At unDONE Salon, clients often ask us the difference between professional hair color vs. box dye you find at your local grocery store. When it comes to the outcome of your hair, there are several major differences. That’s why we’d like to provide you with a summary of what you should know to make an educated decision when it comes to choosing a professional hair color over a box dye.
Why We Don’t Recommend Box Dye
Unpredictable & Undesirable Results
Many things contribute to the outcome of your hair color. Previous color services, formula, application, and the condition of your hair are just a few of them. When it comes to box color, it’s a “one size fits all” solution that doesn’t factor in any of these elements. It doesn’t matter what your hair condition is or what’s been done to it in the past. Instead, box dye provides the same solution and developer for everyone. This can result in an unknown hair color that you may not like and can damage your hair in the process.
For example, if someone has dark brown hair and wants to dye it bright blonde, they will not achieve the results they want by grabbing a box of dye at the grocery store. If they do they will most likely end up with orange or yellow hair and very brassy undertones.
The two main reasons for this are:
- Color cannot lift color – If you have an old color in your hair, it must be removed before a lighter color can be applied.
- Box color can only lighten two or three levels – Going from a level 2 to a level 7 cannot be achieved with a box dye.
Developer & Damage
The developer that comes with box dye can range greatly. This is because most box dye is formulated to cover gray hair with a very dark shade. However, coating your hair with a high volume developer can damage your hair. Box developers contain ammonia and peroxide to chemically alter your hair by opening the cuticle and allowing the color to penetrate the shaft to permanently change your hair color. Using a developer that’s too strong or coloring previously colored hair can lead to breakage and permanent damage.
Time & Cost
When it comes to achieving the hair color you desire, you get what you pay for. If you want to avoid undesired results and damaged hair, it best to seek out a professional hair stylist at unDONE. The time money you spend to correct a bad hair color can be quite expensive. Even more, it can take up to 3-4 hours and more than one appointment. That’s why when you want to color your hair, it’s imperative to ditch the box altogether and head straight to the salon to maintain healthy, beautiful hair.
Professional Hair Color
At unDONE, our Boise hair salon stylists are trained in the art of color, chemistry, and processing. To accurately change the color and tone of your hair, you need a personalized solution. From texture to density, porosity, color, and length, everything comes into play. Even your skin tone can play an important role when it comes to determining the best color for your hair.
As hair color experts, we have the ability to lighten, darken, highlight, lowlight, balayage, and ombre your hair unlike anything box dye can do. We take the time to customize hair color for each and every client that walks through our door to provide you with the look you desire.
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