Coloring curly hair – 5 things to bear in mind

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Hi dear curlies, the above picture shows my curls with the new highlights I got at my hairdressers. I’m sure you guys have already noticed I’m not actually a blonde… I’ve been coloring my curls since almost 10 years by now – so I thought I could share 5 things to bear in mind when coloring curly hair.

First of all, let me let you that of course it’s better for your curls if you don’t color them at all! As any chemical treatment it’ll cause some damage on your curls. However if you’re like me and don’t like your real hair color (I’d describe mine as neither brown nor blonde) or in case you’ve got some grey hair (I actually have quite a few grey strands, I hope they don’t grow in number too quickly!) there are some helpful tips to bear in mind to keep your curls healthy and strong after coloring them:

1. Use a shampoo with sulfates (just once!)

After you or your hairdresser colored your curls wash them with a shampoo containing sulfates. I know this is not exactly what I’ve written in the article on how sulfates are bad for curly hair, but it’s great for the first post-coloring hair wash. Why? Because the sulfates help you getting rid of all chemicals and to wash out any silicones if your hairdresser doesn’t use silicone-free products.

2. Make sure to spoil your curls with moisture

After using a shampoo with sulfates it’s important to get your curls the moisture they need in the first post-coloring hair wash, especially since sulfates will dry out your curls. I suggest you to detangle and comb your curls with your usual silicone-free conditioner. I strongly recommend you to additionally use a deep conditioner. Unlike written in the review of the Eden Bodyworks JojOba Monoi deep conditioner you might want to leave it in for at least 10 minutes.

3. Get the right protein-moisture-balance

Many curlies who’s curls need more protein than mine suggest a protein treatment after coloring their curls. As my curls generally don’t lack proteins (even after coloring them) I can’t suggest a good treatment, but I’m sure you could find one here.

4. Don’t panic

I’m serious! Don’t panic if your curls don’t look as they usually do after washing them the first post-color wash. Both pictures in this article show my curls after a first post-coloring wash  – they just didn’t want to form nice clumps and were too dry and thus frizzy:

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Today’s second day curls after the first post-coloring wash

 5. Get your colored curls the special care they need

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this article, coloring curly hair will leave you with some kind of damage, specifically you’ll most likely increase your curls’ porosity. The more porous your hair is, the easier it’ll absorb moisture. Sounds good, but it isn’t, because it also very easily release moisture. You’ll therefore need to care for your curls a bit more than for non-color-treated curls. Meaning you have to make sure to not only give them enough moisture directly after coloring them, but always, or they’ll tend to look frizzier than non-damaged curls.

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