Professional Hair Coloring VS. Store Bought Hair Color

Thu, January 30th, 2014 — Posted in Salon News, Team Member Opinions

There are many different reasons why people use store bought box hair color.  There is also a long running battle about getting your hair color done professionally or dying your own hair at home. Some people choose salon professional hair dying out of fear of messing up their color and/or damaging their hair. There are a few people that choose to box dye because it’s cheaper and they don’t have the time to sit in a hair salon, some alternate between both.

Box Hair Color Vs. Professional

No matter the method a lack of research is causing hair across American to become its own scary Halloween costume! Blotchy orange hair is becoming more apparent!
The point of this blog is to point you in the right direction so that you don’t have to do the research yourself!

Box hair color only uses one level of developer,which is usually strong, so when trying to cover up your grays it tends to leave a brassy red/orange tone instead of the natural shade you require.
In salon, your colorist has a wider choice of developers and knows the reasons when and why you would use a certain level. The levels range from 5%,8.5%,6%,9% and 12%, depending on the brand they use at your salon.
When thinking of the health of your hair the less developer used means healthier hair. If your colorist can use a developer with a lower level,  they will because your hair will be healthier in the long run. A professional colorist would prefer to work with healthier hair then damaged hair.

Damage                                                                                                                                                                            Store bought hair color damages your hair cuticle in the long run, which can lead to an unwanted hair cut! It can also change the texture of your hair when the color is applied to existing colored hair. The major factor is application, box color should only be applied to natural, uncolored hair, which is difficult to do on your own. Therefore, going over all the hair can cause breakage from over processing the same sections.

Stylists are also able to make a personalized concoction for you and a reparative strategy, saving you money from over spending on conditioning treatments to bring your hair back to healthy  professional dying wins as the healthy option for you hair!

Two timing                                                                                                                                                                         For those of you that switch back and forth between the two, you have to stop! Because box color and professional hair coloring vary so much, it is almost impossible for the colorist to predict what will happen to your hair. It can create color bands leaving you with a constant stream of uneven hair color, resulting in either a color correction (which can be costly) or a hair cut resulting in an undesirable style you then have to grow out. Also sometimes the chemical reaction can be quite a strong, resulting in unwanted hair color outcome.

Due to the results box hair color has on the condition of your hair, it can mean more regular hair cuts, more after care products and conditioning treatments. In some cases a color correction would be needed and that sometimes cannot be resolved in one visit to the salon which can be very costly.

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