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7 Things To Know Before Dyeing Your Hair

It’s quite safe to say that in these times where about 8 in every 10 black woman in Nigeria or should we say Africa has ditched the chemicals/ permed hair dependence, opting instead for the natural look, dyeing your hair has become very popular and has even become a major form of self expression for women of every race or age! women…and men too. Whether your preference borders on the soft and more natural colors  or the attraction of the rainbow colors, hair dyes have become a trend not to be ignored. The dream of achieving your flawless color goals is nothing short of exciting, but things can be a bit tricky when dyeing your hair especially for the very first time.

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While the process of dyeing your hair especially for the first time may seem intimidating and complicated to do, it’s important to know that dyeing your hair for the first time is not so daunting (even if you plan on going from dark to light)and can be done without completely ruining your strands. Believe us wwhen we say, there’s no reason to be afraid of a little color!

  • Identify Your Hair Color First: Your natural hair color determines where to start when you’re choosing your desired shade, A warmer base tone shows you can take on more diverse colors than those with cooler starting hues especially for caucasian women. Black women have less base color tones to work with as our natural hair colors range only from the different shades of brown fanning down to black so it’s easier to find the select colors of dye that could match you or your skin. It would be wisest to ask your hairstylist though, who will be more attuned to identifying nuanced tones.
  • Try A Wig On: If you plan on making a dramatic change, that is, more than three shades lighter or darker than what’s natural, hair experts always advise trying on a wig close to your desired color. It’s a quick, painless way to determine if the shade is right for you, that includes your skin tone.
  • Get More Dye Than You Actually Need: Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you should always buy a few more packs of dye. Someone with fuller or really long hair, may require three packets instead of one or two to get full coverage. It’s better to have too much hair dye, than to realize you need more halfway through, definitely not an experience you’d want to have.
If you don’t want to be doing your roots every three weeks, decide that before shopping. then have an open dialogue with your colorist and let tthem know light or dark to take your strands, and how much color to put in your hair the first time. If your colorist knows how often you want to come in for touch-ups, they can quickly narrow down the color so that you’ll actually be able to maintain what you have for as long as you desire so while you research, consider what kind of color change you are exactly going for. Some drastic dye jobs require a few salon visits, so keeping cost and upkeep in mind always important before making any coloring decisions.
  • Find The Right Dye & Shampoo Formula For You: 

Hair Experts advice that we always ”Stay away from permanent dyes or box dyes (which contain ammonia) or bleach of any kind. Anything that claims to lift or lighten your hair also falls into the category of chemical damage,” Instead, choose a semi-permanent dye or a semi-permanent color conditioner, that won’t wreck your hair if you leave them on too long or need to apply them twice to fix a mishap.  Even if a box of a semi-permanent dye says it washes out in a few weeks, the artificial pigment color can linger in your hair for years (literally) and is very difficult to “lift” later on if you want to go lighter or add highlights. Most colorists can tell when you’ve used box color in the past because those areas of your hair tend to turn out strange tones when they go to lift the color. This leaves you with uneven hair color and a look you weren’t expecting!

Foam dyes are usually best for women with sensitive skin, since the mousse-like formulas won’t drip onto the face or hairline. According to cosmetics chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, women with thick or curly hair will have better luck with gel or liquid formulas, like the L’Oreal Creme, which provide full coverage and distribute efficiently throughout the hair.

Certain shampoos, like clarifying or dandruff-fighting formulas, can strip away hair color with sulfates and harsh chemicals. Get a color preserving shampoo, which is more gentle and forms a lightweight, protective shield over the hair shaft-and additionally, smells great.

  • Keep Away From The Pool Water: Chlorine strips away the hair cuticle, allowing minerals in the water to get into the hair shaft and alter your color. Rather than diving in, sit pretty poolside for at least two weeks before and after dyeing your hair.
Sun protection is important too.  Hats, scarves, and UV-protection sprays whenever you’re outdoors – wear whatever you need to keep your hair color under wraps. Otherwise, your hair color can turn brassy or dull a lot quicker than if it were to fade naturally. True that.
  • Get A Shade Lighter: Take it from Rihanna’s colorist Ursula Stephens, who knows a thing or two about fine-tuning tresses: Hair dye always comes out darker than the image on the box. “Buy one or two shades lighter than your desired color,” she advises on Instyle magazine. “It is easier to amp up a color’s intensity than it is to tone it down.”
  • Get Ready For Any Potential Issues- Most people tend to experience a little hair damage when applying color, even when going back to your natural hue. Both permanent and semi-permanent dyes contain hydrogen peroxide, which chemically changes the color of the hair pigment. Try to use hair renewal Mask at least once a week to moisturize dry hair and restore shine. The mask aids in repairing damaged hair and fortifying strands so they resist further breakage.

Finally, a good hair dye tends to add volume to the hair, so any time you color your hair, it tends to change your texture which is a good thing. So if you get a gloss or a single process color, you might have an easier time styling it since the color will open up the hair follicle, which will plump it a bit and in turn, make it easier to build volume. Good news right? So now that you are better informed, Happy dyeing!

Article Excerpts from:  Instyle.com, bustle.com.

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