We're all being hammered with the recession all the time, but sometimes it's hard to know where to cut back. Here are some thoughts about cutting back on your hair care products. First, you should consider the fact that while drugstore-variety shampoos are less expensive, they are also less concentrated, so keep that in mind when you're trying to decide between Suave and Paul Mitchell. If you're willing to work the lather a little more, you can stretch most salon shampoos to last a lot longer. However, it's sometimes hard to train yourself not to use a handful of soap, so if you're not going to be stretching it anyway, consider the following. The main ingredients of most shampoos are about the same. The scents may vary, but chances are the main chemicals are not going to be much different. Many people will also argue that the pH balance of salon shampoos is better than most drugstore shampoos, but the truth is that there really isn't much of a difference. What is the difference, then? The biggest thing to remember is that everyone's hair is different, and that even though shampoos aren't necessarily much better or much worse than each other, some shampoos will simply work better than others for different people. If your hair is dry, you don't want to use a harsh shampoo that strips away all of the oils, just as you don't want a heavy moisturizing shampoo if your hair is usually heavy or greasy. If you want to cut some cost out of your routine, consider this: shampoos like Suave usually go for someone between $1 and $3. If it turns out that it actually works for you, you're in business and you've saved yourself $12. If it doesn't work for you, you're only out $3. You may even try alternating your favorite expensive shampoo (i.e. because you love the smell of Biolage and will not try anything else) with something more economical. Your hair will probably respond well to something new, and you'll pay about half as much for your hair care products.