How to Dye 4c Afro Hair Red: 5 Steps

Nov 13 , 2020

Joke Amusan

How to Dye 4c Afro Hair Red: 5 Steps

We are seeing red hair everywhere now that Autumn is here! Why not keep up with the hair colour trend and try out the colour red today? There are many shades to choose from so there is a guarantee that you will find the right shade for you.


Before You Dye
  • Test your hair strands by doing a patch test.
  • You can book a dye consultation if you are not certain about colouring your coils.

 Once you have done the above, follow our guidelines and tips below.




How to Dye 4c Hair

Step 1: Choose the Best Dye

Pick the right shade of red for you. There is an abundance of variants available, with shades such as mahogany, auburn, brick and more. Look for shades that will compliment your complexion – whether you are warm-toned, cool-toned, or something in between. Decide whether to use a temporary dye that lasts for a few days, or a permanent dye that may last for months. Check out our Sta-Sof-Fro Be Rosewood Red for the perfect rich red.

If you cannot decide, we have an array of hair colours available for you to choose from. Check them out here!

Evaluate the condition of your hair. Remember that it would be more difficult to lighten your hair if it is naturally dark or has been coloured dark. You can consult a hairstylist or expert to help you determine which shade is appropriate for you. Once you’ve chosen your dye, prepare the other necessary products including bleach, a developer (use an ion-sensitive developer if your skin easily irritates), plastic clips, mixing bowl, applicator brushes, plastic gloves, shower cap etc. On the packaging or leaflet of the dye you are using, there should be a list of extra things you will need to dye your coils. Make sure to also read the instructions got get guidance specific to the dye you are using.


Step 2: Bleach Your Tresses

You can try out bleaching your hair first as darker hair may resist your chosen Bleaching your hair will ensure you get the best possible results. Combine 10 or 20 volume developer and bleach in a bowl to make a yogurt-like consistency. Section your strands and apply the bleach to them from root to tip. Make sure to coat your hair until its completely covered in bleach and allow the bleach to process.

Tip – Some of our customers recommend applying Vaseline to your hairline to avoid the dye staining your skin. You can try this out to see if it works for you.


Step 3: Dye Your Locks

Divide your hair into sections and apply the dye to your hair section by section using an applicator brush. Saturate your curls down to every strand’s end and repeat the process until all sections are dyed. Put a shower cap on and allow your 4c strands to process for the time indicated on the dye product packaging.


Step 4: Shampoo and Condition Your Curls

Thoroughly wash your curls until the water is no longer the colour of your dye. Then rinse and use a conditioner. Always use either cool or lukewarm water rather than hot water as it will only fade the dye. 




Step 5: Care for and Maintain Your Red Hair

Since red hair dye molecules are large, the colour tends to fade quickly. To extend the life of your freshly dyed hair colour, do not use sulfate shampoos when washing your hair. Instead, opt for moisture-rich sulfate-free shampoos. Use a dry shampoo if your 4c curls get oily too quickly so it looks fresh in between the washes. 

You can also gently touch up locks with semi-permanent dyes from time to time to enrich its colour. Make sure to deep condition your hair to prevent dryness or breakage.




Choose the best shade of red for your 4c coils with our Sta-Fro-Sof hair colours today!