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Pro or Generic?
How do you compare professional products and generic products?
It depends on what type of products we’re talking about, and today it’s all about hair care.
Should you just trust your stylist and get the good stuff, or are you sold on drugstore brands…no matter the “costs”?
Don’t take my word for it as I am biased because of the industry, but instead you should think about these 3 ways to compare generic and professional products!
Everyone knows that professional or salon products are more expensive than generic or drugstore brands.
One of the reasons why it’s worth the extra cost, is because you simply get more for your money.
I’m talking about more than how much is in the bottle….pro products last longer because you don’t have to use as much (and many other reasons that i’ll get to later).
If you are paying less you are probably buying more often.
I buy shampoo every 4-6 months (keep in mind I have a lot of hair!). I may be paying more, but it is lasting much longer than a bottle of generic shampoo would last.
Here are a few tips for finding deals on pro products:
- Outlet Malls– I love finding pro products at the outlets! My favorites are Bare Minerals and the Cosmetics Company. They often carry the “overflow” from stores that had too much inventory to sell, gift bags (from makeup counters), discontinued products, etc.
- Store Memberships– Try shopping somewhere like ULTA. They have a store card and you get money back for every so many dollars you spend. They will also send you coupons, so if you save them and buy at the right time you will definitely get some good deals!
- Amazon.com– I order almost everything from Amazon nowadays. Just check out the seller before you order to make sure they have plenty of positive feedback. I’ve heard criticisms about ordering online, but that doesn’t mean that everything on the site will be fake. The feedback will tell all!
- Hot Sale Months– Buy around the holidays(right after for even better deals) because that’s when you find awesome sales on sets and buy-one, get-ones. Most of the time a shampoo & conditioner set will include a styling product that costs only a few dollars compared to buying it seperately.
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