Aug 28 , 2020
Any hair dye, whether its ammonia-free or infused with keratin extracts, will damage your hair. Ammonia-free hair dyes still contain monoethanolamine (MEA) which is required for your new hair colour to stick. In other words, changing your hair colour will result in a change to your hair's natural state.
The hair dye process involves breaking through your hair's cuticle so that it can change your natural hair colour. Following this, if you want to go a shade lighter than your natural hair colour, you will have to use bleach or another form of lightening agent which will also destroy the logical structure of your hair, making it more prone to breakage. However, dyed hair does not have to be thin and lifeless if you condition your hair regularly.
Sta-Sof-Fro can also offer you some tips on how you can save time on your conditioning duties and still maintain thicker and better afro hair growth. Read more, care more.
Simplify Your Afro Hair Care Regimen
Maintaining your dyed curls is simple with some of our tricks and recommendations:
- Fit in your hair treatments with other tasks: Whether it is a pre-poo treatment or indulging in a deep conditioning routine, do this activity while doing other things. Just put a shower cap on while working on anything else like reading books, or binge-watching movies, etc. You can even work out after putting on conditioning hair mask by putting your hair into a low knot and then letting the effects of the ingredients sink in.
- Wash your hair in sections: Cut time on your post-wash detangling routine by sectioning your hair before every wash. Try to split the hair into four or more parts if it is thicker to create large twists. Wash each of the sections and then re-twist. Do this before conditioning and detangling with your fingers.
- Deep condition hair to save time caring for coloured kinky hair: Deep conditioning helps to restore lifeless dyed afro hair. Feel that your hair has lost its nutrients due to the dyeing process? Leave your deep conditioning mask in for around 20 to 30 minutes. Using masks like this two to three times a week will make sure that your dyed hair remains moisturized and healthy.
- Prioritize moisturizing your hair at least once a day: Women with afro hair often encounter dryness making it more vulnerable to single strand knots and breakage. To prevent this occurrence, try moisturizing your hair through proper product layering with the liquid, oil and cream (LOC) method. Moisturizing keeps your afro hair strands from becoming thinner and weaker.
- Use products formulated for colour-treated afro hair: Not all shampoos and conditioners are safe when it comes to afro hair. It would be best if you used a colour-safe and hydrating shampoo. If you are looking for natural oils to condition your hair, have you looked at our Coconut, Lavender, Rosemary or Castor oil collection?
- Keep your kinky hair cool: While showering in warm water seems relaxing, it will make your hair look dull and feel dry. Turn down the temperature in the shower. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water instead, and your dyed kinky hair will thank you for this.
- Use a microfiber towel: Microfiber towels are quick to dry your hair which then reduces your time spent on caring for your dyed afro hair. Also, it lessens friction between the towel and your hair that results in less breakage and frizz. Select a towel that also doubles up as a turban so you could also use it as part of your deep conditioning regime.
- Wear a silk headscarf or bonnet to bed: Put on a satin-lined bonnet when sleeping. Satin can help to retain hair moisture and protect it from friction while you snooze. Following this process means that when you can wake up with healthy, dyed afro hair.
- Use protective styles for your hair: Give your natural hair a break with protective hairstyles like braids, buns, or twists. These types of hairstyles keep afro hair any vulnerable ends tucked away. Additionally, you could use protective styles to have a different hairstyle or hair colour for a different day of the week. A different colour or style every day can help you bring a little more personality to your life.
You can have your afro hair coloured without compromising its health if you remember to condition regularly. Should you need items to dye your afro hair or better your hair care routine, Sta-Sof-Fro can act as your one-stop-shop for colouring and moisturizing your afro hair.