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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5 Tips For DIY Temporary Hair Color

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by Mary Wolff

Color is a great way to experiment with a new look, but some of us have trouble committing. Since no one wants to be stuck with a hair color they can’t stand, DIY non-permanent hair color is a great way to play around with hues without getting stuck. Best of all, you can do this in the comfort of your home and at fraction of the cost of a salon. Here are a few tips on how to make DIY non-permanent hair color work for your curls.

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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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Use THIS to Naturally Darken Your Hair!

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by Sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

That’s right. The safest alternative for beautiful dark hair color might just be on your shelf in your pantry, and if you guessed coffee or tea, you are absolutely right! After all, who hasn’t heard of those stubborn coffee and tea stains that are extremely difficult to remove from teeth? Well, it turns out that these two items provide a great alternative to hair color that is often extremely damaging to hair and also full of dangerous chemicals.

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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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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.

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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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3 Alternative Ways to Color Your Natural Hair



When many of us grow bored of our natural hair, we tend to either, a.) pick up the scissors, or b.) go for a fresh look with a pop of color. Whether you're just adding highlights, going for the ombre effect, or diving in head first with all over color; you have to be sure to research and take the proper precautions.

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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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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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