Box color vs Salon Color

Written by Sasha Sears 

With all of the at-home tools, tips and selections on the market, why go to a salon for your hair color when you can just do it yourself? And for way cheaper, at that?

Well that is the problem, it IS way cheaper, the price tag and the result. Box color is the adult equivalent of cutting your bangs too high as a child. From blasting open your cuticle to winding up as a burnt orange instead of a blonde, there are endless reasons why that box should stay on the shelves. Box color is formulated as a ‘one size fits all’ color. So, you have light brown fine hair and want to be a cool blonde? That cool blonde box has a formula and developer that is also strong enough to color hair that is salt and pepper, coarse and thick. The color will process on both but the developer is way too strong for your fine hair type, opening the cuticle wider and creating more damage within the hair, also making it much more susceptible to outside stressors. The tones aren’t customized either so you might end up with blue spots if your hair is porous or may just end up with gold because your hair was a really warm tone to begin with. Using a box is comparable to getting a ‘one size fits all’ haircut. No one's hair, face shape or hairline is exactly alike, so no two people should be getting the exact same cut. That and more goes for color. Your skin tone, eye color, personal preferences, hair diameter, porosity levels, hair color history, current shade and undertones are all taken into account when a stylist at Lola Hair Studio consults with you about your hair color service.

If you color your hair, chances are you want it to look good.

Professional color is Ph balanced and designed to stop processing after a certain time so that it closes the cuticle and glosses and conditions the hair after the color is deposited. Box color is made to process your hair to get you to the color on the box. It’s comprised of metallic dyes that stain the proteins in the hair strands. This means that it leaves metals and sulphides (silver salts, LEAD, bismuth)  in the hair that continue to process and build on itself (continues to oxidize) which changes the Ph and leaves your hair protein bonds weakened. This color building is also why the ends get darker every time that color is applied.

Did you know there is no such thing as organic hair color?

FDA doesn't regulate or define terms like ‘organic’ in cosmetics so mass marketing companies can write whatever they want to on the packaging. Ever read about the PPDs in at-home hair color? It’s the same ingredient you can find in diesel, photocopying, printing, oil, gas, grease, rubber, and I could go on but you get the idea. 11.7% of people that have colored their hair themselves are allergic to PPDs and that number is growing every year, as many end up developing an allergy to it over time. And don't be fooled! Hennas and ‘natural’ dyes most often contain it, too.

In the end, sometimes is does come down to the bottom line.

Want to jazz it up but can't afford a monthly trip to the salon? Try consulting with your stylist about different applications that are minimal upkeep. Services like face framing highlights and subtle ombres can be done to brighten you up without leaving you with an obvious line of regrowth so you can go a long time between appointments and still look fresh. Using the toning shampoo they suggest to go with your service will prevent you from having to come a month later to tone the brassiness out. If you part your hair in exactly the same place every day, did you know you can cover just those new grey's along your part and hairline without having to color your entire head? Lola Hair Studio offers this service to clients who want minimal processing or for clients who want to lengthen the time between their allover color appointments. And there’s always a demi that can change your tone for up to 6 weeks but also seals and conditions your hair so that you don’t have to come in every few weeks to cut your split ends off because of damage from your blow-dryer.

At-home care should be just that. CARE. The shampoos and conditioners a stylist suggests is so that you can keep your hair in its best condition or make it better. Whether you color or cut, the better condition your hair is in, the easier it is to give you exactly the look you want. Which is what both you and your stylist want, for you to look and feel your best.

Posted on February 3, 2018 .