We all know dyeing your hair with box colour is one of the quickest ways to transform your look. In just minutes, you can go from sultry brunette to smouldering redhead, or from beach-babe blonde to jet black raven. It’s exhilarating! How many times have you changed your shade to achieve a brand new look? If you’re like most women, probably more times than you can remember!

But while these ‘one size fits all’ beauty products can offer you an instant makeover in the comfort of your home, there are drawbacks to using them. After all, when it comes to your looks, when has ‘one size fits all’ ever worked – except when choosing socks? You don’t get one size fits all trousers, or one size fits all underwear, T-shirts or shoes. So why should the colour of your crowning glory be any different?

Here are 5 reasons you should avoid using box hair colour – and a great alternative that won’t damage your hair.

1. Your hair colour should match your skin tone

When a professional hair stylist mixes the perfect colour for your hair, they consider your natural skin tone and underlying pigment, the level of porosity and the percentage of grey, among several other factors. Your ideal hair colour will depend on your unique combination of these factors. Box colour, as a ‘one size fits all’ solution, simply cannot take all these elements into account.

2. Box colour cannot provide even application

Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to achieve an even, balanced look on your own in your bathroom. To create the most natural look, it’s essential that the dye be applied precisely from the re-growth to the demarcation line. Colour overlapping will lead to banding (dark spots) which looks unprofessional – not to mention what happens when you run out of dye half-way through!

3. Box colour is extremely damaging

Most bottle hair dyes contain harsh ingredients that can strip your hair and leave the cuticles irreparably damaged. The likelihood is that your hair will look and feel like straw, and there is no way to remedy this. Once your hair has been destroyed this badly, you simply have to wait for it to grow out, or you need to cut it off. Did you know that you can achieve blonde hair that doesn’t feel like straw? Just visit a professional stylist and see for yourself!

4. The celebrity on the box does NOT use that hair dye

No, you’re not going to look like Halle Berry, Eva Longoria or whoever else is featured on the box of hair colour. They are paid huge amounts of money to make you believe that you will, but in truth, they would never use such cheap products. You can bet your bottom dollar (or rand!) that they use professional stylists and high-quality products to achieve their photo-ready locks.

5. The colour on the box is not always accurate

How often have you stood in front of the selection of dyes and had a million hair colour ideas running through your head? It’s so exciting to see all those potential new looks! But don’t be fooled by the gorgeous blonde hue on the box – it could turn out a hideous orange! It’s not uncommon for fiery red dye to turn dark and splotchy on real hair – or worse, orange. Sometimes hair dye simply doesn’t react as it should on certain hair. Blonde dye could leave your hair horribly peroxided, or a funky blue could turn into ‘senior citizen’s’ purple! Is this really a chance you want to take?

What are the alternatives to box beauty products for hair? 

If you want to instantly transform your look with zero damage to your real hair, opt for hair extensions instead.

Hair extensions made from high-quality human hair are specifically designed to blend seamlessly with your natural tresses. Moreover, they are applied and removed in just minutes, so they’re even quicker than dye. They give you a brand new look while boosting your hair’s natural appearance, making it look thicker, healthier and full of life.

Best of all, you can put them in and take them out whenever you wish, and you can style them exactly as you would real hair. That means you can wash them, straighten them, curl – and yes, even dye them!

Human hair extensions are a far safer alternative to box colour, and they look completely natural

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