The Diff Between Salon-Sold Shampoos VS Commercially-Sold Shampoos

Monday, March 27, 2017

We've all had the experience of peeking at the shampoo and conditioner bottles used by our hairstylists while they wash our hair. They pump some mysterious liquid and scrub it into our scalp – and damn, their shampoo smells so good like fruits and flowers.

When they are done with fussing our hair and guide us to the exit, from the corner of our eyes, we notice their display shelves full of shampoos and conditioners that were just used on our hair.

Subconsciously we reached out and touch our hair, oh boy it hasn't ever been this soft and in place. Could it be due to the new hair cut that you just received or could it possibly have something to do with the mysterious bottles of shampoo and conditioner?

I put the question to the test for three months and here are the results! Read on to find out more.

For this experiment, I was provided with a pair of award-winning Davines MINU shampoo and conditioner from Kenjo Salon


#1 | Davines MINU Shampoo

DAVINES MINU shampoo

The rich, full-bodied and foamy MINU shampoo is specifically designed to protect and maintain colour-treated hair.

Winner of Self Magazine's 2015 Self-Approved Beauty Awards, this shampoo formula is enriched with protecting Caper Blossom Extract from Salina, Italy. It helps to gently cleanse, protect and keep our coloured hair shiny for a longer period of time.

The scent that characterizes the MINU family has a citrus (orange blossom) and fresh note.



Directions to use: Apply to wet hair. Massage gently and rinse, repeat shampoo application, then apply MINU conditioner or MINU pak, depending on the needs.


#2 | Davines MINU Conditioner

DAVINES MINU conditioner

The Davines Minu Conditioner is enriched with the ever-protective and nourishing Caper Blossom Extract from Salina Island in Italy.

This shine-boosting treatment helps one to achieve smooth and silky tresses through its moisturising and detangling properties. Its light formula wouldn't your weigh hair down and is gentle enough for processed or colour-treated hair.



Directions to use: Apply to towel dried hair after using MINU shampoo. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, comb through then rinse. Dry the hair.


| The Conclusion

Here are my thoughts after testing these products out after three months. Yes, there is indeed a significant difference in my hair from when I used the Davines range as compared to commercially-available hair products.

I struggled less with combing my tresses, and the percentage of waking up to perfect-looking hair (ie. no bed hair) was so much higher. What I love about it the most is how these products help to retain the colour of my hair dye for a longer period of time.

The usual duration of longevity for my coloured hair is about a month before the colour starts to fade, with these products I could drag it out to about two months before a noticeable difference in hair colour begins to creep in. With that said, the rate of colour fading has decreased and as such, I haven't found it necessary to return for a colour touch-up yet.

Here is a before-after shot from when my hair was dry and damaged, and how it looks like after using the Davines range:

Davines MINU: Before & After

With all these results, I conclude that there is a reason for why hair salons sell these products – they work! So if you are looking for something stronger and more effective than your usual supermarket-bought shampoo/conditioner, head over to Kenjo salon to find out more.

Till our next hair check-in, adieu!


Kenjo Korean Hair Salon:
68 Orchard Road, #04-72, Plaza Singapura (New Wing)
Singapore 238839
Contact: 6238 8083