throw it away but don’t buy it again

There’s nothing wrong with toning shampoo, it’s just not nearly as effective as it’s partner: toning conditioner. It’s pretty simple actually, when we tone in salons we’re depositing color tones into the hair to neutralize warmth. The key word there is deposit. Shampoos aren’t designed to deposit, they’re designed to wash things away. Conditioners on the other hand are designed to deposit moisture and other magical stuff into your hair. The key word there is deposit. So go ahead, use up the rest of your toning shampoo but next time, only buy the conditioner.


A personal favorite Evo Platinum Blonde

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