There are many people out there, who believe that if you colour your hair, you are no longer considered a Natural. It doesn’t make any sense, if you really think about it. Hair Colour doesn’t change the texture of the hair, it changes the colour—I can’t believe I had to just type that out (laughing).
When I was younger, I was always curious about colour, but I wasn’t allowed to colour my hair back then. When I was able to make those choices, I still didn’t colour it at the time because I was weary of my relaxed hair (at the time) being over-processed. The closest I came to colour, was getting one blonde track sewn in to my hair, to give me highlights on my side fringe, in grade 11 or 12. And yes, that was my one and only experience with weave, my one lonely track.
I love black hair and think it’s quite stunning in all honesty; however, I love other colours too! I have been dying my hair for about 9 years now, and I have had no issues with my hair and hair colour has never damaged my tresses. There seems to be a lot of miscommunication, resulting in misconceptions, surrounding hair colour and Naturals. Apparently, ‘we’ shouldn’t be colouring our hair because it will cause damage, which isn’t entirely true. It is a chemical process (I’m speaking of regular hair colour, not natural hair dyes), so there is always an opportunity for damage in that respect. Any hair damage caused by hair colour stems from over-processing and/or lack of knowledge, on how to colour hair correctly. This is why I always suggest going to a professional, to have certain services done and hair colour is one of them! As a general rule, most people get their roots retouched every 6-8 weeks, but as a Natural I (we) can get away with much longer time frames. I generally colour my roots every 8-10 weeks. So, I’m sure you’re wondering how we’re able to get away with longer root touch-up times—it’s because our hair is curly/kinky. If our hair were straight, it would be a lot more noticeable or if you wore your hair straight for that matter. At present, I haven’t coloured my hair in about 7 months, which is a very long time for me and it looks intentional. I have actually enjoyed how my hair looks with the black roots. I will most likely colour my roots very soon though, as I would like to change it up a bit in the next few weeks.
I often get asked if the hair colour dries out my hair, and the answer is no. I use a really great conditioner by Giovanni Cosmetics. It is their Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner. It is my favourite conditioner and I highly recommend it. There is the odd time, where I can feel that my hair is dry, and all I do to combat that is apply a pre-poo or do a treatment at the end of my wash. I will provide a more detailed account of my hair regimen, in my next blog post.
I am quite happy with my present hair colour and having tried out many coppers/reds in the past. Our hair is versatile and colour just kicks it up a notch! I would recommend colour to anyone looking to switch up their current look.
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