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Why You Should Never Use Box Color

If you’re thinking of going the box color route to dye your hair to save a few pennies, consider these important facts from Simply Organic Beauty before you do it.

Why You Should Never Use Box Color

Box color is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!

1) Box Color = Unpredictable Results

Let’s face it.

9 times out of 10 your hair color will not look like what you see on the box.

C’mon, did you really think Eva Longoria slapped on some $8 box dye and called it day? No, she went to her stylist before L’Oreal paid her for that photoshoot.

Additionally, most box color users did not attend cosmetology school, and lack what we in the business call the “laws of color.” You probably can’t differentiate between color levels, read a color wheel or even select the right developer.

And guess what?

We don’t expect you to! There are many reasons why you must attend cosmetology school and be licensed to work with hair, and the aforementioned topics are just the tip of the iceberg. Not only does a lack of knowledge make-at-home box color unpredictable, but it’s also the quality of the product itself (more on that later).

2) One Size Does Not Fit All

So, let’s think about this logically.

Box color is formulated so everyone and anyone can use it.

However, not everyone’s hair type, condition or color are even remotely the same. In fact, most box dyes are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and ammonia, so it’s able to work on most people. This unnecessary overload of ingredients wreak havoc on hair health and increase your likelihood of allergic reactions.

And no, an ammonia-free box color doesn’t mean healthier hair – the best ammonia-free hair color is found in salons.

Trust us, a hair color formula meant to cover grey is wildly different than someone who wants to “go blonde.” You both should not be using the same product.

3) Dimension? Forget it.

Box color contains just one formula.

And applying it to your whole head will give you just that – one boring, flat color. Unless you have some pre-existing color or highlights, then you may end up with orange roots, red mids, and pink highlights! But that’s not the type of color dimension you were looking for, right?

Most Hair Stylists will use multiple blends of colors and formulas along with strategic placements to achieve your look. Also, different formulations will call for different developer strengths and processing times.

4) Ombre in a box? Pastel hair color in a box? Don’t you do it!

As if normal box hair color wasn’t bad enough, now companies are encouraging you to think you can achieve pastel hair color in “one application!” The reality is you’ll likely need to pre-lighten multiple times before achieving fashion tones like lavender and pink. We’re talking bleach for days and damage for years, so please don’t do lightening services at home!

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If you want to color your hair, please call us and schedule an appointment at The Moxie on Maple to save your hair from unnecessary damage.