(Closed) Do you ever box dye your hair?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you ever box dye your hair?
    All the time. Who can afford the salon every 6-8 weeks?! : (57 votes)
    51 %
    Sometimes, but I try to hit the salon whenever I can. : (17 votes)
    15 %
    Never. Box dye is so bad for you. Salon colour is not as harsh. : (17 votes)
    15 %
    Never. I prefer my natural hair. : (16 votes)
    14 %
    Other - I'll fill you in below. : (5 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I did it once and it went very badly. I haven’t done it since. It might just be that I have difficult hair though!

    Post # 4
    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    On the rare occasions that I dye my hair, I box dye it (semi-permanent). Hairdressers tend to try to get me to be adventurous and I just want to go to a nice dark chocolate brown not blue or red or bl**dy blonde!

    Post # 5
    2547 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I used to, but I really think it compromised the quality of my hair. It would look nice for a little while, but would end up breaking pretty bad. I’m now just au naturel, with a few peekaboo highlights for some fun, that way I don’t have to touch up all the time, like every 3 months or so!

    I used to buy whatever was on sale, so maybe I just wasn’t buying the right brand!

    Post # 6
    8483 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’ve been dying my hair since I was 12, so an estimated 4 times a year for the last 12 years or so. Only two of those times were from a salon. I get compliments on my hair all the time. Its very soft and shiney.

    Post # 7
    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I box dye religiously every 8-12 weeks to cover grays, have been for a few years now.  I switch between brands as I switch colors, I’ve gone everywhere from light golden brown to chocolate brown to auburn and everything in between, with a few stops at bright red.

    I’ve had the best results with John Frieda’s foam dye, Feria, or Preference or Excellence.  Garnier dyes wrecked my hair.  And I always use permanent dye.

    I chuck the conditioner that comes with it and use Aussie deep conditioner instead. The day I dye I use it as a mask- rinse out the dye, wring out my hair real good, slather conditioner on, then step out of the shower and do something else for ten minutes.  Then step back in and rinse.

    Also, while I’ve got the hair dye in, I put a cheap plastic shower cap over my head to prevent it getting on everything and dripping. I don’t care what the bottle says, all hair dye drips.

    My hairdresser only believes I box dye because she knows she’s the only one allowed to touch my hair. It’s healthy, doesn’t show any real damage beyond the normal for hair as long as mine in between trims.

    Post # 8
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I used to box dye my hair all the time, I’m sure the chemicals are equally rough at the salon. In fact you can get more natural color in a box, they sell something on Amazon that’s supposed to be much less harmfull for your hair.

    Now I go to the salon, but that is only bc my hair is down to my butt so it takes me 3 hours (and a friend’s help) to dye myself. If my hair wasn’t so long there’s no way I’d shell out so much at the salon. I hate the salon anyway, it’s always a miserable experience. And my hair used to feel much softer after box dying than it does from the salon.

    Post # 9
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had very good results with the John Frieda foam.  I went to get my hair cut weeks after the first time I used it and my hair stylist couldn’t believe it was box color!  I tried the L’oreal foam this last time (much cheaper), but the color didn’t last as long.  John Frieda’s website has a color selector tool and also a demo video that will guide you through the process since it’s a little different than regular creme/liquid color.  Easy, but different.

    Post # 10
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I only box dye mine now. I use Perfect 10. I have darker brown hair, and quite a bit of premature gray. It’s awesome! I get tons of compliments. It costs an order of magnitude less, and nobody can tell the difference. Win-win.

    Post # 11
    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I don’t have greys, but I box dye my hair regularly. I used Loreal Feria which gives a multidimensional look that you usually get from salon dye + highlights

    Post # 12
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @crayfish:  I use perfect 10 also when I do it at home.  I have long hair and am bad about getting the roots and their comb helps me with that.  I usually pick up a bunch of them when they go on sale or clearance (if they have my color) and I do it in between my hair appointments.

    I just got a bunch of them at CVS for $1 a box after the coupon I got on their web site.

    Post # 13
    6339 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Never. Not because I think it;s any worse for you than salon dyes (ultimately it’s all just as damaging), but because I just could not get the same natural look that I get at the salon if I home-died my hair.

    My hair costs me about $75 every 10 weeks for a cut, and then about $225 every 4 months for a cut and foils. My hairdresser does an amazing job, and you can never see roots in-between, so IMO it’s WELL worth the money, es as I wear my hair every day 🙂

    Post # 14
    5667 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’ve been box dying my blonde hair red it for the past 10 years but I don’t have greys. I first used L’Oreal Casting Colour Spa, a semi-permanent that I LOVED. Unfortunately that was discontinued and I moved on to L’Oreal Feria. I used that for probably 6 or 7 years (various shades of dark auburn) and loved it. I tried a couple of other brands in between there, Herbal Essences, Garnier… none of them worked as well for me as Feria.

    Recently I decided to go strawberry blonde and managed to lighten and dye my hair at home, though it was quite the process. It took two boxes of Colour Oops, a box of L’Oreal’s Brass Banisher toner, half a tube of Tigi’s Dumb Blonde Reconstructor, a box of L’Oreal Super Blonde and four boxes of L’Oreal Excellence. I’m now using the L’Oreal Excellence to maintain the Strawberry Blonde and it seems to be working well and my hair is in pretty good condition.

    Post # 15
    1550 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I NEVER box  dye my hair. However, I get it balayaged so my color lasts a lot longer than a usual foil. I only NEED to get it done three times a year or so (4 would be better but I try to cut costs)!

    Post # 16
    827 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I use box dye to cover grays about every 3 weeks (yikes!) because my hair grows very fast and I am getting more and more gray. I don’t put it all over my hair- just the roots around the frame of my face. I usually use Nice and Easy root touch up because it is fast, has good coverage and comes with a brush that makes it easy to apply. I go to the salon about every 2 months to have my whole head done.

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