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Salon Colour Vs Box Dye: 4 Key Differences

Dec 09, 2022

Carol Haddad

If you're like most people, you probably think that hair dye is hair dye. Whether you buy it at the store or get it done at the salon, the results are bound to be more or less the same, right? Wrong. Salon hair colour is very different from boxed hair dye - and in many ways, it's far superior. Here are four key reasons why you should always choose a hair salon over a box dye.

Higher Quality

When it comes to hair dye, there is a big difference in quality between box dyes and salon dyes. Box dyes are made with much stronger chemicals, which can be very damaging to your hair. Salon dyes, on the other hand, are made with hydrating moisturisers, specialty oils or even keratin that help to protect your hair while the colour is being applied.

As a result, your hair will be left feeling softer and smoother after a salon dye. In addition, salon dyes are more likely to give you the desired results, as they are precision-applied by experienced professionals. So if you're looking for the best possible results, it's definitely worth splurging on salon hair colour. Also, if you get tired of your new colour and want to switch it up, it won't be as tough or damaging to your hair as using a box dye would be.

Value For Money

If you're trying to save a few bucks, you might be tempted to reach for a box of supermarket hair dye instead of making an appointment at the salon. But beware - while box dyes are usually cheaper, they are also much harsher on your hair. That's because they must be made with cheaper ingredients to keep the price down and appeal to a larger market. These ingredients can strip away natural oils and damage the hair shaft. In contrast, salon-grade hair colour is formulated to be gentler on the hair. So while it might cost a bit more upfront, investing in professional hair colour can save you money in the long run by keeping your hair healthy and avoiding any damage control that a box dye may cause.

Colour Accuracy + Depth

One downside of box dyes is that they often lack variety. Not only that, but you run the risk of the colour either coming out completely wrong or a variation of what it shows on the box. Going back to the abovementioned quality issue means that these colours are generally less intense and fade quicker. Whereas if you go to your local salon, not only will there be a plethora of amazing colours to choose from, all of which with more intensity and staying power (Professional products use cutting-edge colour technology), but you will also have a hair colour specialist who can apply the colour exactly how you want it, whether you're looking for an all-over hue or just a few strategic highlights. So, if you're looking for salon-quality colour, it's best to visit a professional rather than try to DIY it at home.

Professional application

One of the main reasons why it’s better to go to a salon to get your hair coloured instead of out of a box at home is because the colour done in a salon is executed by a professional. A hair colour specialist has had years of experience and training in order to perfect their craft. They know which shades will complement your skin tone, and they’ll be able to apply the colour evenly throughout your hair. Box hair colour, however, is often mixed incorrectly and can look patchy, dull, or even green. Salon hair colour also provides a much wider range of options, from subtle highlights to bold neon colours. So if you're thinking about changing your hair colour, it's best to leave it to the experts.

Final thoughts

At the end of the day, choosing between a salon hair colour and a box hair colour is an important decision. Box hair colours are generally cheaper, but they are also much harsher on hair and less likely to give you the desired results. On the other hand, salon-grade hair colour is more expensive. But it is precision-applied by hair colour specialists, so you are guaranteed to get the best possible results. Plus, salon hair colour is more vibrant, longer-lasting and gentler on hair. So if you want the perfect hair colour, look no further than your local salon!