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Hairdresser shows dangers of box dye as client’s hair falls out

Most people have experienced some sort of bad hair day during their lives – whether it’s a wonky fringe, roots down to your ears or a dodgy perm.

During lockdown, while hairdressers and barbers were forced to close, many of us had to turn to home remedies to help us look ‘presentable’.

Thankfully the DIY hairdos are no more as salons are back to business.

However, the damage may already be done.

One hairdresser has gone viral after showing just how dangerous those lockdown box dye colours may have been to our hair, reports The Mirror.

He has revealed the huge damage box dyes caused to a client’s locks after carrying out a strand test.


The outcome highlighted just how important a strand test can be.

Although they may feel pointless, these pre-appointment tests ensure no harm occurs to you or your hair – and rules out an allergic reaction.

Stylist Matthew, who posts at Matthewwhair, said the client had dyed her hair black using box dye after previously going blonde.

He applied dye to a strand of her hair to see how it reacted, and it didn’t go well, with her locks frizzing up, and a lump of hair falling out.

He captioned the video, which was viewed 8.9 million times, with: “Black box dye after going blonde.”

In a follow-up video, he explained why he didn’t like box dye, as he explained that it contains high amounts of ammonia which can cause unnecessary damage.

The stylist also claimed that the metallic salts and dyes can cause chemical reactions when bleaching, or mean that professional dye won’t apply evenly.

And he warned that the harsh chemicals can irritate the scalp, causing reactions to sensitive skin.

He defended himself after viewers complained he’d used too much hair for the strand test, as he explained: “This was the second strand test for viewing purposes.

“It showed her that her hair was breaking and orange and she went ahead with the service.”

People were left horrified, with one commenting: “You guys are commenting ‘THAT’S SUCH A BIG STRAND TO TEST ON’ now imagine if she did it to her whole head without knowing that would happen.”

The client herself seemed very happy with the service, as she commented on the video to praise her stylist.

Jannelle said: “Hi, I’m the client! This was the day of my appointment, I went ahead with the service, chopped off some inches and went orange! He did amazing!”

She added: “It only broke near the ends which was the part I was going to cut off anyway.”

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