I’m a licensed hairdresser.
I would like to inform you about product diversion. It’s not illegal but it’s extremely frowned upon in the hairdressing community as it hurts our business. And you repeatedly encourage it. Repeatedly.
Diversion is when salon brand hair products, which are only supposed to be sold through salons and by hairdressers (they even say on the bottle: Only guaranteed when purchased through a salon) , are purchased (by shady means) by large companies and then sold through markets like Amazon, Walmart, CVS, etc. The companies that buy the product will sometimes keep them in warehouses for months (or longer) at a time, before they sell them to retailers. This causes the product to expire and be less effective than it is when purchased through a salon. Sometimes these companies will empty the containers and replace them with different, cheaper products. Then they jack up the prices and turn a huge profit. In the meantime, the customer is using a product that doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. They’re getting screwed, basically.
The other problem has to do with hairdresser’s commission. Many, many hairdressers make a lot of their money based off of product sales. By making articles like this one where you tell your readers to buy these professional products off of Amazon, you are not only selling them on product that might not even work but you’re also taking money out of the pockets of hairdressers. Product sales are a part of how they make their living and every time you post an article like this one, you encourage product diversion. It’s extremely disappointing that no one at Buzzfeed has ever done research on this issue. It is a HUGE problem which plagues the hairdressing industry and you contribute to it. Thank you.
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