You decide you want to color your hair, or maybe you have been coloring your hair but you are going to try something different. You look at the cost of a box of hair color at the pharmacy, and you think about how much a professional might charge you. You opt for the box of hair color, and with your coupon, you come out excited with your purchase. You follow the directions and then your rinse your hair and dry it! You look in the mirror and your first thought is “OMG, what have I done to myself?” Let your stylist get in there and fix it!
The truth is, you think you are saving yourself money by buying a box of hair color and coloring or highlighting your own hair – but in the end it may end up costing you more than a box of hair color! Often times when you are going with hair color out of a box, you can end up with uneven hair color and hair tones. When a professional stylist applies color, they know which hair textures will absorb color better and they know how long to leave color on your hair. They know how to apply it to get an even color.
Box hair color can also leave your hair dry and damaged! Your stylist is equipped with the knowledge and tools to make sure that your hair is protected before, during and after the coloring process. There are colors that your stylist may use that even add condition and shine to your hair. A do-it-yourself box of color may leave your hair dry and brittle requiring some intensive conditioning treatments. In the end, you may not be saving yourself any money.
Covering up grey hair is something we often try to do with box hair color only to find that the rest of your hair looks dull without sheen while your grey hairs don’t match the rest of your hair color – or may not have been covered at all. Let your stylist take care of the color and they have the tools and the knowledge to work with those stubborn grey hairs!
Another hair color hurdle that many women face is choosing the right color! Maybe you colored your own hair and realize that your skin tone with the color you chose just don’t compliment you. Your stylist can help you choose a color that will bring out your best features by working with your skin tone.
So if you have made a mess of your hair – don’t panic. Contact your stylist; ask if they know how to work with color correction or if they can refer you to someone who can. Don’t be embarrassed about your failed attempt! It happens to so many women that color correction is now a menu item at most salons. And don’t use box color – you don’t need the heavy ammonia and other chemicals that make it damage your hair.
Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.