Yesterday I stopped at Sally's Beauty Supply store. I have never been in there. I usually buy the cheapest hair color in the box from Walmart which costs around $4.50. Sometimes I use the whole box and sometimes I try to mix a small amount so that I can just touch up where my hair is parted. I wanted to see if it would be cheaper to buy a larger quantity of color at Sally's Beauty. Well, the large bottle of developer cost $5.49 and the small 2 oz. bottle of color cost $4.50. I didn't see any large bottles of the color. Too bad. So I will still have to pay $4.50 for the color which is the same price I was paying for the boxed color kit. Plus I found boxed color kits for $3 at Big Lot's last time I was there.
Buying separate bottles:
More color choices.
Easier to mix small amounts.
4 developers to choose from for different color levels and hair types.
Buying in box:
Can be cheaper.
Packet of conditioner and gloves often included.
Easier if mixing for my whole head.
I think I will continue to look for hair color deals in the box. If they have the color that I want for $3 then it is a better deal especially when it is time to do my whole head. The separate bottles are handy for touch ups when an applicator bottle is not really necessary. It could be my imagination but the separate bottles that I just bought seem to be better quality than the cheap stuff in the box. At least it was less stinky. So, I haven't made a decision either way, this just gives me more options.