At some point in our natural hair journey, we may get the itch to spice up our look with a little color. Natural hair is one of the best canvas’s for changing your hue. If you're considering permanently dyeing your hair for the first time, there are some precautions to take. EDEN BodyWorks family member, Tia Hurd, is sharing some tips that’ll help you achieve your new look, and how to maintain the integrity of your hair.
- You can use at-home dye if you're going for a one-dimensional dark hue. At-home dyes have come a long way over the past two decades. If you're going light, box dye won't be your best option, as these dyes often aren't strong enough to change hair from dark to light. But, if you're going dark, purchase a couple of boxes just to be on the safe side. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the thickness of your hair.
@heygorjess - light to dark
- VISIT a salon if you want to lighten your hair. Everyone's hair is structured differently, and the exact formulation to achieve a multi-dimensional color may be complicated, but a professional who's well-versed in color will adapt to the actual tones of your hair.
- Go slow and steady with the dyeing process so as not to affect your curl pattern. If your color is done the right way, your curls should remain intact. Lightening your hair extensively in one session can cause damage that could affect your hair's natural texture. The bigger the difference in your natural hair color and your desired shade, the more likely it is that you'll experience a (temporary) loss of elasticity and a more loosened curl pattern.
- Highlights are great for low up-keep. Highlights are the choice of many naturalistas because you can go longer between touch-ups. They also give more of a natural, sun-kissed look and create dimension.
- Blondes have fun, but it’s sooooo much work. To achieve blonde hair color, you must perform multiple processes, use higher volume developers, and have longer processing times, all of which can become a recipe for disaster. The integrity and strength of your hair will change. This is where the expertise of a stylist comes into play. He or she can establish a prolonged dyeing regimen with you to eventually lift you to your desired color, as well as provide some highlight techniques that will offset a great deal of damage. Once you've become blonde, protective styles — such as sew-ins, box braids, twistouts, or cornrows — will give your strands a much-needed break after intense dyeing $$$
- Regular deep-conditioning is a must. Color-treated hair needs extra TLC, so I highly recommend deep conditioning at least once a week and investing in some top notch hair oils. EDEN BodyWorks's JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner, followed by their JojOba Monoi Hair Oil (adds sheen and luster) is a power-paired duo that will leave your hair strengthened, soft and healthy. To achieve even better results, wrap hair with a plastic shower cap for 10-20 minutes while in the shower or with a steamer to activate the ingredients.
- Use a color-preserving shampoo to protect your hair after you dye it. Most color-preserving shampoos are free of stripping chemicals like sulfates, and they have a lightweight layer of protection that will prevent your color from bleeding out. Try EDEN BodyWorks's JojOba Monoi Shampoo.
- Leave-In Conditioner is now your best friend. Colored hair is prone to dryness. A leave-in helps protect and moisturize along with helping to detangle. Try EDEN BodyWorks's Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner. It's has great slip and moisture!
If you have any personal hair dyeing tips, tricks or stories, please share with us in the comments below! We'll see you back here next week!