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If you’re hav­ing your col­or done by a pro­fes­sion­al styl­ist, he or she should give you good direc­tion on how to pre­pare your hair. But if you’re doing it your­self at home, or hav­ing a friend do it for you, here are some tips that should ensure a bet­ter col­or­ing process.

Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts For Col­or­ing Your Hair

1. Ban bleaching

Avoid chem­i­cal process­es like bleach­ing and high­light­ing in the weeks pri­or to get­ting your hair col­ored. The­se treat­ments can dam­age your hair, mak­ing it more porous and poten­tial­ly pre­vent­ing it from retain­ing some of the dye mol­e­cules.

2. Skip the stylers

Try not to go up your hair with a lot of heavy styling agents in the day or two before styling. If you haven’t done a good job of clean­ing them off your hair they may inhibit pen­e­tra­tion of the hair dye. If you typ­i­cal­ly use heavy con­di­tion­ers, like those con­tain­ing dime­thicone, you might want to fore­go that for a few days as well.

3. Do a deep cleansing

Just in case you do have residue on your hair it doesn’t hurt to do a good deep clean­ing right before col­or­ing. (Fresh­ly washed hair helps ensure there’s noth­ing that will inter­fere with the hair dye depo­si­tion.)

4. Stay away from straighteners

Here’s a tip that even your styl­ist may not know: don’t use tem­po­rary straight­en­ers before col­or­ing because the chem­istry involved in the­se prod­ucts dam­ages the pro­tein bonds in hair. Just like bleach­ing and high­light­ing, the­se chem­i­cal straight­en­ers can dam­age are hair to the point where the col­or­ing treat­ment may not be as effec­tive.

5. Watch the water

Last­ly, you want to be care­ful what you do after you col­or your hair. Research has shown that wash­ing is the main cause of hair dye loss. There­fore you want to be care­ful about how fre­quent­ly you sham­poo your hair after col­or­ing. There are prod­ucts on the mar­ket that con­tain tech­nol­o­gy that real­ly helps pro­tect wash out; for exam­ple, we have seen data show­ing Tre­sem­me Col­or Revi­tal­ize sham­poo and con­di­tion­er are effec­tive, par­tic­u­lar­ly on red­dish-brown shades. (Tip: Don’t waste mon­ey on hair prod­ucts that charge more because they con­tain expen­sive UV absorbers. Sun­screens do very lit­tle to pre­serve col­or.

Ladies, have you tried col­or? Are you con­sid­er­ing it?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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I was going to get my hair dyed pro­fes­sion­al­ly but my mom, a hair­styl­ist, said I would need to get it bleached AND col­ored. I won­der if that’ll dam­age my hair? Also, what if you straight­en it after col­or­ing? sooo many ques­tions, so lit­tle time.

Pret­ty good tips. Soon as I can I plan on col­or­ing my vir­gin hair for the first time. I real­ly want it done next mon­th because my class reunion is in May and I want to be able to wear my hair straight. Thought since I’m going from black to blond my hair will need weeks of TLC before being flat iron. Due to the high col­or lift going above four lev­els avoid­ing bleach is not an option for me, in this case iron­i­cal­ly it may be a ben­e­fit in more ways than one. Since my hair is most­ly low… Read more »

Con­di­tion­ers con­tain chem­i­cals, so does water. Please stop with the nat­u­ral­is­ta sanc­ti­mony. You want to be real nat­u­ral and chem­mie free?? Put NOTHING on your head (includ­ing water) dont comb or brush it, then git ta preach­in’ and see how many fol­low­ers you gar­ner.

Cee Cee

Yeah, Kay. Don’t be a trolling fag. <- *being a trolling gag*


Sounds like troll talk to me. Why don’t you stop being so defen­sive. If you hate “nat­u­ral­is­tas” so much you should prob­a­bly stay off a nat­u­ral hair site. Yes, every­thing is made up of chem­i­cals. But it is indis­putable that some chem­i­cals are good for you and some chem­i­cals are bad for you. 

Stop spread­ing your poi­son around here. Black wom­en have been told that their beau­ty wasn’t enough for hun­dreds of years. Now there’s final­ly a move­ment for pos­i­tive expres­sions of black beau­ty and peo­ple like you have to come here and ruin it.

Justine Monikue



If your hair is not the same tex­ture AND col­or as it grows from your scalp, you are NOT nat­u­ral. What’s nat­u­ral about the chem­i­cals used to change the col­or? Absolute­ly noth­ing. You’re relax­er-free, but cer­tain­ly not nat­u­ral.


I am still try­ing to fig­ure out what my hair type is. I colour it myself but try­ing to find a pro­duct to keep it real­ly soft as I live in the Caribbean where the sun can take a toll when I have it out, which is my pref­er­ence. HELP PLEASE!
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Kadiann Johnson

I found that this line works well for my 4c coloured hair and its avail­able at my beau­ty sup­ply store in jamaica. The con­di­tion­er and the dai­ly moister­iz­er are awe­some.
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I’m 15 years old.…as u see in the picture..thats my hair color..i wan­na change it..what do u think? what col­or would look good on me?
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I col­or at home with Clairol. I’m no pro­fes­sion­al and I’ve def­i­nite­ly learned through tri­al and error. Box col­ors nev­er come out the way I expect, so I like to mix my col­ors myself. I prefer to decide exact­ly what lev­el devel­op­er to use. The charts are easy to fol­low. My tips: -If you’re going dark, use demi or semi per­ma­nent. If you ever get tired of the col­or, the per­ma­nent can be stub­born to recol­or. espe­cial­ly black -If you’re going light, don’t go up more than two lev­els at a time, so you can mon­i­tor the tone and adjust accord­ing­ly. That… Read more »

[…] news feed was an arti­cle about how to col­or your hair. To be exact the arti­cle can be found here  Now in all fair­ness they don’t know me or how impul­sive I am when it comes to my hair. But […]

[img[/img] Here’s of pic of me when my hair was dyed using L’oreal HiCol­or (for dark hair only) in Soft Auburn. I pur­chased it at Sally’s and mixed it in an appli­ca­tor bot­tle. I tried to col­or at home but end­ed up going to a pro­fes­sion­al because I couldn’t get the col­or to take even­ly. Turns out I need­ed to use about 3 tubes of pro­duct to even­ly sat­u­rate my hair. After­wards, I con­tined to touch-up the col­or at home for about a year. I real­ly enjoyed the change. I would def­i­nite­ly sug­gest may­be try­ing high­lights before col­or­ing your whole head.… Read more »

You just addressed my issue. I seem to not have enough pro­duct to cov­er my entire head so my roots are light, my shaft and ends two toned. Will do again. I did hilift cool blonde. I used 20 devel­op­er and a half pack of 7 stages and red/gold col­or cor­rec­tion when I sham­poo. Need to redye, not sure how long to wait. Any pro­fes­sion­al ideas?


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Your hair looks amaz­ing! Fab­u­lous, amaz­ing, all that! You’ve tempt­ed me to try the same shade!!! Thanks for your post :)


I am look­ing for one of those sites that you can put in a pho­to and the change your hair col­or and style.
I am in need of a seri­ous change for 2012.
Thanks in advance.


I recent­ly just col­ored my hair and it turned out per­fect!! Though i was going for a lighter col­or it actu­al­ly turned out to be just fine… Btw i love your col­or!


Hi,Im Lau­ren and Ive been nat­u­ral for about 2&a half years now. Well, Fri­day I will be col­or­ing my hair for the 1st time,the only prob­lem is.….…I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT COLOR I SHOULD TRY OUT. Can you guys help me out please.
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If your look­ing for a per­ma­nent col­or you should try Clairol Tex­ture and Tones. Use the Cher­ry­wood that Chantel used above. That col­or is beau­ti­ful! If you want a rin­se or semi you should try Jazz in Cher­ry Cola that tint would definet­ly look good on you. What­ev­er com­pa­ny, col­or or styl­ist you use I hope every­thing works out! ( =

Jamila Washington

I’ve been col­or­ing my hair for over a decade now. I’ve been blonde, light brown, and black (my nat­u­ral hair col­or is a dark brown). I find Feria hair col­or works best on my hair and haven’t used any oth­er col­or brand since. I find Feria col­or­ing helps improve the tex­ture and mois­tur­izes my hair. Right now my hair is a gold­en brown but I’m not sure if I like it and think­ing about either going for a dark brown, my nat­u­ral hair col­or, or blonde.


that blonde colour is so beau­ti­ful! i jus big chopped and the ques­tion isnt if im going to colour, its when…


I just had my hair col­ored 4 weeks ago. I had a 2 step process done(all over col­or in light brown and dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of blond hi-lights)I LUUUVVE IT! I’m gray­ing ear­ly thanks to my mom, and i REFUSE to have gray hair!If any­one is con­sid­er­ing going lighter, i would go to a pro­fes­sion­al col­orist. Go for a con­sult and ask lots of questions.If you see some­one with a col­or you like ask them who did it.BTW, if any­one can tell me how to send a pic from my phone, i will post a pic!


I used Revlon’s Col­or Silk and I love it. My hair doesn’t feel dif­fer­ent after I col­or it and the col­or doesn’t appear to fade to me. I tried hen­na last year, on vir­gin hair, and it was just ok for me. In pre­vi­ous years, before I did anoth­er big chop two years ago, I would col­or with Dark & Love­ly prod­ucts, and they were ok, but I’m glad I took a chance with the Col­or­silk.


Shak, what is your hair type? Some­one told me Revlon’s Col­or Silk works well but I was not sure it would take to my 4c hair.


I actu­al­ly used Revlon Col­or­silk col­or 44 on my 4c hair and it didn’t do any­thing, I was painful­ly diap­point­ed. It worked on my sister’s relaxed hair though. :(


I’ve used the nat­u­ral and soft black in this brand and my hair type is 4b-c I believe. It worked real­ly well. As a mat­ter of fact I just bought a deep dark brown in hopes of cov­er­ing up my orange-brassy high­t­light­ed hair.


Yes I do but most peo­ple talk about bleach­ing my hair first because its so dark (1b colour)but I’ll like to do hen­na, just haven’t found any where I live!!! (in the Caribbean!!)


I col­ored my hair a few months ago using Clairol Tex­tures and Tones in Flam­ing Desire. The col­or came out beau­ti­ful but I didn’t have clean hair when I did it so the full col­or didn’t “pop” like I want­ed it to. My hair didn’t feel stripped or dry as it has felt with oth­er prod­ucts. I deep con­di­tion every week so I don’t have any prob­lems with break­age or split ends


I agree! I used tex­tures and tones cher­ry­wood to refresh my orig­i­nal col­or which was Lore­al Hicol­or in soft auburn. It deposit­ed real­ly well and my hair was extra soft after­wards plus the con­di­tion­er it comes with was the bomb, thick and creamy like it like it.

Donni F.

I col­ored my hair a year ago with Feria (a red col­or), and I’ve been into hen­nas (skin-grade) con­sis­tent­ly for a few months now. I want to put on anoth­er Feria col­or (same red as last time), which i find makes the hen­na pop even more. Is it wise to put col­or on top of hen­na hair? How long should I wait to hen­na after­wards? Thanks in advance!


I was think­ing of col­or­ing my dark brown hair a chest­nut blonde, but how can I do that with­out bleach­ing?


I also was look­ing for some brand sug­ges­tions but all of the tips were helpful…especially the one about bleach­ing. I want to go a dark­er blonde and every­one said that i would need to bleach first to get my desired col­or. Noth­ing about bleach­ing sound­ed healthy and I was turned off from dye alto­geth­er. now i will just choose a more sub­tle col­or and refer to some of the­se tips.


Hmm I like the tips but I was look­ing for a lit­tle bit more, may­be some brands that work with good with dif­fer­ent hair types. Also any tes­ti­mo­ni­als from users would be help­ful. Also I sur­prised Hen­na wasn’t men­tioned here (may­be overkill because there are so many oth­er arti­cles about hen­na). Any tips would be help­ful My hair info: I’m all nat­u­ral, 3c/3a hair, medi­um den­si­ty, not sure about my poros­i­ty. I’d liek to go for an auburn or red. Thanks in advance :-)

My Natural Reality

I love col­or! It gives me life! Even just a lit­tle bit of brown makes me feel bet­ter about how my hair looks.
I have always col­ored my hair (since the mid 90s)…so I def­i­nite­ly wasn’t going to stop just because I’m nat­u­ral:) Thanks for the tips!
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