Textured bobs & balayage highlights have been my #1 request lately! Love this casual chic look, and my beautiful clients.
Box color or professional color…does it really matter? I get this question all the time, and I always answer with a big giant YES!
I read an article on jadabeauty.com discussing the topic and found it to be very informative, so I thought I would share it with you! Enjoy!
There are three different kind of people who will read this blog. You either think box color is healthy for your hair, think box color sucks, or believe that box color and professional color are pretty much equal on the damage spectrum.
There is a long running battle between box and professional coloring. Some choose to professionally color out of fear of messing up their own locks. Some choose box color because it’s cheaper. Some mix the two and box color between salon visits. No matter the method, a lack of research is causing hair across America to become it’s own scary Halloween costume. No need for wigs anymore, we already have blotchy orange hair to scare the kids away from trick-or-treating.
So, the point of this blog, is to guide you in the right direction. You may not have done the research, but we did, and the news kinda scares us. More than your splotchy orange hair.
Here’s some news: Box colors are made on a “one size fits all” basis. This meaning that each person who uses the color will be using the exact same volume of developer (the stuff that actually makes your hair change color). Generally, box dye has about 12% or higher in their mix. Seems normal right? WRONG. Stylists use many factors when deciding how much developer to use. For example, dirty blonde hair that is being dyed to a buttery blonde wouldn’t need as much developer as say – a medium shade of brunette would. The former would use about 3% and the other about 6%. When thinking of hair health, less developer = healthier hair. That means, if a stylist can use a lower volume of developer they will!
The next big thing we found out: Box color really kills your hair cuticle. We checked out a few stylist blogs about box color and they all said they same thing – box color leads to an unwanted haircut. The high amount of ammonia – in combination with the way it tortures the mid-shaft of hair – causes ends of hair to shrivel up. You’ve seen it before, ends that are frizzed every which way and no matter how many times that poor girl curls, straightens or blow drys her hair, she can’t seem to get them under control. That’s because the color killed them. They will only continue to get worse with each box color. The solution? Cut them off and never box color again.
It seems that since stylists are able to make a personalized concoction for you – as well as develop a reparative strategy – professional dying hair wins as the healthy option for your hair.
For those of you who switch back and forth between the two. You have to stop. Since box color varies so much from professional color, it is almost impossible for stylists to predict what will happen when they pile their color on top of your box color. You may have seen the girl with purple or green hair after a trip to the salon? That is because piling on color doesn’t actually solve anything. The chemicals in each can sometimes bump heads and the outcome isn’t pretty – at all.
Finally, let’s think about cost for a second. Each time you box color your hair it is damaged more than it would be under the supervision of a stylist. This means you will need haircuts more often. Considering the chances of a hair nightmare are much higher when you use a box, you also must account for an emergency trip to the salon for corrective color services. So…not only is box color worse economically in the long run, it is also costing you a bunch of time (having to re-color more often) and it is stripping you the benefits of healthy, lively hair.
We can only come to one conclusion. Professional color rules and it always will.
Affordability tip: We know it doesn’t always feel budget friendly to go to the salon. If cost is an issue, try out any local hair schools in the area!
How do you feel about box color now that you are more informed?
For the love of hair,
Balayage is a French hair coloring technique. It’s a freehand technique where the hair color is applied by “hand sweeping” for a more natural look. Because the color is painted on the hair vertically, you will not get that dreaded “line” or see grow out as noticeably, making time between salon appointments longer. And unlike ombre’ you can straighten your hair without having to worry about seeing noticeable lines of color!
I used the balayage technique to achieve these natural beachy highlights. Balayage creates depth and dimension, and leaves you with a beautiful sun-kissed look!
Loving the LOB [long bob] it’s just so effortlessly chic! This cut works on straight and wavy hair. My personal fav is the flat-ironed wave (see tips below).
Clamp halfway down a strand of hair and turn it back away from your face. Keep the iron at that angle and slowly move it down the hair shaft, while continually rotating to the ends. Sometimes I leave the ends out to give more of an edgy look.
For another way to get those beachy ‘I didn’t even do my hair’ waves, check out this gal’s YouTube video at http://youtu.be/GonlEXXSP1E
Do you feel like the ends of your hair are perpetually dry and damaged? We’ve all been there. Unfortunately there is no way to fix a strand of hair once it has split. In which case, it’s best to cut your losses, get a trim, and start with a clean slate. The good news is there are ways to prevent your hair from split ends. Just follow these simple tips and you will see a big difference in your hair growth and strength!
▪ Use a deep conditioner: Apply two times a week, and let it soak into your hair for 2-4 mins before you rinse it out.
▪ Use a wide-tooth comb: After you apply conditioner in the shower, run a wide-tooth comb through hair (from ends to root) until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage that can happen when brushing damp hair out of the shower.
▪ Avoid using a brush on wet hair; a wide-toothed comb is gentler.
▪ Try to cut back on shampooing and heat styling. Both can leave hair dry and more apt to split. If you shampoo everyday try to skip a day and just rinse/condition.
▪ Take biotin & folic acid: I’m a big believer in vitamins! Nutrients build the proteins that make up your hair strands. These two vitamins in particular, folic acid and biotin, both have been shown to promote hair health, length and thickness!
[How to handle your hair when wet] Be Gentle!! Towel drying your hair too roughly can cause breakage, as can brushing your hair when wet. This is because wet hair is more prone to breakage and should be treated delicately. Try scrunching your hair with the towel from ends to root to take the moisture out, don’t rub it all over your head as fast as you can. Also I recommend getting a ‘Wet Brush’ if you do have tangly hair, or a wide tooth comb.
[How to brush wet hair] When brushing, you should start by brushing the ends of your hair and move up as the tangles come out. This will significantly help with hair breakage, and is also much gentler on the scalp.
[Heat Protection] Everyone knows the curling iron or flat iron is damaging to your hair. A great way to help protect your hair from such tools is by spraying on a heat protectant before styling or blow-drying your hair. Heat protectors are a great way to help hair stay strong through a lot of heat contact, and most add shine to your locks as a added bonus! Also, never turn your tools up to the hottest setting…shoot for the medium temp and save your hair the stress.
[Rubber band usage] Buns or ponytails should be worn loosely in order to keep smooth, healthy looking hair. Wearing super tight buns (which I am guilty of) and tight ponies cause broken strands (you know those fun little fly-aways that never seem to grow, and stick straight up). Braids can be a lot less harsh on your hair, so if you need to pull your hair back go for a braid or a loose side bun.
Hope this helps! I can see a huge difference in my hair when I follow these simple steps each day.
I don’t know about you but when I see beautiful long hair like this, I ask myself ‘How come my hair won’t grow that long?’ or ‘How can I make my hair grow faster?’ well everyones hair is different but there are some tricks you can try that may help!
Massage your scalp: Massaging your scalp can increase your hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the scalp. Commit yourself to a 1-2 minute massage before shampooing — every time you wash you hair!
Eat a healthy diet: Eating healthy foods will increase your hair growth! Protein and healthy fats are essential for hair growth, so make sure your meals contain a balanced amount of these! Also be sure you are consuming enough iron and zinc, as a deficiency in these vitamins has been known to cause hair loss.
Take biotin: So I have started taking biotin this last year to grow my hair out for my wedding, and I can honestly say it has made a difference! It’s a B-complex vitamin that offers benefits such a stimulating rapid hair, nail growth, and aiding metabolism!
Trim your hair: Last but not least…you should get your hair trimmed at least every few months. Many people ask how could trimming the bottom of your hair affect growth from the root? And how will it grow when I just cut it back to where it was?! “Think of a split end as a run in a stocking,” Once that run starts, it’s going to continue all the way up the stocking—and that’s the same thing that happens to your hair. The split travels all the way up the strand, causing it to become weak and break off. So it’s not that getting a trim helps your hair to grow faster — it’s that it prevents breakage from occurring at the ends of your strands, allowing you to more quickly reach your desired hair length! Otherwise your hair will just continue to break off and you will be at a standstill. Trimming your hair keeps the ends from looking stringy & makes your locks appear fuller.