As a cosmetologist, I’ve spent thousands (yes, thousands) of hours training on the art and SCIENCE of hair color. I’m not saying I’m qualified to solve the mysteries of black holes or quantum mechanics. BUT, I’m definitely qualified to assess your hair and to proceed (or not proceed) with the coloring process, while having a good idea of what your hair will look like when I’m finished. When you’ve decided on a color, a professional factors all of the following:
- Is the hair virgin hair, colored hair, or both? Is there banding?
- Integrity of hair: is it severely damaged?
- Percentage of grey
- Natural level of hair (on our scale of 1-10 darkest black to palest blonde)
- Current tone(s) of hair
- The desired level(s) and tone(s)
- Hair texture (this affects resistance to color)
- Presence of build-up or metallic salts/Henna
You get the picture- there’s a lot going on when we’re formulating for you, especially when we’re correcting a color gone wrong. Box colors simply aren’t designed to provide a customized result. They come with a cookie-cutter mixture that will give different results on each person because no two people have the same exact situation happening with their hair. In addition, most box colors contain metallic salts which can create a plethora of issues if you decide to change your color later on. And yes, hair can melt. (*Insert gasp here*)