Why you should buy Hair Color in a $9.95 Box – Part 1

September 24, 2015
Tips and Tricks

Can you really get a $300 Salon Hair Color from an At-Home box?  

If you just want to lighten or deepen your hair, you might get close if you include a good haircut and follow these tips. Read carefully because women often read about where to buy hair color on the Web and in magazines and think this is all I have to do to have beautiful hair color.

Most women also still look at the box on the shelf and think they can get the same shade as the box by simply following the application process that is in the direction sheet…This is not always the best way to great hair color, the following information will help you have a better footing for your new color selection. Unfortunately in hair color you can’t always have what you want in one step, you might need to be a little patient, which I hope is easier for you than it is for me.

Let’s start with choosing you color of choice, as I have mentioned in the past you must stay with a shade that is not too far from your natural hair color. You must keep within one shade lighter or one shade deeper than your natural hair color. If you are now tinting your hair and wish to change it there is another problem.

If you have roots and go lighter your roots will be lighter than your strand that has been tinted before; this could be a problem for some so it would be best to take a strand test before using the new shades, this happens because the one constant rule in hair color is that color over color will not lighten. (Very important to keep in mind when you are planning to buy hair color.)

If you still want to go lighter you will need to see a professional to remove the strand hair color so you can go lighter. This will be done with a chemical color remover, you may want to go for a consultation first because some colorist don’t use this technique and you need to know their level of color experience before they start this process. Often to lift just a touch of color (if it is too deep) the colorist can simply use a bleach wash at the basin to release some of the deeper shade.

The bleach wash is always kept away from the scalp. When this is done you will still need the new formula to be close to the strand because the roots (new-growth ) will be different in texture so they will take a bit different than the strand because the strand still remains chemically treated and will receive the final formula in a different way. Most professionals should know how to keep the strand even from scalp throughout the strand.

Going darker is much less of a problem than going lighter with natural or color treated hair. You must take time to think this through however. And please keep this in mind the next time you buy hair color! If you have any questions, please contact me through my contact form and I will be glad to help!

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Also have a look at my “QVC sell-out” hair color products line!

Tracy Hill


My name is Tracy Hill – Hair Colourist to Hollywood’s elite, and former international hair colour training director for Clairol Inc., L’Oreal, and Vidal Sassoon.  I have been an authority on hair colour for more than 30 years.

With my busy star-studded clientele covering the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan, often times my clients just couldn’t make it to the salon.  So I got busy and created coloursplash!®, a new product line called coloursplash!® designed to be used between salon appointments.

coloursplash!® is a unique ammonia and peroxide-free hair color product that keeps your hair looking fresh and perfect everyday of the month…AND it diffuses your grey!  This hair colour innovation is so effective it’s no wonder it sold out in only 6 minutes on QVC!

I also decided to put my decades of experience into an eBook to help as many people as possible with their hair coloring questions.  In my eBook, “Excuse Me… Your Roots are Showing,” I’ll give you expert advice, tips, and hair color secrets.  I will tell you everything you need to know about hair color; from coloring your hair at home, going to the salon; to choosing the right hair color.  In “Excuse Me… Your Roots are Showing” I will also dispel hair color myths, explain how to deal with coloring dilemmas, and much more!

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