Its a new year and well, you're ready for a big hair change! Your stylist is booked for the next three weeks, and just out of the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of that oh-so-trustworthy box of hair dye. I mean, Beyoncé is on the cover so it has to be good! In the long run your stylist is just totally over charging you, right?!
While your stylist are at work to make a living and provide for themselves and their families, there is a reason you pay what you pay at a salon. We don't just cringe at the words "box dye" because it means maybe we wont be able to pay the bills this month. We cringe because we look down and see gorgeous healthy hair that could be chewed up and made into straw all because you wanted to save a couple bucks. Not to mention the time and effort it will take to get the unwanted tones, and bands of color out of your hair, when you come back and tell us what you've done at home.
Lets break down just a few of the differences between box dyes versus professional color.
Professional color: breaks through the hair cuticle to deposit large color molecules where the natural melanin lives. These molecules become dominate because they are larger than your natural melanin.
Box dyes: Simply stain the proteins on the hair, changing their chemical make up. Sure it may seem shiny the first day, but wait for that color to rinse out with each shampoo leaving a busted cuticle with practically no protein left blowing in the wind.
Professional color: are mixed according the individual in the chair. So when you tell your stylist you want a Ashy or chocolate brown, you end up with exactly that. The developer used in mixing your color is also picked based on the integrity and strength of YOUR hair, not the client next to you.
Box dyes: are like picking 'one size fits all' pants, and we're not talking about leggings ladies. So when you pick up a Ashy or chocolate brown box to cover your blonde hair, don't be surprised when you get out of the shower with green or red hair. On top of that, box dyes only use the strongest hydrogen peroxide making sure it can break through the thickest hair cuticle. So to all of our ladies worried about keeping their fine hair in good shape, realize your putting the same chemical on your hair as the lady in the salon chair next to you that said, "can we thin it out a little more". Your hair cant handle the harsh chemicals, leaving you with broken frizzy hair that even your professional flat iron cant smooth.
Professional color: is predictable. When you're ready to go lighter, your stylist will be able to give you a realistic end result because we know the chemical make up of your hair and because we know how many times color has been applied from roots to ends.
Box dyes: are completely unpredictable. For starters, if your applying your color at home chances are you're doing ALL of your hair every single time. All that is doing is refilling the cuticle, breaking down more protein bonds and adding another layer of dye onto your hair. It wont just magically disappear because the color itself has faded. So when you finally realize what you've put your hair through, your stylist cant just wave their magic wand and make it all better. Chances are you'll be left with a stunning shade of tangerine.
Don't start your year off with a hair tragedy in the making. Hair coloring is a commitment! Make sure you have the time and money to invest when wanting a change. If you're unsure if you're ready to make a big change book a consultation with your stylist. We always give the honest truth, because its our art walking around the town.
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