All Risk, No Reward: Salon Professional Hair Care in Supermarkets

We’ve all heard it: a salon-only hair care product in supermarket/drugstore land is as out of place (and wrong) as Femilady on a campground.

But I’m a skeptical lady and decided to investigate why this is such a huge deal. It looks the same, smells the same, but is it the same? One wonders…

Oddly, my googling techniques did not yield many results from my “salon hair care products in supermarkets  = caca” query. So I tried  “salon-only hair care in drugstores” instead. Still not many results.

But after a few more queries, I came across some articles that taught this lady a thing or two.  Or five.

Apparently salon-only hair care products outside their natural habitat (aka a certifiable salon) are considered “diverted”. What does this mean?

Diversion is when products are sold in “unauthorized” places…Diverted products can be counterfeit, diluted formulas, or old, expired formulas that may not be safe to use.

Sounds sketchy. What are the risks?

In most cases, the products on grocery and drugstore shelves are old…Additionally, although unknown to the retailer, there have been times when the products has been tainted and/or counterfeited, causing damage to the scalp.


The weirdest part about this whole thing is that the prices are usually equal to if not 15% more than they are in a salon.

So while it’s convenient to toss some Bumble and bumble in the cart along with your red peppers, laundry detergent, and trident gum, it’s not saving you any cash, it’s most likely expired (yes, good products have expiration dates), and there is a chance it’s contaminated.

For more information on anti-diversion and how you can fight the good fight visit these sites: