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I’ve always known this to be common knowledge and a few of those reasons you can guess without any background as a hairdresser. I’m going to let you all in on the truths of box colour vs salon professional colour and hopefully convert a few of you and get you back in the salon with the experts!
In the salon I rarely ever use just one colour, I often create a formula using multiple colours that will create tone and depth and give you the best possible results. I can adjust that formula to suit you based on the condition of your hair and your colour history whilst also taking into account personal factors like skin tone, eye colour etc.
Applying colour to hair that is in good condition is very different to colouring dry, damaged or porous hair, this is something that needs to be taken into consideration. I care about the condition of your hair and want to make it look and feel amazing. Over a long period of time professional colour will still have your hair feeling healthy and glossy whereas box colours tend to dry hair out and leave it looking dull.
Box colours are formulated so everyone and anyone can use it, however not everyone’s hair type, condition or colour are even remotely similar so they are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and ammonia. This unnecessary overload of ingredients wreaks havoc on the health of your hair, increases allergic reactions and often leaves you with an undesired result as they are very unpredictable!
In order to keep your hair healthy and avoid banding of colour it must be applied precisely. This isn’t achievable leaning over your sink in a poorly lit bathroom using a bottle! Even if you’re using a brush to apply if you overlap colour you will create banding (darker patches) and that’s not pretty or cheap to fix.
In the salon I always apply colour first to the regrowth area and then only bring it through to the ends for the last 10-15 minutes to refresh and gloss, sometimes using a different formula to what I have applied to the regrowth area to allow the colour to match and flow. Applying the colour all over the hair and leaving it for the maximum development time will create different depths, banding and add damage.
Don’t spend $10 on a box colour to then have to spend $300 + on a colour correction. It’s much easier and cheaper for us to get you to your desired look before you start playing around with box colours. Colour corrections are unpredictable and although we will be able to fix them we may not be able to get you there first time so save yourself the hassle and see a professional to start with!
Here at Neon & Co the amazing salon at South Yarra, we will work with you to help you achieve your hair goals whilst taking all the necessary precautions to keep your hair healthy every step of the way.
I look forward to seeing you in the salon soon xx