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Box Color vs. Salon Color: What’s Better?

Box vs Salon Color

     
 
It’s easy to argue that the Salon Color is better than Box Color and be done with it. However, that’s not always the case.

As with anything in life, what’s better for someone else may not be what’s better for you. So, we broke down the Pro’s and Con’s of both Box Color and Salon Color so that you can apply what’s important to you and your decision criteria.
 
 
 
  BOX COLOR AND SALON COLOR PRO’S AND CON’S  
 

Box Color Pro’s

  1. It’s cheap and economical

  2. Readily available at drug and groceries stores

  3. You can move and still have the same box color there

  4. No formulation required

  5. Comes with a mixing bowl and application tool

  6. Can be done at home without leaving the comfort of your home

  7. Doesn’t force you into conversing in meaningless small talk

  8. You don’t have to tip

  9. Comes with a beautiful tempting picture on the package

  10. You did it.

Box Color Con's

  1. High level of developer, pigment, and ammonia used so that is does something

  2. More damage, including straw stiff dryness and frizzy-ness that could be minimized or avoided

  3. Unknown pigments and formulation, including the use of henna

  4. Making change or correction costly, time consuming, and not predictable

  5. One color, no dimension, yet roots and ends still look different

  6. Colorist technique and knowledge doesn’t come with it

  7. Not good for highlights, Ombré, Balayage, or pastel colors

  8. Hair damage may require unwanted haircut and length loss

  9. Result will not look like the model on the box exterior

  10. Oh no you did it.

 
     

Salon Color Pro’s

  1. Stylists are trained professionals with cosmetology licenses, knowledge and skills

  2. Color formulation, application, and processing will be customized to your unique hair including texture, density, porosity, color, condition, percentage of gray, and length

  3. Developer use will be right-sized for limited damage

  4. Box Color color-correction will not be required

  5. More even or dimension result via multiple formulation for roots and ends

  6. Color recommendation and formulation for skin tone match

  7. Face framing color style / design for more attractive look and enhancement of your features

  8. Can get massage shampoo and blow dry styling with the color

  9. Don’t have to pay for a therapist

  10. Your colorist did it.

 

Salon Color Con’s

  1. Initial cost is more expensive than just purchasing a box color

  2. Not all stylist is right for you. Finding the right one is required.

  3. Have to coordinate schedule and setup appointment with your stylist

  4. Have to leave home and sit in a salon for hours

  5. Hair colorist has to interpret what you say and read your mind

  6. Color formulation differs from stylist to stylist and by salon and brand

  7. Hair stylist cannot be taken with you when moving

  8. Have to tip on top of service fees

  9. Asked to purchase expensive hair products

  10. Hurts more when it doesn’t turn out the way you want.

 

 

  YOUR HAIR COLOR DECISION CRITERIA

So, what’s import to you and in your decision criteria?
 
 
  1. Color Design and Style (Balayage, Babylights, Sombré, etc.)

  2. Color Tone, Shade, or Formulation (Warm Tone, Cool Tone, Shades of Blonde, etc.)

  3. Damage Control and Product Type (Silky Shine, Soft Satin, No Frizz, etc.)

  4. Price and Affordability (No Budget, Limited Budget, Value Conscious, etc.)

 
 
  • If D is your only criteria, then it’s easy. Box Color is your winner.

  • If A, B, or C is your top criteria and can afford the Salon Color price, then the Salon Color is the best option.

  • If you’re OK with hair imperfection, don’t mind a little damage, OK with a shorter haircut if necessary, and willing to play part-time hairstylist, give Box Color a shot. You’ll at least learn whether you love it or need to avoid the Box Color aisle at all cost.

  • If you want A, B, or C, but is limited by budget like most of us, the best option is to determine what you can afford, let your hair stylist know your budget, and work together to select a style that works for you and is economical to maintain.

  • What usually fails is taking on a Box Color challenge you can’t do, or going with a hairstylist with price that seems too good to be true.

 
     
  BOX COLOR FORMULATION:  
  Box Color - No Color Design - No Technique = Cheaper, but Unpredictable Result  
     
  SALON COLOR FORMULATION:  
  Salon Color + Colorist Design + Colorist Technique = Desired Color at a Cost  
     
     
  Value Hint: Most hair salons, including Emily J, have several levels of stylists with different pricing points based on experience and skill. So, if you are value conscious, keeping the senior level stylist for the dramatic style changes, and going with their junior stylist for in-between touch ups and maintenance can help to keep the budget down without sacrificing too much style.

 
 

For a customized color design that fits your budget, make an appointment to see one of our experts who can help with your decision process.

 
 

About Emily J Salon

Emily J is one of Atlanta's top full service hair, makeup and skin care salon located in Duluth, GA and Atlanta, GA (Emory University).  Our expertise is in precision haircuts, custom color & balayage, keratin treatment, permanent waves & straightening, skin care, makeup, and bridal services. 

Emily J's team is comprised of top international master hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians.  Each and every one of the servicing professionals are trained in the finest techniques and recognized as leaders in their disciplines.  Just observe and you'll see the difference in how Emily J's stylists cut and feel the difference in how Emily J's estheticians treat.

 
 

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BLOG / GALLERY   Welcome to our blog and photo gallery.  Here, we post interesting blogs, photos and videos of some of our thoughts, work and play.  Stop by periodically for inspiration or just a laugh. 

Scoll below and click on the photo to see the complete blog or porfolio set.

 

           

How Do I Get Hair Color Without Damage?
Blog 3
 

  Hair Color Without Damage  

How do I get the color I want while avoiding or minimizing damage?

Learn the different type of color products and how hair color works.

 
           
           
           

Box Color vs. Salon Color: What’s Better?
Blog 2
 

  Box vs Salon Color  

Pro's and Con's of Box Color vs. Salon Color

Learn how to select the right one for you.

 
           
           
           

Blow Dry versus Air Dry, What's Better for My Hair?
Blog 1
 

   

True of False?

  • Blow Drying your hair is BAD.
  • Air Drying your hair is GOOD.

Learn from the experts. Separate fact from fiction.

 
           
           
           
EMILY J AVEDA - EMORY SALON PHOTOS
Gallery 10
 
  Emily J Aveda - Emory   PHOTO TOUR OF OUR EMORY SALON

Take a look at our new modern, luxury salon in Atlanta located near Emory University and the CDC. 

 
           
           
           
EMILY J AVEDA - DULUTH SALON PHOTOS
Gallery 9
 
  Emily J Aveda - Duluth   PHOTO TOUR OF OUR DULUTH SALON

Take a look at our original luxury salon located near the Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, GA.

 
           
           
           
2017 AVEDA COLLECTION
Gallery 8
 
  Illuminate Yourself   ILLUMINATE YOURSELF

NEW FACE-FRAMING ECLIPTING HAIR COLOR SERVICE

Take a look at our new illuminating collection, and come in for a free consultation to see how we can brighten your appearance to match the true you inside.

 
           
           
           
2016 EMILY J MAKEUP AND HAIR COLLECTION
Gallery 7
 
  2016 Emily J Makeup and Hair Collection2016 Emily J Brial Makeup and Hair Collection   2016 EMILY J MAKEUP AND HAIR COLLECTION

This collection focuses on blending a mix of classic styling with a modern twist.

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Traditional and casual bridal makeup and hair

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Editorial updo styling

> Men's haircut and coloring

> Textured and wavy styling
 
           
           
           
PINK HAIR AND MAKEUP MAKEOVER
Gallery 5
 
  Pink Hair and Makeup MakeoverCONDITION:  Natural brunette hair with light makeup and bright red/orange lip coloring.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Pastel pink hair with slightly violet highlights, and pinkish contouring makeup for smoothing out facial features.
 
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Color stripped natural brunette coloring once with Aveda Enlightner, and erased makeup with Aveda makeup remover and cleanser.
STYLE
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Colored overall hair pastel pink and added violet highlights to add a little depth.
> Used pink makeup accents to match the hair coloring, along with contour shading to smooth out the facial features.
> Cut female style, two block haircut for as stylish short cut look with ease of handling.
FINISH
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Blow dried with Aveda Flax Seed Aloe near the roots and completed the styling with Light Elements Texturizing Creme for a light natural look.
 
           
           
           
FEELING PASTEL BLUE
Gallery 6
  Feeling Pastel Blue.CONDITION:  Previously colored lighter brown with dark brown new growth.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Pastel blue up top with a short cut around the sides and back.
  PREP
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Sectioned and enlightened top part of hair with Aveda Enlightener with slight adjustment for new growth and previously colored hair.

STYLE
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Colored with Aveda Full Spectrum Blue and low color catalyst to ensure a lighter pastel blue.
> Short cut around the sides and back with a longer cut at top.

FINISH
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Completed style with Aveda Men Pure-Formance Pomade for pliable control and shine.
 
           
           
           
BRUNETTE TO BLONDE
Gallery 1
  Brunette to BlondeCONDITION:  Dark brown with previous orange/brown coloring.ark brown with previous orange/brown coloring.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Blonde with healthier and smoother hair.
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Applied Aveda Damage Remedy Treatment to address previous heat and color damage.
STYLE
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Color stripped orange/brown 2X with Aveda Enlightner, and colored overall hair light champaign blonde and added shadow lighting front top (for depth movement) with Aveda Full Spectrum.
> Cut single length with slicing on the inner sides for lighter weight, improved flow, and satin look.
FINISH
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Styled with Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for the smooth, polished look.
 
           
           
           
BLACK TO CELTIC RED
Gallery 2
  Black to Celtic RedCONDITION:  Black / brown with frizzy dry hair.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Healthy natural flowing hair with Aveda Celtic Red coloring.
  PREP
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Pre treated hair with Aveda Dry Remedy Treatment.
STYLE
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Added lighting and color stipped with Aveda Enlightner for a natural blended effect, and colored overall hair with Aveda Full Spectrum Deep in Celtic Red.
> Only trimmed damaged ends in single length for a healthier look.
FINISH
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Blow dried with Aveda Brilliant Damange Control and applied Aveda Light Element Smoothing Fluid for a weightless shine.
 
           
           
           
AVEDA SPRING / SUMMER 2014 CULTURE CLASH COLLECTION
Gallery 3
  Emily J Aveda Salon Spring Summer 2014 Culture Clash CollectionTake a look at the Aveda Culture Clash Collection here and get inspired to update your style and makeup with Emily J Salon.
  CULTURE CLASH COLLECTION
Inspiration from around the globe.  The looks are a collision of gritty and glamorous – tribal, folkloric, futuristic and chic.
 
           
           
           
CURLY TO STRAIGHT
WITH VOLUME
Gallery 4
  Emily J Aveda Salon Curly to StraightCONDITION:  Hard to manage curly hair.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Smooth permanent straight hair with volume to ease daily morning preparation.
  PREP
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Conducted pre-perm tests (elasticity, porocity, and incompatibility) to determine correct strength of lotion, development time, and feasibility.
STYLE
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Applied customized permanent straigtening solution and utilized volumizing curved iron to straigten hair.
> Cut volume straightened hair with a stylish bob cut for desired look and management.
FINISH
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Finished styling with Aveda Brilliant Damange Control and Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for a smooth textured look.
 
           
           
           


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