Disclaimer: This post has a South African focus, hence the [Mzansi]. I feel that it is important to share local specific information so to help others on their hair journeys as well who might be starting out and really don’t know where to begin. If I do feel that there is some important information to share, I will do so under the [Mzansi] tag.
I get a fair share of e-mails asking where I get most of my hair products that I use. For instance, I get the most hits to my blog via google searches on where to buy JBCO in South Africa. I have combined the different places where one can buy hair products in South Africa and what I think of each of them. Another note though is that I do get some of my products from overseas if I go there for work or holiday, you can usually find those specific ones in my haul posts, the rest of my products, I buy locally.
Anyways, I think the places we can buy hair prouducts is increasing now, and we are getting good quality products from overseas, but the prices are still very prohibitive in my opinion. So I want to list a few places/ways that are available to get our hair stuff (at reasonable prices) to satisfy our product junkie tendencies.
There are a number of online shops available for hair products, I will not list them all here. I have only bought hair products once online from a South African product line, only because I couldn’t find any stockists in my city. The reason I don’t like buying online hair products is a) I love seeing, touching the products before I buy it, especially if I am buying it for the first time; b) the prices can be too high, especially on the international products – I totally understand that a mark-up is necessary, but I think some of the prices are daylight robbery.
Here I am talking about Clicks, Dischem, Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers etc. I
like love, ok ok, I live for! trawling the aisles at Clicks/Dischem. Here you will find your usual run of the mill hair products, nothing special really – I only go to these shops if I know what I want e.g. relaxer. For me, I find that Dischem is the most exciting because they have brands that I never see at other shops. One tip though: if you see a product you like at Dischem: buy it! You never know when it will be discontinued and you will never see it again. The prices are usually more or less the same – I hardly even shop around, I go to the retailer that is most convenient for me.
Also try the Indian spice shops like Gorimas – they usually stock items like henna and some of the Dabur Vatika products.
You find a few product lines that are only stocked in salons like Mizani etc. however, I have been finding that online stockists are also stocking some salons with their products. I have seen products like JBCO, T444Z, Morrocan Oil products being sold at salons. So that is always another option.
These are my absolute favourite places to get hair products, because
a) they usually have the whole range in stock;
b) they have such a wide range of brands that I have not seen anywhere else;
c) their prices are the cheapest.
That being said, shopping at wholesalers is not always a pleasant experience; the one I usually go to, you have to sign in your name and details at the door, they ask you if you are carrying any cosmetics in your handbag, this is in case you are suspected for theft and you can’t say that these are mine, I brought them into the shop with me. They have a lot of check points for your goods and handbag before you leave the shop. The queues to pay can be ridiculous because they obviously have a lot of spaza shop owners buying there, and these guys buy in bulk. That being said, I almost exclusively buy all my hair products/accessories from wholesalers – I have not found better deals anywhere else. So I brave the unpleasant shopping experience, because trust! it is worth it when I have my beloved products in hand *evil grin*. So do try going in to your nearest Jumbo, Rhino etc. to check it out.
I took these pictures at my favourite wholesaler, the quality is not that great because I had to be fast about it
The ORS section, some of the products here I have never seen outside of this shop
Perm rods, magnetic rollers, mesh rollers, flexi rods…all at very reasonable prices
Every kind of hair extension you can think of!
If you’re in Durban, my favourite wholesaler is Arrow Cash & Carry on Umgeni Road. It’s next to Cambridge Foods and Durban Station.
So, there you have it. Do you have any other places where you buy your hair products?