Curls and vibrant colour add appeal to hair. They spruce up your mane, giving you a spectacular ‘do. Everyone adores bouncy, natural curls, and while colouring your hair can be a terrific way to conceal grey strands and update your look, no one likes dull, damaged hair.
Unlike straight hair, curly hair is a little more high maintenance (by a little I mean, a lot!). That’s why, if you’re preparing to colour your hair, whether at a salon or at home, you might want to glance at these hair dying tips and trivia to ensure that your curls remain bouncy and fabulous. Just a PSA – dyeing can be damaging for both curly and straight hair, so do so at your own risk.
1. Skip the shampoo
Colour is best applied to dirty hair. Because your scalp’s natural oils work as a buffer between the chemicals in the recipe and your scalp, skip the wash the day before you want to colour. The extra oils in your scalp will avoid irritation and lessen the drying effects of colour on your hair, despite differing perspectives on this topic. It’s best to wash it 2-3 days before colouring your curls.
2. Go for semi-permanent colour
Semi-permanent dye is less damaging and yet lasts for 4-6 weeks. Because it doesn’t include ammonia or peroxide, it can only be used to darken hair. Semi-permanent colour does not allow for lightening. You should use a permanent colour if you want to make a more dramatic alteration.
3. Apply pre-colour treatment
Preparing curly hair before your colouring appointment will make a significant impact in the final result. Using restorative treatments throughout your prep session will assist prime and mend your strands, ensuring that you’re an excellent candidate for a colour service.
4. Try henna instead
Henna treatments are used by some curly-haired females to colour their hair. Henna powder is mixed with an acidic liquid to release the colour pigments in this process of colouring. It is applied to the hair and then left to sit for a while. Henna dye leaves a permanent tint on your hair, while also strengthening it. It can also loosen your curl pattern.
5. Treat regularly
Curly hair means lot of work, so coloured curly hair requires considerably more attention, because it requires a lot of moisture. A deep-conditioning treatment will greatly assist in preventing your hair from getting dry and brittle. You can do it yourself at home, or head to the salon for help. Here, moisturizing is your top priority. Make sure your hair has lots and lots of moisture locked in.
6. Protect your colour
After you’ve dyed your hair, the next step is maintaining it. Certain drugstore hair products can cause more harm than good, and there are specific products for coloured hair. Make sure you’re using a high-quality product that won’t dry out your hair’s follicle. Colour-protecting shampoos usually don’t contain harsh stripping chemicals like sulphate, and they moisturize and protect the hair. When you’re ready to wash your hair, make sure you have colour-safe shampoo and conditioner on hand.
Here’re some recommended products for coloured hair:
- Loreal Paris Elseve Color- Vive Protecting Shampoo
- Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Shampoo
- Dove Colour Radiance Shampoo
- Aveda Colour Conserve Shampoo
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