Chances are, you've been using the same shampoo and conditioner for years. And why not? If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? Well, sometimes it pays to be open to new things—especially when it comes to your hair.

In the world of hair care, there is a dirty little secret that many stylists do not want you to know: drugstore shampoo and conditioner can be just as good—if not better—than their salon-grade counterparts. They can even help with embarrassing problems like scalp acne.

Here's what the experts have to say:

"I've tried nearly every popular shampoo and conditioner on the market, both drugstore and salon brands. In my professional opinion, there are some amazing products available at the drugstore," says hairstylist Jennifer J., of New York City's Rita Hazan Salon. "I think people tend to assume that because something is more expensive, it must be better quality. But that's not always the case."

Many high-end salon products contain harsh chemicals that can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry, brittle, and damaged. On the other hand, drugstore products are formulated with gentler ingredients that won't strip your hair. In fact, many drugstore brands are designed to hydrate and nourish your strands.

Jennifer isn't alone in her assessment. Hairstylist and colorist Ashley During of DePasquale The Spa in Morristown, NJ seconds Jennifer's opinion. "Many of my clients come in asking for specific salon brands because they think that's what I use or recommend. But the truth is, I actually use a lot of drugstore products myself—and my clients love them!"

So, what is it about drugstore shampoo and conditioner that has these hairstylists singing their praises? For one thing, over-the-counter products have come a long way in recent years—thanks in part to advances in technology. "Drugstore products have definitely improved," says Ashley. "They're more sophisticated now and can do more than they used to."

Bottom Line:

If you're stuck in a rut with your current shampoo and conditioner, maybe it's time to give drugstore brands a try. Thanks to advances in technology, these over-the-counter products have come a long way in recent years—and many top hairstylists say they're just as good (if not better!) than their salon counterparts. So next time you're standing in front of the beauty aisle at your local drugstore scratching your head, take a chance on something new—your hair will thank you for it!