Put the Box Color Down!

You see the commercials all the time, beautiful hair color you can achieve in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost of salon services. What could be better? Plus, celebrities endorse it, so it has to be good, right? (Side note, they’re definitely not actually using the product…)

While this may seem like the affordable solution you’ve been looking for, nothing can be more disastrous for your hair than coloring it at home. Here are just a few of the reasons why you need to step away from the box.


Unpredictable Color: When a professional colorist colors your hair, they create a customized color that takes your current level and undertones into account that ensures that you will achieve your desired result. Unfortunately, box color can’t do this because it’s designed to work for all hair colors. Color is not one size fits all and so the outcome can be unpredictable and typically undesirable. Plus, companies constantly change their formulas to cut costs, so what may have worked one time will not work every time.


Damaging: Box color can be significantly more damaging to the hair. Many people choose demi-permanent dyes, which rinse out after a few washes. Demi-permanent color is less damaging than permanent color because it only deposits pigment and doesn’t lift, which is where the damage comes in. Unfortunately, many demi-permanent box colors are actually permanent color and there’s no way to know for sure what you’re getting. Another issue with box color is the use of Metallic dyes. Metallic dyes are used in many, but not all box colors. If you choose to go to a professional after coloring your own hair, it can be impossible to tell if a metallic dye was used. If hair has been recently colored with metallic dye, applying any color that lifts (meaning any permanent color) will result in your hair melting, something no one wants!

When a professional colorist works with you, they’re going to give you realistic expectations so that you’re happy and your hair remains healthy. While many box colors may make you think you can go from black hair to bleach blonde in one sitting, this is simply not realistic and is going to fry your hair. The colorists here at Designer’s Denn meet with every prospective color client before ever laying a finger on their hair so a plan can be developed to achieve your desired look while still saving the health of your hair. While you may not want to take a year to get to that light blonde color you’re looking for, colorists have your hair’s best interests in mind and it’s best to stick with the slow and steady method.


Costly: While a professional color service can be expensive, it’s nothing compared to the corrective color needed to fix a botched box color. Because box color tends to deposit unevenly, your colorist is going to have to patchwork your hair color to correct the varying shades, which translates to increased cost for you. Plus, without knowing what was in the box color you used, it’s impossible to tell exactly how your hair will turn out which means multiple appointments to fix the mistakes caused by box color.


Color at Designer’s Denn Salon and Spa is a simple, relaxing experience where you can rest assured that you are safe in our expertly trained colorist’s hands. Give our Front Desk staff a call today to book your consult and see what we can do for you!


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