The Scoop On Caring For Color-Treated Hair
There comes a time in your natural hair journey where you just want to switch up your look. Some of us opt for a cool haircut, while others dive into the world of hair color. For the later, this can be a serious decision. Dying your hair is a big change, not just for your look, but also for the feel of your hair. Here are some important things to know about coloring your curls.
Regardless of your skin color, any color can be for you. It’s all about color tones. The first thing you should pay attention to is your skin. Everyone’s skin has undertones, whether they be pink, yellow, red, or olive. You want to choose a color that won’t wash out the natural colors in your face, but enhance them instead. As a rule of thumb, go with opposites. If your skin is warm toned (pink, red) go with a cooler color; if it’s cool-toned (olive, yellow) warmer colors will be better. Looking at photos of people with your skin tone and the color that you’re going for is also a big help!
Once you’ve chosen your color, it’s time to apply it. Before you dye your hair make sure it’s not overly damaged. Some split ends are fine, and you’ll absolutely need a trim after bleaching, but coloring damaged hair will only lead to more damage. Do a deep conditioning treatment at least a week before applying any type of dye. You’ll want to retain as much moisture as possible as the dye will dry your hair, whether you’re going darker or lighter. Moisture is key. And please, never go above a volume 30 developer.
Congrats on your new color! You look poppin, sis. But what’s next? Keep your hair moisturized. This can’t be stressed enough. If your hair is properly moisturized before and after dying, it minimizes the chances of damage. You’ll want to avoid heat for a while as that can add to the possible damage. After lifting color you’ll want to deep condition once a week for at least the first month. Personally, I like to leave in my deep conditioner for days after dying, something that has never failed me or my curls. If you notice your curl pattern is a little looser post-dye, a protein treatment will aid in fixing any damage done by adding protein back into your hair. Protein treatments can also help hair to retain moisture better.
Now that you have all of the facts on dying your curls, tell us what color you’re changing to next in the comments!