What Is The Difference Between Professional Hair Coloring and The Box?
Many clients, ask us at Austin’s Shag Hair Salon, what the differences between professional salon color and box coloring at home are. There are multiples aspects to why professional color is more optimal than an at home dye job. We make sure to educate our clients in damage prevention, and the perfect hair care for every clients.
Customization vs. “One Size Fits All” Hair Coloring
We see box color as a “one size fits all” kind of color. Sometimes the same outfit doesn’t fit an hourglass body, the way it fits an athletic body. Considering this, why would you put the same color on grey, curly, fine, or light colored hair? Every person doesn’t need or require the same thing. We formulate hair color for each specific person; we may use a 10 vol developer on one client, but another client we use 20 vol. In addition to this not everyone needs the same hue or tone in their hair. One person that requires an ash tone is not the same as a box color offering a golden hue.
Why Should You Consider Customized Hair Coloring?
This leads us as stylist to explain that each person needs a customized color. We have to consider many aspects of a person and their hair to achieve the desired look they want. It’s not rocket science… but for someone who has no knowledge of color theory, or formulation, it can be like putting Ikea furniture together.
Five Formulation Principles of Hair Coloring We Look At:
Natural tones and underlying tones
Previous and over lapping color
Semi, Demi or Permanent Hair Color?
The next thing to consider is some boxes specify Semi, Demi, and Permanent color. The average client does’t understand that one last longer than the other, or even the basic chemistry behind what makes each one so different. This also means that each one has more coverage than the other. When a client isn’t aware of this, it can cause very big issues. The clients’ hair can take too dark, or not cover enough, leaving them in need of a color correction. This also leaves the client believing the box, when it says its a semi permanent color, and will wash out in a month. No color actually completely washes out. A hair tint, that typically last one to two weeks, still leaves a slight color tinge to the hair. Even if the client finds a perfect fit and can apply this color flawlessly box color formulas change, professional colors never change, unless you ask the stylist for a change.
Hair Coloring and Damage
Many box color users believe that their hair will feel like straw no matter how you color it, so why spend the money? This however is not the case, companies that advertise box colors, have done an amazing job convincing the public, that either way their hair will be damaged. If anything, they make it appear that their box color is better in restoring health to their hair. Over lapping color is one of the main reasons breakage, and frizz occurs. Box color doesn’t give the client any clue, or know how when it comes to color application. It is possible to have platinum blonde hair that is shiny, and silky. This result will not come from a box though. Color applied by a professional stylist is one vital step in having healthy colored hair.
Making the Change To Professional Austin Hair Coloring
Making the change to professional color from box color is difficult. The first service can be costly, because most stylist have to correct whatever damage has been done. Fixing the health of the hair is typically required, meaning a hair cut, that is slightly more than a trim. Its a smart idea to leave coloring to the professionals as we went to school for this reason. We are educated individuals who are more than willing to educate you on the best possible ways to get the perfect hair…but it won’t include box color.