Last Updated on September 11, 2022 by The Blessed Queens
Hair coloring is not a matter to be taken lightly if you want to avoid severe damage. And coloring natural hair is even trickier because it requires special care. It will also impose some limitations on you in regards to color, so choose wisely.
How to Color Natural Hair and Not Regret Doing It
The good news is that with the right tools, time, and determination, you’ll be able to achieve any color you want. However, you should take some facts into account in order to make sure that the result you get is truly stunning.
Always start small
If you’ve never colored your natural hair before, don’t go for a full treatment right away. Instead, start with highlights or even just a few colored strips or tips. The point is to allow you to see how your hair reacts to the products.
It would be best to have your first attempts someplace discreet. This way, if you aren’t satisfied with the results, you should be able to hide them or even cut off the affected parts of your hair.
Also, subtle pops of color can make your hairstyle look more attractive and even help define its shape. This might allow you to achieve a beautiful effect without subjecting all of your hair to coloring treatment.
Choose a color that will work for you (and mind the bleach)
You’ll notice that the majority of sources giving tips on coloring natural hair recommend avoiding bleach like the plague. However, the truth is such that you must use it if you want to achieve any significant color change.
Therefore, the first thing you should do is to go online and look for inspiration on Pinterest or similar platforms. Next, you should start studying various color charts. Choose the color that’s closest to the pictures you were inspired by. But bear in mind that you might need to talk to your stylist about your choices beforehand. They will be able to tell you whether you can achieve that kind of color change.
Don’t be upset if the stylist says you can’t at the moment. It will simply take you a bit longer to lighten the hair enough to color it the exact shade you want. Getting several treatments over the span of a few weeks can be safer than trying to bleach your hair all at once. And you’ll need bleach to lighten it enough so it can get the color you want.
Of course, nothing changes the fact that bleaching damages your hair quite badly. Also, if it isn’t done right, it can be a risk for your health. The solution is to get this kind of treatment from an experienced hairstylist. They must have experience in working with natural hair in particular. Its structure is more susceptible to severe damage from bleaching, so the stylist will need to be doubly-careful. They will also need to use specialized products, like Olaplex, to protect your hair and minimize the damage.
Embrace deep conditioning
If you aren’t deep-conditioning your hair every week already, you must start doing this after you color it. In fact, you can start doing it twice every week.
There is no avoiding the fact that your beautiful natural hair will be damaged by coloring. Even if you use the best product and services of an experienced professional, the structure of the hair will suffer. But if you nourish and hydrate it properly, you will be able to avoid issues like broken curls and split ends.
Use either a professional-grade deep conditioning product for colored hair or homemade products. A mix of egg and a tablespoon of olive oil will be a good hair mask in your case. It’s highly nourishing and helps fight the annoying frizz that often appears on colored natural hair. Whip the ingredients together and apply the mask on dry hair. Leave for 30 minutes and shampoo your hair as usual. Use cool or lukewarm water as it’s safer for your hair.
Make necessary changes in your styling
Colored natural hair is more fragile, so you’ll need to change your styling routine to make it safer. Minimize the use of a hairdryer and flat iron. Go as natural as possible with your curls or wear them in plaits.
Don’t forget to use thermal protection spray and SPF hairspray whenever necessary.
There you have it, How to Color Natural Hair and Not Regret Doing It
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