It’s been almost three months since I coloured my hair and while a number of you have developed keen interest on following the same route, I thought it would be wise to share with you a few things about the coloured hair journey. This is not meant to discourage you but rather to keep you informed before you make that decision.

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1.Don’t colour your hair if your hair is weak

If you are experiencing breakage, shedding and hair loss, it is not advisable to colour your hair yet. You should get on to the coloured hair journey if and when your hair is in a healthy state. As much as the urge is strong, work on getting you hair to a healthy state through healthy hair practices like deep conditioning, Moisturising, etc before you expose your hair to the harsh process of dyeing.

2. You need a healthy hair routine

Once you embark on the coloured hair journey, you need to develop a healthy hair routine that will involve constant moisturizing, sealing In the moisture using oils, and  regular deep Conditioning. Neglecting your hair is not an option. Be very consistent especially when it comes to moisturising. Invest in moisture-based products, a good leave in conditioner and a great hair masque to strengthen your hair. Watch this video to stay updated on my journey and routine.

3. Hot water is not your friend.

As I mentioned in this post here, the colouring process involves lifting of the cuticles open to enable the colour pigmentation to settle in.  This can be a very harsh process for your hair. Moving forward, you need to be able to control the number of instances that the cuticle is opened. When we rinsed off the bleach during the colouring process, we used lukewarm water to avoid further damage since the cuticles were already open. This is what leads to rapid lose of moisture with coloured hair. It is therefore important to use lukewarm water when washing your coloured hair as opposed to hot water just to avoid moisture lose afterwards. In fact a final cold water rinse is advisable to close up the cuticles.

4. Heating tools are not your friends either…

For the same reason you have to avoid hot water, heating tools are also a no-go zone. Avoid blow drys, flat ironing etc. You can do them under low heat but just keep the number of times you use heating tools on the minimum side.I have blow-dried my hair once since I coloured my hair and I was keen to use low heat. Further, please remember to use a heat protectant before applying heat on your coloured tresses.

5. You might experience dryness and lose moisture fast.

It is common for your hair to dry up faster after moisturizing than it did before you coloured your hair. I currently moisturize my hair at night and in the morning; i just spritz water, add a leave in conditioner and oil just before rocking my satin bonnet. It is therefore good to note that dryness will occur faster but with a proper routine and moisture based products, you can overcome 😉

6. You might have to change your braid extensions and clip ins

I had bought some black-coloured clip ins before colouring my hair. Unfortunately, after deciding to colour, it meant I couldn’t use the clip ins and my sister was quite fast to grab them. Colouring your hair could mean that you have got to change your braid’s extension colours to match or blend in with your hair. Having a bright colour on my head meant that I could no longer do black braids, sadly. Please bear this in mind as you choose your new hair colour.

7. Colours fade

If you have followed me for a while then you do know that my colour has slowly faded from this colour to this. I, too, get surprised by how bright it has become. But it is common knowledge that colours fade and especially reds. The rate at which the colour fades is however dependent on several factors which include how often you wash your hair, use of heating tools, use of products specifically for colour treated hair.

8. Use of rough braids

When I wanted to do a protective style just after colouring my hair, I was advised to avoid rough textured braids. The reason is that they tend to suck out the moisture from your hair. This enhances the risk of breakage when undoing them since your hair will be moisture-deprived for a long time that its tucked in the extensions. It is therefore advisable to use softer braids as opposed to rough braids like afro kinky.

9. You cannot stay with protective styles e.g. braids for so long…

It is also not advisable to stay with protective hairstyles for more than a month due to the constant need to keep the hair moisturized. You might have to avoid temporary locs or staying with braids for too long otherwise you might experience breakage while undoing them.

10. Your hair will often get frizzy.

Over the few months of having coloured hair, I have realized that as much as my curls from twist outs and flat twists are still popping, it is common to end up with frizzy hair soon thereafter. This is not entirely because of the colour but it plays a part in it. This is due to the fact that the cuticle layer of your hair is raised after colouring your hair, it therefore allows moisture to pass through easily and swell the strands Another reason for frizzy hair would be changes in dew point and using humectants.

I hope this article was informative. Please let me know in the comment section how your coloured hair journey is going or any colour-related questions you may have. Thanks for stopping by and as usually follow me on my social media pages to keep in touch.

Love, Margie

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