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Last updated: June 12, 2020

The More You Know: Box Dye Balayage

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Box Dye Balayage Vs. The Real Thing

If your clients are wondering if an at-home balayage kit will help them touch up their hair, show them this article. Colorist Alex Coughlan (@yeghairbyalex) did an experiment to show box dye balayage vs. salon professional balayage…and the results are exactly what you’d expect. Scroll down to see the difference!

Products Used


The Experiment:

  • Alex and her sister did a side by side comparison of a box dye kit in amateur hands versus a professional balayage application. 


  • Alex used Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener 9+, developer, Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Toner and a babylight board to apply the balayage. She also used Framar bowls, brushes, foils, and clips and Y.S. Park combs during the process.


  • On the other hand, her inexperienced sister used a consumer balayage kit valued at $6.98 which contained a tiny packet of lightener, an unknown volume of developer, a low quality brush and oversized gloves. Plus, she used kitchen foil to provide more lift.


Check Out The Side-By-Side Comparison!

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Side View Of The First Application


Side View After Another Round Of Balayage


The Results:

The professionally done left side compared to the box kit right side is like day and night, proving that if something sounds too good to be true it usually is. “At the end of the day you will get what you pay for,” says Alex. “And, seven dollars for something that costs anywhere between $250 to $500 in the salon is a red flag!”



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