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Article By: Kyra Noreus
It’s 1 am and you are convinced dying your hair is a great idea. But is it though? We have all been there: the spontaneous need to dye our hair. Whether it be in response to a breakup, Pinterest, or out of pure boredom –a dramatic change to our locks seems like a temporary, magical solution to all of our problems. Sure the $8 box of hair dye at Walmart looks tempting, but is it in our best interest? The answer will always be: NO.
What’s wrong with a box dye? Most box dyes claim to work on anybody: one size fits all. The developer in box dye can range from 20 to 40 volume. A developer is a product that is mixed with hair color or bleach to activate it. Containing hydrogen peroxide, it can either lift or deposit color through the hair’s cuticle. Our hair types come in all different colors, conditions, and textures: meaning we probably all need different developers! And this isn’t the only thing that can go wrong with box dye. Chances are, your hair isn’t going to end up looking like the models on the box. They don’t know your hair’s current shade, your skin tone, or how well the developer will take to your hair. The worst-case scenario is unwanted results. A bad dye job could land you in a salon chair for hours spending hundreds of dollars to reverse the $8 dye job that you tried saving money on in the first place.
So how should we dye our hair? Well, of course, the best option is going to a salon and letting the professionals handle it. After all, they do have the training and supplies to give our hair the best results with the least amount of damage. But with that being said –not all of us can afford to book a hair appointment anytime we are feeling spontaneous. Luckily, there are some other options.
1. Sally’s Beauty
Sally’s Beauty offers a variety of professional grade hair dyes to the public. Of course, this cannot be compared to getting it done by an expert, but it’s a step up from traditional box dye. Sally’s offers Semi-Permanent, Demi-Permanent, and Permanent hair colors. Semi-Permanent color can last up to 8 to 12 washes. They tend to be gentler and ideal for fine hair. Demi-Permanent lasts through 26 to 28 washes. Demi-Permanent colors the outside of the strand versus alternating your natural hair as you would with permanent dye.
Permanent color should stay in your hair until it grows out. Permanent dye is to be mixed with a developer so it can open up your hair’s cuticle and deposit color. Use 10 volume developer for no-lift hair color, 20 for lifting one to two levels, 30 for more than two levels, and 40 if you want to lift your hair four shades. It’s a good idea to consult a Sally’s Beauty employee while you are making your purchase. Be sure to also buy a mixing bowl, latex gloves, an applicator brush, and a deep conditioner for after. Keep in mind; you aren’t a professional. Changing your hair a few shades is do-able, but if you are looking for a dramatic change –save your hair and go to a professional.
2. Henna Hair Dye
Henna Hair Dye is something I learned about not too long ago. If you are looking for a more natural alternative to dying your hair, henna might be the right choice for you. You can find Henna Dye at Lush Cosmetics for $27.95 blended with essential oils and cocoa butter. Henna is best for adding shine or boosting color to black, brown, or red hair. It does not penetrate the hair’s cuticle or alter your hair’s structure. I will stay vibrant for about 4 to 6 weeks then you may need to add another layer. Warning: Henna may stain and leave quite a mess so be prepared before you try it out.
I just discovered Overtone through an Instagram Ad, and…it might be the greatest invention ever. Overtone is a cruelty-free and vegan toning conditioner. It’s a quick and healthy alternative to dying your hair. Have you ever left purple shampoo in your hair a little too long and are left with a purple tint? Overtone uses this to your advantage. You use it in the shower, leaving it on for 3 to 5 minutes as you would with regular conditioner, and you are left with bright, colorful hair until your next wash! They also provide a deep treatment that can you leave on for 10-15 minutes for a brighter “punch of color.” Overtone carries the following colors: Red, orange, pink, silver, blue, purple, teal, green, yellow, and rose gold.
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What’s the best way to protect your hair while still showing off your spontaneous side? Buy a wig. The best way to keep your hair healthy is not f***ing with it. Leave it natural and throw it under a colorful wig when you want to show off your wild side. Do you think Kylie Jenner has supernatural hair and can afford to dye it a new color every month?
Well, she may be able to afford it, but her hair can’t. She wears wigs! You can invest in a fantastic high-quality wig or even buy a $30 lace front wig from Amazon and still rock it. The best part about wigs is that you can change them every day without damaging your natural hair at all.