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[vc_row source=”” main_heading=”VIVID HAIR COLOR” heading_tag=”h1″ main_heading_color=”#ffffff” sub_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left” spacer=”no_spacer” spacer_position=”top” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ line_icon_fixer=”10″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Cinzel|font_call:Cinzel|variant:700″ main_heading_font_size=”desktop:75px;mobile_landscape:55px;mobile:55px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:85px;mobile_landscape:65px;mobile:65px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Open Sans Condensed|font_call:Open+Sans+Condensed|variant:300″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:300;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:36px;mobile_landscape:28px;mobile:28px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:46px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:15px;” main_heading_typograpy=”” margin_design_tab_text=”” sub_heading_typograpy=”” sub_heading_margin=”” spacer_img=”” line_width=”” spacer_margin=””][vc_column][ultimate_heading source=”post_title” heading_tag=”h1″ main_heading_color=”#000000″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Cinzel|font_call:Cinzel|variant:500″ main_heading_font_size=”desktop:50px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:55px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:|font_call:” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:300;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:46px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:15px;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]So you’ve considered it, and most of you have even done it before. You’re tight on cash and need your hair colored desperately! Box dye can’t be that bad for my hair right?? Is salon hair color really better and worth the money?

In this post I’m going to explain all the reasons why hair stylists hate box dye, and you should too.

1. One size does not fit all hair colors
Hair color is not nearly as simple as most people believe it is. Trust me, there is a reason we are required to have a license to practice hair.

There are many considerations that need to be accounted for before developing the formula for any hair color. Things such as the hair type, condition, color, is it virgin or colored, medications taken, allergies, and more are all factors that determine what should be used on the hair to get to the desired outcome.

If you want a medium brown, you cannot just grab a box that says medium brown, slap it all over your hair and expect great results. (It would be nice if it were that easy though!!)

If you are currently blonde and want brown hair, the hair needs to be filled before the brown is applied. This means a warmer, copper, gold, or red color needs to be applied FIRST. Otherwise, the hair will turn a muddy/green/ash color and fade extremely quickly.

If you currently have black hair, the black needs to be lifted enough to take on the lighter color. This is typically a corrective color service and is a huge process that NO ONE should be doing themselves at home.

If you have previous color on your hair with roots growing in, you need to mix a different formula for the new-growth or else you will have two-toned hair.

Even when using professional salon color, I very rarely mix up one color straight out of the box. Typically each formula is customized specifically for what I’m creating. I usually mix anywhere between 3-5 color tubes in one bowl, and sometimes use up to 5 differently formulated bowls for what is needed to achieve the ending result.

2. Terrible for your hair
I’m sure you probably already figured that box dye isn’t good for your hair, right? Believe me, there is a reason it is so cheap.

In order to save money and lower the cost, the manufactures use low quality dyes, chemicals, and additives to make this possible.

They typically contain high amounts of ammonia, PPDs, nitro dyes, metallic salts, and even henna. These are all harsh chemicals that can be extremely damaging to the hair as well as cause reactions to sensitive skin and allergies.

When you put box dye on your hair, it is permanent and these chemicals do not come out until the hair is cut off. Your hair will take on a new texture and feel stiff or straw-like due to all of the chemicals it now has imbedded in the cortex.

You will need to use some serious conditioning treatments to get your hair feeling soft again, and it probably won’t ever feel as soft as it once did.

If you’ve already experienced this, you can find my favorite conditioning treatment here that I recommend using once a week at minimum. Check my blog post here for how to do everything you can to get your hair healthy again.

3. Box dyes are progressive dyes
What is a progressive hair color you ask? This means that each time you use it; the pigment will build onto its-self and get darker each time you apply the color.

Have you ever seen or noticed when someone’s hair is lighter at their root, and their ends appear very dark or almost black?

Because of the metallic salts and henna additives, each time the hair is colored; the ends pick up more and more color while the new-growth only has one layer. Causing a reverse-ombré, colored my hair myself at home, my hair looks like crap-look.

This does not happen with salon hair color because it does not contain henna or metallic salts that bind to the keratin in the hair (keratin is the protein that your hair is made up of).

So in the salon while the color is not always needed to pull through the ends each time, it will only get as dark as the level used even if it is.

This is another reason why box dyes make for a much more difficult corrective color service. If I need to lift and break through years of box dye, the ends may not ever lift as light as the rest of the hair because it has so many layers of progressive dye on it.

Chances are the hair will break off before it will ever be a pretty light blonde tone.

4. You shouldn’t be coloring your hair yourself
As I mentioned earlier, there is a reason we have to spend 2000+ hours in school learning how to do all of this.

Too many times have I received emergency calls because someone attempted to color their hair themselves at home. Either the hair turned bright orange, green, or is breaking off in chunks.

When we do your hair in the salon, we have access to much higher quality products than you do. We use additives that avoid breakage and contain heavy duty maximum strength conditioning treatments that are not avaliable to the general public.

And on top of all the chemistry involved, we also learn the techniques needed to color hair.

As much as you would like to, you cannot use hair color like you use shampoo. You will have tiger stripes and leopard print spots where you missed, especially in the back. Which will make it even more difficult for us to fix in the salon.

5. Your color correction will cost WAY more than going to the salon in the first place
Since box color never turns out the way it looks on the box, 9 times out of 10 you are going to need to come into the salon for a color correction.

Corrective color prices are significantly higher than a typical color or highlight because there is significantly more work and product required to keep your hair healthy and to get it looking pretty again.

I personally charge $100 per hour for a corrective color service, and it can take anywhere from 4 to 10 hours to do depending on what needs to be done to the hair and how badly you’ve messed it up.

So, what about Sally’s color?
Sally’s hair color typically falls right in the middle between box dyes and salon grade hair color. By all means, Sally’s hair color is not professional and is NOT what is used in the salons.

While Sally’s color is not typically progressive (it can be!), it is still a cheaper product than what you would get in a salon. Personally I believe if there are salons out there using hair color that they bought from Sally’s, they should be shut down because it is not a professional grade product.

What ranks Sally’s higher than box dye is that most of their color lines go by the level system and you can formulate your own color and developer. But this takes knowledge, so unless you were told by a reputable licensed professional what to use, you are just guessing here.

I also would not trust what the retail worker behind the register at Sally’s recommends to you. If they were skilled enough in hair, then they would be working behind the chair at a salon and not at a Sally’s.

Using Sally’s color you still have just about as high odds of messing your hair up as you do using box color from the drugstore. The color itself may not contain AS harsh of chemicals, but it is still a recipe for disaster.

Trust me when I say its worth waiting and saving the cash to go to a professional salon than to attempt to color your hair yourself at home with box dye.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]