Do you really know what’s in the shampoo they’re using on your head?
Think the RMB25 cut-wash-blow at your local salon is a bargain? Think again. Chinese news reports are now saying that a lot of the shampoo used in hair salons around China are just cheap blends of thickener, fragrance, shampoo powder and water costing between 0.4-1.2 yuan per kilo. In some of the more extreme cases, experts have found the shampoo to contain mercury, sulfur or benzene. This could either damage your hair, cause you to go bald, or even give you cancer.
Shanghai Daily went to a local hair supplies market and did some investigation on their own:
In an investigation, Shanghai Daily found that suppliers from the city’s biggest hairdressing wholesale market sometimes use counterfeit bottles of shampoo and were willing to describe how it’s done. The reporter posed as a businesswoman considering opening a hair studio.
“It’s simple and easy,” said Chen Yan, the owner of a hairdressing products store in the market, located on Guangdong Road in Huangpu District. “Get empty shampoo bottles with branded labels and fill them with our shampoo. That’s it,” said Chen.
According to Chen, counterfeit Pantene and Head&Shoulders shampoos were bestsellers because they were similar to the genuine ones in color and fragrance. Most shampoos were made in Guangdong Province.
A 5-liter bottle of counterfeit shampoo was priced at 30 yuan, which could be turned into 20 bottles of “genuine shampoo.” On the body of the bottle, there was no information on ingredients or the producer, while the production date was printed faintly on the top of the bottle.
What you can do to protect yourself:
– Ask your salon for the “better shampoo” and be willing to pay more.
– Bring your own shampoo to the salon.
– Shave off all your hair and be done with hair salons for the rest of your time in China.