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Gray Market: The Black & White Truth About Drugstore Hair Products

How many times have you gotten an exciting new cut or style, but balk when your stylist offers to sell you the products he or she used to achieve your look? We get it. Hair products can be expensive, especially when they are GOOD. But there are a few things you should know before declining a premium product at your hair salon in favor of heading to your local drugstore for the same product.
L’Oreal Professionnel, Paul Mitchell, Kerastase. These hair products (as well as other reputable brands) are widely sold in hair salons across the nation. If you’re tempted to pick them up while you’re shopping at your local drugstore, be critical, and be careful. The truth is, drugstores are not LEGALLY ALLOWED to sell these products. How do they get away with this? Typically, they let the product expire, slap a new barcode on it, and put it on the shelves. In many cases they even RAISE the price of these products! This practice is so frowned upon they even coined it: The Gray Market.

Best case scenario: you’re getting the same hair care product, but it’s expired. Worst case scenario: you’re getting a product that’s counterfeit and may even be damaging your hair.

What’s a hair care junkie to do? Simple: trust your favorite hair stylist. We are professionals put on this earth to not only grace you with gorgeous hair the day of your salon appointment, but to give you the tools and the tips to help you recreate the look again and again. It’s true, we make money when we sell you exquisite hair care products, but we wouldn’t sell you anything we don’t believe in. Style House Salon LOVES products like Kerastase and Shu Uemura because we know the ingredients are reputable, and the results will make your hairstyle ROCK. Next time you’re in the salon, ask about some of the great products we offer, and follow us on Instagram for great deals on premium lines of hair care products.
Nicole Branigan