Kurly Kichana Mail : Mbithe asks

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mary & Nyachomba, hey!

Lately I've been toying with the idea of colouring my hair, but I don't know where to start. Henna has absolutely no visible effect on my hair as far as colour is concerned, and I'm a little wary of chemical colours because I hear they dehydrate the hair (then there is also that bleaching business which doesn't sound healthy at all).

Any tips or advice?

Colouring your hair!! Colouring your hair can add that playful edge to your hairstyle.

Some great tips about dyeing your hair include:
  • Try stick to 2 shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour. Should you wish to go much lighter remember that you will need to up you moisturising and deep condition efforts
  • Beaching hair can yield great results however visit a well known hair dresser/salon to get this done
  • Do a strand test before you use a box colour set, this will give you a rough idea of how your hair will look coloured and will be cautionary measure to check if you are allergic to the ingredients in the colour
  • Deep condition immediately after colouring your hair to close the cuticle
  • To extend the life of your colour, do not use sulphate shampoos - these will strip hair more easily
  • A tip we got from the last meet up was if you want to go very light...you can use sunscreen on your hair to prevent the hair colour from fading

Coloring hair definitely has an effect on the moisture protein balance because with permanent color a chemical reaction is taking place inside the strand weakening the cuticle layer causing the hair to be more porous. The more porous the quicker your hair absorbs moisture. If it’s too porous the hair doesn’t retain any moisture and remains dry to the touch. This is always a risk with coloring hair.

Hope this helps
SugarPuss said...

I agree that permanent colour esp bleaching changes the "moisture protein balance" because i dyed my hair bleached blonde recently and i notice that my curl pattern has changed, it's a bit more loose. I love it tho, and am forced to deep condition more often than am used to and moisturise everyday. And most of all i love love love the colour(av always been a colour junkie) in fact am doing an intense red tonight with food colour tho. Being natural to me means being unafraid and colour is how i show it.

Kurly said...

Ohhhh! Miss SugarPuss! Pics please! Good girl with the deep conditioning. It is a necessary evil. WE love hair colour.. We wish we were as brave as you... soon perhaps :)

atieno said...

i dont think afro hair handles peroxide very well...what id say is that you could use chamomile tea and lemon juice or even cinnamon infused water or cinnamon oil to gradually bleach your hair...if you are from kenya like myself,..it should not be hard to locate cinnamon, lemon, chamomile, cloves and other natural bleaching agents...if unavailable, theres always honey and it never fails to gradually lighten hair

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