Guest Post by Emily.
Hey, Emily here. I have been a hairstylist for about 5 years. I have mainly worked at high end salons in the Seattle area and before I had my twins (who are 7 months old) I worked for a private products distributor and sold professional products to stylists and owners. Those are some of my credentials…well except for one more thing…I am a MAJOR product junkie!!! I can’t resist trying out a new shampoo, hairspray, nail polish color, styling product, or deep conditioner! Which is somewhat ok because I get a discount, being in the industry and all, but then I got to thinking…what about everyone else? How can others save money on high quality hair products?
Let me tell you: It’s all about buying at the right time of year. Usually twice a year most companies come out with either a package deal like, a shampoo/conditioner/styling product (or 2) in one cute box.
OR they offer a discount on certain sizes of products, usually litres, half litres or travel sized shampoos/conditioners/styling products.
You will want to start looking on the shelves of your current or local salon at the beginning of the holidays, November through December and sometimes an even greater discount can be had if they keep them on after Christmas, but not all salons do. The other time of year will be summer, usually sometime after Memorial Day. Most of the sets or litres should be somewhere between $15-$20. The travel packs…maybe $10-$15.
The great part is that if you use your products correctly, you should only have to buy twice a year during these sales! The most common mistake people make is using too much product!! I can’t stress this enough: when using a salon professional product a little goes a long way. Most of the time a dime or nickel (if you have long, thick hair) sized amount is enough when it comes to shampoo and conditioners. With styling products it’s even less than that, half a dime sized amount. I always start off with less and then add more if I need it. In fact, some products will make your hair feel worse if you put too much in. Trust me, try it. You will save TONS of money by doing this! And your hair will thank you by looking and feeling so healthy and shiny! One more word of caution: It is better for you to buy your salon professional products from a good, reputable salon and not at the grocery store. Most of the time the product at the grocery store has been diverted, meaning it’s not even the correct product in the bottle. While going to school at Paul Mitchell one of the diversion experts found and tested a conditioner they took off the shelves at a grocery store and it turned out to be lotion, ewww!!
Go forth and enjoy spoiling your hair for less!!
Emily is a mom to 7 month-old boy/girl twins, living in the greater Seattle area. She loves to read, sew and play with her twins and clearance-rack shop.