Do you color your hair? Do you wish to? Either way here are my top tips

  1. Prep the holes – Prepoo 
  2. Pack the holes – Baggy Method 
  3. Plug the holes – Special Treatments

Coloring hair permanently or even semi-permanently is a huge step especially if you have never done it before. Are you nervous? There are bad experiences like hair falling out or hair turning into brassy orange hair after a while… well, the fact remains any kind of chemical process results in thin, brittle hair. So to help you deal with this and to avoid these problems I came up with some information to see if this is a big deal or not? For me as a hair blogger, all my decisions revolve around the health of my hair so this is a very big deal to me. As a blogger, I also want to present as much information as I am able, to help you make informed decisions, whether you want to color your hair permanently or not. 

Ready for a BIG CHOP?

The big chop is different for everyone; it can be gradually cutting off the damaged ends only or completely starting over. For some, cutting hair can be exciting, while for others it is scary. Most women neglect to cut their hair because they cannot imagine themselves without length. They like long hair because they feel like their head shape will not favor short hairstyles. As a blogger, again, the health of my hair is the number one priority. 

My BIG CHOP was exactly a year, you probably enjoyed looking at my coffee caramel highlights while I struggled daily to keep it alive and healthy! Such a big deal while managing my business, page, children, it was just too much. 

A Backstory 

I got these highlights in July 2018 – there’s a difference between highlights and “color” by the way. Not bleached, yet, I experienced the damaging after-effects like losing moisture easily, I had to refresh all the time compared to no-refresh weeks I got from my natural hair washdays. These highlights felt even worse, so dry.  In the beginning, I was super frustrated; I had no clue how to maintain them, then it eventually was really nice. I quite enjoyed them too as you would remember from my 2018 Instragam posts. However, towards the end (pun unintended) it got really weird and unmanageable. 

My highlighted curls started to be:

  • Looser than my natural texture
  • Thinner and,
  • Weaker! 

You know I use only natural products, I didn’t actually use any products that “supported” after- color-hair care. So it took me a while to realize my hair isn’t getting the proper care it needed. However, by then it was too late for most of those colored bits. I was so stupid! 

If you want to color your hair then you want to go in fully informed and ready with products that support your desires. For example, frequent bond-repair treatments (we will get to this in a bit!)

So what’s the big deal? 

  • Temporary dyes only penetrate the outermost layer of the hair shaft and are easily removed with one shampooing. 
  • Semi-permanent and permanent dyes reach deeper into the hair shaft, removed with 4-12 shampoos
  • Permanent dyes are resistant to shampooing.

Permanent dyes cause chemical changes that increase the penetration of the product into the hair, bleach the natural melanin, and create color molecules that get trapped inside the shaft. These chemical changes can damage the hair. Permanent coloring makes the hair shaft thinner and weaker, which makes them more susceptible to damage

I thought I will trim and it will be fine and I also wanted a challenge but BOY! What an experience; I am never going back again but that is just my preference. Not just the big chops, I also trimmed my hair monthly to remove those damaged ends.

Getting rid of the damage is best for anyone looking to continue to grow long, healthy hair. While these highlights may look great for the onlookers, it was a real burden for me. I was the one to endure it, especially since I do all the research myself and there was nobody to sit me down like this and teach me like this when I was struggling. (Hope you are grateful as I am to be here:) For most people, this experience is very frustrating and for me, it almost felt like I was transitioning like the chemically processed/relaxed hair to natural. Not everyone experiences such degree of damage if you can find a stylist who knows what they’re doing. Anyway, it was a learning process, many trials, and errors but before we get into the color-management-solutions (assuming I haven’t scared you off permanent coloring already) 

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Many women have changes in hair texture and growth during pregnancy. Hormones can make your hair grow faster and fall out less… But I’ve only been #10weekspregnant so here’s what’s helping me also ☑️ Scalp Massages with oil blends twice a week ☑️ Drinking Water adequate for my BMI ☑️ Eating fresh and regular meals now ☑️ Sleeping (more than adequate!) ☑️ Clarifying Hair and Scalp regularly ☑️ Applying products away from scalp Although I use many oils for the way the smell or affect my hair, I swear by @jessicurl Stimulating Oil for speedy hair growth! I’m testing new brands now to see if I can find more gems to help us all! Love @floracurl @cachosbrazilhaircare @tropikalbliss for their fresh fragrance and of course, they also help in hair growth apart from styling too Testing @theinnatelife @sumilayi @tropicgyalnaturals now to see how they work and compare to others mentioned above, those I have used over the years! Exciting times ahead for all of us! It’s my third child BUT my first 🤰pregnancy with the #curlygirlmethod so if you have any hair advice please let me know in comments below ❤️

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Let’s talk about what this color damage feels like. 

It is High Porosity feelings for the most part!

  • Absorb too much moisture, but is unable to retain it
  • Generally damaged and over-processed, with torn cuticles (but not always)
  • Tangles easily, because the cuticles get caught on each other
  • Looks and feels dull and dry
  • Hair dries quickly
  • Tends to be frizzy

I still have some remnants of the highlights, but if you have colored hair or are thinking of coloring hair then don’t worry. There are ways around this:

Find that great stylist who has legit references of working with similar textures.Dying and bleaching your hair permanently alters the integrity of your hair. However, if you make sure to get your hair done by an experienced colorist, then the damage should be minimal.

Take care of your HAIR! In short, after you color, it’s best to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate — and protect your hair against heat. Prepoo, Baggy Method, Deep Condition weekly, Protect it with silk or satin bonnets, work with your conditioner!

Be ready to commit because of lots of trial and error to figure out how to deal with it all. The good news, if you want to continue coloring your hair, there are still ways to maintain healthy color-treated hair that is almost as healthy as the pre-treated, virgin hair you once knew.

PS: Permanent color or dyes are made from harsh chemicals that can be a health risk. Avoid formulations containing PPDA if you’re allergic! If you want to avoid exposure to the chemicals contained in most artificial hair dyes, consider trying a natural substitute like a plant-based henna dye or another all-natural hair color

Hope this article gives you some ideas! I could go on and on but you’ve seen me talk about these things already. What would you like to know specifically? DM me on instagram!!

Author: Liz

Child of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Lover of all things sweet and honest.

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