To cover gray hairs, as a sign of rebellion or self-expression and sometimes just because we can Humans have always and will always dye their hair. The world of hair dyes has seen many transformations over the last few years especially as safety issues over chemicals in beauty products have been scrutinised. Just because we cannot see or feel an immediate reaction it doesn’t mean we are not being harmed by some chemicals. When researching this article i cam across an interesting quote “When you use chemicals near or on your body, you are essentially performing a science experiment on yourself. The results of which you will never know”.
What can you do though If you do colour your hair or are planning to?
1) See a Pro!
Use a professional colourist, preferably in the same salon as your regular stylist. Remember healthy hair is a result of team work so everyone touching your hair should understand your hair goals. They should also offer a patch test to check for skin sensitivity or allergic reactions. Pink hair is cool as long as you are not left looking like you been through some sort of battle!
2) Research Your Chosen Product Well!
Whilst researching this article I came across so many interesting opinions and experiences regarding the use of “safe hair dyes” like Henna and vegetable dyes. So I won’t recommend any product but rather encourage you to really try to understand what is in the dye you choose. There are reports of certain chemicals being linked to infertility and cancer so if you choose permanent colours DO YOUR RESEARCH. Avoid products containing Resorcinol, Ammonia and Parabens. That’s why I think it’s always best if you can afford it to go to a professional. They will hopefully be well informed about available options and take your hairs needs into account.
3) Do A Hair Health Check!
The colouring process isn’t kind to your hair so before you dye your hair ensure its in a good enough condition. Dyeing hair strips it of its natural oils and can leave your tresses dry. Not great news for curly hair so iff your hair is not in great shape,nurse it back to health first and save the dye for another time. If your hair is healthy then prepare it well to withstand dyeing.Deep condition your hair at least twice before the colour process though truthfully, how much pre-colour deep conditioning you carry out will depend on an honest assessment of your hair.
4) Temporary Colours!
Spray on hair-dyes, hair chalk and even hyper pigmented eyeshadow will dye your curls. Just remember results will vary however, but this will be the least damaging to your hair. The plus side is you can have a different coloured hair every few days. (If you’re up for that ☺️)
Keep to a good routine of moisturising your hair but avoid washing it too soon after the colour process. This will keep the colour looking good for longer. Keep that spray bottle close by and seal with a trusted hair oil or butter. Follow the advice provided by the salon.
I realise this post is geared towards getting your hair dyed by a professional colourist. If you’d rather do it yourself I will be putting up a DIY tips post later in the week. Do you have dyed hair? How do you look after it? Would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by till next time Happy Hair Loving
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