One thing I noticed while walking down the street one hot afternoon was the “colored hair” trend. Based on my observations, it appeared that the majority of ladies with afro-textured hair have only newly discovered the beauty of having colors in their natural hair. After meeting a few of these ladies, I’ve concluded that colored hair is currently one of the reigning queens in the hair industry.
Afro-textured hair has always been hard to moisturize because of the challenge of moisture traveling down coily strands. It may require a lot more attention to keep it looking healthy. Additionally, all that extra touching and twisting can sadly weaken strands due to the tension and manipulation. There are numerous hairstyles and methods for enhancing the kinkiness and tight coils of Afro-textured hair. Experimenting with these methods is a natural part of coil interaction, but don’t you want a little color now and then?
Color added to the mix means handling with extreme caution. Hair dyeing is a dangerous chemical process that should be taken seriously. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to ensure that your new color is accurate while also preserving the health of your hair. While some people color their hair for cosmetic reasons, others color their hair to track the rate of growth and length of hair. The appearance of black hair strands pushes up the colored strands over time.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAIR BLEACHING AND DYEING
If you want to change the color of your hair to try a different look, bleaching and dyeing are two choices. Although both processes can alter the color of your hair, they do not take the same route.
IS MY HAIR SAFE FOR COLORING?
Hair dye causes damage due to the opening up of the cuticle to lift your natural color and deposit the new one. This causes the hair to become dry and porous, which can cause breakage in any hair type. If your hair already has problems like dryness and split ends, coloring it will worsen the situation. Before going the colored natural hair route, consider repairing split ends with regular haircuts and deep conditioning treatments.
In conclusion, as fascinating and trendy as hair coloring is, it is critical to consider the condition of your hair at the time before applying the dye, which contains 90% of heavy chemicals. Either reconsider until the hair is in good condition or abandon the idea of using it in the first place.
HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY HAIR AFTER DYEING/BLEACHING?
Chemicals found in dyes and bleach cause cuticle opening; what is the solution?
Protein treatments that aid in cuticle gap filling and moisture retention are ideal in this situation, especially if your hair is afro-textured.
Protein treatments for afro-textured colored hair are required to contain keratin. If you do not want to use more products on your hair, you can try a homemade protein treatment instead. A typical example is a mixture of beaten eggs, two teaspoons of essential oil, and lemon juice or honey. It is applied to the hair for 30 to 40 minutes after mixing. In a situation where your hair is oily, avoid adding egg yolk to the mixture. Protein treatments should be applied twice or three times per month to escape hair dryness and breakage. Finally, sulfate-free shampoos and moisturizing conditioners are to be used along with the treatment.
Even though bleaching afro-textured hair leaves the hair at its most porous state, however, avoid washing the dyed hair every day to avoid stripping the hair of the natural oil and moisture. And though washing once a week is sufficient, regular moisturization is required. Condition your afro-textured hair regularly with leave-in conditioners designed for colored hair, allowing the product to sit for at least a half hour before thoroughly rinsing. If not sure, look for products that contain shea butter and Vitamin E, as both are particularly nourishing for dyed hair
Dyed afro-textured hair is more prone to breakage than natural hair. That means you should treat your hair gently after dyeing. Get a good quality, wide-tooth comb for detangling as anything else can cause hair damage or loss. If you swim, always wear a swimming cap to protect your color-treated hair from chlorine.
Ladies with afro-textured hair have already been advised not to use heat on their hair. If heat styling is still your thing, be aware that color-treated hair is brittle. Using too much heat on color-treated tight coily hair can be damaging.
Do not forget to also trim weak ends of the strands, so as to be able to get rid of split ends and also be in control of the frizziness while keeping the coils bouncy.