Welp. It happened. Lets skip past the part of fault or blame, reign in your threats or self-loathing thoughts. Your hair is trashed or broken whether you asked for it or not. Fast-forward to FIX.
Basically, porous hair has a blown out cuticle and most of the keratin (naturally occurring protein) gone. This can be from bleach, color, heat, chemicals of other kinds, or environmental crap (smog, UV, even dry weather and wind can affect it).
Porous hair is frizzy, stretchy or cottony when wet and tangles like no other. Hard to brush through, and even harder to straighten and smooth, it has most of us grabbing for a hot tool to make it look presentable! AUGH!! UNHAND THE FLAT IRON!!!
Being an all things blonde blog and lifestyle (if you ask me the blonde life chose ME), we understand that bleach is most likely a part of your life, and will be for a long time to come. So lets see how we can repair porous hair in a fun DIY way— or for those overachievers, prevent it from happening.
A quiz by Caitlin Richardson
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions that answer is YES.
If you answered YES to number 3 then you probably answered YES to all of the other questions too LOL.
We all have enough junk at home don’t get me started about throwing away product over a year old. (Yes thats a real thing.) I’m going to just recommend you go into the kitchen and grab some stuff and use home remedies for this! Its more fun and JUST as effective! Time to get your hands dirty, kids!
What you’ll need:
EGGS. Bowl. Wisk.
-Beat eggs (2-3 depending on how long your hair is)
-Apply to freshly washed, towel dried hair
-Leave on for 30 min or however long you can stand smelling like breakfast
-Rinse with COLD or COOL water or else the egg will cook in your hair I swear to god.
-You can wash the egg out or just rinse for a long time and condition, comb through, and rinse well again
What you’ll need:
Keratin shampoo and conditioner, (we love It’s a 10 Miracle Shampoo Plus Keratin and also the matching deep conditioner). Apple cider vinegar (we love Bragg’s). Coconut oil (Dr. Bronner’s). Wet Brush™.
-Wash yer hair with the keratin shampoo and rinse then wring out
-Get a half cup or so of the apple cider vinegar and pour over you hair. Don’t dump it like you’re getting slimed on Nickelodeon, but try and pour it evenly over around the top and sides of your head so it runs down covering all of the areas of your hair
-Take the Wet Brush™ (or a large comb) and comb the vinegar through your hair
-Go to the kitchen, get a square of aluminum foil, bring back to the bathroom and take out a half teaspoon of the coconut oil and put it on the foil
-Check Instagram. Go to @blonde.blond and follow if you don’t already. Like all of the pics are far back as it will let you in 10 minutes. Or do something else that takes 10 minutes I’m sure you could get lost in @overheardla that shit is hilarious
–After the apple cider vinegar has been sitting on your hair for 10 minutes you can get back in the shower and rinse it out with LUKEWARM water 🙂
-Condition with the keratin conditioner, comb through with the brush or comb and shave your legs or something else that takes 5 minutes. Read your daily horoscope? Definitely read your ex’s horoscope.
-Rinse out conditioner! Then blot dry and take the coconut oil and rub vigorously between your hands to warm it up and rake it through your hair from the mid-shaft down through your ends (use less than half a teaspoon is your hair is shoulder length or shorter
-Air dry or better go to sleep and wash out any excess coconut oil in the morning
What you’ll need:
VERY ripe banana. 1 tbsp olive oil. 1 tbsp raw honey. Blender or bowl and disposable gloves.
-Mix/mash everything together in a bowl! Pro tip: If you wear disposable gloves and do it by hand its much more fun, but you can use a blender if you want (hella basic)
-Wash your hair and use this as a deep conditioner, leave on for 10-15 minutes, it’s best to get out of the shower and apply using the mirror make sure you’re getting it all over evenly
-Rinse really well and if you want to lessen the smell go ahead and condition again with your regular conditioner
I mean, Olaplaex works, so does Urban Moisture by Shu Uemura and Fluffy Feel by Milbon, but those are things to use with every wash! Bonus points if you do this with wet toenails and fluffy slippers on ❤ ❤ ❤
Love From Your Personal Chef,
Where do you get unrealistic expectations?
If anyone thought that body image was destroyed due to super models and airbrushing, then they hadn’t had a second to delve into hair color with filters on them.
Its not that your colorist isn’t talented and able; it’s that every single thing you’ve done to your hair is affecting how and if you can get that color you saw on that bloggers post.
We WISH we could get you that white ended bleachy balayage! In fact, we will get you within one shade! But GIRL you dyed your hair pink and purple for Coachella and it god knows why faded to orange but thats actually a thing! We aint sayin’ it won’t get white but we definitely can’t say it will.
Just make sure to also screenshot some that are a little varied from your dream hair! The more inspo pics the BETTER!!!
What could possibly be better than instant gratification? Nothing. Your hair is blonde, so your pretty much get what you want when you want it, BUT now you want MORE blonde hair. NOW.
Voilá! Hair extensions.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a wave your wand type of demand. Once again, having blonde hair is going to make this something you again have to research and carefully make the right decision about. Boring but necessary, ladies and gents!
Im going to try and outline the most important factors in the easiest way, but remember there are SO many exceptions I’ll probably only cover about %80 of cases.
The most sorority friendly extensions out there, these are able to be used with great variation out of all the extension types. Add to that you take them out at the end of the day, and you have yourself some super easy blonde hair! (Not to be confused with your super easy friend Jessica, who also wears clip-ins.)
Difficulties with Clip-Ins:
So one of the times clip-ins can prove to be a bitch are when your hair has really short layers in it, or is really short all around. Add to that, or by itself, THICK hair can be pretty hard to use clip ins with because any new layer of hair will look out of place. For this, you would want to have some clip-in wefts custom made with twice the amount of hair in each piece, or if you can sew, you can double up ones you bought yourself. I would explain how to do this but I don’t want Girl Scouts of America to go out of business because Samoas.
Tape-ins are the best friend of any hairstylist. Easy to install, move up, and remove, these babies are the epitome of instant gratification. If your stylist is good at their job, you can have a drastic transformation in as little as one hour.
Difficulties with tape-ins:
Tape-ins pose to be a problem if you work out a lot or have excessively oily hair. I guess moisture is the culprit here. Also if you’re in the middle of repairing some damaged hair and need weekly or twice weekly treatments, these things can break down the tops of the tape-ins and hair will shed out faster, or only be able to be used 2 times instead of 3. Another thing with tape-ins is that its hard to have anything but a top knot or low ponytail. Half-up and half-down is almost always out of the question, boohoo all y’all hipsters! I guess the other thing that is difficult with tape-ins is that if you’re purple shampooing your hair, the tape-ins grab the purple pigment way quicker than your regular hair. I dunno- if Brittany would ever balayage my hair maybe my ends would be as porous as my tape-ins and this wouldn’t be an issue. BRITTANY.
There are two ways to have bead extensions, individual and weft. I will break these up in two parts, but remember, weft extensions put in with beads were meant for DAY use only, maximum one week. If your hair can handle wefts put in with beads longer than this, hell yes I am super happy for you, but if you are a regular human person with regular person hair, don’t risk this!
INDIVIDUAL BEAD PROS:
INDIVIDUAL BEAD CONS:
TRACKS IN WITH BEADS PROS:
TRACKS WITH BEADS CONS:
Difficulties with Individual Bead Extensions:
You have to be careful with these because I’ve noticed if you travel a lot for some reason these can start to wear and tear on your hair… I don’t know if its because the beads are metal or what, but excessive flying has affected some of my clients hair when they have bead extensions. I like to blame EMF’s but in all truthfulness I’m not even sure what electromagnetic fields do or how they would react to copper or aluminum but it seems fishy, right?! Also if you don’t have the right person “doing” them, they have a tendency to slip out. Thought it is expected and normal to lose 12-14 in the week or two following an installation, it’s still funny to have a “noodle” slip out of your hair at dinner. Extra points if you have super light blonde hair because then it looks like a piece of cooked spaghetti :-0 LOL. (One time I found a noodle on my doormat in the morning so I know I had a really good night the night before, even if I couldn’t remember exactly what happened.)
Its not 2003 so I refuse to even speak about this. Sorry GreatLengths™.
(No shit talking Paris and Nicole, I fucking LOVE them. Where is this person that gave them a show? I want to give them a medal.)
Ah the old classic sew-in weft extensions! Also known as “weaves”. This is for my black or mixed girls out there, or truly anyone with thick-ass hair that will stay in a tight braid in which to sew wefts of hair to. Haitians and Jamaicans, other islander girls. You know who you are. I’ve even had a few white girls that had a good stylist that was able to work magic on her hair and keep wefts in tight for 2-3 months at a time. I do not have a lot of experience here with this type of extension so I am going to refer to my assistant Brandi for our pros and cons!
SEW-INS PROS: (By Brandi!)
You can instantly add length and volume without waiting months and years for your hair to grow.
Sewn extensions are nice and snug so you wont have to worry about your extension slipping out.
Some extension styles can hide the majority of your hair protecting it from damage and exposure to the elements. These type of extensions prevent constant manipulation like combing and heat styling and help with hair retention.
SEW-INS CONS: (By Brandi!)
Sewn in extensions can take time getting used to. They are attached to a braid on your natural hair and can sometimes be uncomfortable and cause headaches but this will go away in a few days.
If the extensions are not put in correctly or applied too tight they may cause breakage or traction alopecia.
If they are not properly taken care of or washed regularly they can cause bacteria build-up and tangling.
They are low maintenance but not no maintenance you must take care of your hair when wearing sewn in extensions.
Well, there are some other types of extensions I did not cover in this post. Some ones I can think about off-hand are shrinkies, which is similar to bead extensions, except the bead it self is plastic and shrinks with heat around the extension tip and natural hair root. Another is the halo, which is multiple tracks of hair layered onto one weft and hung with a fishing line around your head, hidden by your own hair. If anyone has inquiries about other types let me know and I will research them and do a follow up post!
WITH LOVE AND THICK MANES OF BLONDE EXTENSIONS FOR ALL!
If you all are anything like me, you have a serious habit of throwing your hair up throughout the day– or all day.
Of course it looks cute! What’s better than that casual “I woke up like this” hair-do? After all, we’ve put enough effort into the botox, fillers, spray tans, Sunday Riley skincare, etc. This woman does NOT need to have my hair done every day.
The problem with constantly putting your blonde AF hair up is that there are some serious consequences if you are not doing it safely! Let me give you the most important examples and then tell you the solutions!
What you’re tying your hair up with. I personally really like the shade of red that whole foods wraps their to go containers from the deli with. However using said tie to put my hair up in a top knot is no bueno! And i know you know this… but some of those elastic made-for-hair-ties are almost as bad. Think the ties that are meant for exercising: non-slip, sweat-proof, etc. The silicone sticky part that grips your hair also RIPS your hair.
Throw that shit out, yo! Below is NOT a friend of blondes.
Try these lovely blonde hued pony-holders instead! **Will they keep your hair as tight and pulled against your head?? Hell no, of course they won’t! (But this I will explain in the next problem/solution.)
* secret tip for a tight pony using these holders: do a half up pony first, then a second at the base on your neck, incorporating the bottom of the top pony
Sephora is a good go-to for both of these helpful holders, (of course).
I call them the phone cord tie and the knotted ribbon elastic tie. Apparently I’m not that creative when it comes to naming ponytail holders…. -_-
Anchoring your ponytail/top-knot/bun.
“Anchoring” refers to the center of your ponytail or bun, underneath the tie you’re using, that is the part of your hair that has the tightest hold on it to keep your ponytail or bun centered and help tight against your head.
“Anchors” are blonde kryptonite! The constant pulling in the same spot, followed by slippage of the tie, (only pulling on the anchoring area to try and fight gravity), then followed by re-putting-up the pony? It wears down your hair over time, and if you live in LA, then you end up seeing breakage quickly. Your hair may lay weird, your cowlick may separate more and make you subconscious about your roots in the back… You may feel like the back of your head is flat.
Move that bun or ponytail AROUND!
This is pretty self explanatory. I personally try to keep my ponytail or bun different for different activities. At home, I wear it at the base of my neck, when running I do the middle of the back of my head, and at work I do a top-knot. However, half the time I’m at work I do the base of my neck because let’s face it I work a LOT more than I run or workout LOL.
***Also another thing to think about***
For the areas I anchor my hair or have it mostly up, I use a anti-damage lotion in that particular area on my hair when it’s wet right after washing. That gives it a little more help against the future abuse that will incur. Because we all know we aren’t always the nicest we could be to our lovely blonde locks! I personally have been using Shu Uemura dual-chambered Ultimate Remedy. It’s actually making a huge difference and I can tell my “anchor” area of my top-knot isn’t snapping or breaking as much :).
Putting up wet hair in a tight bun or pony and leaving it up while it dries is super bad for your hair! Especially if it is wet with sweat from working out! The hair dries kinked where the anchor or hair tie is and will bend the cuticle while it dries which causes damage over time.
Bends in yer hair/kinks/hairband lines.
I actually just tried to take down my ponytail to snap a shot to use in this part of the post, but for the FIRST TIME EVER my ponytail lines actually looked cute and on purpose… Murphy’s Law.
Anyways, we all know what I’m talking about. Besides the aesthetic offense, the real reason the kink or line is a problem is that I know you guys get lazy and flat iron them away! Don’t lie! I KNOW you do LOL!
Shu Uemura Drycleaner Dry Shampoo. And a blowdryer and round brush.
Yes, I’m bringing up Drycleaner dry shampoo again. It is just SO good!
First, make sure all of your hair is dry, spray the Drycleaner lightly all over, but concentrate on the parts with lines or kinks from your hair being up. Wait a few minutes, brush OUT the Drycleaner, and then use a round brush with a blow dryer (AND NOZZLE) to smooth out the kinks.
Yes. This is better for your hair than a flat iron! Plus the conditioner in the Drycleaner will soften and make it much easier to get out the bump(s). Your hair will thank you for not running a flat iron over your highlights. It really will.
Any other questions about hair ties or how to tie up your hair nicely, feel free to mention them in the comments! After all let be realistic: life requires putting your hair up.
Caitlin With The Top-Knot ♥♥♥♥
YAY! You’ve decided to go blonde, or think you may, or maybe you just have a thirst for knowledge when it comes to hair colors!
While I and the BLONDE/BLOND team applaud you; there’s going to be a bit of a situation when trying to explain yourself and your blonde interests and needs.
Because there’s a zillion different terms and works used to explain what you want and what color services will get you there! And every salon and color line and colorist will have their own “lingo” when it comes to blonde.
This is the first list of definitions, there will be more to follow. This list is for hair color services. Next will be names of colors themselves, and then one which explains how to use hairdresser terms to explain the look you want for your color.
Highlights: can be in foils, paper, or painted on without either. This means the pieces of hair taken out and colored will be lighter than they are currently. Can be done on new regrowth or all over the entirety of the pieces of hair taken out for the highlight.
Lowlights: the same as highlights but these pieces will be a darker shade than what they are currently.
Hair color used to lighten your natural hair or to cover grey on your natural hair. This is usually used to describe painting the color only on regrowth you have.
The art of painting bleach on hair freehand without the use of paper or foils. This can range from a heavy balayage to create a super blonde look to smaller pieces taken out to create a natural sunkissed look. Fashion colors can be applied afterwards to give you a variety of rainbow hues!
Painting haircolor on hair after highlights or balayage is done to lift up your natural root color and also add in a different shade of blonde to the light pieces in your hair
See base bump
A deposit only color that changes the tone of the current haircolor.
See toner; this can be a toner with pigment in it, or a clear gloss for shine and also used to fill lightened hair so it’s not as porous.
A color that has more lift than regular color. Can be used in highlights or balayage or even as a base color. Mostly used if natural hair is light, if your hair is darker it will result in an orange tone. In foils, it can bring up to ~4 levels of lift and is a great way to create multiple shades of blonde when used with bleach highlights.
Hair bleach that lifts pigment out but does not deposit any.
See hair bleach. It is a colorists term for bleach.
Toner or base color used to create a depth around the first inch or more of your hair (from the scalp). Used in ombres sombres and general natural blonde “looks”.
Color taken from the root down (can be natural toned or fashion colors) and pulled over highlights or balayage to have a gradual color placed at the beginning of bright blonde ends.
The gradualism of dark roots to light ends. Can be severe in nature, re: your ends can be several shades lighter than your roots.
A less severe ombré; the portmanteau of “soft-ombré”.
Paper thin sections of hair put into foils that make it able to get within millimeters of the scalp. Can be used to do any type of color, when used for highlights, they blend better than regular highlights. When used for all over blonde, they make it possible to get hard to lighten hair blonder than thicker foils.
Very thin and not obvious highlights that create a blended look.
Caitlin and Team Blonde and Webster’s Dictionary
As I’ve said before, great blondes think alike.
(This is, of course, assuming that you all think like me!)
So if you don’t like spending hours getting ready and work more than you know you should, and sleep less, every minute counts! To help with the process, I’ve compiled a short list of “cheats” that will help save time and fool everyone into thinking you have your shit together. Yay!
Cheat One: Dry Shampoo
There are many out there; and I’ve written about some of them before, but recently I have gotten my greedy little hands on one that I think works the best.
Shu Uemura “Dry Cleaner”
This is not only a dry shampoo, it also is a dry conditioner and your hair will feel so soft and also lay correctly just as if it was really clean after using it! My hair even feels good the next day- no weird build up or waxy or powdery dry feeling. Spray onto scalp area or really anywhere your hair feels dirty, wait 5 minutes, then brush out. It’s bomb AF.
Cheat Two: Malibu Packets
This is another item I have written about… They are used to get out deposits in your hair left by smog, product, and minerals/crap from water…even (GASP) build up from overusing purple shampoo! (WHO THE HECK DOES THAT??? LOL)
These you can use when your color feels dull and you want to brighten up your blonde, but don’t have time to go into the salon. Please note, however, that if you have corrective toner (your hair is brassy underneath a toner that was put on to combat that), or lowlights put in with hair color (not the ones that naturally occur when the pieces in-between your highlights are left out), these packets CAN take those out. If your hair seems to be not as ashy after use, you can always use them and then use purple shampoo right after :).
Follow directions on the box! Also, I’ve noticed that they are cheaper on the malibu professional website than on amazon.
Cheat Three: Sebastian Cellophane
OH hell yes. Shiny shiny hair.
These are from back in the DAY. Like think “Heathers”. “Heathers” was the “Mean Girls” of the late 80’s. If you haven’t seen it, watch it and get ready to have a bunch of one-liners to use in multiple situations. It’s almost as quotable as “Mean Girls”. (She doesn’t even GO HERE!!!!!)
This stuff is fantastic. It’s a one step clear gloss that will truly make you feel so much better if your roots are getting a tad long or you feel like your hair is kind of matte. I had a client who used this gloss at home and when she would go to film, her hair and makeup people would always ask her if she just got her color done the day after she used it. No joke.
Important note: Do NOT get creative and get the colored cellophanes! I know it seems like a good idea, but it’s not!!!! If you want a colored cellophane, sorry kids, you need to go to your colorist.
Cheat Four: Straightforward Blow Dry Oil
Okay. For those of you who are better than us and insist on washing your hair and being so much more adult than the rest of us, here is a real time-saving product!
Made by the same hair geniuses that gave us Drycleaner dry shampoo, Shu has hit it out of the park with this one.
When sprayed into wet hair, (before towel dried), you can literally see the water beading off the hair. It cuts dry time by 50% and smells amazing and also smooths and protects your hair while drying it. We LOVE it at BLONDE/BLOND because it makes being able to see our finished product come much sooner, and you know we love to admire our own work LOL!
Okay thats it for now! I did a study of how long blondes like to be told what to do and it seems that we lose interest after about how long this blog post is.
Here’s to sleeping in and having good hair regardless!!
The thought alone can create a downward spiral in your usually blissful Blonde life….
The idea of it can give you visions of horrific Facebook pictures you’re tagged in….
The mere suggestion can have you searching Linkedin looking for jobs in the last city where you had a haircolorist you trusted….
WHAT could we POSSIBLY be speaking of???
Listen: I am NOT trying to give you a panic attack on an otherwise lovely Tuesday afternoon when you are reading this blog instead of doing expense reports. I can guarantee that sticking to one haircolorist is usually the ideal way to keep your hair safe: In the hands of someone that knows it and it’s history.
However, I have been guilty of being loyal to a point where it is destructive and makes no sense, logically. (I say this because we have ALL made “sense” of things that are not “logical”, and those things can certainly be the right choice some of the time!)
Here are the:
1) You have asked for more than two appointments (in a row) for a change in color or tone of your blonde without seeing any difference. (If your colorist has made a change, and you can tell when you leave, but by the time of your next appointment, the color has gone back to what it was previously, then that is not necessarily their fault. The next time you see them, let them know you are okay with them using a formula that may look different in the beginning, but has more lasting effects.)
2) You notice your hair is becoming increasingly more and more damaged: and you are not using ANY hot tools. Also if your hair is really blonde in the middle area and also the ends, yet not up top in the root area, there is a chance your hair is having lightener applied from root to end. This means the lightener is being applied over previously lightened hair. A recipe for disaster. Especially take notice if your colorist dismisses this or tells you that you just need to trim your hair more if you want to stay blonde.
3) It looks like you got our hair done 3 weeks ago when you leave the salon. We have all been there: You are so happy to have your roots done, you float out of the salon full of that “I’m so Blonde even the stoplights are jealous”, then you glance (vainly) in your rearview. Is that like a 1/2″ of regrowth? Already?? If this has happened to you and you bring it up with your colorist the next visit to no avail, you are wasting a lot of money and time. Knocking off 3-4 weeks between every visit to the salon can add up to hundreds of dollars a year. Unfortunately, some colorists were never trained how to do highlights close to the scalp, and many do not because it takes too much time. Even worse yet is the colorist that knows by doing highlights off the scalp requires more frequent visits!
4) You are told by your colorist herself that she is moving to another state or city far away; but not to be worried he/she is going to come back to do her clients. Now: I am not saying they won’t come back for a period of time, or that they doesn’t intend on keeping all of her regular clients taken care of. I am simply saying that this is a good time to try and find another hair colorist in your town. Most hairdressers are used to having a hundred or more clients counting on them, and they are also used to being able to deliver on that promise. However, when your colorist moves, its usually for a pretty big reason. One that will eventually take precedence over YOUR hair. 😉 It’s better to plan ahead and not be left in a situation where you don’t have a capable person to keep you that lovely shade of Blonde you are adored for!
5) They are acting very shady and seem as if their personality is changing, or that they are using drugs to the point it is affecting their work. As much as I do NOT want to bring this up; I have had a lot of clients come to me after being in this situation. I am not speaking of a hairdresser who you know parties on the weekends, which is the basis of a lot of funny stories they can tell you while in their chair. We love our colorists who we can live vicariously through! Being an artist, a lot of haristylists are fun loving and exciting and have celebrity clients and are in turn invited to the best parties, etc… When to get concerned is more so when it starts affecting their work. They sleep through your appointments. They are spun out from the weekend and have trouble getting your color right, or they have money issues that require them to bring up financial difficulties to you that seem inappropriate. It’s sad as hell, but you need to know when to remove yourself from the situation. Again, its hard for me to talk about this, because I believe in second chances and also that people go through ups and downs. If you are seeing a pattern though, its time to “abandon ship” and take care of yourself.
Again, I in no way want anyone to start surfing the city in a frenzy for new salons/hair colorists! This list is comprised to help those who have already felt one or more of these situations happening but haven’t had the guts to move on! Remember: Instinct rues the world. If your gut says to leave, LEAVE! If you know your colorist so well that you consider them a close friend, and you are able to instinctively judge the ups and downs of their personality and schedule, then trust that implicitly.
Here’s to ALL blondes feeling safe and heard in their colorist’s chair!!
BLONDE / BLOND | 2016™ | All rights reserved |8581 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood CA 90069
Who cares. It will make your hair yellow LIKE the LEMON.
Call your mother. Tell her you love her.
Then be a big girl and find a real life hair colorist and schedule an appointment.
BLONDE / BLOND | 2016™ | All rights reserved |8581 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood CA 90069
Let me preface this by admitting my all encompassing love and dedication to amazon.com.
Not only has Amazon Prime changed my life, and in turn, Prime Now, but also the company is based in my hometown of Seattle, Washington! Rain City is the place where I learned to be a capable woman, raised in a community of people who had loyalty and intelligence and and gave a crap about the environment and education. Bomb AF.
Maaaayyyybe though….Amazon had a couple of screws that went loose when it came to ensuring hair products (amongst other things sold on the site), were legitimate. Again, SIGH.
I’m not here to point fingers or say anyone besides the seller is maliciously trying to sabotage us from having amazing hair care that makes all brunettes jealous. Oh! It’s probably brunettes who are selling the fake goods!!! (JK they never made me submit a current photo when buying any conditioner or anything LOL.)
So the end decision I have made is to CAREFULLY buy any hair stuff or beauty products on Amazon.
Here’s how I’m seeing Amazon works since researching the issue:
Amazon has three ways they handle fulfillment of their orders:
–Sold by Amazon
These products are sold to Amazon to resell to customers by actual companies and vendors, so they are most likely the actual product.
–Fulfilled by Amazon
These products are not sold by Amazon, but are shipped from an Amazon fufillment center. So they are at least processed by Amazon, but there’s a chance they were not verified.
–Ships From and Sold By a Third-Party Seller
These items are never in the hands of any amazon employee and ship directly from the Third-Party Seller. This is how most of the counterfeit products are sold.
Reviews and How They Get Away With It:
I actually heard a story on NPR a couple weeks ago about this. Sellers are giving free products to “customers” in trade for a review. I know that some of us would not trade free stuff for a 5 star review, but it seems that the swag stops to the reviewers when the 5 star ratings aren’t there. Add to that, I’m SURE they don’t send the fake stuff to them anyways! HELLO!
-Selling of REAL product, then having cycles selling FAKE products
I went on amazon and checked out reviews for a seller that retailed “It’s a 10” leave-in treatment. The 5 star reviews were chronologically grouped together, and so were the 1 star reviews.
October 2013, August 2013, February 2014, there was a string of bad reviews stating that the product was fake, and that they knew so by comparing it to the product the had bought before in a store in person, or even brought it to their hairstylists who told them it was definitely NOT “It’s a 10“.
Then, there was months of good reviews.
Again, in November 2015, December 2015, and another November 2015, the reviews stating the product was not real were left.
Then, another few months of positive reviews.
And, once again, another cycle of claims it was a fake product. THREE 1 star reviews claiming “It’s a 10” was counterfeit in May of 2016. You can tell that people are utilizing the reviewing process more and more, which makes sense because more and more people have started counting on amazon for household purchases.
My Experience With Amazon Haircare Purchases
I personally have a haircare product that I recommend to clients (and use myself) that I get on Amazon. I 100% let them know ahead of time that there’s a possibility of the seller going rogue, but the product I buy on there is not available in a large size anywhere in a Los Angeles salon or retail store. I use the exact same seller and only tell my clients to buy it by using the link I send them, which is where I originally purchased the item. Also, I do have them touch and smell the product at the salon, so they know what to look for. My clients are so awesome they even send me pics of it when they get it! The product is so good for the hair, it is worth the risk to me.
Now here’s another story….
Roza’s Experience With Amazon Haircare Products
Uh oh. My BFF and favorite person in the world, Roza had a totally frustrating experience with this…. She bought a conditioner and when receiving it, felt like it wasn’t real… Actually, KNEW it wasnt real because she had used the product many times before. It ended up being hair CHOLESTEROL. A super cheap yellow “deep conditioner” used at beauty schools for practice. She complained. She wrote a bad review. She even contacted Amazon. Her review was taken down due to what she thinks was other positive reviews outweighing her claims. Or just basically in Roza’s words: “Everyone is a cheater liar”. And lets be honest… She may not be the sweetest person on the phone when dealing with customer service representatives. Im pretty sure I would quit my job if i worked at a call center and she was a customer I had to help. I think she had just gotten over it when I went to Dallas to visit her and brought her a liter of the real thing as a surprise present. She ran into her bathroom and came out with the fake shit yelling I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!!! I’m actually the one that had to tell her the stuff she bought for $34 was cholesterol…ouch!
Well I hope this has been of some help!
Here’s to Amazon weeding out the liars and fakers.
Love and Legitimate Fluffy Feel,
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