It matters where you purchase your hair care products.
As stylists, we usually aren't getting rich off of the sale of hair products. We spend most of our careers educating ourselves to be the best stylist possible. We're lucky to make a few dollars off of each product we sell (and yes, that adds up), but our number one goal as stylists is the integrity of your hair. We want you to look good not just when you walk out of the salon, but also until your next your appt. Here are a few things to consider before purchasing your products.
Protect your investment. If you just dropped a few hundred on your hair, don't skip the at-home care. You could literally wash your color down the sink with OTC hair products. I always suggest starting with a professional shampoo, conditioner and heat protectant. You can grow your library of products over time, but these are key for long lasting color.
Quality control and guarantee. I walk into drug stores all the time and see the same products I have on my shelves being sold for more than what I sell them for. It breaks my heart because most consumers don't even know that these likely are old/expired products or they may not be the product at all. Purchasing from your stylist will ensure high quality professional products that we guarantee. I don't think the grocery store cares if your color is faded or if plastic is building up in your hair, but I promise your stylist does.
Your stylist knows what's best for you. If you've been loyal to your stylist, they know your hair history, texture, density and much more. They have records of what you've purchased in the past and have your hair and scalp integrity in mind when recommending products.
You're supporting our dream. When you purchase products directly from your stylist, you're doing so much more than helping us make a few extra bucks. Most brands provide more education to our salon the more product we order. A lot of salons also use the profit from product sales to provide continuing education to their team. This means we're able to take more classes, stay up to date on latest trends, and always provide you with the best service possible.
Please take these few things into consideration the next time you go to make a haircare purchase, because where you purchase your haircare products matters.