After watching the Netflix documentary on the iconic blonde bombshell, Pamela Anderson, I was not surprised that she uses box dye, Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Hair Color, on her hair. My take is that she is at least 75% grey and while in Canada, she needed to touch up her roots every three weeks. I hope she does not have a steady diet of the box dye, since it contains large amounts of ammonia!
Hair dye with ammonia will dry out natural hair, and it was evident in the film. Although, when she was shown performing as "Roxie," her hair appeared far more healthy. One would assume she had professional hair color done, and highlights/foils.
I can not tell you how many clients seek color correction after box dye catastrophes. I receive email advice from all over the country, but I can not help online. Most of these people want to remove the dark color they have applied, but this does not happen in one step, it will take quite a few salon visits, and hair color remover which should only be used by a professional. Hair Color remover extracts artificial dye but does not leave the hair in its original color. The hair will need to be highly conditioned and then processed with a new color.
Keep in mind, between Pamela Anderson's grey hair, and a naturally lighter shade of color, her hair lifts to a warm blonde. This is not the case with someone with darker hair. Darker hair will pull red/orange in color and nowhere near Pamela's color.
The buzz in the salon is that Pamela dyes her own hair, but as I said, I believe it is when she is off the grid in Canada. Using this box dye on a consistent basis will most certainly lead to dry and damaged hair.
Blonde hair should be carefully lightened and processed correctly. We are constantly training in new color techniques, color education, and organic hair color. We use both Goldwell and All Nutrient hair color. All Nutrient is an organic hair color made in New Hampshire. We use this color for sensitive scalps and clients with hair issues. Products such as "olaplex" contain hair bond builders that prevent damage. We add bond builders to our bleach in order to create healthy bleached hair.
Henna is another popular at-home color product. Henna is derived from the henna plant, and stains the hair strands. The problem with henna is that it does not mix well with conventional hair color and bleach! Proceed with caution if you plan to switch from henna to other color brands, especially bleach.
Box dye is strong since it is meant to work, but stronger (ammonia-filled) hair color is not compatible with high-quality hair color. If you are unable to visit a hair salon, it is best to take a trip to Sally's Beauty, purchase a semi-professional hair color, and mix it with the appropriate color developer. Sally's staff may be able to help you determine which color, and formula will work best for you.
Note: While there is a lot of fun to be had with a hair color chart and hair dye, if you have an existing hair color on your hair, you might need to be careful about the hair color remover and its process to achieve your baseline hair color to start from. While hair color trends for 2023 might get you ready for a fun season, taking the right precautions will get you there stress-free.