Haircolor: Blend of Sparks Colors, Green Envy & Purple Passion.
Pic on the left: 1 week after coloring. Pic on the right: 6 weeks after coloring, colors are more defined.
Point Of purchase: Beautilicios (Cole Bay)
Playing with colors and your hair is currently a very popular trend.
This goes for natural / permed / weave / extensions, everyone seems to want tome color in their lives!
Some of the questions that a naturalista will be faced with are:
- What brand should I use?
- How do you choose a haircolor?
- Is it ok to bleach my hair?
- What are the post care tips after bleaching your hair?
- How often can you change your hair color?
- What about bold colors in your work environment?
The reality is that shopping for that perfect haircolor brand, can be overwhelming if you do not know what you are looking for. The market is saturated with so many brands, choices, and tutorials that it could be time consuming.
I will provide a brief summary as to how I go about it:
- Look up the colors that are trending (this could be seaonal as well). Also the type of color:
Consider the Types of Hair Color
There are various types of color formulated to change the hair from one shade to another. Though all of these formulas are safe to use, some are more appropriate for ethnic hair than others.
- Color Rinses: Gentle and easy to use, these ammonia- and peroxide-free hair rinses are predominantly used to add shine and depth. The color rinse is a great option for individuals who don't have time to visit salons regularly; it can easily be maintained at home. It is also safe to use on relaxed hair, but since it washes out over time, it must be reapplied every few weeks. Note that color rinses do not lighten the hair.
- Temporary Colors: By virtue of their name, temporary hair colors last only until your next shampoo. Similar to rinses, they don't lighten hair and are completely chemical-free. These colors are essentially "paint" for your hair; they only coat the strands, so they are also safe to use on relaxed hair.
- Semi-permanent Colors: Similar to color rinses and temporary formulas, semi-permanent colors have the added advantage of longevity. The color is applied to the hair and then "sealed" with heat from a dryer for half an hour. Again, these colors are also chemical-free and safe to use on processed hair. Note, however, that they do not change color drastically and typically only last between six to twelve shampoos.
- Demi-permanent Colors: Demi-permanent colors contain a small amount of peroxide, but do not contain ammonia. Therefore, they can't lighten the hair, but they can enhance the natural color and cover grays well. This type of color also lasts through at least 24 shampoos.
- Permanent Colors: Best applied by a professional, permanent color provides you with a significant change and utilizes both ammonia and peroxide. The color does not wash out and only fades as the hair grows out. Touch-ups every four to six weeks are recommended to cover roots. For ethnic hair, it is especially important to see a colorist, particularly if the hair has been processed in some way.
- Research a brand based on my hair type (4C)
- My hair has been through the bleaching process, and therefore I am not new to handling bleach hair, if in doubt, I always contact my hair stylist / colorist
- The key to maintaining your hair healthy after going trough a bleaching process, is to make sure that you keep the moisture. This will prevent extreme dryness and breakages, specially your ends. What works for me is the "Shea Moisture" line of products, speciafically the Gel Curling Souffle & the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Again in order to make the right choices in products for your hair, it is imperative that you are familiar with your hair texture.
- I personally color my hair 2 to 3 times a year, this really has more to do with how health your hair is. Someone that hair is thinning or severe damaged should wait a substantial amount of time before venturing inyo any coloring process. If you are on the luckier side and take good care of your hair, in my experience 2 to 3 times a year is more than sufficient once you maintain a consistent post dye treatment for your hair.
- Choosing a color can be based on your personality, on the current trend or on trying something totally out of your comfort zone. I have been natural for about 2 years and the last year I have been playing around with colors: bright reds, to purples and greens. However if you are more on the conservative side, I would suggest try the color on a human hair extension, so that you can get an idea of how it will turn out on you (the hair has to be comaparable in color with yours of course). Another factor is your work envitonment, there are industries like, banking, law, health care, government that may have a policy in place for etiquette and apperance. If this is the case then you would have to enjoy these experiences while you are on holiday.