Welcome to Texture Talk, a column that celebrates and dives deep into the dynamic world of curly hair, free-flowing strands from the crown of curls that do away in a protective style.
Hair coloring is a chemical process that changes much more than the color of your hair – especially if you are blessed with natural curls – so it is important to do your research and be prepared. The first order of business is, of course, to book a consultation with your colorist. It should be an information-gathering conversation, and “there should be honesty on both sides,” says Stuti Okumabua, stylist and owner of FreshAir Boutique in Winnipeg. “Sometimes customers are timid when it comes to expressing what they want, so be clear.” Pictures of colorful curls you like are helpful; Before consultation send the colorworker an inspiration photo of the color you want to receive, as well as one of your current hair color. Most importantly, Okumabua emphasized, customers should be empowered to ask for photographs of the colorist’s previous work. “You want to see that they know how to manipulate your hair type,” she says. “If you don’t have any evidence, they’ve done it before, or if they are dismissing and act like a process then it would be the same for your type 3 or 4 curl as it would be for someone else, Be Leary. “
Once the two of you have agreed on your desired shade, there are some pre-appointment steps you can take to increase your results before you sit on the chair. First of all, shampoo and unravel your hair the day before a big appointment. “Dirty hair doesn’t get better,” says Kina Morgan, a Toronto-based curl specialist and owner of Urban Curls Boutique, despite what you may have heard. You want clean hair without any heavy oil or other products that can prevent the color from penetrating. Customers with curl patterns in the Type 2 to 3 range can come to the salon with their curls in natural form. For Type 4 curls, Morgan says, “it’s best to come with tight coils.” “This makes the product easier to apply and will result in less stretch on your scalp. The product will also be deeply absorbed into the hair, and we have to use it less.”
Now for the dyeing process… the process lifts up and opens the cuticle of the hair so that the color can go in. But it also allows moisture to come out, which causes hair to dry. “Think of the cuticle layer of your hair as a pine cone,” Morgan says. “With virgin hair, the pine cone is tight and sealed. The developer used in the paint service opens the layer of cuticle, allowing the pigment to enter, and the cuticle is always lifted.” Naturally dry and more fragile, and even more fragile, are prone to breakage. All colored hair is compromised, especially when you come to Lightner, Okumabua says. “So if you Your hair is definitely going to break if you don’t follow the rules of care, especially if you have type 3 or 4 curls. “
Now that you’ve left the salon with the color you want and have taken the perfect selfie to post on Instagram, it’s time to chill — literally. To maintain color in freshly dyed hair, it is best to avoid hot temperatures. “Every time you pass a flatron over your hair or blow-dry it, you open the cuticle slightly, causing the color to fade,” Okumabua says. Diffusing is less harmful, as warm air is not hitting your strands directly, but air-drying and twist-out styling are ideal for maintaining color. The minimum-heat rule also applies in the shower. “The use of cold water will help keep the cuticle closed, which keeps the color in your strands longer,” says Morgan. What is in your hair-care lineup also plays a major role in rebuilding color-treated curls and maintaining vivacity. Morgan suggests a sulfate-free no- or low-leather shampoo, a keratin leave-in treatment, and a protein-rich deep-conditioning mask. And investing in a bonnet or using silk or satin pillows overnight will go a long way toward reducing frizz and maintaining moisture in the curls, Okumabua says.
Not for DIY or for DIY…
Thinking about doing this whole process at home? Unfortunately, hair professionals do not recommend trying to get self-colored curls. “We had to do a lot of fixing after the initial lockdown of last year,” says Morgan. “You’ll never get the color that’s in front of the box — anytime,” Okumabua says. But if your heart is set on DIYing, “Talk to a stylist you trust and who will support you and give you the best tips,” advises Okumabua. Both experts strongly recommend using only a semi-permanent formula – the type that will fade on many shampoos. Morgan suggests that your hair color is just a shade darker than it should be. “It’s going to lift and lighten over time, and you don’t want to leave lines of demarcation in the hair,” she says. While shopping, buy several boxes of dye to ensure that you have enough product to work through the dense curls and finish the work. Morgan suggests two boxes if you have short to medium hair and four boxes if you have medium to long hair. Start by doing patch and strand tests to make sure you are not allergic to the formula and to see what the results will be before you play with your entire mane. Do not say that we did not warn you!
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