A few months ago I posted a blog titled “Don't Be Fooled…Box Color Is NOT Good For Your Hair!”. After I posted that blog I was flooded with questions.
I kept getting the same question over and over again, so I decided to answer it on video and share with you what to do when you have box color in your hair.
Hey, it’s Marquetta Breslin, and I’m back with another Q&A. And this topic of this Q&A, I have to give you a little bit of a background story on this question. I posted a blog how about box color is not good for your hair, and I talked about some of the myths and some of the things that people – I dispelled some of the myths about box color being good for you hair and what you were taught, and I got this question back. And let me go to the question.
Now I don’t have a name, but I do have – oh I do, I see it. This question comes from Teresa. So Teresa says, “Thank you, Marquetta, for the information. I just put a color in my hair and got your email just a day too late, how can I take care of the box color until I can have it professionally done? Your information and knowledge is very wonderful, thank you very much, and I appreciate you giving the world your expertise.
Thank you so much, I truly do love what I do, and I try to give as much information as I possibly can to educate everyone about hair and a couple of other things too but mostly hair, and I really do love doing this, and I’m so glad you appreciate it, and thank you so much for saying that. That’s very sweet.
Okay, so let’s get to your question. So she put box color in her hair – you put box color in your hair, I’m sorry and you want to know how to take care of it until you can have it professionally done.
First off, I want to say kudos to you for going to have it professionally done. That’s awesome. Now as far as taking care of your hair before you can have it professionally done, be sure to condition your hair. I don’t care if you just do cowashes, and you shampoo your hair once a week or once every other week, just make sure to condition the hair really, really, really well. Conditioner is going to be your best friend especially with box color because we don’t know what’s in that stuff.
You can also do a protein treatment in the hair, and my favorite, everybody knows it, its Aphogee. It smells like rotten egg, it’s the best stuff I have seen, that stuff work miracles. Miracles, oh praise the Lord on some hair, my hair to be exact. And I’m sorry if I hit the microphone. But that would be an awesome idea, you can absolutely do the protein treatment, be sure to live in conditioner.
One of the things that I like to do when I have a blonde – I had a beautiful, beautiful thick blonde braids, but when I was blonde everybody thought my hair was going to fallout because I was so – I was blonde, I was blonde blonde, almost like Nicki Minaj blonde with the little amber thing she has going on, but I was very blonde. And my hair was the healthiest it had ever been at that blonde. But the way, I kept it that way, I babied it, I took care of it. When it wasn’t braided I slept in conditioner, I let it sit in my hair overnight. I would create these little, I call them Marquetta's Elixirs.
It would be like a mixture of different oils, I’ll talk about that later but, it’d be like some coconut oil with little bit of raw virgin olive oil. I’d throw some of everything, like a whole bunch of different oils in there, and I’d literally bathe my hair in oils for hours, and I sit under steam. I just walk around the house like that, I might go to the grocery store like that, but I baby my hair, and it was the healthiest it had ever been. And in fact I miss my blonde, and I may go back.
But my point is, I really baby my hair, I condition it a lot and I took care of it, and it was very, very, very healthy. So you just want to be sure to baby your hair and overprotect your hair. People say you can’t over-condition the hair, I’ve never – in doing all that to my hair, I did not over-condition my hair. I’m not saying it can’t happen but I’m saying it didn’t happen to me. So baby your hair, conditioner your hair and you should be fine.
One key thing, if you don’t get anything else from this video, you have to get this. When you go to your salon professional to get your color done and you sit down in that chair, and they should ask you, when they ask you during your consultation what do you have on your hair, you must promise me that you are going to be 100% honest with your colorist or with your stylist, okay. You have to be 100% honest and say, I have box color on my hair.
The reason why is because when client sit in our chairs and we have a consultation, and we say, “What’s on your hair?” And they say, “Nothing.” And we say, “Okay, are you sure there is no color, no chemical, no nothing on your hair, correct?” “Correct, my hair is virgin, I don’t have anything on it.” “Okay, so what service are you getting today?” “I would like to go lighter.” “Okay, cool, we can do that.” So the stylist goes, mixes the color, applies it to the hair, you have a chemical cut on this side, you got green hair on this side and you got some stuff going on up here, and you are like what, oh wow.
And as the client, you are looking at the stylist like what happened, and I’m not saying you personally, I am just giving a scenario. You say, “And what happened?” “I don't know, well, I did color my hair at home. Could that be it?” “Um, yes.” My point is, and I don't know what it is but client can sometimes be a little bit either ashamed or intimidated to say, “Hey, I’ve tried to do this by myself and now I’m sitting in your chair because I just couldn’t do it.” Just be honest, it’s going to save your hair, it’s going to save you some money because the stylist can know exactly what to do. “Okay, you have box color on your hair, well, number one, I can’t guarantee any results; but number two, this is what I can do. And if this turns out this way, this is how we can fix it.”
So you are saving yourself time, you are saving yourself money, and you are saving the stylist a headache because speaking from the stylist’s perspective it’s very important, and the more information we know, the more we can help you with your hair. So I know you are not going to do any of that, but just promise me when you go to your salon professional, you are very honest and you tell them exactly what you have in your hair and what you’ve done to it, and you’re going to be golden. But kudos to you for going to get professional color and understanding the importance of getting professional color done.
So thank you so much for that question, I really do appreciate that, and I appreciate your kind words. That was very sweet. And I do love what I do, I hope you enjoy this question and answer session. Join me on the next one and I’ll talk with you soon.