Most of us have used box dye at some point in our life! It’s cheaper and probably quicker to do! But there are a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t give into the temptation during this lockd...
Most of us have used box dye at some point in our life! It’s cheaper and probably quicker to do! But there are a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t give into the temptation during this lockdown and here they are:
There is a reason as to why box dyes can be so cheap. The manufacturers, in order to save money and lower the cost, use low quality dyes, chemicals, and additives to make this possible. Although the colour applied to your hair is semi-permanent in most circumstances, the damage is very much permanent unless it’s cut off! It will leave your ends damaged and even more porous than normal making it harder to get an even colour which leads to the next point..
The majority of people’s hair is somewhat more porous towards the ends. This means your colour will take a lot faster on the ends than the roots making them darker. Box dyes are known as progressive dyes, this means that each time you use it; the pigment will build onto itself and get darker each time you apply the colour meaning you will be in an ongoing battle with lighter roots. Because of the metallic salts and henna additives that are in box dyes, each time the hair is coloured; the ends will pick up more and more colour while the new-growth hair only has one layer. This does not happen with salon hair colour because it does not contain henna or metallic salts.
There are many things to consider before developing the formula for any hair colour. Things such as the hair type, condition, colour, whether it has it been coloured before, medications taken, allergies, and more are all factors that determine what should be used on the hair to get to the desired outcome. Most box dyes are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and ammonia, therefore it's able to work on most people. However, this unnecessary overload of ingredients can be detrimental on hair health and increase your likelihood of allergic reactions. Box dyes are made to cover ALL HAIR TYPES, this is not ideal when your hair does not need that strength in colour or peroxide.
If cheap box dyes lasted as long as professional colour, professionals would use it! But it does not last longer hence why it is not used. Professionals can mix up the perfect formula consisting of the right strength, colour and tone to suit YOU! As much as box dyes are cheap, it will only end up costing you more to get the colour corrected. Corrective colour prices are significantly higher than a typical colour or highlight because there is significantly more work and product required to keep your hair healthy and to get it looking pretty again.
In conclusion, don’t do it! Everyone is in the same boat right now with roots growing through and particular sparkly strands peeping through – there is a reason why professionals spend a significant amount of time training so leave this to the them and it will be worth the wait!
21st January 2021