Do we expect prices to fall eventually?
Also grincher, can you please pm me your supplier? 10 week wait is fine for me.
I have been keeping track of this topic, and have been asking my salon if we're good on getting my custom systems - and I get the company online. Well it came home to roost this week. They 'upgraded' me to a system they think I would like better. This was code for we don't have what we said we have. So lesson here guys, if you are using a salon, make sure they have them. If they don't find out what the secondary choice is, or be prepared to reuse your spare system.
I now have a UTS unit (my first), and I am not terribly satisfied with it. But a quick re-reading of this string brings me back to reality - and I just have to have patience and accept the current climate. I'm between jobs at the moment - and maybe it's time to rethink coming off a system till the market is less volatile.
Even though I am not getting my custom unit - I still have options - I just have to decide what I am at peace with.
I'm more than happy with purchasing stock units, it's just that I can't seem to find any companies that have my color (Jet black-natural black). I've been doing everything DIY so I don't have to rely on the bargaining nature of saloons. Do you think stocks will get resupplied by January? I'd like to have a new look for 2021 at least.
Is your color #1A or #1B?
1B 100% does not work for me. It's too brown. Jet black is slightly dark for me, so I have to wash it multiple times and expose it to the sun before it gets to a good shade that I can wear. I've seen some companies advertise 1C as natural black.
So far, I'm just waiting for 1 Jet Black to show up in stock.
I've been having problems with the UK company I purchase my hair systems from. Previously, things were going fine but I was supposed to get my first custom system from them in August, then every 4 months after that. I have not received the custom system yet, and was told in August that there would be delays. I emailed them this week to find out an update, but I have heard nothing back.
I've had my current stock system for 3 months now, but thanks to me looking after it, using spray in conditioner/UV protector as well as Back2Natural colour depositing conditioner, it is still almost as good as new and I expect to get at least another 3 months out of it.
Still, I am going to have to schedule a phone call with the hair system company in the near future to find out what's happening, as I pay them a monthly fee for my systems (simply so I can spread the cost - it doesn't actually cost me any extra).
I went to their website just now and saw the following message:
COVID-19: Due to the pandemic, regretfully our supply chain has been disrupted, so many of our stock systems are currently unavailable. We do have some stock, but numbers are limited. Therefore, please do get in touch prior to ordering and we will check availability for you. If your chosen product is not available, we may be able to recommend a substitution. If this is not an option, our custom-made production team are still fully operational, so we can make you a bespoke order for the same price as a stock. With our rush service, we can guarantee delivery of a custom order within 3-4 weeks. Please contact us for further details.
It is interesting to note that they say they can make a custom system within 3 - 4 weeks, for the same price as their stock units. That is some good news, if they can do what they claim. The quality of their systems is excellent, and the price is very reasonable, but their customer service has been terrible recently.
But in summary, we all need to prepare for this and try and get a couple of backup systems asap if you don't have any already. Needless to say, we should all look after our systems as much as possible too. There would be nothing worse than not having a hair system and not being able to get hold of one!!
Does all human hair for systems come from North Korea, then, and is that the full source of the problem? I know hair systems are made in China, but I also thought the hair came from there too.
From what I'm reading in the news, China has Coronavirus under control, there haven't been that many new cases compared to other countries, and life is getting back to normal there. So if most hair system factories are based in China, you'd logically think manufacturing would be running smoothly too. The pandemic was worse there a few months back, yet these companies were still able to fulfil orders then.
But like you say, if it's an issue importing human hair, then I see the problem. Are they now sourcing it from elsewhere or just getting limited amounts from North Korea?