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5 More Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Box Color
You’ve probably already read 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Box Color and you’re ready for more! Either I haven’t convinced you yet, or you just love reading this because we both know I’m right.
This short list was inspired by the hundreds of comments and e-mails that I have received in response to the first post about not using box color.
If you’re still considering it after reading both posts, do yourself a favor and check this out- Should I Box Color My Hair At Home?. You won’t regret it, but you will definitely regret choosing the box!
1. Your hair won’t really look as good as you think it will.
You can convince yourself that your hair looks fabulous, and if that’s all that matters to you…great. I’m happy for you and best of luck. However, you won’t be fooling anyone else. I can spot a box color in a crowd and so can most people that appreciate amazing haircolor.
Sure, you may get lots of “compliments”. Are they really complimenting your “gorgeous” at-home haircolor? Or, are they just being polite? Most people don’t have the guts to look at you and say, “Gee, your haircolor looks pretty bad…hope you didn’t pay for that!”. Your friends, family, and co-workers want to be nice to you (hopefully). They don’t want to hurt your feelings or offend you because ruffling feathers is rude in most situations.
If you get several compliments from COMPLETE strangers…that’s more believable! It can be awkward to walk up to a stranger and compliment them, but when you have great hair and someone wants to know where you get it done…they will definitely strike up a conversation with you!
2. You ask questions like, “My hair is black and I want it to be bright pink…do I have to bleach it first?”
There are many problems with this scenario, where should I start?
First of all…bleaching your own hair is a horrible idea…especially if you’re trying to do it all-over. Bleach is powerful and must be used with caution. I know that it seems like hairstylists throw it around like conditioner, but we simply know how to use it and when. Some educated hairstylists even make mistakes when lightening hair because they rush or forget to ask the right questions and think through the service they will perform. Either way, bleaching your own hair will turn out a million times worse than you think.
Most of us are stubborn and have to learn from our own mistakes, but for those of you that might read this and take my advice to heart here is something you should never forget:
Bleaching your hair when you don’t have a clue WILL end badly and it IS NOT reversible! You will SUFFER for months, maybe even a year while trying to get your hair back to normal…if you don’t end up having to cut it all off and start fresh.
The bottom line here is if you don’t know the answer to that question then you definitely should NOT be attempting to color your own hair. OF COURSE you have to lighten it first…and if it’s really dark you will probably have to bleach it to the danger zone. If your hair isn’t breaking off by then…you might get a bright pink-ish color…if you’re lucky.
3. It’s sold at Wal-Mart.
If achieving beautiful haircolor were as easy as picking up a box when you shop for groceries, then EVERYONE would do it! I’ve never seen the shelves on the box color isle empty…have you?
I shop at Wal-Mart or Target, but not for beauty products or anything that can alter my hair or body in any way! What a horrible idea! L’Oreal and other well known brands have a professional color line, so it’s a little confusing to see it on the superstore shelves. Those companies started out mainly professional-only and saw opportunities to expand their business, consumer base, etc. to make more money.
How is this possible? They came up with cheaper versions of what they make for professionals…a.k.a. box color, shampoos, styling products, etc.
How did they do it without losing their professional consumer base? As a hairstylist, I would be irate if my pro supplies became available to the public (not that anyone would know what to do with it). They made sure that the product wouldn’t be close to comparable, but would still work enough to get by because they know they are selling to desperate consumers looking for a cheap fix.
4. You can’t find a haircolorist in your area.
This one is very common, believe it or not! There are tons of people that really want to get their hair colored in the salon, but can’t find the right stylist. This should never be a reason to turn to the box!
Maybe you’ve had a few bad experiences and you’re weary of trying someone new. Or, you just moved and don’t know which salons have the best reputations. Don’t suffer or ruin your hair because you don’t have an appointment. Be patient, ask around, look for reviews online, and book with a stylist you think you will like.
If you are worried…just book a consultation. It will be short and sweet. Consultations are usually 10-15 minutes long and you can ask as many questions as you’d like. This will also give you and your stylist time to get to know each other. If you don’t feel comfortable after a consultation…don’t book the color appointment. Even with my credentials I have had several pre-color consultations with people who are now long time clients of mine. They were making sure that I knew what I was talking about.
For a list of American Board Certified Haircolorists in your area click here.
5. Someone on the internet gave you advice or instructions.
Watch out for scammers, stop being stubborn and admit that professionals are the ONLY ones to take haircolor advice from! There are so many people on the internet that are giving haircolor advice and have NO BACKGROUND in cosmetology! If you fall for it then you probably deserve the hot mess that’s ahead of you. Don’t let some greedy stranger take advantage of you….of course they will tell you that it will work and it will be easy!
Please, whatever you do, don’t seek advice from the following:
The cashier lady at Sally’s Beauty Supply
She is working in retail because she obviously doesn’t have any formal training or a license in cosmetology. I’ve seen plenty of them act like they know what they are talking about and it’s repulsive. Just a side note…professionals don’t buy haircolor at Sally’s (we buy processing caps, gloves, combs, etc. because they are cheaper). The store just makes it seem like it’s professional by using some of the same brand names.
Those brands are shameful as they have sold out a mediocre line of their product and are just using “the name” to make money off of people who don’t know any better. Think of foods at the grocery store…”but it says all-natural”….but, it’s not and that cheap haircolor is on the same level as the box. Knowing what to do with it is the only thing that will save you….maybe.
Non-professionals on forums or blogs
They are scammers. Most of them are beauty school drop-outs or they are just trying to sell you really bad hair color products. So, they give you advice. They take advantage of the many desperate people that want someone to tell them what to use and how to get that haircolor they desire.
I can promise you that no professional haircolorist is going to give you that kind of advice (unless they have no respect for themselves). If they do attempt to talk you through performing a color service on yourself….how do they know which nonprofessional products to recommend? Did that “stylist” gain their experience using Sally’s Beauty Supply haircolor and boxes? I have to stop there before I overly offend someone, because the rest should be obvious.
It’s great for so many things, but not how to color your own hair. Google can’t tell you what your natural level is, what your natural and artificial undertones are, what your porosity or damage level is, etc. Only a professional haircolorist can do that.
Even if you tried to guess those things…Google can’t tell you which box color you should use! Seriously! Technology is advanced and ever-changing, but we’re not there and your computer will never replace your stylist!
Here’s a snippet from a readers’ comment in response to 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Box Color:
“People have google these days so you have to be an idiot to botch it.”
Really? Does that mean “idiots” are using Google to to figure out how to color their own hair? Or are they winging it? With or without Google….it’s pretty much the same thing. Would I use Google for legal, medical, or other professional advice? I might look up information out of curiosity or to know more about the topic at hand, but I certainly wouldn’t try to do my lawyers or doctors job.
As the familiar saying goes, “Leave it to the pros!”.
Are you a hairstylist that gets tired of sounding like a broken record? Do you have those “box color abusers” that come in for a haircut and think it will solve all of their problems? Do those clients constantly tell you that they choose to box color their hair because it’s just as good?
I’d love to hear your stories! Please send them to me here or leave a comment below! Spread the word and educate the world!
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