Are Salon Shampoos Really Only Sold At Salons?
June 27, 2010 2:04 PM Subscribe
Are the salon hair care products sold online and at drug and grocery stores the same products that are sold in salons? Has anyone checked this out in a lab?
posted by justcorbly to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
These brands -- Paul Mitchell, American Crew, Redken, etc. -- contend that they can only guarantee products sold via a licensed salon. They suggest that the products sold elsewhere are counterfeit, adulterated, or diversions from licensed vendors.
While I am sure counterfeit shampoos exist, it seems much more likely to me that the salon brands sold online and elsewhere are purchased by the same distributors who sell to the salons. (And exactly what the heck does "licensed salon" mean? I've never seen a license on the wall at one.) For example, if a distributor buys 10,000 units of a Redken product, is Redken going to police him to ensure that he doesn't place 5000 of those units in Target and at Drugstore.com?
It seems to me those manufacturers have an strong incentive to create a mystique about "Salon only" products, while winking and nodding at distributors who place the products into mainstream retail channels: Profit.