Firstly let’s start with the fact that this is a major trigger for any professional hairstylist. Color that’s in a box has a number yet majority of the time is rarely that simple in a salon.
Remember the last time you went out snd had the most delicious pasta? It literally was the best thing you had eaten in a long time, wait see the photo and we know your hungry now!
You decided to ask the chef who had spent 12 years travelling throughout Italy to learn the regional cooking, he put himself through culinary school snd worked part time till 3am 4 nights a week to pay rent, food and expenses. You decide to ask him to sketch down then recipe because honestly you love it but the restaurant is too far to come frequently. Imagine after years and years training to just hand it out? Would it be the same even if he did? Unlikely but who know. Your version of boil, your version of lightly pan fry and his are almost certainly not going to be close!
Even if he did hand write it out, chances are your interpretation and his are completely different and the result wouldn’t resemble what you ate. I hope this makes sense.
Let’s look at it a different way, your salon stylist says he using a base 5. He has told you that after a heated discussion with him that you want 5 but also want it light. He told you he uses a 5 but in fact used 1/2-5 1/2-6. He uses one brand and you go to another salon that uses another brand, you think every competitor hair color company has the same system, result or numbering? No they don’t not even close.
A 5 in one brand may be a 6 in another and as far as the differences this is just the beginning. You can’t start coloring your hair at 30 and still be using the same color for the next 15-20 years it just doesn’t work like that. Every-time small changes need to happen as the hair changes constantly. Hairdressing is about an ongoing learning and just like the Chef requires years of training, education and investment from ourselves to make us better constantly.
We attend training most often than not self funded in our own time, our scissors are typically work several weeks salary which we buy ourselves. Then when mixing colors we consider ourselves artists and often use 3 or up to 5 different colors to create your “number 5” so forgive us if we don’t tell you because we know that with our years of education, the practical experience it sadly doesn’t come down to a “number 5”
A box color might cover your grey sure, it may also be next to impossible to lighten on your next visit and end up taking months or years to bring it back to what you love so no, we won’t play that game.
It’s not because we don’t want to loose the business, it’s because we know that it won’t work out how you expect so it’s better for you to make the decision not us. A solid, professionally trained hairstylist can match up a color fairly easy after a proper consultation taking into consideration fading etc.
So before you ask us, hey what number did you use on me last time remember we don’t use box color, that’s from the chemist.
Important note, your version of light brown is completely different to ours, your version of ash is most certainly different to ours. It’s important to note that a recipe is only as good as the understanding of the person reading it.