My hairstylist, Antonio Gonzales* at Eva Scrivo Salon in NYC, said, 'no, no, no,' in his cute accent when I asked him, 'Aren't some store-bought shampoos -- like Pantene -- just as good as the salon ones?'
According to Antonio, who specializes in blondes although his services run the gamut from cuts, colors to managing the salon, cheap shampoos can strip hair of color. He put it to me this way, 'Don't you want to protect your investment?' At more than $200 for highlights, I do want to protect my investment.
Antonio's hands-down favorite for shampoo is Kerastase. And he's not the only one. Some of New York's most exclusive salons use Kerastase on their clients. Having tried much of the line, I have to say, they aren't pulling our legs, folks (just a little bit of Texas for ya). And since we must use Kerastase for shampoo, here's a rundown on your best bets:
For Color-Treated Hair
Experts love the creamy Kerastase Reflection Bain Miroir because it protects color so well. InStyle Magazine made it a 'best best' in their 2006 'Best Beauty Buys' issue.
Pair this shampoo with the conditioner, Kerastase Reflection Chroma Reflect Radiance-Enhancing Milk .
*Eva Scrivo Salon
632 Hudson St (between Jane Street and Horatio Street)
New York, NY