Why are Hair Products on Amazon and Ebay Cheaper?

It’s kind of strange that being in the barber industry for about ten years I never really questioned why well known hair products were/are cheaper on websites like amazon and ebay. I always assumed it was the only way companies could sell their products through these sites. Unfortunately it isn’t.

It wasn’t until I started working directly with hair product companies when I found out why their products are being sold at a much less price than MSRP(Market Value).

 

Here’s a list of reasons why products are cheaper on third party seller websites like amazon and ebay.

 

Blacklisted

When a seller is blacklisted, it means they have lost their privilege to be a vendor of whatever company they were working with. This happens when a seller violates the agreement they once had with the product company. Typically, they get caught selling the product below market price, so they result to websites like Amazon, Ebay and other reseller websites to get rid of their last inventory.

 

Unauthorized Vendors

Let’s face it, distributors can’t stop who sells what to who. They can’t control the repeating cycle of blacklisted vendors finding different ways of obtaining more inventory. One way these blacklisted “companies” find products is through unauthorized vendors. Unauthorized vendors will do above and beyond work to make themselves seem like they’re legitimately an online e-commerce and/or barbershop. Once they are approved, they will look for anyone who wants to be a vendor without wanting to be properly documented. Unauthorized vendors will typically work with blacklisted companies/barbershops and form some type of partnership with one another.

Even though you might consider what they do “working the system,” sometimes these vendors will have their products tucked away a good amount of time until they find someone they can work with.

*Sadly all great products will never last forever.

 

Amazon Example | Normal price of Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is $18.00 per one can.

Amazon Example | Normal price of Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is $18.00 per one can.

 

Expired Ingredients

This isn’t such a big one when it comes down to men’s products, but it does happen more than ever. Vendors will buy huge amounts of products and hold on to them until the barcode expires. When the barcode expires, the product can no longer be tracked by it’s distributer. This results to selling the product below market price. By the time the product is sold, the ingredients have probably expired. Keeping the products in storage over a period of time can change the texture due to temperature change and product’s shelf life. You can see the horror stories left in the reviews themselves.

*Always know if the product you receive has a sticker on top of the original barcode, your product has probably been tucked away for a good amount of time.

 

 

I hope you take this list into consideration when you purchase your next hair products. Make sure it’s from an actual vendor. Stop supporting businesses on amazon and ebay. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS/BARBERSHOP AND ONLINE E-COMMERCE.

 

All this information was provided by multiple sales reps from companies such as Layrite, J.S. Sloane and Uppercut Deluxe.

 

-Geeyourlocalbarber-

 

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What Hair Product Should I Use?

Not to generalize, but like most men, you probably have a tough time trying to figure out what hair product is more suitable for your hairstyle. It's OK. Every guy has struggled with this subject at one point in their life. There's a ton of products out there, so trust me when I say this. "You're not the only one."

It can get pretty annoying when you "go in blind," not knowing what kind of product leaves what kind of results. Especially when you buy it.

Are you going for a matte(dry) finish? Or maybe a shine finish? Do you want volume to your hairstyle? Or how about a textured hairstyle? Do you want a strong hold or a light hold? Not sure? Hopefully, this list of products can help you decide on your next product you purchase.

 

These hairstyles are brought to you by

 

 

1. Texturizing Paste

 

Typically this product comes in white or a light beige color. It's a real settle cream/paste that will spread throughout your palms pretty easily. The point of this product is to really enhance textured hairstyles(different lengths in one or different parts of your scalp/usually reduces the "weight" of the hair)

You can apply this product to dry(better results) or slightly damp hair.

The results of this product varies but will, most of the time, finish with a mid to low shine and a not hard, but soft crunchy feel to your hair.

 

2. Pomade

 

Pomades. One of the most tampered with products in the market. Because the product can be easily modified, this stuff comes in different colors and with different "heaviness." Some come with fiber and some come with more of a "vaseline" feel. You remember Greasers? Yea this was there stuff.

You can apply this product to slightly damp hair or when your hair is dry. But, make sure too wet your comb first. If you don't, you might pull out some of your hairs because this stuff is a mid to strong hold and a mid to high shine.

Pomades vary, but normally this stuff is usually water-soluble(washes out with water).

 

3. Styling Wax

 

This stuff usually applies wet but finishes off dry. A small pinch of this can can take you a long way. Especially if you're looking for volume. If you have textured hairstyle, this stuff will show it off for you. Works great for a messy hairstyle or adding volume by going against the root of your hair.

It's always better to apply this product when your hair is dry. Most styling waxes will "loosen" when in contact with water. 

Wax will normally finish off really dry and range from low to strong hold. It honestly just depends on what kind you buy.

 

4. Styling Cream

 

The most minimalistic(natural look) product you can apply. Sometimes this product can feel like lotion in your hands. It's a very light product with little to "natural" shine and has a very light to mid hold. This cream is very easy to apply. It looks great on short and longer hair. You know Bradley Cooper, yea? Well I bet you he uses this stuff. 

I recommend to apply this product dry but there's no harm in applying it to damp hair.

Like I said. Very light product and very easy to wash out.

 

5. Clay

 

The "Heavy Duty" stuff. This stuff Is one of the toughest products to get out of your hair but you can achieve literally most hairstyles. This stuff was made to work with you and not against you. It's super easy to re-style over and over again. The thing that's so great about this product is that it always listens to what you want it to do. Forward, backwards, sideways, you name it!

Clay is usually a tough product to work throughout your palms, but once warmed up, it's real easy to apply.

Typically this product will leave you with a semi matte finish with strong hold, but if applied to damp hair you can get a low to mid shine look with mid to high hold finish.

 

Hopefully this gives you a brief understanding of some of the products out there available to you. You can read, and read, and read, but at the end of the day you won't really know what is more suitable for you until you try the product in hand. Go to some of the barbershops near you. Most carry a variety of products that you can test yourself. 

 

If you have any questions Please feel free to shoot us an email and we'll get back to you pronto. Peace!

- GYLB -

What is a Taper?

Have you ever agreed to a taper and not know what it is?

Have you ever been scared to try a taper because you think it goes down to skin?

Do you even know what a taper is?

This post is going to answer all of these questions and much more. You will pretty much get the break down on "The Taper."

What is a taper?

Ta-per:

diminish or reduce or cause to diminish or reduce in thickness toward one end.

Now what does it mean in the barbershop?

It's not rocket sciences! It means the length of the hair reduces size in the "temple" area and/or in the "nape" area....Got it? No?

Let's dummy it down for all y'all knuckleheads.

It pretty much means the hair gets shorter on the sideburns and the neck area. Got it? No? Shit, at this point stop reading and head to the barbershop. Ask for a taper. You'll know.

Here's a visual explanation.

Not all tapers are "bald" tapers

There are so many times when I recommend a taper to a client and they refuse because they think it goes down to skin. I mean, yes it can go down to skin but that's just one of the few. Tapers come in different shapes and sizes. 

examples

 

Examples of Different Tapers

 

Long on top + Size 4 on the sides + Size 2 on the neck? TAPERED

Size 3 all around + Bald on the neck and sideburns? TAPERED

Finger length on top + Size 4 on the sides + Size 2 on sideburns + Bald on the neck? TAPERED

Get the picture?

Who's it for?

Let's be honest, if you're not getting your hair tapered, you're stuck in the 70's and probably rocking a mullet(which isn't necessarily a bad thing). It's definitely recommended for everybody to get a bit of a taper. 

The benefits?

The haircut looks a little bit cleaner, the ladies love the shorter hair on the back of the neck, and the haircut can last a tad bit longer.

Conclusion?

Get a Taper.

How to Text Your Barber

So this is one of those topics that a lot of barbers love to talk about. It's not the biggest thing but it makes a greatest difference on how your barbers think of you Average Joe's. I kid you not, it will make everyone's life easier. By everyone, I meant you and your barber.

With that being said, let's get on with it!

 

 
 

 

Here's the guide on "How to Text Your Barber." The Do's and Do-Not's

 

The Do-Not's

 

example 1.

You: Yo Yo what's up man. How you doing?

Barber: I'm good my dude thank you for asking. What's up, you need a cut?

You: Yea man, I do. I need a haircut bad! You got any openings today?

Barber: Yea, I do. The only opening I got is at 3:30pm today. You wanna take it?

You: Oh nah man, I can't make that. You got anything later?

Barber: Nah man, that's all I have today. Sorry my dude.

You: MANNNN you cant do a homie a favor, after hours? or can you cut me up at the house?

...

Why is this bad? Well, two reasons. 

1. You didn't give the barber a time frame. He answered, assuming you were free all day. How is he supposed to know what time you're free and what time you're not. Never assume.

2. Everyone is a homie when they need a haircut. (Let that sink in) Not only was the response kind of rude, but selfish as well. Asking a barber, who just finished a 12 hour shift, to cut your hair after work is like asking a chef to cook after his 14 hour all day shift. Don't get me wrong, we all understand emergencies, but respect his time and life. Barbers don't just breath eat and cut. They have a normal life like everyone else.

 

example 2.

You: Hey man, hope you're doing good. How's everything going?

Barber: I'm doing alright my dude, everything good? What's up?

You: Yea man, everything is going great. Life is chill. Just ready to get off work.

Barber: That's nice man, I'm glad everything is smooth.

You: Yea, thanks. Ill be off in like a hour. Probably going to grab some food right after.

Barber: Food sounds nice about now. You good? You need a cut?

You: It does! YEA!!!! I do! Do you have any time after work?

...

Why is this bad?

DO NOT SMALL TALK A BARBER! This conversation could've ended with 3 text messages. Before you "small talk" your barber keep in mind that your barber is probably texting you in between haircuts. Respect his time and he'll respect yours while you're in his chair.

 

The Do's

 

example 1.

You: Yo what up! Looking to get a haircut this week anytime after 6pm. Let me know!

Barber: Hey! Yea, I can put you in at 6:45pm tomorrow. Sounds good?

You: Perfect! Lock me in. See you then!

...

YES!

Done deal! Respected his/her time and literally finished the conversation in 3 messages. Don't get me wrong, barbers appreciate the talks they have with their clients. But save it for the appointment. That's your moment to spill everything out. Get straight to the point and save the small talk for later. 

example 2.

You: Hey man. Do you have anything after 7pm tomorrow?

Barber: Yo! My dude, I'm sorry. I actually don't. Want to do another day?

You: I'm going to be out of town the following days after tomorrow. But I really need a haircut. If you are willing to cut after hours or possibly take me first thing in the morning I can pay you extra my dude. I know you're busy and all but if you could do me this favor, I will make your time worth while. Let me know if you can. If you can't, no worries. I understand. I should've made the appointment sooner.

Barber: 6am tomorrow?

...

YES!

Not only was the client straight to the point in the beginning but he also acknowledged the fact that he screwed up and didn't make the appointment sooner. Your barber will appreciate this. Trust me! Recognizing that your barber will be doing you a really huge favor is always nice to hear you say. I'm not saying it always works but I bet he'll consider you if he thinks he can come in sooner or stay in later. Whatever it is, your barber will appreciate it. 

BUT!

If your barber does make an adjustment to his schedule. FOR GOD'S SAKE, tip your barber great. Not good. GREAT. This man/woman just cut an hour of sleep for you. Acknowledge that!

 
 

 

So there you have it!

Next time you decide to text your barber, remember these conversations. Your barber will greatly appreciate it.

Which will lead to a happy barber. 

Which will lead to a better service.

Which will lead to a better haircut.

Which will lead to a happier you.

Which will ULTIMATELY lead to you getting noticed, getting a job, or even getting you laid.

 

Be sure to check out " How to Make Your Barber Not Hate You "

 

- GEEYOURLOCALBARBER -

 

 

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How to Postpone Balding

As some of us men get older, we tend to lose hair from the top of our heads and begin to gain in places we don't want. There's a very few of us, and I mean a few, that will take their full head of hair to the grave with them. It's a vicious cycle but it's part of life. We can't change mother nature(as of right now). We have to let it take its course and accept whatever comes! 

BUT! 

The nice thing about mother nature is that it allows us to postpone a couple of things. Luckily hair can be one of them. 

 
 

Here's a list of things you can do in order to postpone your balding. (naturally)

 

Disclaimer: The content on this post is not proven. This list was made by information passed on in the barbershop. Some are scientifically proven and some are just theories handed down from generation to generation.

 

1. Massaging Your Scalp

Back in Medieval times, Kings would have their heads massaged on a weekly bases. The belief was that forcing the blood back to the head would prevent balding. To this day, scientist have proven that men, who are suffering from balding, have some sort of problem with blood circulating to the scalp of their head. So, next time you get back from work, have your lady massage your head. Who knows? It can potentially lead to having her shift down to another head us men have in common. That’s if you play your cards right!

 

2. Onion Juice

Normally, I’m the one giving advice on balding at the barbershop. But because I was interested, I started asking a few of my clients and the most common answer was rubbing onion juice on the scalp. I’ve, personally, never tried it but some of my clients swear by it. There’s even mixtures that you can create with either honey or garlic. I was told back in the Dominican Republic they prevent balding by mixing grinded up garlic, onion juice and a bit of water, then apply it to the scalp for about 15 to 30 mins.  Scientifically proven or not, if it works, it works!

 

(Let me know in the comments section below!)

 

3. Lavender, Lemongrass or Almond Oil 

So the more and more I read about nutrients and scalps the more I came to the conclusion that almond, lemongrass and lavender oil are the strongest ingredients which prevent balding. These oils are known to be anti fungal, strengthen hair follicles, and provide vital nutrients for the scalp. In india, men who suffer from bald patches around their head have women massage lavender oil directly on those areas on a daily bases. It works for some and for some it doesn’t. 

 

4. Some Sun and Vitamin D

 
 

The sun can be harmful but it can also save your scalp. The Sun Provides nutrients like vitamin D for the skin which is essential to your follicles on your head. Recent studies has shown that vitamin D can create and restore dormant follicles-(little pores where new hair can grow.) Other than sun, I suggest eating foods with high amounts of Vitamin D (milk, fish, green veggies).

 

5. Stop Wearing a Hat!

We all love wearing hats! We have to represent our home teams! What way is better than throwing on a fitted cap from where we're from?—Believe it or not. That fitted cap is going to cut some circulation from our head. It’ll make your scalp lack blood supply. Do yourself the favor and let your scalp breathe. I’m pretty sure everyone at your work knows, by now, who you representing!

 

6. Reduce Stress

Stress can cause many, many issues. High blood pressure, anxiety, greying of hair, low sex drive and even hair loss. I’ve had many clients sit in my chair and explain how stressed they’ve been and how losing their hair is becoming a "now" issue. I reassure them that the hair loss can be a momentary problem due to stress. After reassurance, some clients have returned with filled in spots. SO, cut the stress out before the stress kills your hair!

 

Hopefully this helps as much as I learned myself. I know it can be frustrating dealing with hair loss

BUT

Just remember going bald isn’t the end of the world. Some go bald at the age of 25, some bald at 40, and some(Lucky Bastards) don’t even bald at all. Hair doesn’t make you who you are. You are a man with or without hair! Your lady will still love you. Your family will still love you. You’ll still have your job. Nothing will change UNLESS you let it change it. Your hair doesn’t make you who you are. You is what makes you who you are! 

How to Make Your Barber NOT Hate You

So it's that time of the month again..

It's the beginning or end of the day, and you're headed to the local barbershop.  That thought of your barber trimming away that, clown like, hair you've been growing for weeks.  How you'll be able to sit back and relax.  Pound back that nice and cold 12 oz. "brewski" while you wait your turn.  A pleasurable experience one might say.  

BUT!

Have you ever wondered if it goes the same way for both ends? How does your barber really feel about you? 

 

Here is a list of ways on how to make your barber NOT hate you.

 

1. Don't be EXTRA picky!

It's "your" haircut.  You have every right to to get what you want.  I mean, you are paying for it.  Minor adjustments to the haircut is never going to bother your barber. But, to start picking at little things and having him do the same thing twice.  That's pushing it.  Go in there knowing what size you want on the sides and the top.  Which brings me to my next point.

2. Know what you want

"I don't know" should never be the answer when your barber asks you "what do you want?" Not only is it annoying, but it'll push the barber back on his time. Be courteous enough to respect his time and his money.  When you sit down in his chair, you should at least know what you're aiming for.  If you really don't, come in with some pictures and let your barber work his magic.

 

3. Come Prepared

If you're not sure on what you want done with your hair, you should at least come in with some pictures. Surf the web, find some examples that you really like. If you have Instagram, BarbershopconnectKevin Luchmun and Geeyourlocalbarber are great references to bring into the barbershop. Even pictures of your favorite celebrity's haircut is helpful.  Anything is better than nothing.

4. Don't be LATE

I've asked many barbers, and that's one answer mostly all have in common.  They hate it when someone shows up late.  Once in a while is ok, "shit happens." But once you make it a habit...  No barber is going to want you in his chair.  It's almost like not respecting the barbers time. Do yourself a favor and plan ahead.  Show up early and expect to leave late.  You might just want to stay longer in the "Man Cave."

 

5. Don't wear a HAT

As a kid, I remember constantly going into the barbershop with a hat. I didn't think anything of it until one day the barber pulled me aside and told me, "why do you always come in with a hat? It fucks up the whole haircut.  I don't want you coming in here with a hat again." What did I end up doing?  Yup, you bet your ass off I stopped bringing it. Make his job easier and don't bring a hat.  If you do, sincerely apologize and bring him a coffee.  That'll do the trick.

6. DO NOT come in with PRODUCT

I really don't have to explain this one.  It's common courtesy.  Respect his time and profession.  Don't start to complain when he's pulling and tugging on your "gunked up" head.  That's your fault.  If you just got off work, simply go to the bathroom and wash it out while you wait for your turn.  I'm pretty damn sure he'll appreciate the little gesture.

 

Now, do yourself a favor. GET A HAIRCUT. You probably need it.