Should I Colour My Natural Afro Hair? 3 Reasons to Take the Leap

Feb 21 , 2020

Rochelle Sampy

Should I Colour My Natural Afro Hair? 3 Reasons to Take the Leap

As a strong, independent woman, you need to look your best at all times. Mediocrity is not for winners like you, and you've decided that it's time to change your look. You might be excited about colouring your afro hair as it's an opportunity to change your style or look for the better. Shall I go lighter? Shall I go darker? Or somewhere in-between? There's a variety of choices. 

But are you ready to divulge into the world of colour-treated natural hair? And have you thought about the advantages and disadvantages of the process? To help you leap into the world of hair dye with confidence, Sta-Sof-Fro will offer three of the primary considerations you should have answered 'yes' to before you colour your afro hair at home for the first time: 

You understand that getting your ideal afro hair colour can take time

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If you're a classy brunette hoping that one application of hair dye will take you to a sizzling blonde bombshell, think again. Your ideal afro hair colour will occur in stages, especially since everyone's hair is unique. Before you colour your afro hair at home, consult a hairstylist to find out how many hair dye applications will be required to get your ideal colour.  

Want a hair colour that is more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural colour? For example, you will need to bleach your hair, especially if it is thick, dark, is of an afro style or all three to dye your hair blond.

Other things can also affect the afro hair colour you achieve include whether you have lightened or coloured your hair before with other products. Excess build-up on your hair and scalp can also affect how well the dye covers your nose. 

You know that maintaining your afro coloured hair can be expensive and time-consuming

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Even if you take care of your afro coloured hair, it will fade. Most hair also grows t around 1/2 an inch every month which means that you will need to get your roots coloured every 6-8 weeks, to keep it looking fresh. And let's not forget investing in shampoos that are colour safe, nourishing masks, deep conditioners or leave-in conditioners. 

If you want to bleach your afro hair, there's even more preparation involved. Before colouring your afro hair, you might need to do a trim of your ends and use protein-infused intensive treatment to strengthen the hair follicles as well as reduce any bleach damage. Regularly conditioning your hair weeks before to minimise the effect of your hair texture getting looser will also need to become a routine.

After bleaching your hair, you will need to get regular trims to your afro coloured hair every fix to six weeks and source a nourishing styling product or oil mist to protect your hair when you go out. Most oil-based hair products contain fatty acids that can protect your hair by preventing breakage and leaving your hair shiny as well as soft. 

Sleeping at night also becomes a routine. You will need to change your cotton pillowcase for a silk alternative so that your afro coloured hair experiences fewer knots, breakage and split ends during the night. If you don't have the time or the money to maintain your hair in this way, Sta-Sof-Fro would recommend sticking to a colour that's closer to your natural shade. In this way, your roots won't need as many touch-ups.  

You have the right afro hair dye tools for colouring your natural hair at home

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Dyeing your hair at home is also about selecting the right tools to colour your afro hair. You need to be careful in the type of hair dye you choose. All Sta-Sof-Fro hair dye boxes come with an instruction leaflet, a hair dye tube, a developer bottle and a post-treatment conditioner.

To colour your hair, you will also need a timer, a hair colouring brush or comb, gloves, a glass or plastic bowl as well as an old towel or cloth to avoid getting stains on your clothes. Once you order a hair dye or box from Sta-Sof-Fro, we will also send you our hair dye manual which includes detailed instructions on how to do a strand test, steps you need to take if you want to dye your full head or want to do a touch-up.  

Colouring your afro hair at home is an exciting change for most women, but here at Sta-Sof-Fro, we believe that you can only take the next step in your afro coloured hair journey if we empower you with the right information. We hope that this guide now allows you to make an informed decision as to whether or not you should leap the incredible yet unknown depth of hair dye. Ready to be Sta-Sof-Fro's next dashing Rosewood Red or Gorgeous Golden Brown model? Step up and #wearyou. 

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