What to do When Your Fav Product is Discontinued

Yes to Carrots, Inc, makes great products.  Their shampoo and conditioner are raved about by plenty of naturals who love the way it makes their hair feel and the list of yummy ingredients.  Add to that the fact that the products are available locally and reasonably priced and I became a Stan for life!

I truly fell in love when I encountered their DC Moisturizing Mud Mask.  I came to know this product on accident as I told my younger sis to pick me up some conditioner and she brought back this one instead of the regular rinse-out.  I am not a avid DCer because I have protein-sensitive hair and it is difficult to find a DC sans protein, petroleum, mineral oil, and shea that does not leave my hair flat and lifeless.  But I decided to give it a try and it was love at fist smear.  That was until when recommending the product to another curly who reported she couldn’t find it on their website.  Truly, I thought, she was mistaken so I took a look for myself.  No dice.  I contacted the company by email, twitter and FB (obsess much?) only to have my worst fears confirmed.  I was told that “the product will no longer be available” say what? I went into a frenzy.  How could this happen? Why would they do this?  I was hurt, sad and angry all at once at this injustice.  I felt like writing my Congressmen! *sigh*

Yes the above tale seems a bit dramatic but we naturals tend to be a bit intense when it comes to our hair.  I wanted to take my tale of woe and use it to help another natural who may inevitably encounter the same thing and show them how to cope.

10 Tips: What to do When Your Fav Product is Discontinued

  1. Cry, freak out, get angry.  All these feelings are okay as long as you do not get crazy in public.  Sometimes you just gotta let it out.
  2. Contact the manufacturer to see if there is still stock available in stores or that you can purchase direct.  Also make sure to respectfully voice your opinion on the matter and ask if they have an alternative product.
  3. Check with your local retailer.  See if any other stores in the area have product available and have them put it on hold for you.  If you can locate the product buy up the shelf! Most discontinued products are marked down for quick sale.  If not ask if you can get a discount.
  4. Check local discount retailers like Ross, TJ Maxx, etc. as they purchase a lot of discontinued items from manufacturers.  These items are then sold at a discounted price.
  5. Don’t be afraid to call friends or relatives in other cities and have them check the availability in their local stores.
  6. Check the hair swap boards like Lola’s Green Hair for the product. You can normally find someone out there who has the product and didn’t like it.
  7. Jump on the message boards like NaturallyCurly.com and put out an APB.  Curly girls understand your plight and will try to help.  My girl LaShawn actually had this product in her closet and volunteered the rest of her stash to me after she found out l was looking for it <3.
  8. While your on the message boards ask for product recommendations from other naturals who liked that product.  Most naturals have a product they love and a back-up that they like.  This can help you find a replacement.
  9. Check the ingredients list and hop over to wholesale manufacturers like Essential Wholesale and look for a base that is similar to the product you desire.  9 times out of 10 you can find a base that will suit your needs.
  10. If all else fails, make like a chemist and start mixing!  Run through that ingredients list and purchase the raw ingredients to make your own.  It might take you a few trials, but who knows you might create something even better!
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4 thoughts on “What to do When Your Fav Product is Discontinued

  1. Very, very good advice and thanks for the s/o! I love #1. If Trader Joe disco’d their condish I would get stuck at #1 for coupla days.

  2. Pingback: Product Review: Yes to Carrots Moisturizing Mud Mask | derby city naturals

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