"OTP": Open to public
"BSS": Beauty Supply Store
Ok, let's just take a few minutes and talk about the "elephant in the room" of the hair industry. This post has been a long time coming. Some of the following are my experiences and some are from other stylists.
My first negative experience with an OTPBSS happened when I first moved back to Regina. I had a lovely client with 85% grey hair, the first few appointments were correcting past work, she had lots of banding (different shades along the hair shaft) and over processed highlights (that I imagine were placed there to correct the banding). Soon she had beautifully even colour and I could see the excitement in her eyes. A few appointments later she mentioned to me that she had a friend who kept offering to do her hair at home (and it wouldn't cost her nearly as much!), she seemed offended by these comments and let me know that she wouldn't be going that route. One day she came into her appointment and her hair was altogether different, there was banding again! She never said, but I had to assume that she was coerced into letting her friend (who I've affectionately nicknamed "the kitchen magician") retouch her colour, and her hair was compromised again. It took us several appointments to get her back to where we were before the "botched job" and restore the health of her hair. The issue here isn't that she "cheated on me", I don't own your heads- but I 100% care about every strand on that head! The issue here is that she was promised a cheaper alternative that ended up costing her more in the end, and that makes me sad.
What does this have to do with Sally's Beauty Supply? Any one who fancies themselves a "hairstylist" even without proper training, can go into Sally's and buy hair color, perming solutions, decolorizers etc. They don't need a license. It's important to note that these are not salon quality products, they are rarely better than the Shoppers Drug Mart specials, but they are available nonetheless.