We all know that feeling. Heart-pounding, knee-buckling, stomach-churning kind of feeling. You think, “Will she or won’t she? Oooooh, I hope today’s the day!” And then it happens. You spin around in that chair…and your new stylist has given you the perfect hair. You have found the one.
Of course, most of us go through many years of untold heartbreak before riding off into the sunset with our forever stylist. And not to say that hair soul mates don’t exist, but both stylist and client have work to do in order to make the relationship great. Here are a few things to think about when going in for that first appointment.
Bottom line, your stylist wants to make you happy. We sometimes just need your help and a little time to get there. With openness and a dash of preparation, you’re giving your stylist the best possible chance to sweep you and your perfect hair off your feet.
The temptation. Oh…the temptation. Your roots are cray, your colorist is booked. The women on the boxes are all so shiny and vibrant. It only costs $7.99! And you don’t have to spend a morning in the salon. So cheap, so convenient. After all, it’s exactly the same product salons use, right?
Although colorists absolutely do want to make a good living applying color to your beautiful head, that is not why we tell you to please please pretty please with sugar on top for the love of god stop using box color! We tell you this because box color is literally destroying your hair. Slowly, stealthily, over time. Like a hydrogen peroxide ninja.
Knowledge is power, so let’s break down how box colors work versus professional colors.
Professional Color... Deposits color molecules on the inside of the hair cuticle where the natural melanin lives. These molecules, larger than your melanin, work with your existing color to create a special hue that’s all you. Find yourself a colorist who knows their way around the color wheel and watch magic happen.
Box Color... Stains the proteins in the cortex, changing their chemical makeup. Since hair is about 90% protein, this means that your hair is basically no longer your hair. It has now been physically changed. That caterpillar is now a ratchet-ass butterfly.
Professional Color... Custom-mixed according to your needs. Call it art, alchemy, or just a lovely science experiment, but your colorist mixes your color just for you. This means that the developer is chosen based on the strength your hair needs to get the results you want while leaving your hair in the best possible condition.
Box Color... Uses the highest developer. Because this color formula is meant for literally everyone, it will include the most potent chemicals. It’s like setting yourself on fire when you just need to put on a jacket.
Professional Color... Stops working after a certain amount of time. The potency of these colors is meant to diminish slowly after they are mixed, which is why your colorist mixes bowls as they goes. It also means that once the product has been applied and processed, it’s done. Your color is beautiful, and you can go on with your life.
Box Color... Keeps working over time. These are called “progressive” dyes because they keep processing and building on themselves over time. So every time you apply, you hair is going to get darker and more damaged. Especially with the super dark levels, the color may eventually be impossible to change, even with professional lightener.
tl;dr... Box color changes the physical makeup of your hair, making strands weaker and the color MUCH harder to change should you get tired of your hue.
Hair coloring is a beautiful miracle of modern science. But it is a commitment! Make sure you have the time and money to invest once you decide you want a change. If you’re not sure, book a consultation with your colorist. They can make sure that you get the right kind of color to fit your budget and schedule. Just don’t go down that box color aisle. Please. Pretty please.
Let me tell you a story. Gather ‘round. Once upon a time, there was a girl named Chelle who lived in a magical, faraway land called Dallas. One day, she met a cool stylist, and they were very happy together. Chelle asked the stylist to make her blonde, and the stylist was very happy to agree. Over time, Chelle became lighter and lighter, her hair was almost white. She was so happy! But one day, Chelle realized that her hair just wasn’t the same. Her lovely waves had gone straight; the ends were frizzy and lifeless. What could have caused this!? Sadly, Chelle knew that there was no going back. She would have to cut off all her hair and start again.
Woe, woe, tale of woe! If only Chelle had known better! The good news is that now you can benefit from her misfortune by following a few simple rules.
Hey guys, Chelle here. Just wanted to post a quick welcome to my blog and a little background about me!
A graduated from the cosmetology program at Paul Mitchell the School Dallas in September of this year. Two weeks later, I realized one of my biggest dreams - I turned around and moved to San Diego, husband and two cats in tow! I am currently completing requirements for my California cosmetology license, which I hope to have early 2016.
So, in the meanwhile I have a little down time. I thought I'd put together some thoughts and advice for future clients and the internet at large. I'm so excited to start my career in sunny California!
I'm so excited you're here. It is my hope to contribute meaningful content for both clients and stylist to create the best possible salon experience! Feel free to share my articles, just be sure to link back to the original.