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Is Box Color Bad For My Hair?
This is one of the most frequent topics among women who color their hair.
I get questions about box color every day, and that’s because there’s so much to know about coloring hair.
Some of you color your hair yourself, while others don’t feel comfortable doing that and prefer to go to a salon. Everyone is different, and so is their hair. Whether or not you should or shouldn’t use box color is up to you.
Of course, I suggest against it because most people don’t know enough about the chemistry of haircolor, the risk of damaging your hair, how to properly apply it for best results, etc. Some people have had luck with box color, while others have not. That’s one reason why this topic is so controversial, and it all boils down to skills, knowledge, and opinions.
I originally wrote 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Box Color because my clients were always asking me questions about it. Some of them did not have time to come to the salon, some wanted to save money, and some were ruining their hair without realizing it.
“I don’t know why I have so many split ends. Is there anything I can do to help it so I don’t have to get my hair cut as often?”
I hear that all the time, and I always tell my clients…
“Yes, there is something you can do! You can stop using box color, and that’s a great place to start.”
How Damaged Is My Hair?
I know, some of you are already thinking that I’m wrong. I’ve received several comments from readers stating that they use box color and their hair is not damaged. They say that their hair looks better than it did when they were getting their hair colored at the salon, and that they would never go back.
Do those people know if their hair is damaged, or not? Some of them do, but some just think they have frizzy hair…or that it’s just difficult to style.If you’re not sure about your own hair then take my quiz…How Damaged Is My Hair?
Here are some reasons why some people think that box color is okay:
- Their stylist was giving them great color, but it wasn’t exactly what they were expecting.
- They don’t know what truly amazing color looks like, or how great their hair could look.
- They’re in denial because a stylist did a bad job on their hair one time.
- Their hair is damaged from box color, but they believe it’s for other reasons.
Before I get into whether or not box color is “bad” for your hair I’d like to remind everyone that each situation is different. I’ve received several comments from readers that think I’m being insensitive towards people that can’t afford color at the salon. That’s not the case at all…hair color appointments are not a necessity if you can’t afford it. This information is for people that are ruining their hair and don’t know why, or for those that teeter between salon and box color because they haven’t found the perfect stylist yet. It’s all relative, so please remember that.
Here are some reasons why box color is bad for your hair:
- It’s a lot stronger than professional hair color, which causes more damage. That does not mean that it will last longer.
- Box color “formulas” can change at anytime…and you won’t know it.
- Most people don’t know how to properly apply it, so they over-process their hair(causing more damage every time).
- There’s no way to tell what color you’ll get, because a box cannot tell you that…it’s literally a surprise.
- Your hair can turn out green, purple, etc. Yes, I’ve seen this several times when someone needed a fix!
Those are just a few reasons why box color is bad for your hair. If you’ve made a mistake with box color, then you know what I’m talking about!
I used box color in high school, and looking back…I can’t believe how horrible it looked at times! I would highlight it too much, or go too dark. What a disaster, but at least I was in my teens…I can’t imagine doing that to myself as an adult!
Like most things…when a woman wants something…she goes for it and no one can tell her not to. That’s how it is with box color…until you make the mistake yourself and have to go to work looking like a hot mess…no one will be able to convince you otherwise. You can learn from your own mistakes, or you can learn from others!
Professional Hairstylist | American Board Certified Haircolorist | Makeup Artist | Beauty Blogger
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