A To-Do List before Considering Coloring your Natural hair

 

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At this point in my hair journey, I want a change, something new. I am really considering  getting my hair colored (Highlights to be specific) and embracing a new journey. Yes, I have heard of all the scary colored hair stories that I have been told but honestly I am up for the challenge. I am taking this as a new learning experience so I can actually talk about it after the fact I color it. So I took some cautious steps, to avoid a hair disaster and you should consider these steps too.

  • Research: 
    • It is important to have an idea what colors you are considering and what style? Do you want to go darker or lighter? How light to you want to go? Do you want your whole head dyed in one color or do you want just highlights(Partial dyeing)? And top of that you should consider what kind of dye do you want to use; Henna or normal dye with bleaching agents?
    • Also you should look at the pros and cons of Colored Treated hair. You want to know what you are getting into and come in the salon informed. Ask yourself “Am I up for the challenge?”
  • Find a Trust Worthy Stylist: 
    • If you don’t have a trust worthy hair stylist already then you should do some searching around. Ask around for Natural hair salons in your area. You need to find a salon that actually cares about you and your hair.
    • Once you find that person, ask them as many questions as you can.
      • How much is it going to cost?
      • What colors are best for my hair and my skin tone?
      • What are some concerns I should have about my hair?
      • How should I care for it?
    • You should ask questions of this nature, just so you have a well rounded idea. Again, you want to be informed as much as possible before you set an appointment.
  • Consider the CURRENT condition of your hair 
    • You should consider the health of your hair FIRST before anything. Hair should be at its healthiest before you make any chemical changes to it. Dying your hair can take a toll on it and dry it out majorly if your hair is not at its best.
    • If your hair is recovering from damage, I would wait 6 months or so until it is healthy. Take care of the condition it is now. You dont want to add any additional damage. The last thing you want is your hair to break even more!
  • Get Prepared 
    • This is the time you want to start stocking on products that are for “Colored Treated” hair because you may have to switch up some things. That doesn’t mean buy over $100 worth of products. Just consider some good deep condtioners, color safe shampoos and conditioners, as well as some styling products to save your new hair color.
    • Ask your hair stylist what does he/she recommend.
    • You can search around in beauty supply stores:
      • Shea Moisture
      • Carol’s Daughter
      • TGIN
    • Those are just to name a few that has products for colored treated hair.
  • Keep you hair in Tip-Top condition 
    • At this time, keep your hair as healthy as you can until your appointment day comes. If you need a trim, I would advise you to do it some time before your appointment. Keep your strands strong and healthy.

It is important to consider all of these steps before coloring your hair. This is not to scare you at all, it is just to prepare you to avoid the worst case scenario. It’s not a lot of work. I want you to have the best coloring experience because you deserve it and I know you care about your natural hair. If your hair is currently damaged, please wait before you color, you would want your hair to be at the best condition it can be. Hair dye alters your hair a bit, this is why it is important to take these steps.

Tips: 

  • Make an early appointment, you dont want to rush this.
  • Don’t be scared, at the end of the day it is just hair.
  • Keep in touch with your stylist in case you have any questions before your appointment.
  • Make sure you get a a DEEP condition when the color is applied to your hair.

This is it folks! Let me know how it goes in the comments!

-Nansi

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