Box Dye vs. Professional Hair Stylist: Decoding the Pros and Cons of Hair Coloring

    • March 8, 2022

    We totally get that the idea might have crossed your mind, but let’s face it–box dye isn’t your hair’s best friend. The risks that come with box dyeing your hair outweigh the benefits, in some cases it can even cause a necessary trip to the salon. Below, our professionals at About Faces chat about the risks of box dye and why taking a trip to the salon can save your hair. 

    Understanding the Impact of Type, Condition, and Color
    Everyones hair is unique. Your hair type, condition, color preferences, and even your personal hair history all play a role in how different products will work for you.  Depending on the type, condition, color and status of your hair, not all products work the same for everyone. Oh, and let’s not forget about the potential curveballs like medications and allergies that can totally shake things up if you’re dabbling with a box dye.

    If you want darker hair, you will need to fill your hair to avoid brassiness and discoloration. Typically if you want to go lighter, you will have to have the color from your hair lifted. If you are attempting a root touch-up, multiple dye formulas will be necessary to avoid discoloration or two-toned hair. Trying to achieve color-corrective approaches should not be done at home, as it can damage your hair and cause you a trip to the salon. 

    Box Dye: A Villain for Healthy Hair
    Because beauty brands and manufacturers know that customers are in hopes to save money, they often sneak in some not-so-pretty ingredients into box dyes. Box dye commonly contains PPD, resorcinol, MEA, ammonia, persulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, and metals including nickel. These are toxic chemicals that can damage hair and induce allergic reactions to those who have sensitive skin.

    Beware of the Reverse Ombré Effect: A Box Dye Disaster
    If you find yourself frequently resorting to box dye, it’s essential to consider its long-term effects. Over time, the application of box dye can lead to a buildup of pigments on your hair strands, resulting in a darker hue with each reapplication. Notably, the potentially harmful chemicals found in box dyes can cause your hair’s ends to absorb more color compared to the roots. This phenomenon creates an unintentional reverse ombré effect. At About Faces Day Spa, our team of skilled professionals ensures a different experience. By entrusting your hair dyeing needs to us, you can avoid the pitfalls of box dye and achieve results that not only enhance your hair’s appearance but also prioritize its health and vibrancy.

    Color Correction: A Rarity You Can Avoid at About Faces Day Spa
    When it comes to box dye, aligning the advertised outcome with reality is a rare occurrence. The picture on the box rarely mirrors the final result you attain after applying the dye. Often, the path to rectifying the damages inflicted by box dye involves addressing issues like discoloration and implementing color correction techniques. Understandably, these corrective measures can extend your salon session beyond the typical appointment duration.

    Schedule Your Next Hair Appointment at About Faces Today
    At About Faces Day Spa, we’re well-versed in the intricacies of color correction. Our team is equipped to handle the challenges that arise from box dye mishaps, sparing you from this often lengthy and complex process. By entrusting your hair color needs to our professionals, you’re not just avoiding the rare need for correction; you’re ensuring a vibrant and true-to-expectation outcome. So, drop the box dye and schedule an appointment today!