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Hair Color: Bottle vs. Bucks

If you need just a single process on pretty regular hair, box hair dye can be a money and time saving gem.

20 April 2010

My naturally black hair gets lighter brown spots particularly after a beach vacation or by summer’s end, and I like it to be even and shiny. So here’s a little known secret, periodically, I dye my hair out of the box. That’s right, as in Feria by Loreal; and it works beautifully…most of the time.

hair colorFrom years of sporadic self-hair dying, I have found that it doesn’t last as long as the salon (duh), but is a time and money saving godsend from single process color. A few things I warn against Home highlights. Highlights should be salon born. The end. Drastic changes – black to blond, blonde to dark brown, platinum to red – should also be salon born. And highlights to single process. Have it single processed at a salon the first time around then use the box to maintain it, especially if highlights/low light are drastically different from your natural hair color.

So the case for box hair color is specific, but if you need a single process on pretty regular hair, it’s a super easy gem – a gem that comes chock full of application hints as follows:

  1. Rinse gloves off after application like you are washing your hands in the sink. Before you rinse, put gloves back on and secure on your wrist with two hairbands so the dye water doesn’t run into your hands.
  2. Clean up your skin as you go. Wipe any access on skin during or immediately after application.
  3. Be thorough. Be so thorough it seems like you are being too thorough.
  4. Rinse, rinse, rinse. Rinse like it’s nobody’s business.
  5. Do not sweat or wash your hair for 24 hours afterward.
  6. Use a dark colored towel that you can sacrifice to the hair dye gods for the next few shampoos.

Emma Dinzebach

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One thought on “Hair Color: Bottle vs. Bucks~~If you need just a single process on pretty regular hair, box hair dye can be a money and time saving gem.

  • April 20, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Don’t go darker more than 2 shades- it seems to be the rule of thumb for reducing the Oops factor


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