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DIY Hair Coloring: Why It’s Never a Good idea

I get it, most of you have been there: walking through the drug store, going down the aisle with the hair color products, and being tempted by the photos on the boxes of beautiful women with perfect hair. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret: those women would never let a cheap box color get near their hair!

Those women spend good money going to salons to get that perfect blonde, red or brunette color, and then DIY color manufacturers capitalize on their gorgeous locks by convincing consumers that they can achieve the same results with their products. But that’s not how it works, and today we’re going to talk about all the reasons why you should always keep walking when you encounter DIY hair coloring products.

Damage to Your Hair Is Almost Inevitable

There are some major differences in the formulations between box colors and salon colors, and guess which one is worse for your hair. You guessed it—box colors. That’s because DIY hair colors contain a lot more developer than salon color, and this ends up wreaking havoc on your hair. After the first application of a DIY color you'll probably notice that your hair is a little drier than normal, and with each subsequent application, your hair will become more and more like straw as it becomes more damaged, frizzier, and prone to breakage.

You Won’t Get the Results You're Expecting

Box colors should come with a major warning: “results may vary.” This is because box colors are designed to be a one-size-fits-all hair color solution, but no two people have the same hair, so the results will always be different. This is because each person has unique pigmentation, skin tones, hair porosity, and level of gray, and all of these things affect how a color will turn out on your hair.

Heck, even the shampoo you use can change the results of your color job. But DIY colors don’t take these different factors into account, so you can never really predict what color your hair will turn out when you take this job into your own hands. Only a trained professional will know what to look for and how to formulate a color specifically for your hair.

You Were Going for Polka Dot Hair, Right?

Who doesn’t love highlights? They give you a naturally radiant and sun-kissed look that everybody wants, they look good on all hair types and styles, and they can make your skin and eyes glow. But if you try to achieve this look at home with box color, there's a good chance you'll end up with an unexpected hairstyle: polka dots. At-home highlighting kits come with the old-school plastic caps that salons stopped using ages ago, and these create conspicuous splotches of color rather than the natural highlights you want.

Don’t Be Fooled Into Thinking It’s Cheaper

Buying a $10 box of DIY color from the drug store may seem like a great deal when you compare it to the $60-plus you'll spend at the salon, but only at first. Because here's the thing: there's a good chance that before long, your box color will fail you, and you'll have to spend at least double that at the salon getting a professional to fix the mess caused by your DIY color.

Most salons charge more for corrective color services than they do for basic coloring, so that $10 box can easily turn into a quick $200 at the salon, depending on the damage that’s been done and how long you’ve been taking your chances with box color.

Box color may seem like a good idea at the time, especially if you don’t have time to get to the salon, have a big date or meeting coming up, or didn’t book an appointment in time. But box color jobs usually end in heartbreak, and you're better off leaving your hair as-is than taking your chances with a DIY job.

Even if the color does turn out the way you want it to the first time, your hair will be damaged because of the product, so it will never look as good as it could. Instead, learn to love your hair for now, and wait until you can get an appointment with a professional before changing your hair color.