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Avoiding a Faux-Poo

Dear Audrey,

I purchased a product from the salon last time I had my hair done. Now that I am ready to buy more I am noticing that the same shampoo is sold online and the prices are all over the place. I even spotted it in the grocery store.  How do I know I am getting the best deal on my salon products?

Glad you asked. I would love to take this opportunity to educate you on why that “great deal” you are seeing may be too good to be true.

Diversion is a big problem in many industries. It even has the potential to be hazardous to your health as well as your bank account. Often licensed professionals are approached to purchase products to be resold to unauthorized companies or distributors. These products typically change hands several times accumulating higher prices. Product’s batch codes are usually removed so they cannot be identified, and they are often exposed to harsh temperatures causing them to breakdown. During this time they separate, acidify and grow harmful bacteria that can hurt you and even make you sick. We also received a letter from one of our suppliers informing us that it has become more common for expired products to be stolen from their dumpsters! Yuck!

Bottom line, it’s not worth the risk. Purchase your beauty care products from authorized retailers like Westside Beauty Supply and Salon to ensure you are getting the actual product! Are you too busy come in and shop? Westside Beauty has you covered with secure online shopping so you can order with confidence anywhere, anytime.

Please check out this video from KTNV Channel 13 Action News in Las Vegas, Nevada. This report is a real eye-opener with a firsthand investigation on diversion, and it’s adverse effects.


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