Yes, it’s okay to dye your natural, relaxed, or keratin treated hair!
Wanting to add a little color to your hair but have by shocked by the myths? "You can't color your hair since it's relaxed,
natural or keratin treated, color will damage your hair." This is simply not so! If your hair is healthy and well-maintained, you will be able to achieve the color you are wanting, whether your hair is naturally or chemically serviced, but you MUST seek a professional.
With all the celebs making major hair switch-ups (hello, King Kylie and T.Swift!) plus loads of gorgeous inspo on Pinterest and Instagram, it's so tempting to want to mix up your own hue. But color is a major expense, time commitment, and will seriously change your hair. Here, pros share everything you need to know before you sit in that chair.
It’s Important to Know What You Want
Bring at least one inspiration photo, suggests Michaella Blissett-Williams. A pic is always the best way to communicate your vision since everyone may have a different idea of what “golden blonde” or “ombré teal” looks like. Also, make sure the inspo image doesn’t have a dramatic Instagram filter or color cast on it (because Lo-Fi and Helvetica aren’t shades on the hair spectrum unfortch).
You Have to Be a Little Flexible
Hair coloring isn’t an exact science, so some results may not be attainable based on your natural color and whether or not you’ve dyed in the past. It may take a couple of appointments to reach your vision and still you may end up with a slightly different version. Identically recreating your inspo photo probably isn’t realistic, but a great colorist will help you find a similar look that you love.
Knowing Your Hair History Is Clutch
Michaella always ask her clients what type of treatments they’ve done in the past including color, glosses, perms, straightening treatments, and at-home dye. “Hair that has been heavily processed might need to keep color applied longer because it’s further from its natural state,” she explains. Since it can sometimes be tough to remember everything you’ve done to your strands on the spot, make a list ahead of time.
Some Looks Require LOTS of Mane-tenance
Think about how much you’ll be able to spend and how often you want to be hanging out at a salon, says Michaella, then discuss how often you’ll need to touch up and what it will cost with your colorist. If the time or money requirement is too much for you, then brainstorm some more subtle options. If you’re totally on board $$$-wise and time-wise, then go for it.
Coloring May Change Your Texture
Going darker will leave your locks silkier and more slippery. Lightening up will make your mane a little bit coarser and fuller. If you’re in love with your natural texture and air dry your hair most days, adding color might affect the look and feel of your hair so it may not be right for you.
You’ll Probably Need to Load Up on New Products
Chat with your stylist about the essentials for preserving your hair color, recommends Michaella. For starters, you’ll need shampoo and conditioner that locks in your new hue and some masks to keep your strands super hydrated and strong. Healthy hair will maintain fresh, vibrant color, says John Frieda pro Sebastian Scolarici.
Consider Starting Small
A great way to experiment with color is to start with a few subtle highlights, suggests NYC colorist Sharon Dorram. It can make a big impact for way less money, time, and commitment. If you’re looking for a warmer or darker look, try a semi-permanent color or glaze.
Wig Out To See If You’ll Like The New Do Hue
Before dropping lots of cash and committing to a look, try on some wigs in the color you’re loving, says Sharon. It’s a fun, easy way to see how the shade looks against your skin and decide if you can see yourself rocking it every day. For more instant gratification you can try a hair-color-changing app (like Hair Color Booth).
Don’t Overdo It
Warning: Too much highlighting will break your hair, says Lauren Thompson. Space out your appointments and learn to live with a little exposed root (which actually looks really cool). If you color at home, only apply the dye to your new growth and make sure the formula is ammonia-free to protect your tresses from breakage.
Mermaid Hair Means Dirty Hair
If you're looking to play with creative colors the maintenance for this is a lot different than more natural-looking shades, explains Brian O’Connor. If you're an everyday shampooer you may want to reconsider, because each wash will make your mane fade more and more quickly.
We invite you to Hair in Motion of New York for a FREE color consultation. Book your appointment online now.