A search on eBay or Amazon for your favorite high-end salon products will always render a bunch of hits, most of the time at crazy low prices. Since these products in the salon can be a little on the pricy side, it’s always tempting, seriously tempting, for clients to go looking for deals online. Here’s 4 reasons why that is not exactly a great idea.
- Quality. Seriously, who knows what is actually in the product you’re buying when it’s not from a salon? There have been a countless number of cases where a client has bought a product from a 3rd party and even though it was in the correct packaging, the product was watered down, mixed with other products, or past their expiration date. When purchasing products from a 3rd party, you never really know what is in what you’re buying. Unless it’s straight from the source or a partner, it’s questionable. The extra $5 that you spend in salon on your favorite Tonic Lotion from Bumble and bumble. is to ensure you get exactly what you paid for and nothing else.
- Stylist Knows Best. I know it may sound like there isn’t much to hair products or that the descriptions on the back are all the information that you may need, but there is much more than meets the eye. After a session with your stylist, they have already spent a couple hours with your hair. They will be able to tell you exactly what products you need and how to strategically use it depending on your specific hair type or regimen. I’ve seen stylists recommend the same product in completely different ways. We are so well trained on exactly what to prescribe to each individual person that we do it in the grocery store. We sit in hours of product knowledge classes so we know precisely what regimen to design for you. The extra bucks you spend in salon is for us to be able to share this knowledge with you and make sure you go home knowing how to use these products in a way that will best benefit you.
- Support Your Salon. Being able to carry product lines in salon like R+Co, Bumble & bumble, and Oribe aren’t as simple as making a phone call. To ensure brand equity, these product lines have to thoroughly look into the salon as a whole. Salons have to fill out applications and brand representatives from the lines have to visit each applicant to make sure they fit the criteria the line is looking for. Not only can it be challenging to get the product lines in a salon, but to make sure the salon product shelves are stocked and looking their best is a job in itself.
- Totally Illegal. If those reasons above aren’t enough of a deterrent to stop you from buying online, think about the fact that it’s totally illegal. If products aren’t being sold from the actual entity OR a network salon / business, it is not considered be from the company. Some big product lines have spent millions of dollars in trying to make sure this crime is cut down to maintain a strong brand. Some scammers have gone as far to actually dumpster dive in Sephora dumpsters to get empty bottles of products to resell them with fake ingredients. Gross.
You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari and use cheap cleaner that might bleach your seats. You wouldn’t use dish soap to wash your most expensive ballgown. Make sure the money that you put into your hair is always taken care of by products that are reliable and straight from the source.
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