Curly Hair, Hair Tutorials, Healthy Curls

Coloring Curly Hair

Coloring curly hair can be tricky! Over-processing can mess up your curl pattern, and the porosity of your hair matters when your color specialist is formulating your color. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Don’t Over-Process

Your color specialist should be careful not to over-process your hair, which means you shouldn’t go too much lighter than your base color. Highlights are okay, but anything more drastic can disrupt your curl pattern.

Skip the Foils

Using foils can cause curly hair to lift too much, which means the dye removes your pigment and replaces it with the dye. This is what you want, but you don’t want it to happen too quickly or too much as it can cause damage to your hair and curl pattern. Make sure you discuss the use of foils with your color specialist.

Shade Formulating

With curly hair, it’s important to make sure your color specialist knows to go a few shades lighter when formulating. Why? Because curly hair is more porous, so the shades will appear darker than the formulated color. Your color specialist should be aware of this, but always discuss first to be sure.

Don’t Color Damaged Hair

If your hair is damaged from over styling, heat, or chlorine, it’s best to get the damage under control before coloring. Coloring damaged hair, especially curly hair, can literally cause your hair to not curl! Some stylists are afraid to tell their clients no as they want to make them happy, but you wouldn’t be happy if your curls lose their shape and your stylist knew that would happen and didn’t speak up. If you aren’t sure if your hair is too damaged to handle color, ask your color specialist to be honest with you.

If your hair is too damaged, you’ll need to get routine cuts and use some nourishing products to help repair the damage. We recommend our Shampoo and Conditioner and our Curl Rescue Leave-In Conditioner!

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