I get this question a lot, sometimes from clients who don’t mind paying top dollar to have their hair professionally maintained every few weeks, and sometimes from a teenager who just threw Lady Clairol on her locks yesterday.
Here’s the skinny on box color vs. salon color.
First and foremost, your haircolor has to be formulated just for YOU. There are so many different variables that you have to consider before even beginning to think about color. This is why we have consultations. While I’m asking you what your goal would be, and determining your idea of what a ‘warm chocolate’ is, I’m looking at your hair. I’m considering the texture, porosity, underlying tones, and what chemicals have already been deposited. Are you a level 57 platinum blonde or a level 5 medium brown? If you were to put the exact same box color on those two people, the results would be completely different, even though the box is “designed’ for all hair types and color. Did you know you absolutely HAVE to fill blonde hair before depositing a drastically different color for it to even stay in? Probably not, because that’s my job. We stylists have all spent so much time and money on our education to know things like this, so we can give you an amazing color service without you having to worry if “Blonde and Beautiful Box” will actually be “Brassy and Not So Sassy and my Hairstylist Can’t Get Me In, So Hats For A Week.”
Box brand marketing is clever. Ms. Beautiful Celebrity really doesn’t put a $5 box color on their hair. Which probably isn’t even her real hair. They have a team of professional stylists at their disposal 24/7.
What about the god-awful stuff they use in box color? Some companies still use this thing called metallic salts in their color. Did you know that metallic salts have been used in haircolor since the late 1800s? Here are some fun facts about metallic salts:
– Every time you deposit, they continue to build up in your hair. (Giving it that wonderful straw like texture)
– Thinking about taking it out with lightener? Metallic salts are like tiny razor blades, if I try to pull them out of your hair, it’s going to leave carnage behind.
– They will never EVER come out. Most of the time, it has to be grown out and cut off.
When you come into the salon, I can tell you about the ingredients in our color line, what it does to keep your hair healthy, and why the colors look so shimmery and pretty. I can explain the difference between a semi, demi, and permanent color. I will say that our color (Alfaparf Milano) contains hyaluronic acid, and that’s a substance that is naturally in your body and helps maintain moisture. Or that there are several different conditioning treatments that I can mix directly INTO your color formula. Way cool right?
All in all, box color is totally unpredictable. I know that $10 box may seem like saving money at the time, but’s it’s definitely not going to when you have to have a $200 correction done immediately after. Cosmetologists like myself spend so much time and dollars on continuing education just so we can give you that gorgeous color you’ve been thinking about, for a stress free, mess free, awesome experience.
For a free consultation on color, make an appointment with me at Tease Knoxville and let’s discuss that color you’ve always wanted.