For some people it’s alarming how much professional hair color costs. It looks easy as you observe your stylist cover those pesky grays! The cost of your hair color can be like a monthly car payment. You never understood why professional hair color costs so much? You simply hand over the money. Getting tired of feeling you’re at the mercy to your stylist, you try coloring your hair by yourself. The sound of saving money sounds like a great idea!
At your local drug store, your browsing the sea of box hair colors. What do you chose? You glance at all the boxes, and you feel a sense of empowerment. You have the ability to make you hair color into any shade your heart desires. You’re like a little child in a candy store. Many options, that it’s hard to make a decision. “I know, I’ll pick the prettiest model on the front of the box”. Clearly the model on the front of the box used the same exact contents that is inside this box”. “The model’s hair color looks good, so I’m certain my hair color will look just like hers”.
Suddenly, you remember your cousin who took a few months of beauty school, she advised you to choose a box of hair color based on the name. You read the thousands of shades of blondes. Do you choose honeysuckle crème blonde, toasted beige wheat, sandy blonde shimmer, or golden sienna? You start to get crossed from reading so many names. Then you go back to your own advice and pick the hair color based on the model you like on the front of the box.
You finally chose that box hair color, and you can’t wait. After all your hair color will look just like the model on the front of the box you just chosen. You realize that the only thing stopping you now, is having to read the directions. “Easy enough, I can do it; it looks so easy when I see my stylist at the salon doing it”.
Here I go, it’s on; and the suspense is killing me. You suddenly say to yourself, “I’ll take it a step further, I’ll leave the color on for another hour”. “To make sure those pesky grey hairs are covered up”. Now the hair color is on an hour and a half, and you’re so excited. It’s time to rinse the color out, and it’s messy. Your bathroom looks like you have curry stains everywhere! No matter how hard you scrub; you see firsthand the hair color stains won’t come off.
All the color is rinsed off and your eyes look like raccoon circles, because your mascara is running from leaning over in the bathroom sink. You inspect your hair and see more than a few areas of hair that you missed. You also noticed the area at your regrowth is a different color than the rest of your hair. The middle of your hair is now three shades darker with a green cast, not to mention it also feels like straw. Suddenly the money it would have cost you to get it done correctly at the salon, isn’t that much after all. You’re back at the salon spending MORE money to have a color correction.
Your stylist explains that the reason it cost more at a salon, and why it will cost more to have your drug store box colored hair corrected. Professional color can be customized based on a case by case scenario. For instance, the area at the regrowth may need a specific hair color formula, and the previously colored hair may need a different formula. Certain areas while performing hair coloring can process differently, adding more complexity to your service. You’d have to know where you are starting to figure out what you need to use. Also with more years of experience and ongoing education your stylist may charge more. All these aspects go into pricing.
You may even know someone who uses boxed hair color from a drug store and has had good results. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s usually when they decide to change from the current color to another that they run into problems. “Now what are you willing to choose, box color; or a professional to color your hair”?