6 Tips for Safely Coloring Natural Hair
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, as the seasons change so do our desires to change our hair color. From pastel pinks to chocolate browns the color craze is real! Although coloring our hair gives us a new look and allows us to experiment with our hair, what is really at stake? Are we compromising the overall health of our hair to follow the seasons trend? To an extent, yes.
Don’t get me wrong, we love a new color job just as much as the next person. From the influx of compliments to the overall confidence boost, there’s no denying what a good color change can do for you. Likewise, we want to keep in mind that chemically processing your natural hair comes with its disadvantages as well. The potential damage to your curl pattern, over processing and excessive dryness are a few things to keep in mind.
No need to fret! Before you place that bottle of hair dye back on the shelf, your friends at Box beauty have gathered 6 tips to help you get the hair color you want and maintain your hair’s health.
1.ASESS your hair – Before making a major change to your hair, you always want to make sure that you know the current condition of your hair. The results of your assessment will let you know what products to use, whether you should dye your hair, and how much processing your hair can tolerate. Hair assessments can be done by you at home or by a stylist at a salon, they will be able to tell you about your hair’s strength, porosity and elasticity prior to coloring.
2. TAKE it Slow & Steady – We all know how beautiful those fiery reds and honey blondes look on our curls, but double and triple processing your hair at once can permanently damage it. Take things slow when it comes to coloring your natural hair. You want the process to be a gradual achievement to your desired color. This will ensure that your hair receives the least amount of damage.
3. AVOID Bleach – When dying any hair in general, the urge to grab the bleach and just get it over with, is a hard one to fight. We advise you to avoid using bleach if possible. Most hair can be dyed with a combination of peroxide and color. This method is much safer than applying bleach directly to the hair. If bleach is your preference, we advise you to do your research and consult with your stylist.
4. SWITCH your shampoo – Every shampoo has a purpose. There are those that clarify, moisturize, and even volumize. There are also specific shampoos for color treated hair and even specific colors. You want to consider what shampoo you are using because some will strip your color if you’re not careful. Check out this 4-star shampoo by One ‘n Only.
5. LIMIT your use of heat - All naturalistas know about the damage that extensive use of heat can do to our hair. Therefore, it comes at no surprise that chemically processing hair makes it more prone to heat damage. We know how cute that new color looks when it’s curled and pressed, so we suggest trying to stretch the periods in between re-straightening and trying out various protective styles that will show off your color just as well. Check out our blog about Heatless Curls.
6. ROUTINE deep conditioning – If there was ever a handbook on “How to be naturalista” this would be the first chapter. Deep conditioning is super important without chemical processing, which makes it a top priority with added chemicals in your hair. Dying your hair can strip the natural oils away. Deep conditioning regularly allows your hair to retain moisture and gain elasticity. Try out this Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner by EDEN that is sure to restore, repair, and revitalize your hair.
Maintaining healthy hair is a major part of our hair journeys. Whether we’re going jet black or lime green, we want to make sure our hair is in top condition. Going the extra mile and adding in these 6 tips is sure to help you along your journey.
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