Fashion & Beauty

Colouring your Natural Hair

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By Tanya Maswaure

Welcome back to our natural hair series, where we explore and celebrate black natural kinky, curly hair. In this session, we will explore colouring natural hair and how you can do this safely without damage. Similar to the increased interest of individuals cutting their hair during the lockdown, anyone on social media must have seen an increased number of videos of young girls colouring their hair. There is something captivating and exciting about changing your hair; if you feel like doing that, you have the freedom to do so. We just want to make sure that you colour your hair safely.

Unfortunately, the rumours are true; regardless of hair type, a dye can damage your hair. This is why it is absolutely crucial to do research before rushing to buy a box colour and create a DIY YouTube Video. Natural type 4 hair is very sensitive due to its curls and coils. Maintaining your curl pattern is important, so how do we create that striking new look without sacrificing our crown?

Experts say that the best choice for a permanent lighter colour is the salon. Unlike you and your friends, the experts have had years of training and practice with different hair types and know how to take care of them. Colouring your hair with a lighter colour puts your strands at risk. This is because the chemicals in permanent hair dyes enter the hair follicles and react to them, creating different shades. In other cases, the hair must be bleached first for a colour to show more vibrantly. This whole process takes time, patience, and a lot of experience. So, unless you are willing to experiment and take the risk, you should consult a professional to achieve the perfect Pinterest look.

On the other hand, if you are determined to do it on your own, that is alright as well. Let us look at some safe options. The obvious first choice is a temporary hair dye. On the same shelves, you find the chemical box colours; there are usually temporary hair dyes. These do not go into your hair but sit on the surface, protecting the strand and maintaining the coils. Depending on the product, these colours may last even over 15 washes, and some may just last one wash. This way, you can do more than one colour in a couple of months without sacrificing your hair. In between colours, you will have to maintain your hair-care regimen, including deep conditioning often to protect your hair.

Another option would be to use a box dye alone, opt for darker colours as these may be easier to work with and may not need multiple applications. If you take this option, you must consider buying more than one box because it is better to have more than enough rather than too little.

At the end of the day, it is your hair, and you have every right to wear it however you feel comfortable. There are many ways to change the colour of your hair, including even safer options like wearing a wig or getting coloured extensions and braids. Make sure that you keep your hair healthy and wear it with pride at the end of the day. 

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