So it’s been a little over a month since I dyed my hair and honestly I’ve been loving every minute of it. I really wanted to experience my new hair colour for a bit before sharing what I’ve learned about colouring your hair and what I feel is important to consider before bleaching your hair. There are quite a few points I would like to mention so without further ado, let’s jump straight into it, yeah?
Give the naysayers serious side eye
LOL you’re probably wondering what I mean by this, but there’s so much truth to this statement. Ever since the evolution of the current natural hair movement (which is here to stay, just so you know, but feel free to debate me on this) there’s been various conversations on what it means to be truly natural. One topic that keeps popping up is the idea that once you add colour to your hair, you’re no longer natural. Firstly, can we all take a moment and chuckle at this??? Okay, let’s move on now. Secondly, although there’s a general consensus on this, you have to realise that being natural means something completely different to everyone so regardless of what people say, this needs to be a decision you make for you. It’s your hair sis, do you.
Do your research
Dyeing your hair is no child’s play. It’s probably the most damaging thing you could ever dream of doing to your hair because of the process your hair undergoes so you have to know your stuff. I spent quite a good amount of time doing my research on not only the colour I wanted but also how to maintain my fro in the aftermath. Inform yourself with as much knowledge as you can get your hands on: read blog posts (like this!), watch YouTube videos, ask fellow naturals you know of with coloured hair about their experience – do take note, however, that everyone’s hair is different and therefore will react differently to bleach, but ask anyway.
Healthy hair is a good place to start
I cannot stress this enough. For a long time naturals have been duped into believing that dyeing your hair will cause immediate breakage. Although there can be some truth to this, my question is: in what state are you adding colour to your hair? I ask this because I now firmly believe that if your hair is in a healthy state before dyeing it, adding colour will cause minimal to no damage. The problem is a lot of naturals head on off to dye their hair when it is unhealthy or too dry before addressing these issues beforehand. Remember adding colour to your hair will only highlight the issues – or lack of – that you had before, so get your hair right.
Stop trippin’ and just go to a professional
Seriously though… I’ve gone the DIY route twice – I didn’t bleach my hair both times however – and don’t get me started on the amount of admin that is. Not to mention, if you have low porosity hair like I do, you are more than likely to end up disappointed because if low porosity hair is notorious for being stubborn and not allowing products into the hair, what more with colour? I get why people DIY – it’s way cheaper, but if you seriously want to get your hair bleached and coloured just right then do yourself a favour and invest in getting your hair done by a professional.
Expect to relearn your hair
I’ll just say this: whatever you knew or thought you knew about your hair before dyeing it…just chuck it out the window. No really, you’ll be working with a completely different head of hair: your hair porosity may change, your hair may react differently to products and certain styles and your curls or coils may even become looser to some extent. If you weren’t too invested before, you’ll need to be now. Colour is fun and cool and all that jazz, but know that it also comes with a few cons like starting afresh.
Moisture is a major key
Another thing that a lot of people don’t factor in is the fact that your hair may be a little drier than before so making sure to moisturise coloured hair is probably even more essential than you think. You may want to change your hair products to ones that are better suited for coloured hair or even opt for products for dry hair. Deep conditioners and hot oil treatments will most probably become your best friends, particularly ones that boost moisture in order to eliminate the dryness just a tad.
My reason for dyeing my hair is that I wanted to know how my hair would react. I’d tried the DIY route twice before and I wasn’t completely happy due to the fact that the colours I wanted wouldn’t take to my low porosity hair. But most importantly, I wanted to get my hair to a healthy state before I finally got it done professionally. I also felt that it’s my hair journey and it wouldn’t really be a true hair journey for me if I didn’t embrace every aspect of it, particularly aspects like colour and heat that most naturals tend to steer clear of. Of course, this is one decision that needs to be made cautiously considering every aspect as there are pros and cons but I hope this helps you out.
Have you ever considered dyeing your hair? Why/Why not? Do let me know in the comments!