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Lessons - Do you know what you pay for?

Thursday, September 17, 2009 11:58 AM  |  by Babe with a Mane

People ask me very often why I get my hair from Hair Direct. Those of you who know me, know that I am not considered a "salesperson". Frankly, I've never been very good in that arena. Instead, I'm someone just like you who was desperately seeking a way to make my hair look good. You can read all about my search and how I ended up here in my blogs and on the message board at Hair Direct, but I'll spare you all of the details and give you my "Reader's Digest" version of why I settled here.

First of all, I love the hair. It's the highest quality I've ever seen.

Secondly, I love the support of the hair techs, the message boards and the blogs.

Thirdly, I respect the company and it's leadership.

Now let me be very clear. There are lots of companies you can buy hair from. Some of them charge crazy amounts of money for the same hair you can buy at HD. Matter of fact, today I found a site that charges women $7,800.00 for (1) ONE unit of Kosher hair. Some companies require contracts and still charge you over $2,000.00 per unit. Of course, there are companies that say they will charge you less...but are they really charging you less?

Well, I'm no rocket scientist and I didn't do so well in math, but I bet if we add up a few things here, you may be suprised. I researched one competitor to see how they stacked up in the cost department and here is what I found. At first glance, the cost seemed pretty reasonable.

$295.00 for a standard unit up to 6" in length (not too bad!)

But....there are no extras. The company doesn't provide any. You will get your hair, but just the standard hair unit. Matter of fact, the company doesn't even cut off the extra lace and you will have about 4 inches of lace to cut off the perimeter of the hair.

What are the extras you ask? Of course you don't know - neither did I - but now I sure do! Here are some extras a different company offers:

$60.00 for webcam consultation and help with order - it's free at HD and so are the phone calls and advice.

$50.00 for Knot bleaching - you get your hair without the knots bleached and then you have to send it in to another company to have your knots bleached - it's included with HD hair.

$35.00 and up for coloring (definitely much higher for highlights, etc.) - it's included with HD hair.

$34.00 and up for a haircut (definitely more for longer hair depending on the style) - it's included with HD hair.

$25.00 for sealing knots - it's included with HD hair.

Now, as I mentioned above, I've never been great at math, but since this is simple addition, I'm gonna' give it my best shot.

Umm...running out of fingers and toes...

That total is $499.00.

AND I would have had to sent my hair somewhere for all of those extras so my wait would have been longer. AND I don't know any hairdressers that would only charge me $34.00 for a cut and $35.00 for a color with I tried to be very conservative.

So, you ask me why I get my hair from Hair Direct? Because I know it's the right place for me.

Kisses to my peeps!

Babe With a Mane



About Babe with a Mane

My natural hair has not been seen for over 20 years. It has hidden under wigs and weaves, under toppik, colored sprays, couvre and dermatch. My growing hair is a significant burden. It takes too much time to try to fix it up to be presentable, too much money to try to fix, too much energy to worry about and conceal. Every day, I used to wish for great hair. Every day I was ashamed of my thin hair. Every day, I woke up feeling confident, feminine and sexy inside. Then, I looked in the mirror at my natural hair and those positive thoughts were robbed from me. My natural hair forced me to feel unattractive, timid and insecure. I know who I am inside and I wanted to project that image to everyone else. To do that, my hair had to change. Women who are bald or have very thin hair, are not considered "socially acceptable" in the general public's eye. I wanted to be considered socially acceptable, my natural hair wouldn't let me. My dream hair allows me to lead a normal life. I wake up to my guy nuzzling my neck while my soft hair is brushed aside. I jump in the shower to wash my hair. I look in the mirror to see a confident and sexy woman, looking back at me. I don't waste hours trying to disguise myself to fit in. I blow dry and curl my hair and start my day with a spring in my step. I don't catch others staring at my thin hair while trying to have a conversation with me. The same confident, self assurance that I feel inside is now projected on the outside. There are no further internal battles between true persona and an incongruous outward appearance. I am finally, after a lifetime of dreaming, able to project an image that reflects the confident, sexy, intelligent, feminine woman I truly am.


TwentyOneJumpStreet said:

Hi Babe,

I read your blog from time to time since it is on the front of the community home page. I just clicked on it again and started reading back and saw this post. Let me first start off by saying I have ordered hair from four different online companies and been part of the Hair Club over my seven plus years of wearing. One of those companies being HD and the competitor that I believe you are referring to in this blog. This reason I say that is I feel like the additional cost are pulled from the Split Ends webpage.

To reflect on this, I just want to say that I love HD's service, their techs, their courtesy, their community is amazing, their store and prices are superb. I will say though that from my experience ordering hair, I have to disagree with your pricing drastically.

The truth is I order a system that is virtually identical to the HD24 which is called and Super Fine Swiss Lace. I pay $215 shipped and the knots are bleached, I can add highlights, gray...etc. The prices you added are for random customers who have systems from any where, you may need sealing, bleaching, repair, highlights, cut in...etc.

Now being someone who appreciates HD, I can say they are great, but for price of hair and quality, I disagree with this blog

Babe with a Mane said:

Hi 21, Thanks for the nice comments. I'm happy for you that you are able to get your hair for $215.00 that's a good deal. HD has some standing order packages (with no contract) that actually work out to less than that. I tried to compile more information from the site where I gathered some of my information, but I have yet to have my questions answered. As an example, it was listed that the same company charges $495.00 for women's hair units. Now, I don't know about your hair, but mine doesn't speak in a soft feminine voice or have any particular talents other than looking great, so I'm not sure why women have to pay more...but as I said, if I get an answer to my questions, I would be happy to clarify the answers here on the blog.

I also notice you didn't mention whether or not you have to pay extra to have your hair cut? Is that the case...?

Glad you enjoy it here on our boards, I think it's a great place too!


TwentyOneJumpStreet said:

As for the women's hair, I would have no clue what that cost from HD or competitors.

Also if know how to pay less than $215 from HD shipped let me know, that would be enticing. I ordered three units from HD in the past and paid way more than that and the last one came with dark knots and when i sent it back to get bleached it took a while and the system seemed to shed faster so i looked elsewhere and have been happy with my results, but i wouldnt be opposed to trying HD again if the price was the same or less. I like to go two and half months between systems and i know if you use HD, from what is listed on the website it will cost more than $215. Please do let me know of any pricing I am unaware of...thanks

Also I have a stylist here in Seattle that used to work at the club and now has his own salon who does my haircuts and cut-ins for $35, so for cut-ins that what I do.

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