In life, you can only be certain about a few things. Ben Franklin would argue that it’s death and taxes. I could make strong case that Ranch makes pretty much anything better. But I think we can all agree on one thing: Beyonce is NEVER bent over the tub with a box of $7 color getting her red carpet look ready. You might find it tough to believe with the seemingly endless aisles of boxes, covered with celebrities and models with perfect hair staring back at you, convincing you it’s easy, but trust us. Just. Don’t.
Attempting to color your own hair with a box will have two outcomes:
1.) You will unintentionally end up with orange hair
2.) You will end up having to spend lots of money at the salon fixing it.
The difference between box color costing in the single digits while the salon is significantly higher is not just a superfluous number. Your stylist is formulating the color specifically for you. It requires a bit of science and understanding of the color wheel. Stylists not only know the in’s and out’s of your specific hair type, but they know how to work with the underlying pigments of your hair and how to manipulate the color to be perfect for YOU. Everyone’s hair is different, and what works for Jennifer over there, might need additional formulation for you in order to compensate for the differences in your hair.
Hair by Ken Picton Salon on Bangstyle
The box color experience could not be more opposite. Any given box needs to deliver the color on the front to literally ANYONE’s hair. That means you, Jennifer, and the next person who picks up the box are all getting the same formulation, despite completely different temperature tones and varying degrees of color resistance.
Because of this, the box color is extremely strong, increasing the likelihood that it could damage your hair. Not to mention, color this strong will be much harder to remove. So if you are the type of person who likes to change their hair color with their underwear, this is not a roadblock you want. As you can gather, a “one-size fits all” option here is not the way to go, but that’s exactly what’s in the box.
As tempting as the savings and ease (although I can’t imagine how turning your bathroom into a coloring den comes off as better then relaxing in a salon with champagne) may seem, you could end up paying more than double the cost of the initial salon coloring to fix whatever disaster you and the box have birthed together. There’s also a good chance you will loose some length in salvaging process. The chance for error is high and expensive, so trust us; you’re better off leaving the coloring to the pros.