Summer Color Fun – Caring for Colored Tresses

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We’re seeing bright, bold and vibrant colors this summer!  Being natural doesn’t have to be boring.  One way to change up your look is to add some color to your hair.  There are several popular shades trending right now  and depending on what you’re going for you may have to start by lifting you’re hair with a bleach prior to coloring.  

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Now we all know naturals love DIY styling but when it comes to coloring, when in doubt, see a stylist to ensure that your hair is well treated and to help avoid damaging your hair.  I myself have colored my hair a few times from blonde and copper highlights to burgundy/reds and a question I get often is “how do you keep your hair moisturized?” or “do you experience a lot of breakage?”  Well, I wanted to share a few tips & recommendation that helped me to maintain healthy hair.

10 Hair Coloring Tips:

1.       Set up a consultation with a stylist.  I was new to coloring and wanted to be sure that coloring my hair wouldn’t damage it so I went to see a professional .  She was able to walk me through what the process would be as well as evaluate the current condition and health of my hair.  Though coloring is fun, a permanent color may not be the best option.  A professional can provide options and advise you on the best color treatment for the health of your hair.

2.       Start off slow.  If you’ve never colored your hair but you are interested in seeing how it would look, try a temporary color or a few highlights. 

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It allows you to play with color without a long lasting commitment to it if you don’t like it.  They may not take as well as permanent color if your natural color is dark so keep that in mind when selecting your temporary color.

3.       Avoid heat styling.  As a natural I very rarely use heat but especially with color treated hair.  Not that can’t flat iron or curl your hair but remember, your shaft is more vulnerable and using heat can cause heat damage.  If you choose to use heat, don’t set the iron above 350 and use a heat protectant.

4.       Deep Condition often.  This is great for any natural but is a must if you color your hair.  Lifting your hair to another shade can cause dryness and deep conditioning allows moisture to really penetrate the hair shaft and restore moisture.  After a deep conditioning treatment, it’s important to seal it with an oil.

5.       If you struggle with dryness, avoid blondes. The lighter you go, the more open the hair shaft is allowing moisture to escape more easily.  If you already struggle with dryness, you may want to consider darker colors that stay closer to your natural shade.

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6.       Beware of protein treatments.  Adding too much protein can cause breakage and adding protein to color treated hair that is not cared for properly can cause additional breakage making it very difficult to retain length.

7.       Consider more co-washing vs. shampooing.  Shampooing often can cause the color to dull and depending on the shampoo it can also strip the hair of much needed moisture, leaving the hair dry and vulnerable.  Co-washing with a moisture rich conditioner helps to refresh your hair while adding moisture.

8.       Find a good leave in conditioner.  A good leave in will help keep hair moisturized in between washes and deep conditioning treatments.  Even having a daily moisturizer on hand is a plus.  One thing I do is use a leave in as a styling agent for setting my hair.  Not only does it help with moisture but my hair has amazing definition. 

9.       Avoid high manipulation styles.  Colored hair is fragile and adding to much tension, pulling and stretching the hair can cause breakage.  I recommend twist outs, braid outs, mini twists and flat twist outs.  The key is be gentle and take your time when styling.  I’ve heard it said like this, “Care for your hair like silk not denim.” 

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10.   Continue getting trims.  If you feel or since that your ends are drying out quicker (especially as the color grows out), be sure to get your hair trimmed immediately.  When I was wearing my blonde/copper highlights, as my color was just about gone, it felt extremely dry.  Remember your ends are the oldest part of your hair.  So basically I had old colored hair that was drying out quicker than the rest of my hair.  I decided for the health of my hair to trim the rest of the color off. I noticed right away how my curls bounced right back. Don't be afraid to trim!

 

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Sumetra Reed

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