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Reader Mail: How to find products outside the US?

I received an email today from a reader that is having difficulty finding the products I use in the UK.  I want to share my response, because I believe it might be helpful to anyone who is having the same issue whether you live in the US or not. 

"My suggestion is that you try to find products that have comparable ingredients in the UK.  I strongly believe that any well made product that is tailored to your hair needs (ex. moisturizing, if you need extra moisture; protein, if you need extra strength) will help you retain length.  The next time you see a woman with long hair where you live, ask her what products she uses.  You don't necessarily need products for type 4 hair in order to get good results.  In fact, the majority of products I use are not marketed for women with type 4 hair.  But hair is hair.  So as long as a product offers what you need, then it may work for you."

If you still have difficulty finding comparable products or you are determined to find an exact product then try the internet. 

The internet is a fantastic resource when looking for products.  Here are some things I've done in the past when looking for products:
  1. Search for the name of product you want.  This will likely find an online store that sells the product.  View their shipping info to see if they ship to your country.  If it doesn't state whether they do, then ask them.
  2. Search for the ingredients of the product you want.  Most products list their ingredients on the manufacturer's website.  So copy and paste the first 5 ingredients and run a search to find other products with the same ingredients. 
  3. Contact the manufacturer and ask them if they have distributors in your country. 
I hope this helps.


Nadege said...

Great tips. I wrote a post not too long ago about caring for your hair while living overseas. I think it has to do a lot with technique, finding natural ingredients to amp up your current product stash.

Alexis said...

What protein enriched products would you suggest?

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