(Closed) Is it ever ok to dye your hair with box colour at home?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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Bunnyang :  I’ve never gone lighter with a box dye, but that’s because I have dark hair and have never wanted to. 

I used to colour my hair at home ALL the time because it was cheaper. I wouldn’t recommend Schwarzkopf if you can get that in the US, because it trashed my hair after repeated use. Although I was dying it black and purple, which may have been the issue…

I recommend doing a patch test before you use any dye. I know it’s a pain, but I had to stop using my favourite colour because I realised that was the reason my scalp felt like it was on fire! 🙁

I get my hair dyed by my hairdresser now – she does a cut/colour/style for £40 so I can’t really complain, and she comes to my house to do it lol


Post # 3
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

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Bunnyang :  for blonder id recommend going to get it done, in my opinion it’s be hardest to get right 

Post # 4
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’ve found that for adding color, box dyes are great. But to lighten, go to a salon. I’ve seen far too many people with orange/brassy/dry hair after they try to strip it themselves. 

Post # 5
4498 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I use box dye a couple of times a year, but would never, ever, ever go lighter. I have seen too many disasters.

Post # 6
11003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

After a mega disaster many years ago trying to do my own blonde, I went to a salon that specializes in blonde hair.  They were able to fix the mess I’d made and give me gorgeous color.  Since then, I have not even thought about going DIY.

The PPs are right, going lighter is hard to do.  All hair colors have red in them and that’s the hardest color to get out, hence the brassiness.  You probably need a product that will bleach out your natural color and tint your hair the new color, since you want to go much lighter.  The box colors likely won’t have enough lift and are going to leave you with brass.

My advice is to let a pro do it.  They have the right tools, products and expertise to do it right.


Post # 7
7866 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve added a few highlights here and there when I’m too busy to get to the salon but would not go overall blonde myself. There is so much potential to seriously damage your hair and end up with something meh or worse–find a good colorist. 

Post # 8
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

I’m an ashey blonde and have been able to use blonde shampoos and lightening sprays to bring out highlights, and that ends up making me look blonder.

However, if you want to go more than one shade lighter, go to a salon.  Even with a blonde hair base, I couldn’t get the box blonde to work properly and had to get it fixed professionally.

Post # 9
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’ve been doing my own hair at home for years, mostly bright colours, or neutrals with brighter colours underneath. But for going lighter, I would never try to do that at home. It’s a very delicate process, and very easy to stuff up. I leave lightening to the professionals!

Post # 10
486 posts
Helper bee

When I was in high school my hair was still pretty blonde but I wanted to go lighter, so my mom got one of those boxed frosting kits (the one with the little cap that you pull your hair through the little holes with the hook) and I think it turned out nice. This was okay when I was young, but I would never do it now. I would also never do all over boxed dye to go lighter. If you absolutely must do it at home, there are lots of videos on YouTube where you can get advice, and I’d recommend getting your supplies at a beauty supply store rather than the drugstore. Just try to keep in mind that if you do it on your own you are taking a huge risk. If the results end up being a disaster, you will likely end up at the salon spending the money you didn’t want to spend in order to fix it. If cost is the biggest issue you can also try going to a a beauty school and having a student do your highlights. I did this many times when I was younger and the cost is much less than going to a regular salon. They are also monitored by the instructors throughout the process. 

Post # 11
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

definately dont diy blonde! 

Post # 12
283 posts
Helper bee

My hair stylist told me the same thing as other PP said. Only used boxed dye to add color. Blondes are tough, because you need some dimension that you just can’t get from a box. Also, it can be tough to avoid brassiness and you risk doing a lot of damage if you try to go really light. 

Going blonde (or blonder) is definitely an investment in money and time. I stopped dying all my hair a few years ago because of that. My roots would be terrible by 8 weeks, so I kept having to go in and get it done. Now I lighten with bayalage and it’s great. So low maintenance.

Post # 13
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’ve been doing it for years.  i use garnier nutrisse and love the results.  the 2 places ive gone to get my hair cut, the stylist have told me they love the color.  i used the deep intense burgandy.

Post # 14
1337 posts
Bumble bee

Don’t use boxed dye to do it at home. They don’t contain enough developer to get the blonde you want and your results will most likely be orange.

There are a lot of people who do youtube tutorials using bleach and toner that you can get from Sally’s Beauty supply with pretty good results. Definitley start researching there if you are determined to do it yourself. 

Post # 15
3087 posts
Sugar bee

I would recommend you going to a salon for blonder. I know it’s a pain. I know it’s costly. But, it’s your HAIR….one of the most obvious physical aspects of yourself. To me, there are some things you just can’t compromise on. Going blonder is tricky.

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