Many women who have gone natural have spoken about the new freedom and versatility they now have with their hair. Before I went natural, I always wanted to color my hair but my stylist told me it was a bad idea. My hair was dry and very fragile and the extra process of color would have caused some crazy damage. Now that my hair is natural and I’m actually paying attention to it and taking care of it, I love experimenting with color. For naturals looking to experiment with coloring your hair, here are some tips:
If you’re all natural, try henna. Henna is all natural and a lot less harmful to your hair than a chemical dye. It also improves the health of your hair as it acts as a sealant by locking in the moisture. The downside of henna dyeing is that you only have one color option and that is reddish brown.
DIY dyeing is mostly frowned upon in the natural hair community because it can be very damaging to the hair. I’m not going to lie, I am a box dye girl. It is the cheapest and most versatile option. When using a store bought box dye it is important to follow the instructions, specifically the time limit. If not, you could end up with over processed and damaged hair. Moisturizing is the most important part of at home dyeing. Make sure that you moisturize and condition your hair regularly to maintain healthy hair.
Getting your hair professionally colored is probably the best bet for consistent results. If you would like to make a drastic change (from dark brown to blonde), I would definitely say see a professional. They can consult with you and compromise between what you want and what your hair can handle. There will also be more consistency in the upkeep when you see a professional stylist.
After coloring your natural hair, it is important to show your hair some extra love. The process is not as damaging as it would be on relaxed hair, it can change your natural curl pattern and texture. To avoid this moisturize and condition and get regular trims to get rid of damaged ends.
Are you natural and dye your hair? What have your results been like?