The reason why I ask is because I think I got jipped. I bought the Marula Oil Shampoo and Conditioner at the salon for 51 bucks. Something told me to go ahead and check other places and I find the same things for 12 dollars less.
Now, the bitch at the salon--and I use that word because she's truly a bitch--said that if it's not being sold directly from a salon, people could make similar bottles and yet sell the same thing with a different chemical make-up. I'm not researching the validity of that claim.
I just wanted to know--though--if people have been in the same situation I am in now.
I have researched this and I worked at a salon as well and this is true.(the bad products or really old products) There are also people that go around to Salons and buy all the sale items then sell them for a profit. So not everything that is a cheaper price is a "good deal". I have found that JCPenney's has really good prices for salon products. If you don't have one near, try befriending a stylist and have her buy at whole sale for you. That is what I do for my friends and family :-)
The girl at the salon doesn't sound like she knows what she is talking about as I'm almost certain that statement she made isn't true. She probably believes it is though. The real reason it cost more at a salon is that salons cost more to operate than just a simple online retail business and therefore need to charge slightly more to make a similar amount of profit, in addition, many salons don't sell as much product as specialty stores such as Sephora or Sally's and have to pay their supplier more in turn which also causes them to charge more. Boring answer I'm sure but that's the reason.
I went to cosmetology school and what the lady at the salon told you is very true. The stuff they sell is salons and actual cosmetology schools are a little different chemically than stuff in regular store.
In my city we have shops for hair stuff and beauty. But yes there are always fake sites an products about. Also like there is fake people an things part of life sadly! I do hope you haven't been ripped off !