Box colours are the Bain of hairdressers. Whilst most well known brands are actually really good (that hurts to admit), the main problems arise when people don’t quite understand the actual workings of the chemicals in them, levels of lift when going lighter, and the colour spectrum.
Remember the first post written in the haircare series? Jacqui is a haircare professional, she has kindly written another piece and this time its all on home colouring and box colour kits!
Most brands will only lift around 4-5 shades lighter, so even if the colour on the box looks a gorgeous platinum blonde if you have dark hair you are probably going to be majorly disappointed. The absoloute biggest mistake made with going blonde is when you do get a good result those dreaded roots start to show after just a few weeks. What happens then? Most people then put the same colour over the whole hair, result – darker roots, even lighter mid lengths, & ends. If you see people walking around with dark roots and candy floss hair, this is the reason.
The same occurs when going darker; lovely colour at roots but the rest of hair is getting darker and blacker. Major over processing. It also helps to have some knowledge of the colour spectrum i.e. putting brown dye onto blonde hair = GREEN HAIR!!
One of the biggest reasons people love using box colours is budget (hairdressers totally understand this). Of course going to a salon is a little more costly but its so worth it knowing that when you leave your hair is going to look perfect.
Box colours used in the correct way can get you good results, but I would say to do some research and get a good understanding of how they work. I do know that there are people who use them with no problems at all, but judging by the amount of colour corrections and hair conditioning treatments that come through my door, there are some of you that need a little extra help.