Thinking Outside of the Box[dye]
So you’ve dabbled with box dye and are now looking for a new color, or color correction, for your gorgeous tresses? Great! You’ve come to the right place, but we want to talk to you about how we treat box dyed hair.
1. Avoid Box Dye
Most clients are unaware of how bad box color can be for their hair. The troublesome “one size fits all” formula present in box dye, does not fit all of our very different hair colors, textures, and conditions. This is why a lot of box dye users end up with a result that is quite different from the smiling head of hair on the hair dye box. If you’ve used box dye in the past, don’t panic! We’ve explained the process of removing box dye professionally below.
2. Removing Color
It can take multiple color removal applications over the course of a couple months to remove box dye and maintain the integrity of your hair. If you’ve used black box dye, be prepared for a longer process if you want a lighter hair color. It’s important to gradually go lighter to protect the condition of your hair– trust us, you do not want a head of straw, or hair that is breaking off.
When removing color, the pigment changes in stages: Black to red, red to orange, orange to yellow, yellow to pale yellow. From a pale yellow, we can tone to achieve a true platinum blonde. From a true platinum, we can achieve our fashion colors. An example our stylist Baylee Weitzel likes to use to put the process into perspective for her clients is:
“You have a plain piece of paper and color it with a yellow crayon. This symbolizes “blonde hair”. From “blonde hair” we can then use a brown crayon to create “brown hair”. From brown hair, we can then take a black crayon to create “black hair”. Now we have that piece of paper solid black, and let’s say you want to be blonde again. What happens when you take your yellow crayon and color over the black? Nothing, right? The same concept applies with hair. If you wish to turn the now black piece of paper, back to yellow, you have to erase it. And through erasing it you pull up the black, it’s kind of turning reddish, then you resurface the brown, now it’s muddy and kind of orange, some spots may be showing through yellow… but what’s happening to that piece of paper? It starts ripping. The longer you “erase” the more damaged the piece of palate becomes. Imagine this as hair… too much “erasing” causes irreversible damage. It’s not a simple matter of coloring yellow over black, it’s removing the black, the red, the brown, and the orange. And it simply doesn’t not happen in one session.
We hope that analogy helps explain the process! Once you sit in your stylist’s chair for color with box dye removal, we always do a test strand on our clients. Testing a strand of hair with our clients allows us to see how much color will lift, and provide our clients with a realistic expectation of what their hair color will look like after the first appointment, and how many appointments it will take to achieve their desired color. Sometimes, box dye will smoke once color removal is applied– so it is important for us to determine how the box dyed hair will react to the color removal.
Ready to remove that box dye!? Schedule an appointment today and feel free to call our salon if you have any questions.