Once I was introduced to luxury brands right after college, I very rarely returned to the beauty supply store for my hair needs until recently when I began working with Vivica Fox Hair. But it seems with the internet age, our accessibility to weave has become SO much easier. Everybody is jumping into the game – setting up websites, advertising via Instagram and YouTube and blowing up overnight. It really can be that easy; I get no fewer than five emails per week from various vendors based out of China offering me wholesale wigs and hair extensions so I could retail it. Um…no thanks, but I don’t knock anyone for getting their hustle on.
My issue is that some of these “companies” are being created by women (sometimes men) who are uneducated on weave. They may have only worn beauty supply store hair before plopping down a few thousand dollars with whatever supplier has the cheapest hair without any regard for if it is of good quality or is even what they claim. I can’t tell you how many “virgin” hair companies are selling processed hair. I’m not knocking anyone’s hustle…I just hate the deception! Which brings me to the topic of this post – beauty supply store hair, which have definitely been guilty of being deceptive in the past. Labels like 100% human hair, Remy/Yaki hair with the words “protein blend” in tiny letters hidden on the packaging.
I’ve noticed beauty supply store brands are getting into “bundle” virgin hair selling and I can’t tell if this is good or bad. On one hand…I hate the stripped, silicone coated, processed, human/synthetic hair blends preciously offered by BSS brands. HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT. The tangling, shedding, matting…it makes me shudder. Yes, I’m bougie about my weave, ya’ll already know that, so stop judging me! But then on the other hand, I have noticed a clear improvement in the quality of BSS hair since working with Vivica Fox Hair…so perhaps my judgments are based on my experiences from about 10 years ago.
Anyway my thought initially was ‘Thank goodness beauty supply store brands are stepping their game up.’ Not everyone wants to order hair online or by phone and wait until it is delivered, you know? But then on the other hand…even if it is unprocessed, virgin hair…would I really spend almost $200 on hair from my local beauty supply store? Nope, I wouldn’t. If I’m going to save up and splurge, I’m doing it with Indique, Extensions Plus, Perfect Locks…those brands where I know I’m getting a superior product. If I go into the beauty supply store, its because I can’t afford higher end hair at the moment and need something more economical; that’s the audience I’ve always felt BSS brand served. Even if I were a regular beauty supply store hair wearer…honestly seeing hair priced at $150+ would isolate me. So…I’m torn! What do you ladies think? I’m interested in hearing your feedback so give me your thoughts in the poll below: