The very concept of coloring natural hair can seem daunting. So many of us naturalistas worry about “tainting” our hair with dyes, chemicals, and any of the other perceived damages that come with the dyeing process that we avoid it completely. Staying away from color made sense back in the day when coloring your hair could kill your beautiful tresses, but with so many options for adding color to your natural hair, it’s time to get rid of the stigma.
Ditch the Fear: Coloring Natural Hair Correctly
From permanent dyes to temporary alternatives, the best stylists know how to give a naturalista just what they need when it comes to color. Interested in living on the wild side and switching things up a bit? Check out the five do’s and don’ts for coloring natural hair.
1. Do Choose the Right Color
Deciding to change up your hair color is just the first decision to make when coloring natural hair. The next important choice to make is to figure out what color works best for you. Ideally, you’ll want to find a hue that goes well with your complexion. If the color that you choose is too harsh, you’ll have to go through a more complicated color correction process to fix it. Avoid this by doing your research and asking a stylist their opinion on color choices.
2. Don’t Do Permanent Dyeing Yourself
We get it. Getting a professional to dye hair can get pricey. However, if you truly value the health of your natural hair, you’ll want to book a natural hair stylist that can color natural hair properly. When using more permanent processes to color your hair, you run the risk of damaging your kinks and coils. Most of these processes use harsh chemicals that can cause lasting damage if applied improperly.
Moreover, without the expertise of a trained stylist, you may find that you won’t get the desired results. This is certainly true when using store-bought boxed dyes or compounding the chemicals of dyes or bleach with hair that has already been chemically treated. Instead of risking ruining your hair, play it safe: if it requires chemicals, trust a stylist.
When you change the color of your hair, keep in mind that your tresses won’t always look as vibrant as they do after they have been freshly colored. To help keep your hair looking fresh, find special products for color treated hair to your hair washing regimen. For example, naturalistas that go blonde may find that their hair has a certain brassiness to it. To combat this, purple conditioner should be used when washing. The purples will help to cancel out the blonde’s brassiness.
4. Don’t Stop Moisturizing Your Hair
Thinking about dying your hair? Now’s the time to up your moisturizing game. After coloring your hair, you’ll notice that your coils and kinks are a lot drier than before. Make a habit of applying more of your favorite hair oil to your tresses while they’re still wet after washing your hair. This will make sure that your hair locks in as much of the oil as possible, helping to prevent any breakage or damage that comes with the dying process.
5. Do Have Fun and Explore
Hair coloring should be fun! While you should do a fair amount of research before coloring, you can have fun during the process. You can start your natural hair coloring adventure with temporary dyes. There are several products that you can spray on, apply a gel, or use one time to change the color of your natural hair. While these solutions will temporarily change your hair color, they also wash out just as easily.
With all the different options for coloring your hair, naturalistas looking to change up their tresses have no excuse not to try a new color. Be sure to keep these five do’s and don’ts in mind as you take on your new natural hair adventure. Have any favorite colors in mind? Share your hair inspo with us by leaving a comment below.