If you have guts….

22 May

Buying professional product is a dilemma many of us have faced.  “To buy or not to buy, that is the question!” When it comes right down to it, spending over $12.00 vs. $2.00 on a can of volumizer seems excessive when you only consider the price.   But, do you have GUTS????

Redken Guts is just one example of a professional product that will change your life. I have used this for over 10 years now.   Why?  Because it it gives me incredible volume when I round brush.  If you have a volumizer you swear by, please share!

Five reasons to use professional haircare product sold by a professional:

1.  You only have to use a fraction of the amount, so it will last longer than store bought product.  (I am having flashbacks of the Aquamarine shampoo I used as a kid.  It was so watered down a handful would be wasted as it ran through my fingers.)

2.  It’s water soluble so your hair will not have build-up and will thank you every day by being SO much easier to style.  If you could only see the gunk I have had to scrub off of bathroom doors after moving into a new place.  That, my friends, is cheap hairspray and I assure you that Kenra #25 wipes right off!

3.  Sure, department stores carry name-brand salon products, but those are called “diverted” products. They are not much cheaper than at the salon and who knows how old they are.

4.  Even my mom is hooked and cannot go back.  She is not someone to spend money unnecessarily either!  I also have a friend who recently changed from using Herbal Essences (I could not comb through her hair when I cut it) to a professional product and she said it has made a HUGE difference in how her hair feels!

My advice if you are nervous about taking the plunge into the world of haircare products is to start with just one or two things.  Shampoo and conditioner are basics.  Ask your stylist to recommend something for your hair type.

Here are my favorites at the moment:

  • Amplify Shampoo and Conditioner #2 for color treated hair
  • Peppermint Scrub Clarifying Shampoo by Paul Mitchell  (ONLY use once a week.)
  • Redken Real Control Deep Conditioner
  • Aquage shine drops and Redken Guts (I use these after washing my hair, before blow-drying.)
  • Kenra #25 hairspray, the BIG can!

P.S. With all this said, I know there are many of you out there that have a non-professional product you use and love.  If you use it I will still be your friend!   I want to hear what works for YOU!

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9 Responses to “If you have guts….”

  1. Jessie 22. May, 2011 at 10:02 pm #


    I just found your blog through Meshan’s I think….

    First off, I just love you!

    Second off, I totally share the same love as you for the Kenra hairspray. Best hairspray I have ever used and I don’t think I could ever use anything else, ever again!

    I also like Moroccan Oil, Global Keratin leave in condition spray & their serum. Both smell divine! {but that’s not the most important thing}

    Aquage volume mouse (it’s called something to that extent) is also a good one!

    I need to try the Redken guts! I can’t believer I have never tried it before….

    • Ruth 23. May, 2011 at 8:00 am #

      Jessie!!! I knew you had good taste (Kenra hairspray rocks)! And great hair. So happy to have found out you are a fellow stylist. We have to stick together!

  2. Emily 23. May, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    So, because of my amazing sister I have professional shampoo and conditioner. What would you suggest getting next? I use moose (sp?) every time I wash my hair (before I blow dry it) but it is just the cheap stuff. What would you recommend?

    • Ruth 26. May, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Your hair has been happy because of that product! I would definitely recommend Guts next for you. And if you have been using other mousse you can be our experiment to see if you can any difference!

      • Emily 26. May, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

        I like the experiment idea. And thank you for teaching me how to spell mousse correctly! Where do I get guts (besides from inside myself)?

  3. Tara 02. Jun, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Ruthie, Ruth. Seriously, the professional stuff makes such a difference. My poor kiddies get the suave for kids but every now and then I use my shampoo on their hair and it is so much softer. Maybe when they turn 12 they can use the real stuff. My hair needs a good treatment to get it soft. Since I was pregnant with Gavin it has been a little crisp. Any suggestions?

  4. Angie 17. Jun, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    You converted me clear back our first year at USU! I haven’t gone back to regular products since! LOVE them…GOTTA have them!

  5. vanessa 02. Jul, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Oh how I love that Kenra hairspray! I’m trying to remember how I even found out about it, and I’m thinking you gave me a can of it. Am I right? But, however I got it, it is the absolute best hairspray ever!

  6. Jennifer Kendall 09. Jan, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Thanks for the hair info… my hair has been feeling yucky lately, I am going to give it a try!!! (all of it). you are the best stylist I know and I feel like I need to take a plane ride to visit you to get my hair chopped!!!