So today, December 16, 2013, I visited my local Rite Aid Drugstore in Cornelius, NC and decided to visit the ethnic hair product aisle. I could not believe all the discolored packaging. I inspected some of the boxes to look at manufacture codes, and I believe that some of this product had an expired shelf life. Others could be spoiled from sun damage.
Luckily, the newer packaging was behind the discolored packaging on both aisles so I really had a great opportunity to prove that it was not my eyes deceiving me.
I have to change out posters in my salon storefront every other month because the sun discolors them. So I know what damage the sun can do to artwork and inks within posters. The discoloration that I saw on the shelves stuck out like a beam of light.
I have written other articles on expired products such as hair glue, styling gels, conditioners, setting lotions, etc. Please do call the manufacturer to confirm that your hair chemical is fresh before using them at home.
Hairstylists, please stand your ground if a hair distributor is trying to push suspected old products on you. After three years, most hair products are probably going to start losing performance.
Everyone, please be careful of expired hair products especially if they are chemicals!