I get it, getting your hair professionally can be expensive and sometimes life happens and makes it seem impossible to find the time to come in.

Trust me, I know how tempting it is when you’re walking the isles and see that beautiful hair color the model on the box is rocking!

This is one of the reasons why I chose a career in cosmetology. Picture this, 16-year- old Evie with white blonde hair and almost black roots. And I had to wait a week to get my hair done. Me, being the impatient teenager; my friend Carlee and I drove to the nearest store and bought blonde box color.

Oh, it was bad, tears were shed, my mom said a lot of “I told you so” and Carlee, well she laughed, HARD.

As a stylist, the words we dread hearing are “I colored it myself.”

This is like nails on a chalkboard to us. There are many reasons why we always cringe at the sight of box hair dye. One of the reasons is being they are formulated too strong and caused your hair to become dry and damaged.

Permanent hair color is made of the color and developer. The developer, which is hydrogen peroxide, is what makes the hair change color. Developer ranges in different strengths from 10-40 volume. 10m volume is the weakest. 10 volume only changes hair color by 1 shade. 40 volume is the strongest and changes hair color by 4 shades. This is where we run into the problem, box dye is made to work for “any hair color” so the makers formulate to change up to 4 shades, using 40 volume, whether you need this strength or not.

Even the people who have been box dying for years are using 4xs the amount that they actually need.

Another problem is, you are probably applying it wrong.  Most people who do their hair at home apply it from roots to ends every time. Causing discoloration, over pigmentation, and damage.

Over pigmentation is when your layer artificial color and causes a build-up of color. This will cause light to not be able to reflect off the hair, which will cause hair to look dull.

Also, we cannot see the back of our heads. So therefore we are most likely to miss spots and only cover what we can see good enough. This causes major unevenness.

When this happens, it makes the stylist job really hard trying to even out the splotchy. And can be very expensive, it can take multiple steps and hours of work.

But then again, I get it, we cannot always afford the luxury of getting our hair done. And although I do not recommend doing hair color at home ever, I know some will still do it. And my job writing this article is to inform all right?

So, if you must do it at home, please follow these rules.

Pick a shade that is no more than 2 shades darker or lighter than your hair.

Only apply color to new growth. Not roots to ends

Rinse color with cool water, this will add shine to the hair.

Have a friend apply color to the back of the head. Carlee did a great job making sure that orange didn’t miss a spot!

Use a deep conditioner or healing mask every other week to make sure that your locks stay healthy!

May your dreams be as amazing as your hair.

If you have more questions for Evie you can contact her at (337) 375-4180.