The Risks and Drawbacks of Using Box Dye for Your Hair: Is It Worth the Convenience?
by Brianna Thompson
Box dye is a type of hair dye that can be purchased at a drugstore or beauty supply store. It comes in a box with everything you need to dye your hair, including the dye itself, a developer, and instructions. Many people choose to use box dye because it is an affordable and convenient way to change their hair color at home. However, there are some potential risks and drawbacks to using box dye, especially when it comes to lightening your hair.
One of the main risks of using box dye is that it can be damaging to your hair. Dyeing your hair changes the structure of the hair shaft, and this can cause damage, especially if you are using a high-lift dye, box bleach, or regular permanent box color. Box dyes can be particularly damaging because they often contain harsh chemicals such as metalics that can strip the hair of its natural oils and weaken the hair shaft. This can lead to dry, brittle, and weakened hair that is more prone to breakage.
Another risk of using box dye is that it can be difficult to achieve the desired result. Box dyes are designed to be used by people with a certain base hair color, and they may not work well on hair that is significantly lighter or darker than the base color listed on the box. This can lead to uneven or patchy color, or a final result that is significantly different from what you were expecting. In general, it is hard to know what hair color to get for yourself as there is a lot of color theory behind the results, that may not be achievable with a box color
Challenging to lighten or alter natural base
In addition, it can be challenging to lighten your hair with box color. Lightening hair requires the use of bleach, which can be very damaging to the hair. Many box dyes do not contain bleach, and those that do may not be strong enough to lift the hair to the desired level. If you are trying to lighten your hair significantly, it may be best to seek the help of a professional stylist who can use more powerful lightening agents in a controlled setting.
One of the risks of using box dye and lightener together is that the lightener may not lift the color of the box dye evenly. This can lead to patchy or uneven color, with some areas of the hair being significantly lighter or darker than others, or simply lifting very red or orange. This means getting to a certain hair color goal may take sessions and patience.
It is also possible that the box dye and lightener may react together in a way that creates an unwanted color or hair damage. Depending on what kind of box color is used, sometimes it reacts badly to lightener and may melt off the hair. This is because common box dyes have metalics in them.
In conclusion, while box dye can be an affordable and convenient way to change your hair color, it can also be damaging and may not always produce the desired result. If you are considering using box dye to lighten your hair, it may be best to seek the help of a professional stylist who can use more powerful lightening agents in a controlled setting
In conclusion, while box dye is an affordable and convenient way to change your hair color at home, it can also be risky and may not always produce the desired result. If you're considering using box dye to lighten your hair, it may be best to seek the help of a professional stylist.
Brianna is a highly skilled and licensed cosmetologist, stylist, and color expert at Studio 360 Salon in Chatham, NJ. She possesses a thorough understanding of hair products and the science behind hair and hairstyling.