Box Dyes vs Salon Dyes
Claire Miles - July 29, 2022


By Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And then I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head --
Too proud of me to speak!

We all know how dying your hair is not only a very time-consuming process but also needs extra care and concern because there is a fair chance the hair may get damaged after the process. However, with the advent of social media and access to information from all over the media sources, it is essential that before you get your hair dyed, you do your homework in finding all the ways that do not damage your hair.

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The most common myth we have all heard is that box dyes are highly harmful to the hair. They are known to color the hair however because we are not equipped with the necessary information before dying our hair, we may burn it. This situation was again challenged during lockdown times when people decided to ditch salon treatments and conceal their gray hair colors by using box dyes.

One of the major reasons to avoid box dyes is because they are a universal blend of colors and dyes. This means that the dye is not personally curated for you. However, if you visit a hair professional he/she will personally design the procedure according to your hair type. Moreover, box dyes contain ammonia which is known to make the hair brittle and weak. Most hair professionals do not use products that contain ammonia at all.

However, hair salons also have certain disadvantages. Many hair technicians do not care for your hair and their only goal is that when you leave the salon, you are satisfied with your look. They don’t care about your hair damage, therefore, it is essential to visit a good hair technician that’s actually skilled in what they do. Moreover, hair technicians will also let you know about the aftercare which will help keep your hair fresh for longer.