During the past several years, I hear the term "box color" being used frequently, when a
colorist meets a client who has colored her (or his) hair at home. Quite naturally, blaming any unattractive result on the client's past application of an inferior product makes getting
started easy, as a colorist can explain the quality and top performance level of the color
brand(s) they stock at their salon.
HOWEVER............ That box of color might contain something you may not know. I have
had the honor and privilege to work for several of the TOP color manufacturers in the
world. (No, not every one, .. but the ones you know and purchase from). Before going into
details I will share: MOST of the "box color" you see at stores is EXACTLY the same product
you use in the salon. The fragrance, the name, the level and the descriptions may be different.. to suit the home user who by a huge margin:
Is covering gray OR
wants to be blonde OR
has no idea about the current level of their hair.. most thinking their hair is darker than it is.
So, understanding this, they attempt to make selection easier for the DIY customer. And, as you know, most people do not read instructions carefully.
Most companies are corporations. They have managers, directors and a board of directors. They have investors to whom they report. GROWING a business, and selling products to the
largest target market they can is what keeps them alive. The home color market has been and always WILL BE HUGE.. much, much bigger than even the biggest color business generated in the salon industry. To grow, profit, and pay investors, product must SELL or the
brand will go out of business. Even moderate growth in a difficult business climate is not acceptable. Of COURSE the retail side of a color manufacturer observes the shades, brands and SALES of what WE DO in salons. And, in many cases, they adapt this for their use.
WHAT COLORISTS MUST UNDERSTAND and BELiEVE: The MAGIC is NOT in that color
tube. The 'Magic" is YOU: A well-trained, caring, artist... a talent who analyses the current level, tone and condition of the hair "root" area and hair lengths. And who can evaluate what "is" and "is not" possible today. Clear, happy agreement with the client, coupled with your
ability to properly formulate, mix, apply and create a result.. all this creates the MAGIC. WHY
do colorists often neglect to understand that the BOX COLOR is usually the exact same
formula that you use in the salon. YES: The Fragrance, Name, and Description differ; as
does the packaging. BUT... the person who purchased and used that color.. is most likely
NOT a salon career colorist... like YOU and like ME. YOUR hands, head and heart create
the final result. Never forget that.
I was in shock during last week's move to HOUSTON. ALL my products were packed. My roots were showing. I went to a drugstore. I purchased Clairol's Natural Instincts.. a "no lift" demi color (box says "semi)... Natural Instincts came from a Clairol salon brand called
Second Nature.. a thirty year old.. NO LIFT GRAY COVERAGE formula. It was a great salon
tool when we wanted to cover all percentages of gray hair.. with CONTROL and no "lift"
of the "still pigmented" hair. I applied it.. using salon instructions. I allowed it to process at
room temperature .. roots only.. for 45 minutes. I am happy. Great coverage. But, I used
the correct shade and understand what I am doing. The "magic"... I know how to formulate
color and know how to apply color because, like YOU.. I AM A COLORIST! Stop putting
your light under a bucket. STOP blaming "box color". what was missing when your DIY
client colored their hair at home.. was YOU. Never, Ever Forget Who YOU ARE.
I look forward to seeing YOU in class, Monday, August 8th. Houston. Future Events:
Palm Beach Gardens, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Beverly Hills, California. JOIN Me.
COMMENT HERE on the information above AND let me know if YOU want to join
me for class. Beth