So you’re considering adding color to your hair? We have ALL been there. It can be so exciting to give yourself a new look with a pop of vibrant color. Or maybe you’re looking to lighten and darken subtly with the seasons. Historically, people with curly hair, color their hair less often than those with straight and wavy hair.
Why is this? There is often an association between color treatments and unhealthy hair. We are here to tell you, that doesn’t have to be the case! We’ve listed some helpful tips for if you’re considering experimenting with color.
- Do your research. There are numerous ways to color your hair but it’s important to find which is best for you. We recommend looking for style inspiration photos on folks with similar hair textures for reference. Next, you may want to consider the type of hair coloring process you prefer. Bleaching? Henna? A gentle rinse? Permanent dye? These can be influenced by the look you want but also by your hair type. Speaking with a professional can also help in this decision.
Find a stylist you trust! Anyone can add a bit of color to your hair! It’s tempting to want to do it ourselves or have a friend help us out with a good ‘ole box dye kit. Resist the temptation! Finding a stylist that is experienced in color for curly hair is important. Be sure to always go in for a consultation with your stylist before making your appointment. This will give you all a chance to talk about your hair history, struggles, hydration levels, and your ideal new look. Be open to suggestions and advice, this is why it’s important to find someone you trust.
Patch Test. We know you think that the ruby red will look incredible on you because your cousin’s best friend's sister posted it on Instagram and you love it. But, consider doing a patch test. Whether you’re using a stylist or going solo, having a trial run could help greatly. This will allow you to get a more accurate feel of how this specific color will look on you. You may find yourself wanting to lighten, darken or go a completely different route!
Moisture. Moisture. Moisture! Adding color can often dry out hair or cause it to become high porosity. Meaning the cuticles are now more open and have a harder time retaining moisture. It will be important to keep your newly tinted curls hydrated and moisturized. When hair is dry it is more susceptible to breakage and shedding. Consider upping your normal moisture routine to combat breakage. You'll want to be sure to have products that specialize in moisture retention like those in our Ultimate Moisture Bundle.
Maintenance. Remembering that adding color to your hair is a chemical process! Therefore your hair cuticles will need some extra love and care. Depending on the process used to add color, this can greatly change how your hair responds to products and the type of care it needs. Take some time to get reacquainted with your hair! It may need to be trimmed more often, prefer different styles, or no longer be in love with your favorite shampoo. Color treated hair can tend to swing towards high porosity so be sure you are adjusting your routine accordingly with products like our high porosity bundle.
Many folks with curly hair shy away from color altogether. However, it is possible to have a healthy hair journey with color-treated hair. Changes in routine and more intentionality are to be expected, so be sure you’re ready for that commitment. Playing with new colors can be fun and a great way to explore self-expression. If you are looking for some great moisture-retaining products for your new look you can check out our product guide here: https://strandsoffaith.com/pages/product-guide-recommendations It’s your crown so treat it with care, style, and color as you please. Remember to have fun with it!