Coloring the hair can be a drastic yet exciting change for some women. Changing the color of your hair can really spice up your look and add a bit of personality. Some assume that coloring or dying the hair means that it will become damaged and break off. The truth is, you can have natural color treated hair– you just have to be proactive in preventing dryness and breakage.
Before coloring your hair there a few things you should consider:
Consider Darker Colors Instead of Light
Darker colors are less damaging to the hair. Lightening the hair sometimes requires that the hair be stripped of its natural color before applying the lighter color. You always want to consult with a professional before proceeding with this process. Additionally, a professional can assist you in choosing an optimal color that compliments your skin tone.
You Will Need to Moisturize More Often
Color treated hair loses much of its natural moisture and its ability to retain any moisture that you add. This causes a loss of elasticity and ultimately results in breakage. When hair loses its elasticity, it does not move, bend and/or recover like healthy hair does. Realize that after coloring your hair you may need to increase the frequency of moisturizing, deep conditioners and/or protein treatments to prevent unnecessary damage.
Hair Porosity Increases
Products that strip and lighten the hair always affect the hair’s cortical layers. Moreover, the hairs natural porosity(tiny holes in the hair’s shaft) increases, moisture escapes and dryness increases and persists. At this point, it is very difficult to get the dryness under control in that your hair ultimately becomes like a bucket with holes poked in the sides releasing all its moisture. It is very important to deep condition colored hair regularly and consistently.
Your Curl Pattern May Change
Coloring your hair may or may not cause a temporary or permanent change in your curl patter. Anytime you chemically treat your hair, you alter the hair’s protein bonding arrangement. This sometimes results in a change in the texture or curl pattern of your hair. Using a protein reconstructor after coloring may help some lost curls find their way again.
Don’t let all these factors deter you from taking the step and changing your hair color. However, keep in mind that it is a big step and that regular, consistent hair maintenance is absolutely essential to keep your natural mane in tip top shape. Lastly, remember that colored hair is a bit more sensitive and needs to be protected from things you once ignored –like the sun, water and even heat.