Coloring your Natural Hair.

Hair Coloring

Coloring Your Hair

Are you interested in adding color to your natural hair? Well, it’s best to consult with a hair professional to fulfill your coloring needs.  Before you get your hair colored, make sure your hair is in good condition. To ensure your hair is in good condition, deep condition your hair for a few weeks prior to getting your hair color treated.  A hair stylist will lift your hair by using bleach or a lightener. The lightener or bleach will strip your hair of its color to the lightest color your hair will go. This is typically a yellowish blonde. Once that is done the stylist will add the color of your choice.  



If you are looking to do a DIY (do it yourself) by buying a hair coloring kit at your local beauty supply store, there are some things to keep in mind.  Most of these kits do not contain the lifter to significantly lighten your hair.  The color change will be very mild.  There are some hair coloring kits that state they are ammonia free.  Ammonia assists in the coloring process.  They could have substitutes like ethanolamine, monoethanolamine or MEA which can cause more damage to your hair than ammonia.



There is however an alternative way of coloring your hair that is less damaging, and that is using henna. Henna is a natural alternative to coloring your hair without bleach.  There are prepackaged Henna kits that naturals can apply at home.  However, if you don’t feel confident coloring your hair, please seek a hair professional.


Once your hair has been color treated it is very important to do the following things:

  1. Deep condition your hair weekly. Your hair will require deep conditioning treatments to ensure your hair stays well conditioned.
  2. Use color treated shampoos.  These colored treated shampoos are formulated to wash your tresses with the utmost care.
  3. Trim your hair regularly; depending on your hair it could be monthly or every three weeks.  Trimming your hair will help prevent split ends, single strand knots, and breakage.
  4. Co-wash your hair every two or three days.  Your hair is going to need extra moisture as a result of the color.  Co-washing is a good method to keep hair invigorated.


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