Before & After by @hairlustandpixiedust
FAQ: Why is box dye bad?
1. One Size Does Not Fit All
Box color is formulated so everyone and anyone can use it. However, not everyone’s hair type, condition or color are even remotely the same. In fact, most box dyes are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and ammonia, so it’s able to work on most people. This unnecessary overload of ingredients wreak havoc on hair health and increase your likelihood of allergic reactions.
And no, an ammonia-free box color doesn’t mean healthier hair – the best ammonia-free hair color is found in salons.
2. If you decide to switch it’s not going to be easy.
If you’ve ever gone to a salon for professional color after coloring your own hair for any amount of time…you know what I’m talking about!
You probably get a look that says- “Do you think I have a magic wand?”. Box color is so different from professional color, so we cannot accurately predict what may happen when we apply our color on top of box color. It’s going to be a process and you have to be patient.
The most common result is an odd shade of green shining through, or even purple. I’ve had clients come in with similar situations a few times and it’s not an easy fix. Applying color on top of color DOES NOT wipe the slate clean. You may have months or years of various pigments hiding in there and who knows which ones will pop out!
You will end up spending more money to get your hair back to normal than you would have if you had it done professionally in the first place.