5 Best Ways to Care for Color Treated Hair

I get the question often if my hair color is natural black or do I use a dye. And I also get asked if I will ever dye my hair.  Yes, this is my natural black color and No I will not dye my hair. I won’t say never, but I will say I won’t dye my hair because I just can’t be bothered with the additional care required and honestly, I love my dark ebony natural hair.  I think it flatters my dark skin very well.  I’ve picked the brains of various stylists in order to gather that color treated hair needs additional care.  I’m just not with it.

With all of that being said, I want to support those of you that do have color or are considering dying your natural hair. In the video, I’ve gone into detail about the tips outlined below.
Please watch the video above for more information.

dye-curly-hair-red-natural hair- color Go To A Stylist

Your stylist is a professional and understands how to best select the right color, tone, low lights, and hightlights to give you a color that best suits you.  Let’s not forget, hair dye is a chemical and your stylist is well equipped to apply this chemical to your natural hair.

Read more! Professional tips for DIY Hair Color

Use Color Safe Shampoo

Shampoos that are Sulfate Free and that are made for Color Treated hair help your color last longer.

Read more! It’s Time to Make Your Natural Hair Color Last Longer

Deep Condition

Hair Dye creates a high porosity environment for your hair, leaving your hair excessively dry without proper care.

Protein Treatments

When you dye your natural hair, your weaken the hair. Protein treatments add strength back to your colored natural hair.

Retwist at Night

Retwisting at night helps your hair to maintain moisture. Natural hair that is dyed dries out very quickly.  This is one way to keep your hair moisturized just a little longer.

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  1. queenbee9

    Jenell I APPLAUD you for not dying your hair since technically if a person would dye their hair and lighten it (lift it) then the use of those chemicals to do so means that the hair is no longer natural.

    Many people do not know that lifted color uses chemicals that partially straighten hair, weaken hair chemical bonds and changes the layers of cuticle , increases porosity by damaging the cuticle and what is actually in the cortex.

    (When hair is lifted the natural layers of melanin are REMOVED And replaced with man made chemicals)

    In fact, lifting hair (to get the reds or blondes on darker hair) is even more of a chemical metamorphosis than relaxing hair. Every time I see a beautiful head of natural hair that has been blonded or made red with synthetic dye, I wonder just how important being true to the natural experience does that person wish to go?

    Many women who dye their hair STOP the minute they learn that the dye basically undoes the idea of natural hair and yet many more don’t care. It is all personal. Henna and other natural dyes or semipermanent dyes are ok because they do not penetrate the hair shaft.

    I used to be a colorist so I love to look at hair in many different hues and see techniques, but I am now natural both in hair and diet and holistic so , now the blondes and reds are not for me and definitely NOT something for my natural hair.

  2. queenbee9

    Adding this, I must add, seek out a COLORIST And not just a stylist. While everyone who is a cosmetologist learn the basics of coloring hair, only a colorist specializes in this. Many stylist do not know how to do the many techniques nor stay up on the game which often requires attending seminars all over the country/world.

    My salon sponsored me to attend Hair Color USA which was a huge international event showcasing color and the latest in applications. I spent a week attending seminars hosted by the largest companies in the business.

    Hair coloring is chemistry and a lot of stylists DO NOT understand or know this nor know how to tailor what they think they know to the condition and state of a specific hair condition or head of hair. So a colorist is best if you can afford one or want the best techniques.

  3. queenbee9

    If you color your hair and have porosity issues that seem not to be addressed by protein treatments (which must be done more often when hair is lifted) OR if you have issues with protein but want to be able to retain moisture, try a reconstructive treatment with panthenol (Vitamin b 5) this will often act similar to a protein treatment but be more costly.

    A very good one is Pantesalmina. It is a regimen you follow for 1 month and costs about 100.00 total for a month or month and a half of care. The result is not only stronger hair (protein also helps to strengthen hair that is weakened by color) but also hair that is capable of holding in moisture due to a strengthening of the cuticle.

    Once the cuticle is strengthen, you need less moisturizers and butters for your hair. Unlike protein where too much can suffocate your hair or cause breakage by preventing moisture from reaching beyond the protein encapsulation; panthenol still allows hair to breathe and you can apply it over other applications with no worries of suffocating your hair.

    If you decide to go with the panthenol, then don’t do protein also, that is overkill and could actually harm your hair.

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