Do you go to the salon or box dye?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
1766 posts
Buzzing bee

Salon always, I don’t think I’ve ever used a box dye. My mom is also a hairdresser so I’m very biased. But I think getting your hair done at a salon is worth it for a professional job.

Post # 17
392 posts
Helper bee

lol Seriously do you think that boxed hair dye would stay on the shelves for long if it caused people’s hair to fall out or fry their scalps?  

I’ve used boxed dye for years and if anything it makes my hair smoother and stylists say my hair is very thick and healthy. But I also don’t buy dollar tree hair dye and I get semi-permanent so the chemicals aren’t as harsh. Honestly the worst that can happen is the color isn’t what you get on the box (like if you have dark hair trying to go blonde then obviously you’ll have to bleach), and you might stain your skin which goes away in like a day or two. As long as you follow the directions then dying your hair yourself is pretty idiot proof these days. 

Post # 18
161 posts
Blushing bee

I use Madison Reed. I get it auto shipped to my house. I have dark brown hair and the Modena brown is great for me. I also like the root powder. 

Post # 19
97 posts
Worker bee

I have (had, haha) dark hair that now has a lot of gray. I use Madison Reed, which I subscribe to. I get a kit once a month for $26.50. It’s a little more than I paid for buying a box at the store, but less than paying for someone else to do it. It’s free of a lot of chemicals, great quality  and the kit and videos are super helpful. I still see my former colorist to cut my hair, and he always compliments me on how it looks. I’ve been doing this for the past three years. Totally worth it for me.

Post # 20
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I used to use boxed hair dye occasionally between getting my hair colored at the salon.  My stylist told me to stop using the boxed hair dye as it ruins your hair and its harder for your hair to change to different hair colors, that you may have to get a specific look/color at a few appointments, which then costs more money.

Post # 21
4858 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Box dye looks like box dye. 

Post # 22
699 posts
Busy bee

SisterJude :  I do highlights so I definitely don’t attempt them on my own. But I don’t trust box dyes overall because the color just never comes out right (tried them back in my HS days) maybe the ones that wash out, but they only last so long.

Post # 23
8831 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

SisterJude :  I did my own with a box for ~25 years and it always came out great. Throughout that time, I gave the salon several chances but they always screwed it up so I kept going back to the box. After 25 years of lush healthy hair, it suddenly started looking unhealthy. I switched to demi-permanents and gave the salon a few more chances and neither made a difference. So now I’ve been letting it grow natural for about a year or so, and I think it must just be age because it’s still showing breakage despite no dye and using good products. > sigh <   Oh, but back to your question — I preferred box dye over salons for 25 years, even when cost wasn’t the main factor. 

Post # 24
375 posts
Helper bee

Torturing my hair is one of my favorite hobbies.

I’ve gone from dark brown to blonde to a myriad of other colors. I never get that upset when I mess it up. Hair is just dead cells after all. There’s a lot of resources online to learn about hair care and processing  that with some time and patience one can learn a lot. 



Post # 25
286 posts
Helper bee

I tried to use box dye back in high school. Ended up getting that crap all over the bathroom (my mom nearly killed me) and stained my ears, forehead, and clothing lmao. 

Salon for me ever since. 

Post # 26
1183 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve had friends with brown and dark hair use box dye really well. If you just need greys covered then the salon shouldn’t be that expensive? Just get the greys dyed, then a tone or rinse over the rest? I don’t know lol, I’m not a hair dresser. I’m dark blonde naturally and rarely get it coloured lighter but when I do I just go to the salon because I don’t want to mess it up xo

Post # 27
10697 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Salon, now and forever.  My stylist is a true color artist and I have high and low lights along with gray to cover.  Though I did box dye for many, many years and was very good at frosting my hair back when that was all the rage, I quit after a disastrous attempt at doing foils.  I didn’t quite understand the technique. This was well before the internet and YouTube.

Semi-hysterical, I took my orange spotted hair to a salon that specializes in blonde hair.  The stylist took one look at me and said:  “Shit, honey.  I’ll do what I can”.  He performed a miracle. I was floored. My color never looked better and he charged me the princely sum of $40 (this was a long time ago).

That’s when I swore off of DIY for life.  Stylists were always able to get prettier colors with more dimension by using the foils.  And no orange spots.  Nowadays, I get a Keratin Express after we do color, which I also will not DIY.


Post # 28
470 posts
Helper bee

I used to dye my hair at home during university – until I had an horrible accident (orange hair from bleach, then dark green hair from box color). Now I’m team salon.

Post # 29
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

For what I want, grey coverage on regrowth, box dye suits me fine. Someone told me it is harder on hair, but I have found if you condition and treat it right, it doesn’t have to be.

Post # 30
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I used to go to the salon on a regular basis until a stylist completely destroyed my hair.  I was getting my highlights refreshed and he left the developer in too long.  My hair was cracking off pretty much at the roots.  I ended up using temporary (28 wash) brown dye from the drug store to cover the mess.  That was 4 years ago and I’ve been using the temporary dye ever since haha.  

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