5 Top Tricks For Healthy, Colored Natural Hair



Sometimes we just want to switch up our look a little bit. Maybe to signify a new phase in our life, or to simply refresh our look. How to better do this than give your hair a new color?

Changing up your hair color can add an edge to your look. But sometimes this color high may be short-lived, and your hair may start thinning out, get extra dry, and possibly even fall out.

Hair dye works by opening up your hair cuticle to lift off your natural color and, in turn, deposit the new one. This chemical process can leave your hair strands very porous and in need of extra care to prevent breakage.

Here are some tips on caring for and maintaining beautiful and healthy colored hair!

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How to Achieve Pastel Hair Color Without The Commitment



 We’ve all seen it: Ariana’s lavender tresses, Zayn rocking neon pink, and Camila Cabello’s hues of purple that are ushering us into the lighter colors of the fall. Pastel hair looks fabulous on any curl type or texture, but we all know that creating these beautiful colors can put some wear and tear on your curls due to the intense dyes and chemicals. The misconception is that you must go blond before you can add any real color to your hair, but with a booming beauty industry making hair color more accessible and convenient, there are alternatives. Have no fear — if you are looking to put some pastel into your hair this season without the damage, we have a few alternatives to help keep your wallet and curls happy.

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Try These Post-Coloring DIY Treatments

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by Mary Wolff

Coloring your hair is a fun way to change things up. It is also a quick way to damage your hair and undo your hair care routine’s hard work. Many curlies who color would benefit from doing a simple post-color DIY treatment. After you color your hair, it can become a little drier than usual, especially if you color a lot. Try one of these post-color DIY treatment recipes to restore the health of your hair!

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Here's 4 Tips On Styling Type 4 Hair

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by Mary Wolff

If you have type 4 hair, you know the importance of proper hair care. This hair type is known for being fragile in terms of breakage and needs a considerable amount of TLC to stay strong, beautiful, and healthy. When it comes to styling type 4 hair, there are a few great methods and tips that have been tried and tested by the curly community. Here are a few of my favorites for styling type 4 hair!

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Tips on Coloring Your Natural Hair for Better Results

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by Mary Wolff

If you are looking to mix things up with your look by adding a touch of color or completely changing hues, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind. Curly hair is beautiful but it can also be fragile and prone to damage. That’s why I have a few tips on coloring your natural hair to help protect your strands during this process!

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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for Hair Typing Natural Hair


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair typing is the easy way to determine what type of curls you have. Although it is obvious enough that natural hair varies in texture, hair typing is a system that makes it easy to point out what category your strands fall in. Hair typing is a big thing in natural hair and while the verdict is out on whether it truly figures it all out for you, many still subscribe to it in aiding in hair product purchases and how to care for one's own curls.

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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.

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Henna For Hair: 7 Things You Should Know

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by sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

While Henna is a natural plant based alternative to using permanent hair dye, you should be informed prior to applying so you set the right expections. Here are some things you should know about using Henna for hair color:

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The Coconut Oil Bleaching Method for Natural Hair



Coconut oil is an all natural beauty miracle for beauty and health. Applied topically or ingested, there are literally dozens of different benefits when using coconut oil. I have been sleeping with coconut oil in my hair as a pre poo treatment twice a week for over two years now and it has left my hair soft, shiny and more manageable.

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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Temporary Hair Color Using Maybelline Eye Tattoo



by Michelle of HappilyEverNatural.com

Have you ever wanted to color your hair blonde, red or a bold blue or purple but you were too afraid or couldn’t, because of your job? Or maybe you didn’t want to permanently color your hair? Well I have the solution for you…. temporary hair color with EYESHADOW! *stands for applause, and bows*  #NaturalHairHack

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Amanda Jean- "Temporary color is a fun and simple way to jazz up your fro!"






Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Amanda Jean Jacques. I am from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica. I come from a family where hair has always been a big deal. We all had lots of hair; my mom, dad and my older brother and sister all had locs, but the decision was never forced on us. I am so thankful we were able to make our own decision because I was always, and still am too spontaneous to make such a permanent decision with my hair.

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"You Are Too Old for That Hairstyle."

 
Hairstyle and Colors Rules by Age


Red, yellow, blue, pink, orange, green, purple. I could be naming the colors in a rainbow or I could be describing someone’s hair. Vibrant and funky hair colors have become increasingly popular in the natural hair community. With cool innovations such as hair chalks and colored clip-ins, women no longer have to fear color damage. We can rock multiple hues at the same time without sacrificing our beautiful tresses. Though versatility of style and color are great, some say certain colors and styles should come with an age cap. I absolutely disagree.

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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.

Things to Consider Before You Color Your Natural Hair

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Color Smart: 4 Things You Should Consider Before You Color Your Natural Hair
by Audrey Sivasothy of The Science of Black Hair


Taking your hair to the next level with color can be a really exciting experience. Color can jazz up a boring puff, add dimension to locs and twistouts or really turn heads as a simple statement piece on TWAs. While going darker, adding lowlights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too many problems—the drastic color leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural color) can really take a toll on your hair. Before you engage in any hair altering experience, first understand and weigh the risks. Never ever color your hair on a whim or without a gameplan for aftercare. Finally, decide if you trust yourself enough to do it yourself. Be honest with yourself and say, Self— do you really know what you are doing? What if this color is unsuccessful? Am I prepared for breakage? Am I prepared for a weird color result? Before you take the color plunge, here are some things to consider.

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Dyeing Natural Hair- Semi, Demi & Temporary Hair Color



Temporary color can be very misunderstood to the common curly, perhaps because it can be defined within the three different genres of demi-permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary. It is great to be mindful of the general structure of the hair shaft as we discuss how these different types of hair color work on our hair.

Your hair shaft contains three important parts. The medulla is the innermost part found in thicker hair types and is often missing from fine hair. The next layer is called the cortex, made up of cells of keratin, which is responsible for 90% of the strands’ weight. It is the cortex that determines the texture and natural color of the hair. The outermost part of the hair is the cuticle, made up of overlapping, colorless cells similar to roof-like shingles that serve as a protective barrier to the cortex.

While color treatments are fun and exciting, they can be either helpful or harmful to your hair based on the hair type and chosen method. Here are three types of temporary hair coloring methods to explore.

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Vibrant Hair Color Without Bleach



If you've been seeing all of the vibrant color trends and are curious to give it a try this summer, but DON'T want to subject your hair to bleach, then you'll be happy to know that Alexis here got this look without lightening her hair first. 

Naturallytash- 'I Rock My Natural'


My name is Natasha but I am better known as Naturallytash aka the Queen of Hair Shadowing. I am originally from Staten Island, NYC but I now reside in Houston Texas.

How long have you been natural?
I went totally natural two and a half years ago. Prior to that I hadn’t used a perm in 10 plus years but I destroyed my curl pattern by constantly dyeing and flat ironing my hair.



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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! 



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