If you’re like me, at some point in your natural hair journey, you might get the itch to spice up your look with a little colour. There is so much information out there about caring for colour-treated hair but what about before you even pick up that applicator bottle? Here’s 5 things you need to know before you dye your hair.
1.Assess the current condition of your hair. Dyeing can be permanently damaging to your hair. It is so important to look at the overall condition of your hair! Examine it, are you experiencing breakage? Are your hair always super dry (or dryer than usual)? Are you having trouble with excessive shedding? If you have any of this issues, You might want to fix it before colouring your hair. Permanent hair dye include agents that will open up the hair cuticle in order to lift your current colour and then deposit the new one. This increases the hair’s porosity and decreases the elasticity. There is some degree of damage with permanent hair colour as the hair will often be weaker and drier afterwards. Dyeing hair that is already in a damaged state will only make matters worse. I suggest you nurse your hair back to health and then you can consider adding a little colour to to it.
2. Be realistic. Rome wasn’t built in a day-and drastic hair color can’t be achieved overnight, either. The more pronounced the change you attempt, the more likely the results will be brassy, ashy or just plain disappointing. A subtle shift, on the other hand, is completely attainable.
3. Choose the right brand. Make sure to select a brand that will do the least amount of damage to your already fragile strands. Sheamoisture and Creme of Nature are my go to when I want to dye my hair. Like I said, there is always some level of damage when applying colour. So try opting for products ammoniac (or other harmful chemicals) free. It is really important to do your research before buying anything. read those boxes carefully if you’re doing it at home or ask your stylist about the specifics of the colour he or she is going to use.
4. Buy a shade lighter than the colour you want. Hair dye always comes out darker than the image on the box. Buy one or two shades lighter than your desired colour. It is easier to amp up a colour’s intensity than it is to tone it down.
5. Think about your daily life routine. your schedule, your activities, your budget (do you want to spend a lot on hair maintenance or not, because those things can be quite expensive). Are you prepared to do what it takes to keep your colour looking its best and your hair the healthiest it can be in that state?
What do you think of this list? Do you have any tips or tricks to share regarding hair dye? Let me know in the comment section below!
Love, Helene Xx