5 Best Hair Dyes for at Home Coloring

by Mary Wolff

Changing your hair color is one of the easiest ways to get a fresh, new look. With natural hair, you have to be careful about which products you use when taking a DIY approach. You can’t use just any hair color product and hope for the best! Here are a few of the best hair colors for at home coloring.

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How to Get the Perfect Shade of Blonde For Natural Hair

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Whether you are a fan or not, Naturals are rocking blonde hair with some serious #blackgirlmagic. As the saying goes, Blondes have more fun, but when a natural decides to go blonde, she is doing more than changing her life. She’s changing her hair health!


Dye Without the Cry: Healthier Options to Color Your Natural Hair

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Purple weaves, blue braids, pink buns, orange puffs--sometimes you just need a change. But whether you want to go Beyoncé blonde or Faith Evans red, coloring your hair can have risks.

Popular hair dyes can contain Quaternium-15, which is found in many cosmetics and industrial substances and can release formaldehyde and also cause contact dermatitis, a symptom of an allergic reaction, especially in those with sensitive skin; Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), which are in used in manufacturing antioxidants, lubricating oil additives, laundry and dish detergents, and may be hormone disruptors; and Phenylenediamine (PPD), which is used in rubber chemicals, textile dyes and pigments, and can be a skin and respiratory irritant.

From all over color to a few highlights, here are the healthiest ways to color your natural hair.


NEW Product: Color Gray Hair & Restore Pigment Without Chemicals!

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

No, it’s not henna, indigo or a tea rinse. It’s a brand new product called Hairprint that may revolutionize hair coloring by restoring your hair’s natural pigment by utilizing your own body’s internal chemistry.


The Secret to Maintaining Bleached and Colored Hair

by Devri

I'm Jasmine, a 22-year-old from Philadelphia, Pa and recent Temple grad working towards a career in psychology. Like many other women, I was given relaxers as a young girl and for a while, I didn't know much better. However, once I finished high school, I decided that I wanted to embrace my individuality and dye my hair crazy colors! I knew that in order to achieve colorful, yet healthy hair, I would have to quit getting relaxers. That was four years ago and I am still loving my natural hair today!

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Hair Color 101

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The art hair of color has been used to alter a person’s appearance for centuries. The Ancient Egyptians were among the first to alter their hair color using vegetable dyes and hennas. Hair color can help us make a fashion statement. You can choose to be bold and daring like Rihanna and wear a vivid red hair color or you may choose to warm your look up with an exotic dark brown hair color, like Jennifer Lopez.

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Dyeing Natural Hair- FAQs

Carmen and I made a FAQS regarding our permanent hair color and natural hair.  Both of us have professional permanent hair color. We do believe that we are considered "natural" within the natural hair community because neither one of us has experienced a PERMANENT hair texture difference nor is our hair damaged (falling out/ breaking off) from our permanent color. Our goal is to embrace the texture and the versatility of natural hair.

Dye Your Natural Hair- Extra Temporary Hair Color

 Remember my BLUE phase?!  I was blue erry'day but now I'm only blue (sometimes purple too) once a month or so.  At any rate, check out the pictorial after the jump, so you too can be BLUE! 


Color Me Curly: Dyeing Natural Hair

African American hair is versatile in many ways—certain products and styles, such as twists or braids, can achieve different curl patterns, from tight coils to waves and anywhere in between. Experimenting with these techniques is part of the naturally curly experience, but sometimes what you really crave is a burst of color, right?

Dyeing any type of hair may involve a chemical process that should be taken seriously. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure that your new color comes out right, and the health of your hair stays intact.

How does it work?

There are 3 main types of color—permanent, semi or demi permanent, and temporary.

Permanent color requires the hair cuticle to be lifted and alters the proteins that give us our natural hair color.  Temporary color, on the other hand, puts a layer of color on top of the hair strand. These are usually sold as “rinses,” and will fade with several shampoos.

Coloring hair has less to do with texture (coarse, fine, etc.) and more to do with porosity. Porosity is the hair’s ability to hold and retain moisture. So not only do the layers of your cuticle have to lift to let color/moisture in, they have to close back down to keep it in.


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