The first step to not cultivating a huge hair color disaster for yourself is questioning yourself. Spontaneity is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to your hair…you owe yourself a little time to think on it!
Should I color my own hair?
Should I listen to the girl at Sally’s Beauty Supply?
Should I just get a box of color at Wal-Mart?
These are all valid questions that should not be taken lightly! As I’ve mentioned in 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Box Color…it’s not always going to turn out the way you think it will.
I know that several avid box color users have commented on my box color article stating that box color has worked wonders for them. Well, that’s great. Good for you. It doesn’t work for everyone and even if you think it’s working….that’s probably not the case. Until you experience an exceptional professional hair color you won’t know how bad it is because you don’t know any better. You probably don’t know how damaged your hair is and as long as the color turns out “okay” for a $10 box….you’re cool with that.
I also know that many people disagree with me, and many people agree with me. This information, as well as my entire website, is not meant to change your mind.
My goal is to inform those that are looking for answers, so if you’re offended by what I’m saying then just go back to Googling whatever it was that you were looking for. I’ve often found it interesting that people comment on my posts about box color and have no background in cosmetology, yet they are angry about what I’ve written and they want to tell everyone about it.
So, if you want someone to tell it to you like it is….a “real” hairstylist that won’t sugar coat everything….then please enjoy my blog! Otherwise….maybe you should just go pick up your questionable box of haircolor and be on your merry way. One day when you finally mess up your hair…you’ll be back.
Should you use Sally’s Hair Color?
I don’t suggest it, but one of my readers is pretty fired up about my opinion and wants to let everyone know that it’s okay to go to Sally’s Beauty Supply and “wing it”. That’s why I’m sharing a comment that didn’t fully make it onto my website because of the limit on characters allowed.
I do not pick and choose which comments go live and I think it’s a good thing for everyone to be able to read about all kinds of opinions.
Here’s a readers’ response to my popular post- 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Box Color:
i am a licensed cosmetologist and i worked at sally’s as well. Though most employees of sallys are not cosmetologists they all do receive continuous training on the color process and we are allowed to give you instructions on achieving the color you chose, which is not advice it is instructions on using the products correctly, they are not allowed to pick the color out for you but come with a question of how to achieve a color you chose and the employeeshould be able to answer any questions or get a more knowledgeable employee who can & if they cant ask for customer services number or call the 1800 # for the brand of color youve chosen& they will be able to make sure you get the correct info(the # will be on the color box or color charts/swatch books).so before you want to bash sallys employees maybe have a little respect for the ones who are good at their job and do give valuable information to the customers looking to color their own hair whom without a sallys employee would be left to surfing the internet till they find enough info to try and understand hair color, luckily though there are knowledgable people at sallys who can walk you through it in person and make sure you get the items you need & products to help keep your results. maybe start by explaining to people that manic panic is a semi permanent when you used on natural hair levels 1-6 ,levels 7 and up on virgin/natural hair it will still fade out but may take longer but a clarifying treatment will usually remove staining. temporary and semi permanent are not even close to the same thing, if i gave someone a semi permanent color telling them it is temporary and will wash out quickly id be fired. temporary colors do not need pre lightening to achieve bright vibrant results and are chalks, sprays , colored hair gels& they will wash out after 1 wash on natural hair but might leave discoloration on lighter shades which should fade after another wash(clarifying shampoo helps this). I believe many people can achieve great results coloring their own hair using many of the products found at sallys as long as they are willing to take the time to understand the basics of haircoloring i.e. color will not lift existing haircolor, levels of lift for developers, levels and tones of color, the color wheel & complementary colors ie what they are&how to use them, the processes of permanent color compared to a demi ,semi or temporary color & the effects of each on either virgin or processed hair and definetely the difference between bleaching and color removers. if that seems like alot to someone considering coloring their hair or taking on color correction thats because it is & thats the just a few, it is something that licensed professionals have taken the time to learn and fine tune results through experience , it is not always something that can be explained in 5 minutes or achieved in 1 step. if you are willing to take the time and understand what the coloring process will do to your hair then you will probably be just fine but if you expect salon quality results by just picking a tube of the shelf regardless of what is or was in your hair then expect some challenges. and when buying at sallys just ask if anyone there has color experience, many of my coworkers though not licensed cosmos had great knowledge and experience in color which is why they chose to work there but if the employee has to go ask someone else about something as simple as a mixing ratio, processing time or developer strength you might want to get a second or third opinion because unfortunetly not everyone can grasp the concept of hair coloring and you will probably be able to tell.and when in doubt call the brands customer service # or sallys customer service #. a few hair coloring brands ive used from sallys and gotten great results with are anything from wella’s color charm line, any loreal colors and ion(which i would recommend choosing 1level lighter than your target color when choosing levels 1-5 as the darker colors tend to come out a lil darker ) i would avoid age beautiful , one n only and the clairol soy line& clairol beautiful collection;when using on levels 6 & up as the bases are overly gold or red( clairol classics is good if you can find it) . all the semi permanents work the same. they are not going to wash out when used on pre lightened hair , maybe pastel colors will after many many washes but other than light pastel colors any other semipermanent color will not completely fade when used on pre lightened/bleached hair. on virgin hair semis fade faster and usually completely out quickly since the cuticle is sealed but on lighter shades of virgin hair you are likely to get staining depending on how dark you go. semis are literally just sitting on the outside of your hair soif its healthy or resistant the color will wash away faster than on processed or lighter hair. if it does not use a developer it is techincally just a semi, a real demi permanent color uses a processing lotion which is very low volume developer so no lift will be achieved but the color will take better and fade slower. one last thing ,if you have dark hair and its virgin(no dye in it) and want vibrant color without pre lightening try the loreal for dark hair only the colors barely fade and look very nice but just know that any hair that was previously colored will not lift the same as your virgin hair and this is a stronger color that is not meant nor needed on lighter levels 6 / 7 & up. if you have color in your hair and want significant change ie bright fashion colors you will have to remove the previous color, bleaching is more controllable than a color remover and better for achieveing a light enough base for bright,fashion or neon colors. color removers are different than bleaches and i only use them for lightening premanent color that took too dark by 1-3 levels and do not use a color remover to remove semi permanents especially on pre lightened hair, just use a gentle shampoo with bleach and a low volume developer on wet hair checking every 5-10 minutes till color is lightened enough or removed. i read through many questions on here and tried to give advice from the perspective of someone whos been in all those positions, i was a young diy hair colorists then a sallys employee now a cosmetologists for 7 years working with many brands and hair types and understand the frustrations and questions from each viewpoint. hope that answers someones questions or atleasts gives more to look into and research before heading into to the beauty store.
-Readers’ name is protected for privacy reasons.
*The opinions reflected in the reader quote above to do not reflect the views or opinions of this website. Please note that I do not edit comments. Please do not comment on this post about grammar and spelling errors as this was not written by Confessions of a Cosmetologist!
In my opinion, a 1-800 number is no substitute for a professional haircolorist. Color consultations should not be conducted over the phone. There’s just no way that someone can give you an accurate opinion or instructions without seeing your hair. Common sense should tell you this, but I’m here to help just in case 🙂 .
While I do not agree with anything that the reader said, I think that it’s up to each person to decide which opinion they relate to. I feel that a truly talented cosmetologist would not spend their time working at Sally’s Beauty Supply. I don’t dislike the store in its entirety, but I frown upon purchasing chemical products from Sally’s. I do go there for perm rods, water bottles, peanut clippers, etc. but I feel that an uneducated consumer looking for hair color is a disaster waiting to happen!
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